PHOTOS: Fabulous hats turn heads at Del Mar Opening Day

DEL MAR, Calif. — Wednesday was Opening Day at the Del Mar Racetrack, and it wouldn’t have been complete without the annual head-turning hat contest.

Hats from the simple to most outrageous could be seen across the Playa de Mexico. Contestants competed in five categories: Best Racing Theme, Most Glamorous, Most Outrageous, Best Fascinator and Best Flowers.

Prizes varied from a grand prize with a value of over $1,750 — which includes a one-night stay at the Fairmont Grand Del Mar, dinner for two, a gift basket and after-party tickets — to $100 for third place.

  • Grand Prize Winner/Best Flowers: Allison Karlstrand
  • Best Fascinator: Paige Fohl
  • Most Outrageous: Belinda Barry
  • Most Glamorous: Aubrey Fohl
  • Best Racing Theme: Christina Stutz
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