This morning, one day after officially opening for business, Del Mar recorded its first and second kills of the season – via head-on collision during training hours. Both Charge a Bunch, two, and Carson Valley, three, died from impact – i.e., no euthanasia required. Imagine that scene.
I can hear it now – “freak accident,” “nothing we could have done to prevent this one,” “could have happened anywhere horses exist.” Indeed, it’s already being said. Bob Baffert, Carson’s trainer: “This was a very unfortunate accident and it is a shock to everyone in the barn. We work every day to take the best care of our horses but sometimes freak accidents occur that are beyond anyone’s ability to control. This is one of those times and we’re deeply saddened for the horses and everyone involved.”
Sorry, the American public is growing weary of your excuses, diversions, and obfuscations. Horseracing kills horses. The where and how matter not a whit.