Horse Collapses, Dies After Race at Santa Anita Sister Track in Baltimore

A horse ambulance removes the body of Congrats Gal after the horse died on the track after crossing the finish line in the Miss Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland, on May 17, 2019. (Credit: Rob Carr / Getty Images)

A horse ambulance removes the body of Congrats Gal after the horse died on the track after crossing the finish line in the Miss Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland, on May 17, 2019. (Credit: Rob Carr / Getty Images)

As Santa Anita enters a seventh consecutive week without a catastrophic horse fatality, sister track Pimlico Race Course had an on-track death after the conclusion of a graded stakes race on Friday, the second-biggest day of the 12-day meeting.

Congrats Gal, running in the Grade 3 Miss Preakness Stakes for 3-year-old fillies, collapsed and died just past the finish line after being eased through the final sixteenth of a mile. A catastrophic injury was unlikely, since the horse did not break down and was not euthanized. No cause of death was immediately announced, but when a horse dies in that manner the cause is most often a heart attack.

A necropsy will be performed.

“Congrats Gal suffered sudden death after the eighth race [Friday],” the Maryland Jockey Club and Stronach Group said in a statement. “The incident occurred after the wire. Commission veterinarians attended to the horse immediately. Our thoughts go out to all of the owners, trainers and connections of Congrats Gal.”

Read the full story on LATimes.com.

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