Horse Drowns In ‘Freak’ Accident At Delta Downs

by | 11.20.2015 | 1:16pm

A racemare walking back to her barn after schooling in the paddock Thursday night at Delta Downs got loose and drowned in a retention pond.

Trainer Karl Broberg said his groom tried to save 7-year-old Cajun Chu Chu, but the groom also got stuck in the pond and had to be pulled to safety.

“Cold and muddy, but he was fine,” said Broberg. “It was as freak an accident as you'll ever see. There's definitely no fault to blame anywhere.”

Cajun Chu Chu had been entered in tonight's fourth race and was schooling in preparation for that claiming start. As she was returning to Broberg's barn, she broke free and wound up in a small pond adjacent to the track chute.

“If there's a way to get hurt, they're going to find it,” Broberg said. “What can you say? It was just a horrible freak incident.”

Owned by Wendy Campbell and bred in Louisiana by Gerald J. Menard, Cajun Chu Chu raced 27 times in her career, winning five and finishing 2nd or 3rd nine times. She earned $97,711.

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