Horse collapses after winning $US150,000 race

Crowds at the Iroquois Steeplechase in Tennessee.
Crowds at the Iroquois Steeplechase in Tennessee.

A gelding collapsed and died moments after winning a $US150,000 jumps race in Tennessee on Saturday.

Results of a necropsy are expected soon, with a heart attack or aneurysm considered the most like causes.

Arcadius, aged 8, died as he was being cooled down after his win in the 71st running of the 3-mile Iroquois Steeplechase at Percy Warner Park.

It was the horse’s second start of the season in a 21-race career that began in 2008, with his final race win taking his total race earnings over¬†$US300,000.

His last win was in the feature race of the day, before 25,000 spectators.

The horse showed no signs of distress during the race, which was run in good conditions.

A veterinarian was there to help Arcadius moments after he went down, but efforts to save him were in the vain.

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