2023 Opening Day at the Races Hats Contest


Opening Day of the Del Mar summer racing season took place July 21 and featured a variety of events, including the popular 29th annual Opening Day Hats Contest which drew more than 150 contestants, according to a news release. Contestants competed for more than $4,000 in total cash and prizes, distributed to first to third place winners in each category.

The Grand Prize winner was Leslie Monroy of Spring Valley who competed in the “Best Flowers” category. For more information on prize winners, visit

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Photos by Jon Clark