2 Horses Die In Races Before Preakness

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Two race horses died Saturday at Pimlico Race Course, site of the Preakness Stakes to be held later in the day.

Homeboykris collapsed after the first race of the day while walking back to his barn. The horse, a 9-year-old gelding, won the race but died after leaving the winner’s circle.

Pramedya fractured a cannon bone while running on grass in the fourth race and was euthanized on the track. According to The Washington Post, jockey Daniel Centeno also broke his collarbone in the fall.

Both horses will have necropsies done at New Bolton Center Hospital in southeastern Pennsylvania, Pimlico spokesman David Joseph said. He didn’t give a preliminary cause of death for Homeboykris.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals called on the horses’ owners “to release veterinary records & complete list of medications that horses were administered before #Preakness races.”