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Two Horses Die Ahead Of Preakness Stakes

Submitted by on May 21, 2016 – 5:35 pmNo Comment

Two horses died in separate incidents at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore today, in early races ahead of the 141st running of the Preakness Stakes. The deaths cast a dark shadow on one of thoroughbred racing’s biggest and most publicized events, a race that is part of the Triple Crown series.

According to Reuters, Homeboykris, a 9-year-old horse that ran in the 2010 Kentucky Derby, collapsed and died after winning the first race. And during the fourth race, Pramedya, a 4-year-old filly, collapsed on the turf and broke a leg. The horse was euthanized on the track.

Pramedya’s jockey broke his clavicle, and was taken to the hospital.

The track was very muddy and in poor condition after heavy rains leading up to the races.

This isn’t the first time Pramedya’s owners have lost a horse due to an injury at the Pimlico. They also owned 2006 Kentucky Derby and Churchill Downs winner Barbaro, who broke his leg during the Preakness the same year. Barbaro received surgeries to heal his leg, but died the following year after many complications.

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