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    Posted August 1, 2014 by
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    Del Mar Racetrack cancels races on Turf Track

     
    The racing season began for the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club (DMTC) on July 17, 2014. Just eleven racing days into the season, there have been an enormous number of racing related injuries.

    After another injury to, "Serious," a horse racing in the seventh race at Del Mar on July 31, 2014, The DMTC has opted to temporarily move all races to the poly-track for the second time, this season, following another closure of the newly updated Turf course last week.

    The horse injured Thursday was hospitalized for its injuries, but was expected to be euthanized. This, following seven other injuries within the first ten days of the racing season at Del Mar.

    In a statement put out by DMTC president and CEO Joe Harper, he states, “We are doing everything within our power to ensure a safe turf course. Our riders and our trainers have told us that it is a safe course from the start and they continue to support us in that regard. Preparing to resume turf racing next week will allow our crews to perform additional safety measures.”

    The DMTC also posted a public press release today on their website, that outlines the changes to the track in the coming week.

    Those changes include:

    •No turf sprints will be conducted
    •No races for claiming horses will be written for the turf
    •Because of the provisions stated above, overall turf racing will be reduced by approximately one-third at the meet, allowing for additional aggressive maintenance
    •Renown surface expert Dr. Michael (Mick) Peterson has been enlisted as a track consultant
    •Pre-race inspections of all racehorses will be enhanced
    •All racing at Del Mar will be conducted on its Polytrack main track through next Friday;

    The DMTC concluded by explaining that turf racing is scheduled to return Saturday, August 9, 2014.

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