BALTIMORE — A horse reportedly collapsed and died on Monday at Pimlico Racecourse, according to the Stronach Group and Maryland Jockey Club.
They say Congrats Gal suffered a sudden death after the eighth race at the Miss Preakness Stakes. Commission veterinarians immediately rushed to the horse's side following the incident.
"The Stronach Group is committed to the welfare and safety of horses above all and we are saddened by what happened today"
PETA officials are now calling for an investigation in the death of Congrats Gal and are asking for the release of all medication and veterinary records pertaining to the horse.
The animal rights group says they plan to contact the District Attorney's Office in hopes to appoint a task force to investigate training and veterinary practices in Maryland.
The Stronach Group says they will conduct a full necropsy in an effort to determine the horse's cause of death.