The Maryland Racing Commission, which has been investigating a rash of recent injuries at Laurel Park, issued a report Monday which did not identify a specific cause for the sudden increase in equine deaths.
According to an article in the Baltimore Sun, ten horses were injured and euthanized at the racetrack over a six-week period earlier this year. Since the time period covered – Jan. 9 through Feb. 15 – three more horses have been injured, although according to the Sun, it was unclear if any of those horses had to be euthanized.
The racing commission suggested in its report that the current safety protocols be tightened, and that there be an “increased study of fallen horses.”
“Obviously, it's a situation we're all very concerned about,” Bruce Quade, chairman of the racing commission told the Sun. “We're trying to be proactive in identifying the cause or causes, but at this point, there doesn't seem to be one single stand-alone factor. We're going to continue to review and re-emphasize the policies and procedures that are supposed to be followed.”
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