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Safety of Equine Athletes Critical for Integrity of the Sport

The worst part of our sport reared its ugly head on one of racing’s biggest days when two horses lost their lives on the May 21 Preakness Stakes program from Pimlico Race Course in Maryland. The two incidents were unrelated and likely unpreventable. In the day’s first race, the 9-year-old Homeboykris – a Grade 1 winner at 2 who ran in the 2010 Kentucky Derby but had fallen into lower-level claiming races in recent years – collapsed and died shortly after a victorious stretch run and having his picture taken in the winner’s circle for the 14th time in 64 career starts. Three races later, a 4-year-old filly by Harlan’s Holiday named Pramedya suffered a catastrophic leg fracture racing on the Pimlico turf course. She was euthanized by an attending veterinarian behind the dreaded blue screen at the top of the stretch. Reactions were extreme. The popular conservative news site,…

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