A horse on the race track at Fort Erie for a post parade just before it went into the starting gate got spooked and a trainer was critically injured over the weekend.
Prior to the race on Sunday, the horse got spooked and bolted. Its rider fell off and the horse careened into a fence, injuring a nearby trainer.
The trainer was taken to Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo with critical injuries. The horse, 4-year-old Just Like David, also sustained critical injuries from the incident and was euthanized.
This is the first serious incident at the Fort Erie Race Track since the Fort Erie Live Racing Consortium assumed operations in January 2010.
The 8th and final race of Sunday’s card was canceled, as was training on Monday morning.
Training will resume on Tuesday, June 28. Live racing will continue as scheduled on Tuesday as well.