Two racehorses at Belmont Park died from a fireplace that broke out inside a barn on the racetrack, in keeping with officers from the Nassau County Police Division and the New York Racing Affiliation.
The Elmont Fireplace Division responded to the scene at Barn 60 shortly after the hearth was reported round 6 p.m. on Tuesday evening, adopted by the Valley Stream and Floral Park Fireplace Departments together with the Nassau and New York state Fireplace Marshals.
Officers stated three male racetrack staff suffered minor smoke inhalation and have been handled on the scene. The reason for the hearth nonetheless stays undetermined and an investigation is ongoing, in keeping with officers.
Officers stated 58 racehorses have been capable of be rescued, however the identical couldn’t be stated for American Sailor and Beastie D, the 2 that perished.
“The tragic lack of each horses shall be deeply felt by the exhausting working men and women of the New York racing group, who dedicate themselves to the game and to the care of those equine athletes,” racing affiliation President and CEO Dave O’Rourke stated in an announcement. “That collective dedication and sense of group was on show this night, when the heroic and selfless response of so many prevented additional loss and saved the lives of dozens of horses.”
The 2 horses have been below the carte of trainers Wayne Potts and Jeffrey Englehart. American Sailor gained the 2020 Troy Stakes race in Saratoga. Beastie D was a three-year-old Verrazano colt, in keeping with Potts.
Potts, in a Fb publish, expressed his gratitude to the officers that rescued the 58 different horses from the hearth and mirrored on the lives of the 2 that perished from the hearth.
“Thanks from the underside of my coronary heart to each single one in every of you that put yourselves in danger to ensure 58 horses are capable of see one other day,” Potts stated on Tuesday. “The actions of so many this night proved that this trade is a household with a fierce love of the horse that triumphs over anything.”
Potts stated Beastie D was “a person with an abundance of sophistication and potential” and lauded the significance American Sailor had in his life.
“American Sailor was aside of my household and took my operation to a brand new stage,” Potts stated. “He was the satisfaction and pleasure of my secure and was the horse that took me locations in my profession that I had solely ever dreamed of going.”