We often hear of collisions on the highway or car race tracks. But collisions in the horse racing track? Yes, it does happen and it is not a pretty sight.

Just this week, we witnessed such an event when Raspberry Miss, a 2-year-old filly died following a collision with another horse. This happened at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky. The Washington Post has this story:

The filly, trained by Ken McPeek, was standing near the finish line during a morning training session when Doctor Rap dumped jockey Tony Farina and took off. Doctor Rap, a 3-year-old colt trained by David Carroll, ran into the back of Raspberry Miss, sending both horses to the ground.

Raspberry Miss was taken to Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, Ky., with multiple fractures and lacerations in her pelvis. Veterinarian Larry Bramlage recommended she be euthanized, but the filly died from shock before being administered an injection. . . .

When I first heard of the news, I thought that the accident occurred during a race. I was dismayed because I know that the authorities have been working hard to accredit race tracks in order for safety measures to clearly in place. We all know how dangerous the sport can be, after all. But after realizing that the accident occurred outside of an event, I was even more dismayed. There are no details about what spooked the other horse, and we can’t really point fingers here, but this is something that authorities should look at, don’t you think?

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