A horrific accident on the track at Churchill Downs the morning of April 27 provided a tragic kickoff to the week leading up to the May 2 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
The incident occurred as many of the contenders for the Derby and the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) had gone onto the track to breeze following the morning track maintenance break. There were, however, no Derby or Oaks horses involved in the accident, which led to one horse being euthanized.
Doctor Rap, trained by David Carroll, was ready to work out of the starting gate when he dumped rider Tony Farina and took off in the opposite direction. The sirens signaling a loose horse sounded as the horse ran into Raspberry Kiss, trained by Ken McPeek. The filly was later euthanized at Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington. Doctor Rap injured his right shoulder, and Carroll reported X-rays did not reveal any breaks.
Farina was not injured in the incident. Larry Lague, the exercise rider aboard Raspberry Kiss, has a possible broken foot, according to a Churchill spokesman.