Horse racing officers defended their choice to carry races at Del Mar Thoroughbred Membership this weekend regardless of the intense warmth wave gripping Southern California.
A small variety of animal rights activists protested on the observe Saturday, arguing that forcing horses to run in excessive warmth was merciless and calling for the observe to cancel races scheduled over the Labor Day weekend as a result of ongoing warmth wave that has gripped your complete state.
However officers with the observe and the state regulatory board mentioned precautions have been in place to guard the animals.
“Stewards and veterinary private have been always monitoring the climate at Del Mar and calculating the warmth index (temperature plus humidity, minus wind velocity),” mentioned Mike Marten, California Horse Racing Board spokesman.
“At no time has the warmth index risen to the purpose of cancellation. Nonetheless, horsemen and all involved have been taking steps to guard the horses, largely by ensuring they at all times have loads of water and by hosing them down ceaselessly. Veterinary personnel report there have been no critical incidents attributable to the climate/racing,” Marten added.
Del Mar spokesman Mac McBride instructed Metropolis Information Service that there have been “no issues with warmth” on the observe this weekend, including that the “ocean breezes works to our benefit.”
The CHRB makes use of one thing known as the Warmth Stress Index to find out when it’s too sizzling to carry races. The quantity is calculated by including the present temperature and relative humidity.
If that quantity exceeds 175, no racing or coaching is permitted.
If it exceeds 160, any willpower to proceed with racing or coaching requires the approval of the stewards based mostly upon a suggestion from the official or affiliation veterinarian.
If exceeds 150, horses’ cooling mechanisms are decreased and supplemental cooling have to be offered, based on the CHRB.
In keeping with the Nationwide Climate Service, the temperature reached 89 levels in Del Mar on Saturday with relative humidity topping out at 82. The excessive was 86 Sunday, with relative humidity reaching the low 70s.