first_img Posted: July 18, 2019 Updated: 1:02 PM KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwittercenter_img DEL MAR (KUSI) – Two horses died at the Del Mar Fairgrounds race track Thursday morning after colliding during a training session, according to officials with the Del Mar Throughbred Club.The accident happened around 6:30 a.m. during a training session, Del Mar Throughbred Club spokesman Dan Smith said.The two horses, 3-year-old Carson Valley and 2-year-old Charge a Bunch, collided after Charge a Bunch unseated jockey Geovanni Franco, then turned sharply and ran in the wrong direction before colliding with Carson Valley, who was training alongside two other horses, according to a statement from the race track.Franco and the other two horses were uninjured in the collision, Smith said.The jockey riding Carson Valley, Assael Espinoza, complained of pain in his lower back and underwent a CAT scan at a local hospital, the Daily Racing Form said.Carson Valley was trained by Bob Baffert and Charge a Bunch was trained by Carla Gaines.“This was a very unfortunate accident and it is a shock to everyone in the barn,” Baffert said in a statement. “We work every day to take the best care of our horses, but sometimes freak accidents occur that are beyond anyone’s ability to control.”PETA Senior Vice President Kathy Guillermo issued a statement on the deaths of two horses who collided at the Del Mar racetrack “These 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 and urges the California Horse Racing Board to launch a full investigation in order to eliminate the dangers of training. 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, it shouldn’t be done at all.”The race track began its 80th racing season Wednesday. Two horses die after collision at Del Mar Racetrack July 18, 2019last_img

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