San Diego paper: Horse racing is troubled business, but Del Mar remains one-of-a-kind place

Del Mar paddockExcerpts from this article: Horse racing has problems, needing accouterments such as slot machines to get bodies on site. We’re down to about 100 racetracks in America, and the doomers say that number will be cut in half before long. Del Mar may be an island in a stormy sea, but even those thought to be safe can’t survive without nourishment — in this case, horses.

Hollywood Park has been hanging by its hoofs for years and will go sooner or later, as will the Bay Area’s Golden Gate Fields. Santa Anita, the only other major track in the state, hardly is the life of the party it once was.

Thoroughbred breeders and trainers aren’t going to keep their horses around to just munch on fine California alfalfa.

“Business is good, but I’m not sure I’m not all alone,” says Joe Harper, who is CEO of the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club. Harper saw a record crowd of 46,588 pass through the gates on Opening Day.

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