11/22/2005 1:00AM

Horses reported killed in China


At least 110 Thoroughbred horses have been killed in China as the result of the closure of a foreign-owned racing and breeding center outside of Beijing, according to a story in the Racing Post.

Approximately 2,000 horses, including foals and stallions, reside at the center, which opened in 2002 and is owned by a Hong Kong businessman, Y.P. Cheung. The horses were put down through lethal injection, the Post said.

Kevin Connolly, racing director at Beijing Tongshun Jockey Club, told the Post that a "cull" occurred in which "we have destroyed 110 horses."

"Racing has closed for the moment here and will not begin again until we have a clear direction for the government with regard to horse racing," Connolly said.

The racetrack was closed in October after the owner grew frustrated with his efforts to lobby the Chinese government to legalize gambling, according to the Post. Gambling is illegal in mainland China.