TribLIVE

| Sports


 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

State probes equine deaths at Meadows

TribLIVE Sports Videos

Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
 

No changes are planned at The Meadows Racetrack and Casino after two unrelated horse deaths occurred about 15 minutes apart this week, Meadows Racing president Mike Jeannot said.

Calling the coincidence of the deaths “unprecedented,” Jeannot said The Meadows remains committed to safety at the Washington County racetrack.

“We review the track conditions with the horsemen and judges every day before racing, and we get a lot of input on the safety of the horses, drivers and the trainers,” Jeannot said. “There's nothing for the track to gain by racing in unsafe conditions and nothing to gain for the horsemen to race when it's not safe.”

The first horse, 7-year-old mare Little Bit Tricky, died prior to the 14th race on the card Monday while “choking down,” which Jeannot said is similar to a heart attack but leaves the horse unable to breathe. It is not contagious and does not put other horses in jeopardy, Jeannot said. A necropsy is being performed. Results typically are available in 30 to 45 days.

The second horse, 8-year-old mare Lislea Isabella, broke a leg during the 15th race and was euthanized.

“What happened on Monday was unprecedented,” Jeannot said. “There is no link between the two horses or any of the other horses.”

The Pennsylvania Racing Commission, a division of the Department of Agriculture, is investigating. The commission investigates every situation at the track, spokeswoman Samantha Krepps said.

“There will be follow-through,” Krepps said, “and the commission will take action if evidence is discovered and proven that the trainer has violated the rules in any way.”

Karen Price is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach her at kprice@tribweb.com or via Twitter @KarenPrice_Trib.

 

 

 
 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Stories

  1. For Steelers outside linebacker Jones, size is not an obstacle
  2. Biden in Pittsburgh Thursday for fundraiser
  3. Monroeville firefighters hope hot photo calendar will help raise money
  4. Homeowners warned of bogus land surveyors
  5. Boston Marathon bombing victim marries his nurse
  6. Steelers cornerbacks Allen, Gay, Taylor have something to prove
  7. Pirates notebook: McCutchen returns to starting lineup; Alvarez out
  8. Medical pot advocates speak up at meeting with Sen. Folmer in Export
  9. Parade of Mustangs to kick off Connellsville’s Mum Festival
  10. Steelers notebook: Team cuts 15 players, including LB So’oto, RB Hall
  11. Attorney General drops charges against ‘upper-level’ heroin dealers
Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.