Every year, thousands of people watch and bet on the Kentucky Derby, one of the most-anticipated races in the world of horse racing. This year, though, the lead-up to the main event has been saddened by the de@th of a seventh horse at Churchill Downs. As the racing world mourns another loss, people ask about these beautiful animals’ safety and health.
Kentucky Derby Horses De@th at Preparation for the Race
In the days leading up to the Kentucky Derby, two more horses have perished at Churchill Downs. Injuries sustained by 3-year-olds Chloe’s Dream (a gelding) and Freezing Point (a colt) during undercard races resulted in their euthanasia, as reported by the Associated Press.
In the words of Sportsyahoo.com, In the days running up to the 2023 Kentucky Derby, seven horses had d!ed at Churchill Downs. Wild on Ice and Take Charge Briana were among the other horses that had to be put down while racing or training in the days leading up to the Derby.
Two of Saffie Joseph Jr.’s horses unexpectedly d!ed as the Derby neared. On Saturday(6 May 2023), Churchill Downs terminated Joseph Jr.’s employment. The penalty forced Joseph Jr. to withdraw his other Derby contender, Lord Miles.
Tara Reade also wrote about the Kentucky Derby horses’ de@ths on Twitter.
7 horses now dead ahead of derby ?! This sport and the treatment of these young horses needs reform. No excuse for this.
Two more horses euthanized at Churchill Downs; death total at 7 before Kentucky Derby – KIRO 7 News Seattle https://t.co/s1GhJk2VNR
— Tara Reade 🐎 (@ReadeAlexandra) May 6, 2023
On the other side of this news story, you can read about the de@ths of well-known people:
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- Petr Klima Cause of De@th: What Are the Circumstances Behind His Tragic De@th
The Derby field is down to only Forte after four other horses, including the odds-on favorite, were forced to withdraw. The other three horses pulled from the race were Continuar, Practical Move, and Skinner.
Trainer Todd Pletcher still has two horses, Tapit Trice, and Kingsbarns, in the Derby and Forte.
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