Del Mar Opening Day 2017: The Hat Contest

For the past 23 years, Del Mar's Opening Day has been all about the hats. Each year, the venue hosts the famous Hat Contest, inviting participants to showcase their fanciest, most creative toppers. Here's a look at the hats that caught our eye this year at the seaside track in San Diego's North County.

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Christine Stutz and her hat, topped with a mannequin named "Bella," were the grand prize winners of the 2017 Opening Day Hat Contest.
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Jenkins' hat took her 40 hours to make.
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Nadia Dayzie's hat included a motorized carousel that actually worked. It took her a year to make this.
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Sandra Comer dedicated her Opening Day hat to our U.S. military service members, including her son-in-law. She's been entering the Opening Day Hats Contest for the past seven years.
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All of these trinkets are collected over the course of the year, then added to his hat just before Opening Day.
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A simple hat, with big impact. Lots of jewels and horses -- perfect for Del Mar Opening Day.
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Ana Flora Royer, of Escondido, has been entering the Opening Day Hats Contest for the past 10 years.
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Patti Newman, of National City, went for an ensemble inspired by Audrey Hepburn's look in "My Fair Lady." It's her favorite movie.
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Liliana Prito, Virgina Demoss and Zuilma Santes, all in big, floral hats.
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Patti Newman, of National City, went for an ensemble inspired by Audrey Hepburn's look in "My Fair Lady." It's her favorite movie.
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This group of friends traveled for 5 hours to get to San Diego for Del Mar's Opening Day. Their ensembles featured white and pink lace, and fancy fans.
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Better luck next time? Caroline lavalley, of Carmel Valley, has been coming to the Del Mar Race Track since 1965. She adorned her hat this year with all of her old losing betting slips.
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Better luck next time!
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For the past five years, this cruise ship crafts instructor (left), heads to Opening Day with a big, fancy hat.
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All of these trinkets are collected over the course of the year, then added to his hat just before Opening Day.
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These two sisters join the Opening Day Hats Contest together year after year, always sharing a theme. This year, their hats are inspired by the Breeders Cup, coming in November 2017 to Del Mar.
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Another close-up of a hat filled with trinkets.
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This man's Opening Day hat is supposed to depict a wave.
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These women made their hats out of paper -- delicate and light for the big Opening Day celebration.
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An eye-catching Opening Day ensemble.
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A patriotic ode to the horses of Del Mar.
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A cool hat made of cans.
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Another Opening Day creation.
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Christina Stutz and her mannequin, Bella, made quite a splash at the Opening Day Hats Contest.
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Christina Stutz and her mannequin, Bella, made quite a splash at the Opening Day Hats Contest.
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Lauren Jenkins made her Opening Day hat on top of a surfboard. It weighed 20 pounds. It also included a "wave" with a small fish tank and live fish inside.
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Lauren Jenkins made her Opening Day hat on top of a surfboard. It weighed 20 pounds. It also included a "wave" with a small fish tank and live fish inside.
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Liz Marton opted for a gold and blue floral theme.
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Liz Marton opted for a gold and blue floral theme.
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Check out Desera Robertson's nest hat.
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Tery Madrina's blue ensemble.
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This hat, created by Tracy Perrault, was crafted to resemble a little village.
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Another gorgeous floral hat.
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The finalists at the 2017 Opening Day Hat Contest.
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Christine Stutz's hat was hard to miss -- and it took home top honors.
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Another top-notch winner at the Hat Contest.
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Another top-notch winner at the Hat Contest.
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Lauren Jenkins and her surfboard hat took home a prize, too.
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Another top-notch winner of the Hat Contest.
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