One Horse Dies In Fire Inside Laurel Park Barn

A fire late Wednesday evening at Laurel Park claimed the life of the 7-year-old Pappa Portmore.

The fire occurred after 10 p.m. in a tack room. The fire spread to the adjoining stall occupied by the gelding. Pappa Portmore was claimed Dec. 1 by trainer Anthony Farrior on behalf of Super C Racing. The son of Good Reward had won six of 18 starts.

There was no structural damage to the fire-retardant barn.

The cause of the fire is being investigated by the Anne Arundel County Fire Department.

“I speak for everyone at Laurel Park and the Maryland Jockey Club when I say how devastated we all are by this loss,” said Sal Sinatra, President and General Manager of the Maryland Jockey Club. “The safety of our horses is our priority at all our tracks. One loss is too many.”


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