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Del Mar halts turf racing through the weekend

DEL MAR — The Del Mar Thoroughbred Club posted the following notice on its website late the evening of July 31.

“Del Mar Thoroughbred Club feels deep sorrow and great concern following a further injury on our turf course during racing on Thursday afternoon.

“We continue to be of the belief that Del Mar’s turf course is safe for our horses and riders. Our crews have performed extensive maintenance measures to enhance that safety and those measures — and the course itself — met with the approval of safety officials from the California Horse Racing Board this past Tuesday.

“Nonetheless, given this additional injury on our turf course, we now will discontinue racing on it for the remainder of this week. We will continue efforts to improve the course during this down time and hope to resume racing on it in the near future.

“Further, we also will continue our communication with all our partners in the racing community — the California Horse Racing Board, the Thoroughbred Owners of California, the California Thoroughbred Trainers and the Jockey Guild — in attempts to understand and solve this serious problem.”

1 comment

Billy Bob August 1, 2014 at 3:31 pm

I would urge Del Mar to discontinue racing all together. It is, no matter how one looks at it, cruelty to animals. And, if the owners could not write it off on taxes, would probably not even be going on at all. I used to work the back of the track as a pharmaceutical rep. and I can only say it made me sick to see what degrees the veterinarians, owners and trainers would go to, to make sure the horse could pass the piss test.

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