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Rosemount native's race horses among dead after Oklahoma tornado

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A Rosemount native who breeds horse and often races them at Canterbury Park lost 12 of them last week in the devastating tornado that hit Moore, Okla.

The Star Tribune reports that Randy Weidner had as many as 100 horses killed or unaccounted for at the Celestial Acres training center near Moore, which housed quarter horses and thoroughbreds racing at Remington Park in Oklahoma City.

Weidner and his girlfriend, Lindsay White, lived in an apartment at the stable, and also lost their truck, trailer, equipment and all of their personal belongings to the EF5 tornado that took 24 human lives, according to the Strib.

As he encountered one dead horse--one of his own, the paper reports-- Weidner said Wednesday that he knelt over the horse and "tried to kiss him goodbye.”

Weidner, according to KSTP-TV, says only one of the horses he planned to bring to Canterbury Park for this year's race season is in its stall. "Everything I'm wearing came from other people," he tells channel 5.

The Burnsville Patch reports that the Minnesota racing community has rallied around Weidner, donating money through a Wells Fargo disaster fund, pledging a percentage of their Canterbury winnings and transferring horses to his stable. Weidner is returning to Minnesota but doesn't expect to be able to race until July.

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