First Two Kills at Del Mar

The first two kills of the Del Mar season have been recorded: 5-year-old Nevisian Sunrise, according to ABC San Diego, “collided with a stationary object” Friday and was euthanized. Yesterday, 4-year-old Ghostem suffered a “non-operable musculoskeltal injury” training and was also euthanized.

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  1. Collided with a stationary object…?
    Every single day…more and more animal abuse at the race tracks!….

  2. There was some pretty good media coverage of the deaths and the previous jockey injury on the local news last night. Another horse was vanned off yesterday as well. So much for Del Mar being “the safest race track in America “as they love to tout. No race track is safe.

  3. What do they do with the dead bodies? I looked into it a bit (no pun intended):
    • New York Agriculture and Markets Law § 377. Disposal of dead animals. The carcasses of large domestic animals, including but not limited to horses, cows, sheep, swine, goats and mules, which have died otherwise than by slaughter, shall be buried at least three feet below the surface of the ground or seventy‐two representative of the commissioner.

    • Officials with the West Virginia Racing Commission are trying to determine how a euthanized thoroughbred horse from Mountaineer Racetrack ended up in a Hancock County landfill.
    • “From conversations with Mountaineer Park management, it is the understanding of the Racing Commission that Mountaineer Park has an arrangement for the disposal of horse remains and the specific manner in which the disposal is to occur does not appear to have been followed in this case,” Joe Moore, the commission’s executive director, said in a statement Tuesday.
    • “With that said, the Racing Commission does not have any specific regulation that directs our racetracks to dispose of horse remains in any specific manner,” he said. Disgusting! (MH’s comment)

    • It “is” disgusting, Margaret! Thank you for reporting on what happened to a killed TB who died at Mountaineer Park: A landfill! Garbage, I guess, to them. I wish that the photo of the buried horse could be shown on a screen at the racetrack before a race. “Here lies (horse’s name). S/he was killed in a race at this race track. This is a landfill and here is where we dumped her/his body, like garbage. We LOVE our horses and grieve when they die, though! ” And the Racing Commission could care less what happens, obviously, or they would have regulations about the proper burial. This horse was NEVER LOVED except by her mother and s/he was stolen away from her as a young filly or colt, never to be loved or cared for properly, again.

      • “The Disposal of Bridget Moloney” posted under Everyday Obituaries on this blog on October 18, 2019, (60 comments).

  4. The only reason a horse would collide with a stationary object is if they are terrified and trying desperately to outrun a threat – like a whip wielding jockey or a trainer striking them repeatedly in the face (sound familiar?). A good 99% of people involved in the racing industry don’t have a damn clue how to work with horses, and it these all-too-common types of deaths prove it.

  5. Without having a video replay of the course of events that lead up to and including the horse named NEVISIAN SUNRISE colliding with a stationary object, I can only imagine what type of object this horse ran into.
    I didn’t see the ABC NEWS report on this, but I’m really glad that a national news media Network covered the story.

    A few years ago, I did see a video replay on YouTube of a different racehorse at a different place and time that jumped the railing to his left on a straight-a-way racetrack and ran into a pickup truck that was parked parallel to the racetrack. It was an unbelievably horrific sight!!!!! The horse hit the automobile with such great force, and the jockey went flying through the air from the momentum. At the very least, the pickup truck could have been parked in an appropriate parking area. All horseracing tracks should be under much more scrutiny whether they are regulated or not.

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