By JEFF NAHILL firstname.lastname@example.org
DEL MAR — Two more thoroughbreds were fatally injured during training hours on Monday, bringing the total number of deaths during Del Mar’s meet to 10, track officials confirmed on Wednesday.
Rejuvenating, an unraced 2-year-old filly trained by Jenine Sahadi, suffered a condylar fracture to her right front leg after completing a 6-furlong workout on Del Mar’s Polytrack.
Point Guard, a 3-year-old son of Afleet Alex trained by Eoin Harty, suffered a right front ankle injury after a 5-furlong workout.
The two deaths were the fifth and sixth during morning training hours. Two other horses died as a result of accidents during races on Polytrack, and two others as a result of injuries suffered on the turf course.
“We don’t see any similarities,” track CEO Joe Harper said. “I haven’t had anyone come to me and say this track is breaking down horses. I wish I knew the answer and we could do something about it.”
Harper said he has talked to horsemen and exercise riders, and they are in agreement that the Polytrack is “good.” Harper also said Polytrack superintendent Richard Tedesco has canvassed numerous barns asking questions.
“He’s the most visible guy I’ve seen,” Harper said. “The only thing that we have come up with is that when you race in the afternoon, you have to be checked by three vets and there is a lot less potential for a sore horse to get on the track.
“No one is looking at them in the mornings, plus there are some 1,800 horses on this track in the mornings.”
Rejevenating was a $5,000 yearling purchase, who had just finished her seventh workout at Del Mar. The daughter of Kafwain worked 6 furlongs in 1 minute, 15.30 seconds.
Point Guard worked 5 furlongs in 1:04.60. It was his second workout on the Polytrack. He finished fifth in his career debut at Hollywood Park, earning $1,000.