A carriage horse drowned Monday night following a race at Northfield Park in Ohio, according to www.wkyc.com.
Freddie Hudson, CEO of the US Harness Racing Alumni Association, said WKYC that Alfred Hanover finished second in the second race of the night, but was spooked by a tractor when he was detached from the racing bike. The horse ran into the indoor pond and drowned.
The remaining races on the map have been cancelled.
“We are deeply saddened by the passing of racehorse Alfred Hanover and send our condolences to his owner, trainer and everyone involved,” said Matt Buckley, general manager of MGM Northfield Park. WKYC.
Buckely added that a fence around the pond should be completed next week.
The Ohio State Racing Commission said Fox 8 News they are investigating the incident: “We have also spoken with the management team at Northfield to better understand the circumstances of how the incident occurred and what steps are being taken to prevent this type of occurrence at the ‘coming.”
Read more on WKYC and Fox 8 News.