AUSTINTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – A viewer alerted WKBN through Report It that there was a major accident at a horse race at the Austintown racino Saturday.
Penn National Spokesman Bob Tenenbaum confirmed the accident to WKBN, saying that during Saturday’s ninth race, four horses got bunched up, causing an accident. The accident seriously injured one horse, Can’thandletheheat, and track officials put the animal to death.
Medical personnel took the horse’s jockey, Luis Rivera, to St. Elizabeth’s Hospital for examination for possible concussion. There were 11 total horses in the race.
The race was one-eighth of a mile long, and the accident happened at the three-fourths mark of the race, according to Tenenbaum.
The horse’s death was the second fatality of a horse this year at the race course in Austintown, as compared to 3 fatalities at the race track last year.
The season runs from October to April.