Aaaaaand they’re off!

Today is Christmas in San Diego. The warm weather, bright colors, big hats and high stakes create the perfect storm for the biggest social spectacle of the year: Opening Day of the Del Mar Races.

This monumental day has been a county wide tradition for decades. All year long, ladies stow away fancy hats and sexy sundresses for their red carpet arrival at the Turf Club during this super intimate gathering of about 50,000 people. Last year, the track reported that $458 million was wagered on horse races over the course of the 2012 season (which is no surprise if you think about thousands people slamming pre mixed margaritas all day in the sweltering heat for 7 weeks). People flock from all over Southern California, even celebrities have been known to make appearances on Opening Day. The only thing wilder than the Opening Day festivities are the after parties that follow.

For many years, L’Auberge has been the premier party to attend, but tonight the spotlight is on the location formerly known as Burlap, which closed on June 9th and will re-open it’s doors as Searsucker Del Mar tonight. The newly renovated space is light, bright, and welcoming, and since I am not into paying $100 cover to go ANYWHERE, Searsucker’s new North County location will be the perfect place to unwind from the day’s chaos over a cool beverage.

Today will mark the 67th year of the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club and is sure to be as much of a blast as year’s past. If you plan on attending today, lather up the SPF & hold on to your hats ladies – it’s gonna be a scorcher!!

Walking to the track in 2008

Opening Day 2008

Wilmer Valderrama

Opening Day 2009

Burlap Grand Opening 2011

Opening Day 2011 @ the Grand Opening of Burlap

Opening Day 2011

Girlfriends

Horseraces Opening Day Del Mar

Opening Day Hats

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