Two Horses Dead, Jockey Hospitalized in Early Preakness Day Races

PicMonkey Collage - PreaknessIn a tragic start to one of America’s biggest horse-racing events, two horses died and jockey broke his collarbone at Saturday’s Preakness Day.

Earlier today at the Pimlico Race Course, a horse named Homeboykris collapsed and died just moments after he won the opening race of the day. Track officials are saying that the 9-year-old horse most likely passed due to cardiovascular collapse.

In a separate undercard race, the horse Pramedya encountered a muddy patch of the track that caused it to tumble and send jockey Daniel Centeno flying. Pramedya’s cannon bone was fractured by the fall, and the horse was euthanized on track. Centeno was led away in an ambulance after the event, and officials later confirmed the extent of his injuries.

The bodies of both horses will be taken to New Bolton Center in Pennsylvania for autopsies. Pramedya’s owners have not issued a statement on the incident yet, but ABC received word from Homeboykris’ owner, Jan Klein, who said “We are all just heartbroken,” by his passing.

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