Season at Del Mar begins with festive fashions
Cheap nike magista obra boots nike superfly cleats cheap post time for the first of the day nine races.
But while many in the crowd of 39,346, thirdlargest in the track history, were there to see and be seen, the serious among them studied the racing forms and sized up the steeds before heading to the betting windows.
Shirl Eastman, Lynda Lockard and Mary Seaborn carpooled to Del Mar for opening cheap nike magista obra boots day.
“We making a fashion statement, said Eastman, of Escondido, who, cheap nike magista obra boots like her two friends, was dressed to the nines.
“We having a girls day out, said Lockard, of Valley Center.
“We looking for goodlooking men, said Seaborn, of Escondido.
With peoplewatching a big draw on opening day, the best place to watch them was at the Turf Club entrance, where the tone was definitely tony.
For cheap nike magista obra boots many of the men, blazers (navy blue) and suits (poplin, linen, seersucker) were in. For the women, dresses (long), skirts (short, and shorter), hats (the bigger the better) and heels were the thing.
The paddock area nearby was the place to watch the horses and the people.
“They working the kinks out, an oldtime track hand remarked as the horses were led in a lazy circle.
The entries in the traditional openingday hat contest included hats with patriotic themes (flags, redwhiteandblue bunting), with racing themes (little horses, little jockeys), with plant matter (flowers, mostly), and hats so loaded with stuff that it was a wonder the people wearing them didn lose their balance.
Bud Jones of Imperial Beach, carrying a briefcase full of computer printouts, was one of the serious racing fans on hand.
“Del Mar is a great place to see the upandcoming 2yearolds, he said. “We got a great climate, there hardly ever a day with a muddy track, and it a great nike superfly cleats cheap destination,
Jones has his own system for picking the winning horses.
“I only bet the long shots, for $200, he said.
A lot of people bet the favorites, he noted, and as if to prove his point, many put their money on Albatros, the heavy favorite, in the first race.
Albatros is owned by Sid and Jenny Craig of Rancho Santa Fe, nike superfly cleats cheap the top owners of last year meeting, earning $830,698. The Craigs were watching from a luxury box as Albatros lost by more than a nose.
Watching Albatros lose with the Craigs were the San Diego Chargers LaDainian Tomlinson and former Chargers great Junior Seau, now with the Miami Dolphins.
Although people were still arriving long after after the first race, delayed in part by the traffic jams they caused, yesterday attendance was about 1,300 short of last year openingday record of 40,682.
Northbound Interstate 5 was backed up from Via de la Valle south to Genesee Avenue as the latecomers arrived, and Camino del Mar was at a crawl heading through the village to the fairgrounds cheap nike magista obra boots.