Day At The Track

Two horses die in tragic accident at Flamboro

04:53 PM 28 Mar 2014 NZDT
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Buckbuckbuck Mach, running the wrong way of the track, is about to collide head on with A Sudden Twist. Both horses died on the track.

Two harness racing horses died on impact Thursday night at Flamboro Downs after they collided in a tragic accident.

The accident occurred in the 12th and final race for the evening. It was a $3,800 pace for $5,000 claimers.

As the field went into the first turn, Buckbuckbuck Mach, driven by James MacDonald, was in third place and made a break, stuck in his toes and was immediately run into from behind by Stonebridge Wish, driven by Scott Coulter.

Both drivers were unseated and Buckbuckbuck Mach fell to the track and broke off his race bike. The drivers were able to get their feet and walked off into the infield. But Buckbuckbuck Mach had the misfortune to get back up and started to run the wrong way on the track.

As the field past the opening quarter mile and headed around the second turn, Buckbuckbuck Mach was at a full gallop the wrong way of the track, had ducked in towards the rail, avoided three horses, but then ran head first into A Sudden Twist, driven by Alfie Carroll.

The end result was that both horses died immediately on impact and luckily Alfie Carroll was able to escape serious injury.

By Steve Wolf, for

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