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Two horses killed at Woodbine

The TORONTO SUN (Aug 2, 2020) reports:

The dangers of thoroughbred horse racing were in full view on Sunday at Woodbine Racetrack when two horses — Mary of Scotts and Ruggero — were killed and two jockeys hurt.

In Race 2, the 4-year-old dark bay filly Mary of Scotts collapsed in the final turn, launching jockey Justin Stein to the ground. Stein suffered a sprained thumb and had to book off the rest of his races. Mary of Scotts was owned, trained and bred by Paul Buttigieg.

In race No. 4, the Roger Attfield-trained Grazely went down heading into the final turn, dislodging rider Rafael Hernandez who was not seriously hurt and was able to keep racing on the day. Grazely, a 3-year-old chestnut colt, took out 4-year-old gelding Ruggero, who also went down. Ruggero’s jockey, Jerome Lermyte, hit the track hard, but got up under his own steam and was alert, though the French rider was taken to a nearby hospital for further evaluation. Grazely avoided serious injury and walked off after the fourth race. Ruggero passed away on the track.

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2 thoughts on “Two horses killed at Woodbine”

  1. Horse racing has become one of those sports where the spectators are only there wanting to see a disaster! They don’t care about the horses welfare, or the jockey’s. They don’t care about the betting. They just want to see the bloodletting. Just like some other sports. Truly sick.


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