Car pulling mobile barrier slides into path of racing horses

Five harness racing drivers were taken to hospital in New Jersey after a bizarre track accident in which the starting car lost control and slid into the path of the horses.

freehold-race-accidentThe horses involved in Friday’s accident were reported by Freehold Raceway to be OK.

The accident happened seconds after the start of race five at the Freehold Borough track, the oldest raceway in the United States.

The seven-horse field got under way in the race on the wet surface.

However, as the car pulling the mobile barrier pulled to the outside of the track on the first bend, its rear wheels slid outwards and the car drifted sideways into the path of the oncoming horses. Several of the horses tangled with the folded barrier arms on the car.

“We have an accident on the track, we have an accident on the track,” the race caller declared as the carnage unfolded. “Hold all tickets. We have loose horses on the track.”

Freehold’s general manager, Howard Bruno, said: “The first four races were completed without incident.

“We hadn’t seen anything in the prior races that gave us cause for concern leading up to the fifth race,” he added.

The drivers taken to hospital were Cat Manzi, Debra Rucker, Vincent Ginsburg, Chris Scicluna and Jim Pantaleano.

The race card was declared a “no contest” and the balance of the eleven-race card was cancelled.


5 thoughts on “Car pulling mobile barrier slides into path of racing horses

  • January 12, 2014 at 8:01 am

    “Time for some traffic problems at Freehold Raceway”.

  • January 13, 2014 at 2:30 am

    I’m having a real hard time believing that the horses are “OK” after that kind of spill.

    • January 13, 2014 at 2:01 pm

      I agree Jeanette – the horse that went head first into the barrier had at least 3 other horses barrel into/over it.

    • January 13, 2014 at 5:41 pm

      They are not okay silver delivery I help at her stall and she has a very big gash on her eye it needs stitches and her eye is swolling she has a cast on her leg also her neck has a very deep wound on it

  • January 13, 2014 at 5:39 pm

    The horse silver delivery is one of the horses that hit that gate and I go to work with my mom every Wednesday and Thursday because where that keep silver is where my mom works so today Sunday my mom had to go to the stable and I saw silver and they said none of the horses were injured , well silver was she has a hurt let and a open giant cut on her neck and her eye it’s has a big gash the least they could of did was put stitches in it because that’s how deep it is her eye is so swollen and black and blue she can’t even see out of it it’s so raised that you would think they Inplanted a baseball above her eye he’s really in pain . They are raceing them horses for money but what do the horses get , whipped and put in a stall and when they are racing they don’t get a break that’s why their lungs bleed and they start spitting up blood there should be no raceing for them horses it’s too cruel . I’m 14 years old I shouldn’t be telling you adults to stop abusing your horses by whipping them , think about it how would you like it how would you like to spit up blood after every race or put an oxygen mask on because you can’t breath and racing just hurts just think about what your doing to them horses ..


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