Del Mar Times

Big red tent at Del Mar Fairgrounds to be taken down

By Claire Harlin

The big red tent at the Del Mar Fairgrounds that was left behind when equine-human acrobatic show Valitar went bankrupt last fall was auctioned off for $85,000 on Jan. 29, according to San Diego's Fischer Auction Company.

Valued at about $1.3 million, the tent will cost its new owner, Orange County resident Duane Ward, another $250,000 to move . Also liquidated were several smaller red tents, which an auction spokesperson said were claimed by a variety of entities, including an indoor soccer organization. Horse stalls, furniture, sand and other items were also sold.

Citing poor ticket sales, the 50-show Valitar production unexpectedly canceled in November, leaving many performers unpaid and unemployed, and horses displaced. The some $300,000 produced by the auction will go to a bankruptcy court to pay off creditors of show producer Equustria Development Inc., run by Rancho Santa Fe resident Mark Remley.

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