A horse trained by Bob Baffert was euthanized at Pimlico Race Course, the site of the Preakness Stakes, hours before the second leg of the Triple Crown on Saturday.
Havnameltdown suffered an «inoperable left foreleg» injury at Pimlico, and doctors made the decision to euthanize the horse.
«The loss of Havnameltdown will be felt throughout the horse racing community, and everyone at the Maryland Jockey Club and 1/ST Racing express their sincere condolences to the Havnameltdown connections,» 1/ST Racing, the owners of Pimlico Race Course .
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The horse’s jockey, Luis Sáez, was hospitalized after his fall from the horse – he is stable and conscious, the Pimlico owners said.
Havnameltdown’s death comes after seven horses died of multiple reasons in the days, and even hours, leading up to the Kentucky Derby.
One of the horses, Wild on Ice, was scheduled to take part in the Derby on May 6, while two other horses died at Churchill Downs hours before the race was due to start.
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Baffert was suspended from Churchill Downs for two years following a positive drug test on original 2021 Derby winner Medina Spirit. The horse was disqualified from the race and died that December.
PETA rang Churchill Downs on Derby day, calling it a «death camp.» On Saturday, they had similar sentiments about the Baltimore and Baffert Racetrack.
«Pimlico should have followed Churchill Downs’ lead and excluded Bob Baffert from the runway,» PETA said in a statement obtained by Fox News Digital. «Baffert has been implicated in drug scandals, the deaths of seven collapsing horses in California and at least 75 horses in his care have died. Havnameltdown’s tragic death is the latest in a long line of deaths. The racing industry You must kick the bad guys out or you will have blood on your hands and blood in your footprints.»
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Mage looks to continue his run for a Triple Crown later on Saturday.