The deaths of two horses and injuries overshadowed racing at Hollywood Park on Saturday.
In the $100,000 Vernon O. Underwood Stakes won by Pacific Ocean, runner-up Irrefutable collapsed and died just after he was unsaddled. Track officials said the 5-year-old, one of three horses in the race for trainer Bob Baffert, probably had a heart attack.
Earlier, in the fourth race, the 5-year-old favorite, Waltzing With Blue, was euthanized after injuring his left front leg. Jockey Daniel Vergara was thrown to the turf when the horse was injured and was briefly hospitalized.
A horse injury also was involved in the $250,000 Citation Handicap, in which Jeranimo beat War Element by 2 3/4 lengths.
Bob Black Jack, making his second start after a 20-month layoff and running for the first time on turf, weakened in the stretch, did not finish and had to be taken off in a van with a front left leg injury.
Source: The Los Angeles Times via The Associated Press