Del Mar Meet could race with No Fans.

A horse racing unthinkable could become reality

Gulfstream Park, Tampa Bay Downs and Oaklawn Park are the only three major tracks in action, and Los Alamitos is the only game in town in California.

Del Mar’s meet is scheduled to begin July 18, or 85 days from now. That’s a lot of time for different scenarios to play out as the world continues to combat the coronavirus. Del Mar officials are as perplexed as everyone else as to what the future holds.

But no fans? No hats? No beachgoers sipping margaritas in the paddock while watching the horses get saddled? Del Mar is normally one big party, but apparently not this year.

Harper is preparing for the unthinkable – a Del Mar meet with no fans.

“It depends what the landscape is looking like in June, and it’s going to be here before we know it,” he said. “I think the governor is right in saying don’t look for any large gatherings of people at sporting events this year…

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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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