Del Mar Focuses on Horse Safety as Summer Race Meet Approaches

Del Mar’s new safety initiatives include extensive reviews of horses entered to race, stricter medication rules, additional out-of-competition drug testing, and more.

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The most recent Jockey Club Equine Injury Database ranked Del Mar as among the safest major racetracks in the country with a rate of 0.79 fatal injuries per 1,000 starts in 2018. The national average of tracks reporting was 1.68. | Photo: Courtesy Ting Shen/Eclipse Sportswire/Breeders Cup
The operators of Del Mar Thoroughbred Club (DMTC), in Southern California, have announced a series of initiatives to enhance safety protocols and procedures as the track prepares to begin its 80th season of racing on July 17.

These initiatives build on effective safety and welfare measures track operators introduced over the last several seasons of racing and which led to Del Mar being recognized as one the safest racetracks in the U.S. in 2018, according to data from The Jockey Club’s Equine Injury Database.

“Del Mar continues to strive to provide the safest environment possible for our equine and human athletes for both racing and training,” said chief executive officer Joe Harper.  “We have a responsibility to implement the best practices for safety and welfare and the further responsibility to educate the public about these practices and about the extraordinary levels of care provided to our equine athletes

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