Five horses die in two days at meet

BY foxsports • March 14, 2012

Five horses have died in just two days at England's Cheltenham Festival jump racing meeting, including two on Wednesday that were injured in the Coral Cup.

Featherbed Lane lost his action and was pulled up after the fifth jump. It was later confirmed the seven-year-old had been humanely destroyed after suffering a broken leg, Sky News reported.

Abergavenny fell at the third and had to be put down because of a leg fracture.

Wishfull Thinking also suffered a fall in the Queen Mother Champion Chase on Wednesday, with the horse rolling under the rails and into a crowd of spectators.

Jockey Richard Johnson suffered a minor injury and a photographer sustained a facial injury, but the horse was reported to be fine.

The incidents came after three horses died on the opening day of the festival Tuesday after suffering bone fractures or breaks, including two during the Cross-Country Chase.

The news also came as HBO announced it was canceling the horse racing drama "Luck," after three horses died in production.