Kayla Morris rushed to the barn in pajamas when she heard about the fire. “I tried to get in the barn, but I just couldn’t because the fire was just so hot, and I just screamed and screamed,” she said. “I sat for four hours and watched it burn and just hoped — hoped — that one of them would come out,” she said. Edgar Clarke said he was left bereft. “The last few days are the first time in my entire life I’ve not had a horse,” he said, adding that he has not been back to Tioga Downs — one of seven harness racing tracks in the state — since the fire. “I don’t want to see what happened,” he said. Kayla Morris recalled one horse called Better Call Saul, who was 11. “He was the absolute love of my life,” she said, according to HarnessLink. “He was cheeky, funny, and always hungry. He just wanted to be loved.” According to HarnessLink, the horses were buried near the backstretch at Tioga Downs, where a monument will be erected to remember their loss,
“How can I go from having a barn full of horses one minute to not even having a snap the next minute.” – Cheri Clarke, who lost 6 horses in the Tioga Downs fire.Absolutely devastating. — Jessica Hallett (@JHallettPhoto) November 12, 2023
This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.