With that trademark call, Del Mar race track announcer Trevor Denman, the 2nd most popular Trevor in Del Mar, officially opened racing season at one of the country's premier racetracks.

Del Mar horse racingA record Opening Day crowd of 42,842 was party to the annual 'The One and Only Truly Fabulous Hats Contest' and the debut of the new $9 million Polytrack all-weather synthetic track, designed to be equine friendly and reduce the injuries suffered by horses such as Barbaro. The new surface got high marks, even though the first race run on it was close to 3 seconds slower than average for a six furlough race.

In the midst of the tourist season, which is welcomed by local businesses and disdained by many residents, the racing season also coincides with another high dollar season in Del Mar - the rental season, when rates for San Diego vacation rentals increase by as much as 4 times.