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Filly Euthanized After Training Accident Days Before Breeders' Cup in Del Mar

The Del Mar Thoroughbred Club north of San Diego hosts the Breeders' Cup this weekend

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A 2-year-old filly was fatally injured in an accident during training hours at Del Mar on Wednesday.

Del Mar Thoroughbred Club President Josh Rubinstein announced the death during a safety briefing for the Breeders’ Cup, which will be held at the track north of San Diego on Friday and Saturday.

The filly named Set the Tone dumped her exercise rider and ran off, hitting a fence and severely injuring her shoulder. Veterinarians attempted to save her, but it wasn’t possible.

“A 2-year-old maiden filly named Set the Tone lost her rider while exercising this morning," Mac McBride, Media Director of the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, said in a statement. "She ran off and unfortunately hit a fence and injured her shoulder so severely that attending veterinarians said they had no choice but to euthanize her.”

The rider wasn’t injured.

Trained by Bob Hess Jr., Set the Tone was winless in three career starts, including two second-place finishes. She had career earnings of $12,300. She was a daughter of 2014 Belmont Stakes winner Tonalist.

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