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18th horse death reported at Saratoga Race Course

18th horse death reported at Saratoga Race Course

Attributed to non-race-related causes
18th horse death reported at Saratoga Race Course
Saratoga Race Course's Union Avenue entrance.
Photographer: ERICA MILLER

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Another thoroughbred horse died over the weekend, bringing the summer meet's death toll to 18.

That Mr. P, a horse that started in four races at this year’s summer meet at Saratoga Race Course, was euthanized Saturday after being treated at a local equine hospital for acute colic, or severe abdominal pain, a state Gaming Commission spokesman said.

The death marks the second horse fatality this year that track officials attributed to non-race-related causes or training, according to the gaming commission. On Aug. 7, Duquesne Whistle was euthanized, also after suffering abdominal pain.

Gaming Commission and New York Racing Association officials last week announced new safety measures, after the racetrack’s 17th equine fatality of the year on Aug. 19 set a new record for horse deaths at the track. 

The changes include an increased regulatory veterinary presence at the track during training, state-of-the-art horse monitoring and comprehensive trainer education on common thoroughbred injuries and ways to prevent them, according to track officials. 

Of the 16 horse deaths not related to illness, eight have occurred during training, which started in April. Eight horses have died while racing at Saratoga this summer. 

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