Little Tower Becomes 14th Horse to Die at Del Mar

A 2-year-old colt named Little Tower is dead after breaking down (“on his own”) in last night’s 3rd race at Del Mar. He was ridden by William Antongeorgi, trained by Sal Gonzalez, and owned/bred by Tricar Stables. Little Tower – the rough equivalent of a 6-year-old boy – is the 14th horse to die at Del Mar in the past six weeks. This is horseracing.

4-year-old Corlett Drive, July 13, training
4-year-old Kokaltash, July 17, race 5
2-year-old Mont Saint Michel, July 24th, found dead in stall
3-year-old Dance With Fate, July 24, training
4-year-old Yes She’s Unusual, July 25, race 6
5-year-old Longview Drive, July 25, race 7
5-year-old Lil Swiss Echo, July 26, race 5
3-year-old J Kat, July 26, race 9
2-year-old Chilled Mousse, July 27, training
3-year-old Chattering Gambler, August 2, race 3
3-year-old Steppingood, August 13, race 8
4-year-old Serious, August 14, from July 31 race 7
3-year-old Bayview Drive, August 16, race 10
2-year-old Little Tower, August 22, race 3

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  2. From the U-T San Diego’s article by Ed Zieralski on August 22, this is near the end of the piece; “Little Tower broke his hind left leg and had to be euthanized on the track after the third race. He’s the fifth horse to die in racing on the Polytrack, fourth from injuries. One died of an aneurism.” Those numbers do not correspond with dead listed here on HW! Unbelievable…

    RIP Little Tower.

  3. After reading the small blurb about the deceased Little Tower at the end of Zieralski’s article from U-T San Diego, I was curious about what the rest of the article had to say. Here, some words from trainer Craig Lewis about his horse Clubhouse Ride, entered in the upcoming Pacific Classic at Del Mar today:

    “Trainer Craig Lewis’ Clubhouse Ride has 38 starts, most of any horse in the race, winning five with nine seconds and 10 thirds. He’s 6, the same age Game On Dude was last year when he won the Pacific Classic. And he’s also an offspring of Candy Ride, just like Shared Belief.

    “He’s a warrior, a dream horse,” Lewis said. “We’re just fortunate to have a horse like that. Mike Smith had the best definition of him. He said, ‘He’s like an oil well. He’s always pumping out money.’

    “He has won over $1,300,000, and we bought him for $22,000. So he doesn’t owe us anything.””

    They must love that horse…always “pumping out money”…a steal at 22K, making well over a million…bet they PAT him and KISS him on his nose. LOVE that horse. Yea, and there is one thing they’re right about…Clubhouse Ride DOESN’T owe them anything. The thing is, he never has. That’s the funny thing about horse ownership, folks…we’re responsible for them, not the other way around.

  4. del mar , a notorious killer track, unable to fix & maintain the track PROPERLY ( they have this huge problem at all california tracks )- seems to be a MAINTENANCE problem , & the copious amounts of drugs these horses are “legally” allowed to train & then race on even more drugs is called INSANITY .

  5. If they were to put together a “Dead” cocktail for racehorses then California would be at the top of the list although most horse racing is anyways.
    The “Dead” cocktail recipe consists of bad surfaces either improperly built and/or maintained, horses broke to train and race on underdeveloped musco-skeletal systems, Trainers that know or care little about the horses, the permitted use of doping cocktails to cover-up chronic issues, re-licensing multiple drug violating Trainers who have many racehorses DIE in their care, but are still given Carte Blanche to kill more, cesspool of corruption, lack of neutral oversight, operating with impunity being shielding from obvious Felony Animal Cruelty charges.
    This is going on everyday in horse racing.
    This has been going on for years, and NOTHING is done about mainly because the horses have no voice, have no autonomy, and are left DYING on the dirt while the associations make BILLIONS from wagering income.
    This is the dirty world of horse racing.

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