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Horses Collide, One Dies

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Raspberry Miss, a 2-year-old filly, died

Monday following a collision with another horse at Churchill Downs.

The filly trained by Ken McPeek was standing near the finish

line during a training session Monday morning when Doctor Rap

dumped jockey Tony Farina and took off. Doctor Rap, a 3-year-old

colt trained by David Carroll, ran into the back of Raspberry Miss,

sending both horses to the ground.

Raspberry Miss was taken to Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in

Lexington with multiple fractures and lacerations in her pelvis.

Veterinarian Larry Bramlage recommended she be euthanized, but the

filly died from shock before being administered an injection.

"The fractures were caused from the fall and the other horse

landing on top of her," Bramlage said. "She just fell

awkwardly."

Doctor Rap was transported to Hagyard Equine Medical Institute

with non-life threatening injuries. Carroll said Farina was not

hurt but did not know the identity or the status of the rider on

Raspberry Miss.

Several horses training for Saturday's Kentucky Derby were on

the track at the time of the incident but were not affected.

"It's just bad luck," Carroll said. "There are a lot of

people in the grandstand watching the work, there's a lot of

distractions with the crowd. I don't know what happened."

Carroll said he had high hopes for Doctor Rap, who was scheduled

to make his debut later this spring. The horse was supposed to run

as a 2-year-old last summer before a leg injury ended his campaign.

"He's a real gentleman," he said. "He was real promising. I

guess he spooked."

Fatal collisions during training are rare but not unprecedented.

Record-setting 3-year-old gelding Tin Cup Chalice and 4-year-old

colt Zany were both euthanized after colliding during training at

Finger Lakes Game and Racetrack in New York last month.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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