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Pennsylvania Race Track asks for probe in horse deaths

Penn National Race Course is located 17 miles east of Harrisburg. From AP-

A central Pennsylvania racetrack is asking state officials to investigate a New Hampshire horseman after 10 of his horses were euthanized on the track in 13 months – two last week alone.

Penn National Race Course jockeys have refused to ride this week on or against horses owned by Michael Gill.

Penn National says eight Gill horses broke down last year and two more last week. Several jockeys tumbled Saturday when Gill’s Laughing Moon collapsed after a third-place finish.

Ten horses having to be killed is a lot but race horses are fragile animals being used at high speed. There is a good size element of risk involved.

Nevertheless, a investigation should be conducted. At the very least if Gill is innocent he should have his name cleared.

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