ANDERSON, Ind. – A 3-year-old racehorse drowned during a training session at the Hoosier Park Racing & Casino Tuesday.
The Standardbred horse, named Just Dance With Me, veered left off the racetrack at 11:45 a.m. as a result of a broken bit and went through the inner racetrack fence and into an infield pond.
The jockey, Brett Wilfong, was unharmed and did not require additional medical care.
Hoosier Park officials say the incident is the first of its kind in more than 20 years of racing at the track and a full investigation of the incident will be conducted.
Officials shared their condolences with the Wilfong family, who owned the horse.
“Our condolences go out to the Wilfong family for their loss,” said Rick Moore, Hoosier Park’s vice president and general manager of racing. “In the sport of horse racing, racehorses are very much part of the family and are cared for as such,” said officials.