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Race Track Fire Kills At Least 24 Thoroughbreds

July 31, 1995

HENDERSON, Ky. (AP) _ An early morning fire destroyed a barn at the Ellis Park race track Monday, killing at least two-dozen thoroughbred horses.

Stable hands ran through the blazing barn and released some horses so they could run to safety. One groom was slightly burned trying to free the horses.

The No. 2 horse at the Kentucky Derby, Tejano Run, was in a barn away from the fire and was not hurt.

The track has 40 barns handling about 1,000 horses. Richard Schnaars, the park’s vice president and general manager, put the number of dead at 24 to 26 horses, including two that were destroyed due to injuries.

Schnaars said he could not immediately estimate the value of the horses killed. ``You have million-dollar horses, and you have $5,000 horses,″ he said.

Two of the dead included Deal Ya and Coax For a Kiss, both of which won races Sunday at Ellis Park, Schnaars said.

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