03/01/2012 12:41PM

Charles Town: Spill wipes out seven of eight in race


A field of eight started in Wednesday night’s eighth race at Charles Town, but only one horse finished following a chain-reaction collision during the 4 1/2-furlong sprint on a sloppy, sealed track.

Early leader Sharp Beauty broke down on the far turn of the allowance race, bothering every horse in the field. Miss Fifty was racing behind Sharp Beauty when she was injured but, despite stumbling badly over the fallen leader, was able to keep her balance, as was jockey Oswald Pereira. Every other horse in the race either fell or lost their rider.

The stewards conducted an inquiry into the incident, but made the race official. Miss Fifty paid $5.60 to win, $7.80 to place, and $7.20 to show.. The Miss Fifty-All exacta and the Miss Fifty-All-All trifecta both paid $5.60, Any superfecta wager with Miss Fifty on top paid $5.20.

:: View the chart of the race

According to chief steward Danny Wright, three of the seven jockeys who went down were taken to the hospital and two were released Wednesday evening. Jockey Anthony Mawing was kept overnight observation but was released Thursday morning, according to Wright.

"None of the riders suffered any broken bones," said Wright.

Sharp Beauty was euthanized.

The ninth and final race of the card was canceled.

* An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated that the place and show pools were refunded. Both pools were paid out.

robdybas More than 1 year ago
the spill worked out for me. in the previous race, i had a $20 winner to start the pk3. in the spill race, i had 3 horses, including the winner. they cancelled the third leg and paid out over $200 for the pk3. 2 out of 3 aint bad.
Whackymacky More than 1 year ago
Great that the spill worked out for you... Nice to think of $$ instead of the welfare of the jockey's and the animal's that put it on the line everyday for us players. You should have said... "I hope that all jockey's involved in that horrible spill and all animals will be OK". "The money that I collected means nothing to me compared to the welfare of those great athletes that put in on the line for us everyday" Sound a little bit better ???
clint magera More than 1 year ago
thank you Whackymacky im one of those jockeys who put our lives on the line every day for everybody else's enjoyment and money!!!!! i love my job but!!!
Tim Bullock More than 1 year ago
Shame on the Charles Town stewards for not declaring "no-contest" on that race. Horseplayers weren't given a fair shake here, especially when you consider that it was a 7-horse collision that basically gave the race to the winner on a silver platter. Yeah, it's gambling, and spills are part of the game, but c'mon!
Darlene Pettipas More than 1 year ago
results of bad spill
White More than 1 year ago
Jingles for Sharp Beauty.