Del Mar to reduce turf racing for rest of meet

DEL MAR, Calif. (AP) — Deaths and injuries to horses on Del Mar's new turf course has led the track north of San Diego to reduce racing on the surface by about one-third for the rest of the summer meet that ends Sept. 3.

Nine horse have died since the summer meet began July 16. Four deaths occurred as part of racing on the turf course, one happened on the synthetic surface while racing, two came on synthetic during training hours and two were the result of heart attacks, according to a track spokesman.

Other immediate changes announced Friday include no more sprint races on the turf, no races for lower-level claiming horses on the surface and enhanced pre-race inspections of all horses.

All races at Del Mar will be run on the synthetic main track through Aug. 8. Turf racing will resume the following day.

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