BALTIMORE, M.D.(AP) – In a tragic start to Preakness day, two horses died and a jockey broke his collarbone in the first four races.
Pramedya broke down around the turn in the fourth race, tumbled to the turf as jockey Daniel Centeno was thrown to the ground. Pimlico racing officials said the 4-year-old filly owned by Roy and Gretchen Jackson’s Lael Stables was euthanized on the track after breaking her left front cannon bone. Pramedya was bred and owned by the Jacksons.
Centeno was driven off in ambulance. Officials said he broke his right collarbone.
In the opening race, Homeboykris collapsed and died after his victory and having his picture taken in the winner’s circle. Track officials believe the 9-year-old gelding suffered cardiovascular collapse.
The horse is being taken to New Bolton Center in Pennsylvania for an autopsy. It’s the same animal hospital Barbaro was taken to after his injuries.
Homeboykris won the Champagne Stakes in 2009, and a year later finished 16th in the Kentucky Derby. He had just won his 14th race in 63 career starts.
Later Saturday, Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist takes on 10 rivals in the Preakness Stakes.