04/27/2009 12:00AM

Deadly accident amid busy slate of workouts


LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Friesan Fire and Pioneerof the Nile, two of the leading contenders for the 135th Kentucky Derby on Saturday at Churchill Downs, were among a slew of workers on Monday morning, along with Kentucky Oaks favorite Rachel Alexandra, whose drill was delayed by a gruesome accident involving two unraced runners.

The accident occurred shortly after the midmorning renovation break. Friesan Fire, who sped five furlongs in 57.86 seconds, and Pioneerof the Nile, who went five furlongs in 1:00.87, had already completed their works just before the accident, and both Chocolate Candy (five furlongs, 59.24 seconds) and Join in the Dance (five furlongs, 1:00.20) were able to finish their drills while hugging the rail, avoiding the carnage near the outside fence just inside the sixteenth pole.

After a 25-minute delay to clear the two stricken horses from the track, workouts resumed, including that of Rachel Alexandra, who looked sensational during a four-furlong drill in 46.43 seconds.

Derby horses Flying Private (four furlongs, 47.40 seconds) and Win Willy (five furlongs, 1:02.40) also worked before the accident. Take the Points (five furlongs, 1:00.06) and Mine That Bird (five furlongs, 1:02.60) worked after the accident, as did Oaks candidate Flying Spur (four furlongs, 48.54 seconds).

The accident involved Dr. Rap, a 3-year-old colt trained by David Carroll, and Rasberry Kiss, a 2-year-old filly trained by Ken McPeek. Dr. Rap was at the starting gate, preparing for a gate work, when he threw rider Tony Farina and sped straight down the stretch. He crashed into Rasberry Kiss, who was standing inside the sixteenth pole amongst a large group of horses who were about to begin gallops.

Both horses were removed in horse ambulances and transported to clinics in Lexington, Ky. Rasberry Kiss, after arriving at Rood and Riddle, was euthanized due to her injury, a broken hip, McPeek said.

Dr. Rap was being evaluated at Hagyard-Davidson-McGee, Carroll said.

"It's his right shoulder," Carroll said. "He either has a hairline fracture, nerve damage, or a severe bone bruise. If they say he'll never race again but can be a show horse, I'll take that."

Farina was not hurt.

Larry Lague, who was on Rasberry Kiss, was going to have X-rays to see if he had broken a foot, McPeek said.