Pennsylvania Standardbred Racehorse Deaths Probed

Authorities are investigating two unrelated incidents occurring 15 minutes apart at The Meadows Racetrack.
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Agricultural authorities in Pennsylvania are investigating a pair of unrelated incidents occurring 15 minutes apart involving the deaths of Standardbred racehorses at The Meadows Racetrack and Casino in Washington, Pa.

Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture Press Secretary Samantha Elliott Krepps said that on Feb. 4 one horse expired during a live race at the Meadows.

A necropsy of that animal is under way, she said. Results are expected within 30 and 45 days.

Fifteen minutes later the second horse was euthanized after breaking its leg, Krepps said, adding that an evaluation of circumstances surrounding the deaths is under way

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Pat Raia is a veteran journalist who enjoys covering equine welfare, industry, and news. In her spare time, she enjoys riding her Tennessee Walking Horse, Sonny.

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