3 horses die in first 2 days of Belmont Park meet

NEW YORK -- Three horses have died during the first two days of Belmont Park's fall season, mirroring the start and end of the summer meet at Saratoga Race Course.

According to the New York State Gaming Commission's equine database, two horses died on the meet's opening day last Friday. Royal Inheritance collapsed and died while training, and Passporttovictory was euthanized after being removed from a race. Both were trained by Jeremiah Englehart.

Mo Moxie was put down Saturday by a veterinarian after the horse flipped while jogging and fractured a leg on the Belmont training track. So far this year, 25 horses have died at Belmont and four at nearby Aqueduct.

In the 40-day meet at Saratoga, 11 horses died during training or non-racing activities and four died during races.