Horse dies qualifying for Omak stampede

OMAK — A newspaper reported that a horse has died after injuring its leg while attempting to qualify for the World Famous Suicide Race at the Omak Stampede.

The Omak-Okanogan County Chronicle said the horse Little Big Man stumbled at the bottom of the race hill Friday as it entered the Okanogan River.

The horse, owned by Jerry Ford, of Wellpinit, was attempting to complete the final qualifying test for the races later this week.

Pete Palmer of the Owner’s and Jockey’s Association told the Chronicle that the owners, jockeys and horses train hard for the race and a loss impacts the entire racing community.

The association sanctions the Suicide Race, which began in 1935. Three horses died in 2004, the last year a horse was lost.

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