Officials Investigate Head-On Collision During Horse Race
An investigation into a head-on collision that led to the euthanization of a horse after a race at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races Dec. 13 did not result from malfunction of a warning system designed to alert riders to loose horses on the track, officials said Dec. 15.
The incident occurred in the fourth race at the Charles Town, West Virginia, track after Winningaswespeak, ridden by Carlos Marrero, clipped heels and lost the rider as the field made its way into the second of three turns in the 1 1/16-mile race. Winningaswespeak then turned in the other direction and ran along the rail through the stretch and around the first turn before colliding with Frisky Dixie, who was ridden by Carlos Castro.
Charles Town officials said neither jockey was seriously injured, though Shuler Stables’ Frisky Dixie was euthanized from collision-related injuries.
Charles Town director of racing operations Erich Zimny said Dec. 15 that track officials met with West Virginia Racing Commission (WVRC) state steward Danny Wright and the clocker who times the races. He also exchanged emails with track announcer Jeff Cernik, who attempted to warn the jockeys via the public address system during the race
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