In an altogether fitting end to its summer meet, Del Mar lost yet another horse yesterday. After “falling” and being “vanned off” in the 3rd, 3-year-old Tirpitz was, according to Fox Sports, euthanized back in the barn. (Fox, of course, only reported on this because the jockey banged up his shoulder – headline begins, “Famed jockey injured…”) Tirpitz makes the summer’s toll at least 18 (horses who either died on Del Mar grounds or while being trained off-site for upcoming Del Mar races).
These are the ones we know about:
6-year-old Fit to Rule, July 25, Del Mar 2
5-year-old Rush In, July 26, Del Mar 4
2-year-old Arranmore Girl, August 6, Del Mar, training
3-year-old Urloveneverfails, August 7, Del Mar 4
6-year-old Peppy Bolly, August 9, Del Mar 9
6-year-old Pure Tactics, August 23, Del Mar 8
5-year-old Divine Tale, August 30, Del Mar 10
3-year-old Love On the Road, September 6, Del Mar 5
3-year-old Tirpitz, September 7, Del Mar 3
This is Del Mar. This is horseracing.