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Tim Fennell, CEO of the Del Mar Fairgrounds, says that Del Mar Fairgrounds will see "very little impact" if additional race meets were to come to Del Mar after Hollywood Park closes its gates for good.

Fennell says if the California Horse Racing Board decided to bring additional meets to Del Mar, the meets would most likely last only four or five weeks and would be held sometime in the fall season.

"We'd probably be looking at seven or eight-thousand people per day, not close to a summer meet by any stretch of the imagination," said Fennell during a August 12 phone interview.

"It would not be a huge impact in terms of traffic, but would have a positive impact for the local hotels and restaurants."

Hollywood Park has not yet given notice when development for a new 238-mixed-use development project will begin, however, Fennell says Del Mar racetrack will be ready when that announcement is made.

"We're already preparing for it in case it does happen."

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Visduh Aug. 15, 2011 @ 3:59 p.m.

This begins to answer some of the questions that arise when there is a discussion of having more race meets. But a statement from the paid help at the fairgrounds doesn't speak for the District board, or the city of Del Mar, or the city of San Diego, or any other stakeholder. It will be interesting to learn what those agencies have to say about this proposal.


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