Horse Breaks Front Legs in Race
Jun. 10, 2000
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) _ Principal Affair, a 4-year-old filly, broke both her front legs during Friday's featured ninth race at Churchill Downs and was destroyed.
The daughter of 1993 Belmont Stakes champion Colonial Affair injured herself as she entered the first turn in the 1 1/16-mile race for fillies and mares 3 and older. Her jockey, Shane Sellers, was thrown to the dirt but was not injured.
Track crews assisted the fallen horse, while the rest of the seven-horse field was pulled up in the backstretch. Principal Affair was euthanized on the track by a veterinary squad.
The race was declared a ``no contest'' by track officials. All wagers on the race were refunded.
``For the safety of all the participants it was a necessity to declare the race a 'no contest,''' said Bernard Hettel, the track's chief steward. ``Our main concern in this situation is for the safety of the participants in the race.''