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Horse Dies at Pimlico day before Preakness Stakes

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    The three-year-old filly, Congrats Gal collapsed and died just after crossing the finishing line in last place at Pimlico, just one day before Preakness Stakes. It's unknown what the exact cause of death was at this point. The Stronach Group (track operators) said, "Congrats Gal suffered death after the eighth race. The incident occurred after the wire. Veterinarians attended to the horse immediately."

    I really hate seeing stuff like this happen. Some would say that the horses love racing and that it gives them a sense of purpose, but not to the point of death.. I can't imagine the cause of death being anything other than pure exhaustion and heat.

    I wonder if this will affect Preakness at all. I've seen that investigations are underway looking into what happened, but I can't really see them suspending it or anything, right?

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    That sucks. I remember this happening a few years back, in the 2016 Preakness actually where 2 horses died. I wrote a thread on here about it. The incident didn't effect the race as far as postponing it that year so I'm sure it'll be the same this time around. Curious that it was at the Preakness again..

    I like horse racing. I think its fun to watch. But just like when it happened last time, makes me second guess the need for the sport. Or at least how dangerous it can be for the horses. They need better regulation at the very least. I don't know.

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    SFriedman Wrote:

    That sucks. I remember this happening a few years back, in the 2016 Preakness actually where 2 horses died. I wrote a thread on here about it. The incident didn't effect the race as far as postponing it that year so I'm sure it'll be the same this time around. Curious that it was at the Preakness again..

    I like horse racing. I think its fun to watch. But just like when it happened last time, makes me second guess the need for the sport. Or at least how dangerous it can be for the horses. They need better regulation at the very least. I don't know.

    Well apparently there were 2 horse deaths yesterday. Both horses died on Stronach tracks, Santa Anita (Commander Coil) and Pimlico (Congrats Gal).

    "Better regulation" to these guys just means DO NOT let a horse die on the track in front of cameras/onlookers anymore.. Not to call conspiracy or anything, but I can't see these people caring too much about each individual horse. It seems like there's two polar opposite sides. One either absolutely loves the horse, or one only cares about the money involved. The ones with the money with most always win, unfortunately. There's just been too many horses die for this sport to think they'll ever allow themselves to take it down a notch or actually keep better standards. I think this is the 24th horse to die at Santa Anita since Dec. 26th. Those numbers scream that they just don't care.

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    PowerPlay Wrote:
    I think this is the 24th horse to die at Santa Anita since Dec. 26th. Those numbers scream that they just don't care.

    Seems like all these horses are dying in the undercard or lesser races at the same track.. do you think they have different protocols compared to the major 4 races? Have any horses ever died in a main Derby/Preakness/Belmont/Breeder Cup race?

    Maybe its also that horses in the undercard races aren't as strong and healthy.. so maybe there should be a conversation about doing away with the undercard and prelim races? Or raising the bar on the health and quality of the horse before they are allowed to compete? Something along those lines.

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