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First Two Winners At Saratoga Vanned Off, One Suffers Fatal Injury

The winners of the first two races at Saratoga Friday were vanned off after crossing the wire.

Samborella won the opener of the card, the Seeking the Ante Stakes, prevailing by 2 1/4 lengths but suffered an injury to her left front just after the wire. Jockey Luis Saez pulled up the 2-year-old Jeremiah Engelhart trainee quickly. Veterinarians applied a brace to Samborella and vanned her off. Anna Seitz of It's All About The Girls Stable later tweeted that the filly had been euthanized.

In Race 2, Danny Gargan trainee Judge N Jury pulled up after winning the maiden special weight by 1 1/4 lengths. The 2-year-old colt was given a ride back to his barn.

“The horse was returning unsatisfactorily and was given a van ride as a precaution per [senior examining veterinarian] Dr. [Sarah] Hinchliffe,” a NYRA spokesman indicated late Friday.

The pair of incidents comes days after a report from the Daily Racing Form noting five fatalities in a four-day period. The deaths included three workout fatalities and two racing fatalities.

The current meet closes on Monday, Sept. 7.

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