A horse collapses and dies halfway through the NJSS in East Rutherford, NJ

EAST RUTHERFORD – A 2-year-old filly died mid-race at the Meadowlands Racing track on Friday.

Fox Valley Adele was leading the pack in Race 6 of the New Jersey Sire Stakes 2-Year-Old Fillies Final, which is a harness race. The young horse was passed halfway through and almost immediately collapsed. Fox Valley Adele driver Marcus Miller was not seriously injured.

Meadowlands Racing said in a statement on social media that the horse died of a “possible heart attack or aneurysm”.

The race started around 8:20 p.m., according to a video of the event.

New Jersey 101.5 Chief Meteorologist Dan Zarrow, citing a weather station near the Meadowlands Environment Center in Lyndhurst, said the temperature at the time fell to 81 degrees with a heat index of 84. The temperatures earlier during the day had reached a high level. of 95.

PETA sent a letter Friday asking Monmouth Park in Oceanport to suspend racing due to the heat, New Jersey 101.5 reported.

“Horses are pushed to the limit every time they race, and the added stress of soaring temperatures can cause brain damage, collapse from heat stroke and life-threatening heart trauma,” wrote PETA.

Monmouth Park canceled a race on Sunday shortly before 3pm due to high temperatures in the 90s and did not resume racing until 4pm, BloodHorse reported. No horse deaths were reported at Monmouth Park over the weekend.

Animal Wellness Action executive director Marty Irby said in a statement that the death of Fox Valley Adele was a reminder of the importance of national oversight under the Horse Racing Integrity and Safety Act, which came into force on July 1.

“As the death toll continues to rise, these rampant deaths continue to turn the public away from bettors from the horse racing industry, and if these deaths don’t stop, harness racing in America will soon follow suit. way of the dinosaur.”

Includes earlier reports by Dan Alexander.

Rick Rickman is a reporter for New Jersey 101.5. You can reach him at [email protected]

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