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Two horses died following a head-on collision during training Thursday, a day after the start of the 2019 Del Mar racing season.
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“There were three horses breaking from the starting gate," Director of the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club Joe Harper said. “The horse made a U-turn, that was galloping.”

Charge A Bunch with jockey Geovanni Franco turned and ran head-on into Carson Valley and jockey Assael Espinoza, DMTC said.

“Both [horses] suffered cervical fractures and both were dead on the racetrack,” Dr. Rick Arthur said.

Arthur, Equine Medical Director at UC Davis School of Veterinarian Medicine, is assigned full-time to the California Horse Racing Board.

Both men said the safety protocols for training on the track during morning workouts were being followed at the time of the collision.
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“Horses run into each other [on] tracks, in the farm, out in the wilderness,” he said. “This is just one of those thankfully very rare, unfortunate accidents.”

Within hours, PETA's Senior Vice President Kathy Guillermo was calling for the CHRB to launch an investigation.

"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 statement read in part.

The bodies of the horses will be sent to a lab in San Bernardino to determine more details on their fatal injuries, Arthur said.

Both jockeys were thrown from their horses but were described as "fine" by the track officials.

The racing season opened Wednesday under a shroud of controversy following a series of horse deaths at Santa Anita Racetrack in the Los Angeles area. Their racing season ended with 30 horse deaths and the banning of Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer.
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Muriel Schwenck

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“Horses run into each other [on] tracks, in the farm, out in the wilderness,” he said. “This is just one of those thankfully very rare, unfortunate accidents.”
That is totally a freak accident, due to a young novice horse getting confused or startled.
I hope people unfamiliar with horses don't think they ever intend to run at each other head on like rams.
Lots of body contact, shoulder bumping, nipping, kicking is how they work on the pecking order. Shouldering another horse's side while running is a trick they use to slow another down, it's normal behavior in nature. On the track, the jockey keeps the horse from interfering with another, or they are disqualified. Of course any equestrian keeps their horse straight, and doesn't let it interfere with another.
Jockey is one of the most dangerous professions.
 
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The attached video is from 2014 and the horse that fell broke it's leg. Same day as that, on a different field, a different horse was injured and had to be put down.

2016 saw 16 horses die, in races or training, in the attached video they mentioned 9 that died the year before (2013)

Seriously Del Mar and Santa Anita need to be closed
 

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Sejanus

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Think this is bad?
Google Calgary Stampede Chuck Wagon Races deaths.
It is horrible.

As for PETA, fukkem!
Most of their stuff is rather misleading.
They remain a number 1 euthanizer of adoptable animals in their facilities.
 
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