Photos by Chris Stone

Opening day of the 15-day Bing Crosby Season started at the Del Mar Racetrack with a Vintage Hollywood Fashion Contest — a fall version of the hat contest on the first day of the regular summer season.

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Friday’s event took place in the Plaza de Mexico and included $3,000 in prizes for most glamorous, best-dressed couple and best celebrity lookalike.

Racing will be held Thursdays through Sundays through Nov. 30. Cards of eight races will be run most Thursdays and Fridays, starting at 12:30 p.m., while nine-race programs will be held with a first post at noon.

All Sundays during the meet have been dubbed “Football Sundays” with telecasts of NFL games shown on high-definition televisions in the pubs located on the paddock and the Jockey Box on the second floor of the eastern end of the Stretch Run.

Admission is free for seniors 62 and older every Thursday.

Dates for the Bing Crosby Season had previously gone to now-closed Hollywood Park in Inglewood. The season is named for the late entertainer who was among the Del Mar Racetrack’s founders.

— City News Service