Opening Day enthusiasts tip their hats to the races
Feathers, tulle, palm trees, flowers, peacocks - even a papier-mâche horse head adorned one of the thousands of hats that graced Opening Day on July 22 at the Del Mar Racetrack.
Most wore hats for fun, the sake of tradition and protection from the hot sun, but some took their head dressings a bit more seriously and entered the One and Only Truly Fabulous Hats Contest.
The grand-prize winner was David Schaner of Placentia. Schaner spent more than a month working on his colorful hot air balloon hat. Aviator goggles, racing silks and a hot air balloon basket completed his look. In addition to winning the grand prize of a Toshiba 40-inch HD LCD TV ($1,000 value), Schaner also won first place in the Funniest/Most Outrageous category and will take home $300.
First-place winners in other categories were: Haven Schneider of Laguna Beach, Best Flowers/All Others; Mikey Johnson of Poway, Best Racing Theme; and Kadi Karusaar of Spring Valley, Most Glamorous.
Check out a selection Opening Day brims (and outfits) here.