What You Need to Know Before Del Mar Opening Day

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After a twelvemonth with nary spectators, the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club is operating in-person for its 2021 meet.

Del Mar’s 82nd racing play volition interruption done the gates connected Friday, July 16 and tally done Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 6.

Starting Friday, equine racing fans tin capable the stands astatine 100% capableness successful its seating areas passim the facility.

Tickets for Opening Day person sold out, but you tin inactive drawback the races starting astatine 2 p.m. connected TV. For tickets aboriginal successful the meet, cheque retired Del Mar's integer ticketing office.

Everything you request to cognize to footwear disconnected the Del Mar meet, straight from the horse's mouth. 🐴

CEO Joe Harper is acceptable to invited the sell-out grandstand assemblage connected Friday. pic.twitter.com/YlPO9YWSac

— Del Mar Racetrack (@DelMarRacing) July 13, 2021

Not lone are spectators returning this year, but truthful is award-winning contention caller Trevor Denman.

After a year-long hiatus owed to COVID-19, Denman is backmost astatine location connected the Del Mar mic. Last twelvemonth was the archetypal clip the announcer missed a play since helium began astatine the enactment oval successful 1984.


When asked however helium felt to beryllium backmost calling the races, Denman said, "I consciousness a small weird close now. I volition astir apt telephone immoderate races disconnected TVG successful my amusement country this week conscionable to loosen up."

Of course, the races are conscionable 1 portion of the competition. Opening Day astatine Del Mar draws tens of thousands of radical dressed to impressment from head to toe each acknowledgment to the yearly hat contest.

You tin triumph a stock of much than $4,000 successful prizes successful 1 of 4 categories: Best Racing Theme, Most Glamorous, Best Fascinator, and Best Flowers. Be definite to halt by the Plaza de Mexico by 3 p.m. to participate oregon taxable a representation of your ensemble to contest@dmtc.com betwixt 8 and 11 a.m. connected Friday.

Don't hide to spot your bets. First station astatine the enactment oval volition beryllium astatine 2 p.m.

New this year, Del Mar is introducing a Rainbow Pick Six with a minimum 20 cent wager. This stake volition regenerate the erstwhile Pick Six which had a $2 minimum wager successful past years.

Additionally, alternatively than a $1 minimum stake for the Super High Five wager, determination volition beryllium a 50 cent minimum this season.

For a afloat database of bets and much accusation consecutive from the horse's mouth, you tin sojourn the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club's website.

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