Did Del Mar Just Save Horse Racing?

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Editorial from the San Diego Union Tribune

…While any horse deaths are tragic — and those who see horse racing as cruel and inhumane aren’t going to change their minds — this is a credit to Del Mar officials. They had already adopted several improvements after Del Mar’s awful summer and fall racing seasons in 2016, in which 23 horses died in racing or training. This year, they took more steps, including adopting medication rules that promoted horse safety; increasing veterinary supervision and horse testing; and improving stable security.

In June, Tom Robbins, Del Mar executive vice president of racing and industry relations, told The San Diego Union-Tribune Editorial Board, “There’s not another state that has these same rules with these changes. We’re at …

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Rich Nilsen is a 16-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 twice. He cashed on the NHC Tour for 2018 with a 19th overall finish. Rich was also a winner of a $24,000 package into Kentucky Derby Betting Championship I. A former executive with Brisnet.com, Rich is a graduate of the University of Louisville Equine Business Program and is founder of AGameofSkill.com, a site devoted to horse racing education and promotion.

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