Del Mar is having lots of problems this year.
"A substantial group of animal rights advocates, with local television cameras not far behind, made their voices heard at the California Horse Racing Board's full monthly meeting Aug. 25 at Del Mar.
The point of contention was the recent deaths at Del Mar during training and racing. Several members of the greater San Diego and animal rights communities criticized the racetrack, the CHRB, and the sport of horse racing in the governing body's allocated time for public comment."
"But just as other tourism and hospitality services have seen a change in perception about SeaWorld and Orcas, and about zoos and how they display animals, the perception of people and animals is changing."
"Some of the speakers said that 19 horses have died at Del Mar since the meeting began July 15. CHRB spokesman Mike Marten cited equine medical director Dr. Rick Arthur, who has documented 16 deaths during the meet. But minutes from the Del Mar stewards indicate 16 deaths through Aug. 14 and at least one horse, All the Marbles, broke down since, when he was training on the turf Aug. 21 and had to be euthanized."
"Del Mar has a black eye and it's getting blacker," added Ronnie Steinall. "How many horses have to die before you shut down the track and conduct a legitimate investigation so no one else gets hurt? ... We are not going to go away. We have a loud message to spread all over the world regarding tragedies in the horse racing industry.
"We let the world know about the atrocities at SeaWorld. It lost $84 million in the first quarter of 2016 alone and without a radical change in its business model, it will shut down."http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/214521/del-mar-critics-speak-out-at-chrb-meeting