WVRC Eyes Independent Review of Head-On Collision
The West Virginia Racing Commission (WVRC), as part of an investigation into a head-on collision during a Dec. 13 race at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races, said it will look into funding to pay for an independent review of the incident.
The collision was triggered when a horse threw its rider heading into the second turn of a three-turn race, turned, and ran the opposite way along the rail up the homestretch before colliding with another horse on the far turn. The warning system, which includes a siren and lights at four points on the racetrack, wasn’t activated.
Charles Town officials said neither jockey was seriously injured, though Shuler Stables’ Frisky Dixie, who was hit by the riderless Winningaswespeak, was euthanized from collision-related injuries.
John Myers, WVRC executive director, held a conference call Dec. 15 with Charles Town officials and stewards at the
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