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Play The King, 1988's Horse of the Year in Canada and a long-time favorite of Ontario racing fans, broke his right foreleg and was destroyed shortly after finishing fifth in a preliminary race on Saturday's Preakness Day card.

Play The King, a 6-year-old gelding, was owned and bred by Kinghaven Farm. He had won $937,635 in taking 15 of 29 lifetime races and gained international attention last November when he finished second to Gulch in the $1 million Breeders' Cup Sprint at Churchill Downs.

Sam-Son Farms' Regal Intention, the 1988 Queen's Plate winner and runner-up in the Prince of Wales Stakes at Fort Erie, finished third in the 6-furlong stakes race in which Play The King was injured.

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