The Preakness started off in a strange and tragic way. The winning horse of the first race at Pimlico Race Course died on its walk back to the barn.
Homeboykris won the race by a half-length. But after having his picture taken in the winner’s circle, he collapsed and died. Track officials believe the 9-year-old gelding suffered cardiovascular collapse.
The horse will be taken to New Bolton Center in Pennsylvania for an autopsy.
Homeboykris won the Champagne Stakes in 2009. He had just won his 14th race in 63 career starts.
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