Jockey Flavien Prat Injured and 2 Horses Euthanized
For just the fourth time since 1982, the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club raced with an ‘off’ track Sunday. And the condition of the track caused injuries and issues.
Jockey Flavien Prat was injured in the third race and pulled from the rest of his mounts Sunday. He was sent to a hospital for observation after his mount, We Go Now, stumbled leaving the gate. The horse was uninjured, but Prat noticed blood in his urine and was sent to Scripps La Jolla hospital, where he spent the night.
“He has to spend the evening in the hospital to keep an eye on the bleeding that is in his urine,” Lawson told the Daily Racing Form Sunday night.
Prat was scheduled to ride Midnight Storm in the $100,000 Native Diver Stakes Sunday. He was replaced by Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith, who rode Midnight Storm to a decisive 7 ¾ length victory.
Unfortunately, two horses were euthanized after fracturing their front legs. Trixie Topper in the first race and Trump Diesel in the fifth were each put down in the barn area following their race injuries.
The incidents raised questions about the condition of the track, which was hit by a series of rain squalls over a span of 20 hours.
Chilling gusts topping 30 miles per hour swept the grounds that were drenched by three-quarters of an inch of rain Saturday afternoon and evening. More squalls swept the grounds overnight, although little rain fell after the first post at 12:30 p.m.
Sunday’s two turf races — including the co-featured Cecil B. DeMille Stakes — were moved to the dirt main track, which opened the day as muddy but was upgraded to good between the third and fourth races.
Before Sunday, the last time Del Mar was rated anything other than fast were July 28, 2015 (after morning thunderstorms), Sept. 6, 1991, and Sept. 6, 1982.