Two jockeys injured, horse euthanized after collision at Fairmount Park

WRITTEN BY KEN LEISNER

People rush to aid jockeys Rohan Singh (center) and Robert Cummings after they were hurt in an accident in the third race at Fairmount Park on Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013. A horse that was injured was euthanized on the scene. Photo by Bill Coatney.
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People rush to aid jockeys Rohan Singh (center) and Robert Cummings after they were hurt in an accident in the third race at Fairmount Park on Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013. A horse that was injured was euthanized on the scene. Photo by Bill Coatney.

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.

Read full report at StLToday.com >>

Shakkarena was owned by Harry E. Lynch and trained by James R. Childers, reports the News-Democrat.

3 thoughts on “Two jockeys injured, horse euthanized after collision at Fairmount Park”

  1. I used to like horse racing. Then one day it hit me: those huge, steam-engine animals are balancing on teeny-tiny little ankles. And if anything goes wrong, BOOM! Down goes the horse. (Never mind about all the mysterious racing horse deaths and insurance fraud that goes along with it) – I never supported another race of horses again. Greyhounds, either for that matter…

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