Video of two recent kills at Del Mar has surfaced. The first, courtesy of TMZ, shows the lifeless body of Bobby Abu Dhabi after he “collapsed” while training July 22. The second, from KGTV, is the unedited replay of Irish Spring’s death in the 10th Saturday.
Regarding the above, Del Mar’s Mac McBride told the station: “I would say it is a little bit unusual for us to lose two horses in this way.” Yes, Mr. McBride, no two deaths are exactly the same, but fatal collapses and mortal collisions are anything but unusual in your line of work. Still, in the grand scheme, what does it matter how they die? To the 27 horses who perished at your track in 2016, the circumstances are wholly irrelevant. They are dead – the same as Bobby Abu Dhabi and Irish Spring.