While training at the Del Mar racetrack in California, two racehorses died Thursday morning iduring what many are calling a “freak accident.”
It happened after Charge A Bunch threw off rider Geovanni Franco and made a U-turn. While running the wrong way along the track, Charge A Bunch ran into Carson Valley. Both racehorses were killed.
Assael Espinoza, Carson Valley’s rider, was taken to the hospital for evaluation, according to Del Mar Thoroughbred Club officials. There were no injuries to Franco.
Bob Baffert, Caron Valley trainer, describes it as a very unfortunate accident and as a shock to everyone in the barn. He states they work every day to take the best care of their horses. However, sometimes, freak accidents occur that are beyond anyone’s ability to control. This is one of those times. They are very sad for the horses and everyone involved.
Joel Rosario’s horse, Stormy Liberal, #4, wins the 2017 Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint at the Del Mar racetrack.
Death Of Two Racehorses In California
This episode follows the death of 30 horses in less than a year at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California. Jerry Hollendorfer, Hall of Fame trainer, wathe racetrack as a result.
Kathy Guillermo, the group’s senior vice president, says that the horses’ lives were taken from them by the racing industry. PETA requests that Del Mar and all other California racetracks release records of horses who have gotten loose on the tracks. They also urge the California Horse Racing Board to launch a full investigation to eliminate the dangers of training.
In a statement, she says that saying that deaths are inevitable in racing is like saying a swim team can’t compete without drowning. If racing can’t be done without horses dying, then people shouldn’t race with them.