SAN DIEGO — Opening Day at the Del Mar Racetrack is all about horses … and hats.
More than $5,000 in prizes was up for grabs in the Opening Day Hats contest in the Plaza de Mexico. Categories included most glamorous, best racing theme, funniest/most outrageous, best fascinator and flowers/all other. There was no fee to participate.
Winners in each category received $300 plus a Studio Savvy gift basket valued at $250. Second place is worth $200 and third place $100.
The Bing Crosby Grand Prize winner was Andria Elam of Bonita, sporting a lilac and turquoise fascinator with curled feathers and purple veiling with a matching floral.
“I spent two months on and off crafting my fascinator from millinery materials,” said the contestant from the Best Fascinator category. The first time entrant said she was inspired to enter by her love of fashion and horses.
Elam received a one-night stay at the Fairmount Grand Del Mar and dinner for two at Addison Restaurant, valued at over $1,000. Also included was a halter from California Chrome, scheduled to run at Del Mar on July 23.
In the funniest/most outrageous category, the first-place winner was Nadia Dayzie of Vista with a large green under-the-sea themed hat. The second-place winner was Rob Hanly of San Marcos.
In the most glamorous category, the first-place winner was Renee Salas of Vista with red rose and pola dot ribbons. Melissa Ordaz of Palmdale won second place.
In the best flowers category, Tesse Robeson of Escondido won first place with bright tropical flowers and gold skeletons drinking tequila. Lauren Silveira from Laguna Beach won second place.
In the best racing theme, Rachel Burton of San Diego won first place with a starting gate, grandstand and Winner’s Circle collage. Lore Shelton of San Diego won second place.
In the best fascinator category, the second-place winner was Janice Ashton of Newport Beach.