Elmont, New York – 2023 continues to be a deadly year for horse racing. In a 24-hour period of time, two racehorses were euthanized at the Belmont Park race track after suffering “catastrophic” leg injuries.
The horses, Mashnee Girl and Excursionniste, were trained by Mark A. Hennig, who tells CNN that he has been left heartbroken and devastated, by the deaths. Five-year-old Mashnee Girl was put down after injuring her left front leg during a fall near the quarter pole during Sunday’s race.
Excursionniste was euthanized on the track after suffering a catastrophic left front leg injury during the final race on Saturday.
Hennig told NBC News:
“It’s been very emotional. I just can’t fathom this ever happening, two horses you run in a row. I mean, I’ve run over 10,000 horses and have never had anything close to this.”
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