Four horses have died at the Del Mar Races since the beginning of August, bringing this summer’s racing death toll to a total of 16 animals, according to the California Horse Racing Board (CHRB).
According to the blog Horseracing Wrongs, there may have also been an additional death of a horse outside of the officially reported minutes during a training session related to the Del Mar Races. Official sources have not yet confirmed this horse fatality.
The latest Del Mar Stewards Minutes reported two fatalities between Aug. 8 to Aug. 14, two fatalities between Aug. 1 to Aug. 7, and one fatality between July 25 to July 31. This demonstrated a slight reduction in the number of horses dying at the races since the opening weeks in mid July.
There were a total of six horse deaths between July 18 and July 24, along with five fatalities between July 11 and July 17 this year.
In fact, this trend of horse fatalities does not represent a significant shift from previous years. In 2015, there were approximately 23 horse deaths, according to the Del Mar Stewards Minutes.
Back in 2014, there were 17 horse fatalities through the course of the Del Mar Races and related training sessions. In 2013 there were only 10 horse deaths. However, the races were a few weeks shorter than they have been in subsequent years.
In both 2012 and 2011, there were a total of 16 horse fatalities each year, according to the Del Mar Stewards Minutes. There was no data available for the number of horse fatalities in previous years.
Protests are continuing at the Del Mar Horse Races this weekend on Saturdays and Sundays.
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