Del Mar Opening Weekend 2009

Celebrate opening weekend at Del Mar 2009.

The crowd came out on opening day, 44,181 strong.

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A heard that there were horses here somewhere.

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Del Mar Thoroughbred Club President Joe Harper likes what he sees on opening day.

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Heading to the post for the first race.

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Listen to me, I've got this one figured out.

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And they're off to begin another summer at racing at Del Mar.

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High Stakes Silver and apprentice jockey Christian Santiago Reyes take the first race on opening day.

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Enjoying opening day.

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Apart from the horses, the main attraction of opening day were the hats.

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The traditional opening day feature, the Oceanside on the turf

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was taken by Afleet Eagle and jockey Tyler Baze.

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Afleet Eagle's owner Ronald C. Waranch, right, has a hug for jockey Tyler Baze after the Oceanside Stakes victory.

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Global Hunter took the Grade I, $350,000 Eddie Read on the first Saturday of the meet.

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Corey Nakatani and Global Hunter head to the winner's circle.

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Trainer A.C. Avila, right, and jockey Corey Nakatani celebrate after Global Hunter's victory in Eddie Read Stakes.

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