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


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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  • by Eddie Location: Michigan on Apr 28, 2009 at 08:05 PM
    If there were so many people there then where were the people trying to catch the running horse?? Where were the people yelling at the other jockeys to WATCH OUT! this could have been prevented if the jockey was paying attention to his surroundings! Bad luck.. NO Human error and carelessness!!!!! This could have been prevented.
  • by Love Animals on Apr 28, 2009 at 07:37 AM
    Animals shouldn’t be taken for granted or used for our own personal gain. I believe all animal; racing, fighting, and captivity (zoos) should be done away with! This is very tragic story.
  • by MG on Apr 28, 2009 at 07:34 AM
    Sometimes horses just spook and it can have nothing to do with the people in the stands. Think about when someone taps you on the shoulder and startles you and you jump. Well horses do that to but instead they stampede out of control. its their instinct to run from any percieved threat and sometimes that just happens.
  • by Sierra Location: Richmond on Apr 28, 2009 at 06:47 AM
    I agree. Our race horses are having too many "accidents" and many of these young beautiful animals are having to be euthanized because the injuries are so severe. The trainers need to remember that these race horses are young- usually between 2-4 years and therefore anything unfamiliar could spook them. A spooked horse is a danger to everything around it!
  • by Anonymous on Apr 28, 2009 at 04:04 AM
    Time for a change. When something like this happens it is completely terrible. Quote "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." Time to find out WHAT DID happen! Perhaps it is time for a change. I hate hearing of the death of a horse, especially when it is senseless!!!!


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