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Race horse put down after training accident

A horse had to be put down at the Red Shores race track in Charlottetown on Saturday after a training accident.

2 accidents at the track last week

A horse was put down after suffering severe injuries in a training accident Saturday. (Atlantic Lottery Corporation)

A horse had to be put down at the Red Shores race track in Charlottetown on Saturday after a training accident.

During the exercise, a horse got loose after one of its reins broke. The driver lost control and had to let go, leaving the horse speeding away.

The horse ran into a maintenance truck that was on the track. Because of the injuries it sustained, the horse was euthanized by track veterinarians immediately.

"It's a sad situation and of course it's not a decision that I imagine is taken lightly, but in the best interest of the animal," said Atlantic Lottery spokesperson Christine Manore.

Manore said Atlantic Lottery cannot release the names of the horse or driver as it was a private training exercise and ALC does not have permission.

Accident during race

It was the second accident at the track last week.

On Thursday, half-way through the fifth race, the horses driven by Mark Cullen and Darrell Neill collided.

Both the drivers and the horses were fine.

With files from Natalia Goodwin