Thoroughbred owner Rick Porter Left lasting legacy of caring for horses as much as people

There was something about Rick Porter that drew people to him.

Fans would come out to Delaware Park to watch a race simply because they knew Porter had a horse running in it.

And it was an impressive record to be following, too.

The Wilmington native saw great success as a thoroughbred owner, campaigning 20 graded stakes horses and multiple champions, including Havre de Grace, Songbird, Omaha Beach and Eight Belles.

One of his most recent victories was at the Delaware Handicap in 2017, one of the state’s biggest races of the year, with Songbird and trainer Jerry Hollendorfer.

Others in the industry respected his deep knowledge of horses and admired his expertise in the business.

John Mooney, executive director of racing at Delaware Park, said…

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Rich Nilsen is a 19-time qualifier to the National Horseplayers Championship (NHC), an event he has cashed in four times. He was the first player to finish in the top 10 of the NHC twice. A former executive with and a member of the NHC Players’ Committee, Rich is a graduate of the University of Louisville Equine Business Program and is founder of, a site devoted to horse racing education and promotion.

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