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Two horses died in Del Mar after the collision



Two horses suffered a deadly injury Thursday morning after a crash at a training accident at the Del Mar racetrack in California, a spokeswoman for the track confirmed on Thursday.

The accident took place around 6:30 a.m. P.T. when the Charge a Bunch, a 2-year-old colt uncovered by Carla Gaines, ran a rider Giovanni Franco and ran the wrong way down the track.

A bunch charged then contravened Carson Valley, an uncovered 3 year old trained by Bob Baffert who worked in the opposite direction.

Del Mar said on ESPN on Thursday that horses were euthanized shortly after the accident but eventually clarified that the horses died in the collision.

The Carson Valley rider, Assael Espinoza, was taken to a hospital complaining of lower back pain. According to the Daily Racing Form, Franco does not need medical attention.

"It's a very unfortunate accident and it's a shock to everyone in the barn," Baffert told a news release. "We work every day to use the best care of our horses but sometimes the accidents that occur are more than anyone's ability to control. It was one of those days and we were so sad for the horses and everything involved. "

Del opened the 80th season of Wednesday's race following the extreme spring where 30 horses died at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California. The industry is under heavy study which has caused ripple effects on tracks across the country, sparking new safety reforms on multiple tracks, including Del Mar.

Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer, with four horses inaugurated in Santa Anita spring, was also banned from a number of tracks, including Del Mar. Hollendorfer filed a legal complaint against Del Mar seeking a restraining order to run his horse on the track.


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