Among the debates about thoroughbred racing safety in Southern California, the Del Martoroughbred Club could express one fact: It did not have one racing death in 2019.
That changed on Sunday afternoon when a front leg injury occurred in the third race on the turf course, a 3 year old leg injury suffered a ghost called Ghost Street, and veterinarians decided that euthanasia had to be made. to it.
Three of the subsequent races, a 3 year old Prayer Warrior was drawn up for a long time turning the dirt tracks and appeared to have had a serious front leg injury. It was canceled and shortly after 3:30 p.m. daughter of trainer Jeff Metz tweeted that the injury was fatal.
The horse ambulance was also called out after a second race, when the 5-year center was drawn up Princess Dorian's age at the top of the stretch with an initial leg injury. The veterinarian examined Dr. Dana Stead the horse, leg feathers were put in place, and track officers announced that Princess Dorian was being transported to the equine hospital at San Luis Rey Downs in Bonsall.
The racing death is the first time at Del As since 2018 fell together. During the summer of 2019 four horses were executed, all in training.
Last year, Del Mar was the safest major contour in America, according to the Jockey Club Equine Injury Database, but his most recent meetings were held on scrutiny following horse deaths at Santa Anita from the end of December.
Thirty horses died at the Santa Anita winter spring meeting, seven of which were lost when they recently fell. The sport had a high profile eight days ago at Santa Anita, when Mongolia Groom broke down in the National Classical Cup of Recorders on television.