DEL MAR, Calif. (AP) — Del Mar will shift two turf races scheduled for Sunday to the dirt and make other adjustments after the deaths of some horses since the summer meet began nearly two weeks ago.
Four deaths occurred on the seaside track's new turf course. As a precaution, the track said Saturday that it will move up scheduled maintenance on the turf course to that night instead of Sunday night as had been planned. The turf will be aerated and watered starting on Sunday.
Track crews will work on the turf through Tuesday and reposition the inner rail at the 18-foot position.
In a statement, the track said it is "deeply saddened by the loss of thoroughbred lives" since the meet began on July 16. It said that track officials continue to have the "utmost confidence" in the turf course, but they want to err on the side of caution by making adjustments.