Four riders hurt, three horses dead after collision during race at Fonner Park Sunday – KSNB

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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) – A collision during a race at Fonner Park in Grand Island on Sunday ended with four riders injured and three horses dead.
The incident occurred during the eighth and final race of the day, two horses collided causing three jockeys and their horses to fall on the track.
The race continued, and a riderless horse crashed into the horse of the track’s outrider at full speed, which severely injured both horses.
Two horses had to be euthanized from their injuries, and one of the horses who took the initial fall in the race was pronounced dead due to what is believed to be a broken neck.
Two jockeys were released from the hospital with minor injuries. Another jockey will undergo surgery for a repair of a fractured humerus bone Monday. He also suffered a separated shoulder. The outrider suffered a concussion and injury between the lung and chest wall. Neither of the latter have been released from the hospital.
“It makes me sick to my stomach to see any horse or its rider be involved in such a horrifying tragedy. Today’s accident was a stark reminder of the ever-present hazard of horseracing. The jockey’s and outrider were performing their dangerous professions, which the vast majority of the time ends without incident,” said Chris Kotulak, Fonner Park CEO. “I was pleased to see the incredibly quick reaction from all of the first responders. All of my staff, security and the emergency medical personnel did exactly what they have been trained to do.”
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