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First horse death at Saratoga Race Course

First horse death at Saratoga Race Course

Heartspoke died on Wednesday of a possible cardiovascular-related issue
First horse death at Saratoga Race Course
Horses at the Saratoga Race Course Saturday
Photographer: Erica Miller/Gazette Photographer

SARATOGA SPRINGS — The first equine death of the season at Saratoga Race Course occurred on Wednesday, according to the state Gaming Commission. 

The commission's website said thoroughbred, Heartspoke, collapsed on the race track and may have died from a cardiovascular-related issue. 

An investigation into the thoroughbred's death is continuing. 

Last season at Saratoga Race Course, 18 thoroughbreds died — surpassing the 2016 toll of 16. 

As a result in the uptick of equine deaths, the state Gaming Commission, the New York Racing Association and the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association announced new safety measures last season

According to the state Gaming Commission, the measures included increased regulatory veterinary presence at the track during training, “state-of-the-art” monitoring of horses and a more comprehensive education for trainers about common horse injuries at the state’s thoroughbred racetracks and prevention methods.

Heartspoke's trainer was Larry Rivelli and jockey was Javier Castellano. 

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