Aqueduct Cancels Card
Mar. 20, 2002
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NEW YORK (AP) _ Two horses broke down in the first race at rain-soaked Aqueduct on Wednesday, and track officials canceled the rest of the nine-race program.
In the 7-furlong race over a track listed as muddy, Emily's Pleasure broke her left ankle while running around the far turn. She was euthanized on the track.
A few seconds earlier, odds-on favorite East Coast Country injured her right front tendon but continued around the track before jockey John Velazquez was able to pull up the horse.
After conferring with the jockeys, New York Racing Association officials called off the remaining eight races.
``It was determined that with the very heavy rain and the inclement weather, it would be best to stop the races,'' NYRA steward David Hicks said.
Richard Migliore, the rider aboard Emily's Pleasure, said that during warmups before the race the track seemed ``inconsistent.''
``Nearing the far turn, my horse bobbled and shortly thereafter she broke down,'' he said. ``It's just unfortunate what happened here.''
Neither jockey was injured.