Two Horses Euthanized, Three Jockeys Hospitalized After Crash at Racecourse in Hong Kong

Horses and jockeys hit the ground in an accident during the Longines Hong Kong Sprint / AP

Three jockeys were hospitalized and two horses euthanized due to injuries suffered on the track after an accident at Sha Tin Racecourse in Hong Kong.

During the race, jockey Lyle Hewitson’s horse, Amazing Star, lost its footing and fell. This triggered a pile-up, with other horses and jockeys hitting the ground as Hewitson and his horse were trampled by the rest of the field. According to TMZ, Hong Kong Jockey Club executive director Andrew Harding said three men were treated at the hospital with multiple injuries.

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All three survived, though Hewitson suffered a fractured hip and small brain bleed. Zac Purton fractured four ribs, a wrist and broke his nose. Yuichi Fukunaga, the third jockey, broke his collarbone. Amazing Star and Naboo Attack, the two horses injured, were euthanized.

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SOURCE: New York Post, Ethan Sears