Memorial Planned for Horses as Matches Resumed

WELLINGTON, Fla. (AP) - Championship polo matches are scheduled
to resume in Florida four days after 21 prized horses from a
Venezuelan-owned team mysteriously died.
The International Polo Club Palm Beach plans a memorial ceremony
for the dead horses after the day's last match at the U.S. Open
Polo Championship.
Investigators are still stymied as they continue both a criminal
and a medical probe. Initial tests revealed internal bleeding but
no definitive cause. Authorities hope lab tests will reveal new
The horses belonged to the Lechuza Polo team. Team leader Juan
Martin Nero told a Venezuelan newspaper that the horses were given
a supplement that likely caused their deaths. The supplement is not
approved for horses in the U.S. but is widely used elsewhere.

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