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Posted 2020-06-08 20:44:58  
LEADING TRAINER LOSES 10 HORSES IN FIRE

Ten horses traveling from Florida to New York with Sallee Horse Vans died in a trailer fire on the New Jersey Turnpike during the early hours of June 7.

Horses on the Sallee van were on their way to Christophe Clement's New York stable, the trainer said in a tweet posted Sunday by his Christophe Clement Racing account.


"This morning we learned from Sallee that a van carrying horses to our barn in NY caught on fire. We understand both drivers were admitted to (the) hospital, and that all horses have passed," the tweet read. "We are all devastated by the news and heartbroken—we are working to understand what happened."

West Point Thoroughbreds announced Sunday afternoon on Twitter that two of their fillies, Hot Mist and Under the Oaks, were on the trailer.

"Sad to share that two WPT fillies were among the (Clement stable) horses in the tragic van accident this morning. Rest easy Hot Mist and Under the Oaks. Condolences to her partners, the Clement team, and all those who loved the (horses) who perished. Very glad the drivers are ok," the tweet read.

Hot Mist, a 3-year-old daughter of Tonalist and the grade 3-winning Bustin Stones mare Hot Stones, won her career debut May 16 at Tampa Bay Downs. She rallied from fifth under Antonio Gallardo to win a seven-furlong maiden special weight by 2 1/2 lengths as the heavy favorite.

Under the Oaks, another 3-year-old filly, was a daughter of American Pharoah and the stakes-winning Lookin At Lucky mare Maybellene. She debuted May 30 at Gulfstream Park with Samy Camacho aboard. After a bumpy start, she rallied from 10th to finish sixth in a one-mile maiden special weight on turf. 

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