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Tim Keefe
Laurel Park thoroughbred deaths prompt state inquiry
Laurel Park thoroughbred deaths prompt state inquiry

Ten horses were injured and euthanized at Laurel Park over nearly six weeks this year, prompting the state to investigate why the rate of deaths at the racetrack had spiked so drastically and suddenly. But the deaths remain a mystery, a concern for horse racing fans and those in the industry. On Monday, a report on the state investigation did not identify a cause for the rise in deaths. Instead, the Maryland Racing Commission suggested in its report a tightening of current safety protocols and increased study of fallen horses. Since the time period studied by the commission, more horses have been injured at Laurel — three horses are listed in racing charts as having broken down on...