Kentucky trailer accident kills three Thoroughbreds

Kentucky trailer accident kills three Thoroughbreds

5:20 pm |
Refer to the: Important news Updated: March 25, 2024 at 6:19 p.m

Trailer crash | Courtesy of Bardstown Fire Department


An overnight trailer crash on the Bluegrass Parkway in Nelson County, Kentucky hospitalized the driver and killed three horses from trainer Eddie Keneally’s barn who were being transported from Oaklawn Park to Keeneland. According to a Facebook post by the Bardstown Fire Department, the incident occurred shortly before 5 a.m. Monday.

“When units arrived at the scene, they found a tractor trailer on an embankment,” the post read. “The trailer carrying the Thoroughbreds was dislodged from the Royal Pin and the truck cab was torn from the frame. Crews extricated the driver from the vehicle in approximately 30 minutes. The driver was transported to University of Louisville Hospital. Anderson County Large Animal Rescue was dispatched to assist in removing the Thoroughbreds From the trailer It took approximately four hours to remove the thoroughbreds.

TDN We were unable to confirm the names of all the thoroughbreds on board the truck in time for the deadline for this story.

Keneally was reached by phone at 5:30 PM ET, and expressed his gratitude to everyone who has offered condolences and assistance so far.

“We are saddened by the loss of the horses, and saddened for the customers and what they are feeling right now. It is just a terrible accident. There are a lot of difficult decisions to make today.”

Keneally said he did not yet have a clear understanding of the cause of the accident.

“We don’t know. We’ve really gotten very little information. It would just be a guess. Obviously the trailer went out of control and went over the median. Fortunately, we didn’t have any grooms there. We don’t know the condition of the driver and we hope he’s okay. It’s Just a tough time.”

One of the horses known to be in the truck that was alive but injured was 3 years old quickly (Mizzen Mast), a 2-for-5 colt who recently finished third in the Ozark S. on Feb. 10 at Oaklawn. Matthew Wiley, one of the part-owners, confirmed the news in a social media post on X/Twitter.

“It’s been a terrible day. We don’t know if Vitement will make it. He’s in terrible shape…” Wiley wrote. “I feel bad for Eddie Keneally, the family at the barn, Richie and all my partners. These were all Eddy (trainees). It’s as bad as it gets. V is like a family member.”

Among the horses that died was a 3-year-old child dark room (Enticed), a 2-for-4 gelding who won a March 15 Fair Grounds allowance race. The confirmation was posted on the X/Twitter social media account of part-owner Double O Racing.

“Unfortunately, we are sad to lose this talented man today in a terrible accident. Prayers and thoughts go out to all the other horses, owners, staff, drivers, etc.,” Double O’s post read.

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This story was posted in Top News and tagged Darkroom , Double O Racing , Eddie Kenneally , Keeneland , Kelly Wheeler , Oaklawn Park .

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