September 04, 2011

Del Mar Death Toll at 10 on August 31

Aug. 31 San Diego Union-Tribune

Two more horses were euthanized at the Del Mar Racetrack as a result of injuries on the Polytrack.

It raised the total of deceased horses to 10 for the meeting, three more than were euthanized last summer at Del Mar. There are seven racing days left, including today's card of eight races.

Last year, seven horses were euthanized at Del Mar, four after being injured in afternoon racing on the Polytrack, one in a morning workout on Polytrack and two from injuries on the turf course.

Thus far, eight of the deaths this year were because of injuries on the Polytrack, six during workouts in the morning, one in an afternoon race and another who was hurt trying to elude the fallen horse during that race over the Polytrack. Two other horses were euthanized after breaking down in turf races.

The horses were Rejuvenating, a 2-year-old filly in trainer Jenine Sahadi’s barn. She was hurt Monday during a workout and euthanized. The second was Point Guard, a 3-year-old colt trained by Eoin Harty.

Rejuvenating was an unraced filly. But Point Guard had one race. He raced May 15 this year at Hollywood Park and finished fifth. Bred by Stonerside Stable and owned by Darley Stable, the son of Afleet Alex out of La Grande Mamma worked five furlongs Tuesday at Del Mar. His time of 1:04.60 was the worst of 10 workers at that distance. He broke down after working.

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