03/31/2011 5:12PM

Oaklawn: Mare flips, dies in paddock


Lil Ruth, who was to have run in the sixth race Thursday at Oaklawn, reared in the indoor saddling paddock, fell and died of subsequent head injuries, according to track officials. Lil Ruth was removed from the paddock via the horse "ambulance" while the remainder of the field was taken onto the racetrack and had riders-up in the stretch area. Lil Ruth was a 5-year-old mare by Lil Honcho. She was to have made the eighth start of her career Thursday.