02/09/2014 3:54PM

Central Kentucky barn fire kills eight horses


A barn fire at Spooky Hollow Racing Farm near Georgetown, Ky., killed eight horses on the morning of Feb. 9. According to reports by BloodHorse and Lexington, Ky., television stations, seven of the eight horses lost were Thoroughbreds.

The cause of the fire is pending investigation of the property, which is also home to Equine Integrated Medicine veterinary clinic. The facilities are operated by Dr. Clara Fenger and trainer John Langemeier.

Among the horses killed in the fire were yearlings by Pure Prize, Successful Appeal, Mizzen Mast, and Proud Citizen, which were scheduled to be sold at this year’s Keeneland September yearling auction.

Pensioned broodmare Excedent, an Ecxeller mare was also lost in the fire, as was retired Thoroughbred Warm Courage, a Pistols and Roses gelding who was being used as a hunter-jumper, and his dam Miss Red, by Red Ransom.

A second barn on the property, holding several in-foal mares, was not damaged by the fire.