Two more “athletes” have been killed at “Cool as Ever” Del Mar. Thursday, 3-year-old Flaming Vixen snapped a leg – “bad step,” says the chartwriter – in the 5th and was subsequently euthanized. Curiously (not really, of course), the chart merely had Flaming as “pulled up, vanned off”; The San Diego Union-Tribune reports that the pentobarbital was injected right there on the track. Yesterday, 4-year-old Adair went down in the 1st: (The Union-Tribune) “On the same day a dozen protesters gathered at the edge of the parking lot to protest horse deaths at Del Mar, another horse died. Adair…broke down about 125 yards from the finish line and was euthanized. Adair was the fifth horse to suffer a fatal breakdown here this fall and the fourth in a 26-race span beginning Sunday.” That’s four dead horses in 26 races.
Note to Del Mar president and CEO Joe Harper: You can no longer defend the indefensible. Your industry – at its core, but a gambling mechanism – kills horses, every day. Cease and desist. Cease and desist.