What’s old is new for Del Mar’s Opening Day.
On Nov. 7, Del Mar will begin its first fall meet in decades, with festivities that bring the past into the present.
The fall Opening Day “will follow the model of our summer Opening Day,” said Chris Bahr, director of events and promotions.
The spotlight will be on the Vintage Hollywood Fashion Contest, in which participants can dress up and compete in the categories of Best Celebrity Look-alike, Best Dressed Couple and Most Glamorous. First place in each category wins $300; second place receives $200; and third place gets $100. The Bing Crosby Grand Prize — presented to the overall contest winner — is a $1,000 gift certificate for Leisure Society sunglasses and a $500 Studio Savvy gift certificate.
Sign-ups will be between 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. in the Plaza de Mexico, just inside the Stretch Run admission gates. All entrants will get two free admission passes to be used during Del Mar’s fall meet, from Nov. 7-30.
Besides the contest, vintage cars will be on display, and visitors can have their picture taken in front of the iconic “Hollywood” sign. “We’ll give fans the red carpet treatment,” Bahr said.
The featured event on the day’s card will be the Kathryn Crosby Stakes, a 1-mile turf race for fillies and mares 3 years old and upward, named in honor of track founder Bing Crosby’s widow, now 80 and living in Northern California. According to Bahr, the track is anticipating that Kathryn Crosby will be in attendance.