Two horses were killed during morning training at Del Mar yesterday. First, 3-year-old Needless to Say dropped dead of what The San Diego Union-Tribune is calling “an apparent heart attack.” Again, she was three – a pubescent. Then, less than an hour later, Arson, two and being prepped for his debut, snapped a leg and was euthanized.
On Del Mar’s website, CEO Joe Harper said of this, the opening weekend: “You can’t get much better than this. I’d have to say it was nothing short of terrific. Our horsemen have stepped up and delivered and the Del Mar magic is working its spell. What’s not to like about a summer at the beach with fast horses, enthusiastic fans and all the sweet sunshine and breeze. How could I call it anything but terrific.”
Super proud, huh, Joe? “Nothing short of terrific”? That old “Del Mar magic working its spell”? Three days in, and already two carcasses. (And actually, it may be three, as Contagion was an “injured, vanned off” in the 10th last night.) Vile, to the core.