First racing fatility at Del Mar

Mi Rey, an 8-year-old gelding, suffered a front right leg injury at the head of the stretch in Wednesday’s third race at Del Mar, dumping jockey Rafael Bejarano. Mi Rey, trained by Doug O’Neill, had to be euthanized, becoming the first afternoon fatality of the Del Mar meet. Another horse, maiden claimer Mad for Plaid, broke down during Sunday morning training and had to be euthanized.

Bejarano, who had his streak of six consecutive SoCal riding titles snapped by Joel Rosario at the just-concluded Hollywood Park spring-summer meet, remained down on the track for quite a few minutes before being taken to first aid to get checked out. No official word yet on Bejarano’s condition.

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