WRITTEN BY KEN LEISNER
Cross-posted from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch
COLLINSVILLE — A race horse was euthanized after a collision that injured two jockeys Tuesday during the third race at the Fairmount Park Race Track, a spokesman there said.
The accident occurred just as the horses turned into the final stretch of the 5 1/2-furlong race. The No. 2 horse, Shakkarena, ridden by jockey Robert Cummings, fell because of a leg injury. The No. 5 horse, She’s on Her Way, ridden by Rohan Singh, was unable to avoid the fallen horse.
Shakkarena was euthanized because of the serious leg injury, said Fairmount Park spokesman Jon Sloane. The other horse did not appear to be injured in the 1:55 p.m. spill.
There were three veterinarians at the track at the time of the accident, said Jim Lages, chief downstate steward for the Illinois Racing Board.
Lages said Shakkarena had suffered a compound fracture and was euthanized by injection.
Shakkarena was owned by Harry E. Lynch and trained by James R. Childers, reports the News-Democrat.