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Bing Crosby season opens

DEL MAR — The third season of fall horse racing is underway. The Del Mar Thoroughbred Club’s Bing Crosby season opened last Friday for a 15-day run, which comes to and Dec. 4.

Races will happen Thursday through Sunday with the first posts beginning at 12:30 p.m.

Apart from opening day, the racetrack also honored the military with several Veterans Day events.

Racetrack patrons visit with one of the poniers and his pony on Friday. Photo by Tony CagalaJockey Santiago Gonzalez gets a lift up onto Ponder Lea at the paddock before race No. 2. Photo by Tony CagalaJockeys and their horses head down to the racetrack for the start of race No. 2 on Friday. Photo by Tony CagalaRacetrack attendees look over the odds prior to the start of a race. Photo by Tony CagalaFrom left: Ana Mongeon, Wendy Venable and Jaye Strother in their best patriotic attire. Mongeon placed third in the most patriotic fashion show, with Venable winning first place.  Photo by Tony Cagala“Looney Dooney” juggles bowling pins while walking on stilts through the military appreciation area at the racetrack on Friday. Photo by Tony CagalaSkydivers from the Leapfrogs parachute down onto the racetrack in honor of Veterans Day. Photo by Tony CagalaSkydivers from the Leapfrogs parachute down onto the racetrack in honor of Veterans Day. Photo by Tony CagalaA patron watches the horses trot out onto the racetrack before the start of a race Photo by Tony CagalaA cadet with the Young Marines based out of Camp Pendleton lines up in formation before taking part in a Veterans Day ceremony. Photo by Tony CagalaA group of racehorses and their jockeys fight for position down to the finish line. Photo by Tony CagalaActress Jane Seymour, center,  and friends walk down to the racetrack during the opening day of the Bing Crosby season. Photo by Tony CagalaJerry Reeves a member of the U.S. Navy sings “God Bless America,” during a ceremony honoring veterans. Photo by Tony CagalaBefore the start of a race, Del Mar racetrack officials and employees are honored as veterans for their military service. Photo by Tony Cagala

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