Fans Demand Answers After Horse Falls During Race, Is Euthanized at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie

A 3-year-old horse was euthanized Saturday after it fell during a race at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie and sustained serious injuries.Moro Chief fell during the fourth race Saturday. The horse was immediately rushed off the track, where officials said veterinarians examined him and decided there was “no other choice” but to euthanize him.It was unclear whether the horse collapsed or was tripped up.“The safety of our equine and human athletes is our number one priority,” the park said on Facebook. “Over the years we have had a very good safety record, but any accident is thoroughly investigated to make sure there are no issues with our racing surfaces or our safety protocols.”The park’s Facebook page filled with comments from race-goers curious about Moro Chief’s fate. "Absolutely insane they haven't even mentioned anything," Chip Dimaano posted Monday, before the park commented with its statement.On Tuesday, Dennis Hobbs wrote that the park's patrons deserved more information. Dimaano replied, pointing out that the official statement wasn't shared as its own post, but "buried" in the comments.Lone Star Park did not respond to questions about the incident.The park said in its statement that the necropsy report will help determine whether Moro Chief had any pre-existing injuries. "All horses at Lone Star Park are observed by state veterinarians every time they set foot on the track, whether it be for morning training or for racing," the park said. "Horses showing any kind of soundness problems are not allowed to enter or race."  Continue reading...

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