Another horse dies at Churchill Downs, bringing the death toll in a month at the home of the Kentucky Derby to 11
Another horse dies at Churchill Downs, bringing the Kentucky Derby death toll to 11 in a month, as PETA urges the circuit to “implement life-saving changes.”
- Lost in Limbo was injured after falling nose first into the ground on Friday
- The seven-year-old gelding later had to be euthanized at Churchill Downs
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Eleven horses have now died in a month at Churchill Downs, home of the Kentucky Derby, after Lost had to be euthanized in Limbo after falling during a race on Friday.
The seven-year-old gelding fell nose-first into the ground, convulsing in pain before falling twice after getting up. It was breathing heavily and was visibly distraught when the vets rushed over to try and help the horse.
The horse was apparently distressed before the race and threw back his jockey, Ricardo Santana Jr., in the post parade but was still cleared to compete on Friday.
The death of Lost in Limbo caused great consternation at PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals). A statement to DailyMail.Com said: “Churchill Downs needs a fleet of horse-drawn ambulances to move the mortally wounded horses out of sight.”
“Today (Friday) Lost in Limbo was the 11th fatality since April 27 when he fell nose first onto the track and lay swaying in the dirt.”
Lost in Limbo had to be euthanized after falling while racing at Churchill Downs on Friday
“The horse should have been eliminated before the race when it threw the jockey and fled.” It is unclear whether a veterinarian examined him after his escape.
“Churchill Downs is complicit in this slaughter for failing to close this route to make life-saving changes.”
“CEO Bill Carstanjen needs to stop hoping things will get better and be a leader and take action now.” If he doesn’t, the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission has to do it for him.”
It came after Swanson Lake, a three-year-old filly, was pulled up about 100 yards from the finish line by jockey James Graham on May 21.
That was the ninth horse to die, and according to the Los Angeles Times, the number may add another death based on an unreported death at the track two weeks ago.