Horse Dies During Race at Downs In Albuquerque

Aug 5, 2013

A horse died and his jockey was badly injured during a race at the Downs at Albuquerque after the animal broke a leg bone, collapsed and died on the track.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that jockey Macario Rodriguez was in satisfactory condition at University of New Mexico Hospital after his horse, Rasken, collapsed while in the lead Friday during the opening day of races at the track.

A state veterinarian determined that the nature of Rasken's injury didn't warrant a full necropsy to look for illegal drugs.

But Vincent Mares, executive director of the New Mexico Racing Commission, says the horse's blood and urine were collected and will be sent to a California university lab, which will also test for drugs.

Mares says the jockey suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

Information from: Albuquerque Journal. 

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