By: Associated Press
May 21, 2016
BALTIMORE (AP) -- In a tragic start to Preakness day, the winner of the first race at Pimlico Race Course has died on his walk back to the barn.
Homeboykris had rallied to win the race by a half-length on a rainy Saturday. But after having his picture taken in the winner's circle, he collapsed and died. Track officials believe the 9-year-old gelding suffered cardiovascular collapse.
The horse will be taken to New Bolton Center in Pennsylvania for an autopsy.
Homeboykris won the Champagne Stakes in 2009, and a year later finished 16th in the Kentucky Derby. He had just won his 14th race in 63 career starts.
Later Saturday, Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist will take on 10 rivals in the Preakness Stakes.