WVRC Eyes Independent Review of Head-On Collision

The Dec. 13 collision led to a horse being euthanized after a race at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races.
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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 track

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Tom LaMarra, a native of New Jersey and graduate of Rutgers University, has been news editor at The Blood-Horse since 1998. After graduation he worked at newspapers in New Jersey and Pennsylvania as an editor and reporter with a focus on municipal government and politics. He also worked at Daily Racing Form and Thoroughbred Times before joining The Blood-Horse. LaMarra, who has lived in Lexington since 1994, has won various writing awards and was recognized with the Old Hilltop Award for outstanding coverage of the horse racing industry. He likes to spend some of his spare time handicapping races.

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