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One of the most popular events on Opening Day at the Del Mar racetrack is the Hats Contest.

Daniella Lopez

Entrants are judged in five categories:

Kassidy Byers

Julie Hamill

Les E Sutter

1) Most Glamorous

2) Best Fascinator

3) Best Racing Theme

4) Funniest or Most Outrageous

5) Best Flowers/All Others

Daniella Lopez was last year's opening day grand prize winner. She took home $300 and $1,700 necklace. Due to last year's victory she was unable to reenter 2013's contest. It took Lopez three months to handcraft her hat and dress combo.

20-year-old Kassidy Byers wore a hat created by Deena Von Yokes, owner and founder of Studio Savvy.

Julie Hamill found the inspiration for her hat while browsing on Amazon.

"I thought, who doesn't want a plastic inflatable horse on their head," she said with a laugh.

Carnival Cruise dance instructor Les E Sutter wore a cowboy themed hat and outfit. He was hoping to win for most outrageous

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