Urgent Summit Called in Response to Horse Fatalities at Churchill Downs

Howdy, horse lovers! It’s your friendly equine expert with important news from the racing world.

I know we all love the thrill of the Kentucky Derby, but recent events have cast a shadow over our beloved sport.

Today, I will delve into the serious issue of horse fatalities at Churchill Downs and the industry’s response.

In response to the tragic loss of 12 horses at Churchill Downs during the Kentucky Derby month, the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority (HISA) has called for an emergency summit.

Check out this news report:

This urgent meeting, set for Tuesday, aims to review pertinent information and analysis related to these unfortunate incidents.

Dennis Moore, an independent analysis superintendent, has been tasked by HISA to inspect the training facilities and surfaces at Churchill Downs.

Additionally, Jennifer Durenberger will lend her veterinary expertise to the cause, working closely with Churchill Downs to evaluate and enhance health and safety protocols.

This intervention by the oversight committee is the first significant action since the People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) demanded substantial changes in the horse racing industry.

This year’s Kentucky Derby was marred by controversy, with seven horse fatalities occurring before the event started.

PETA’s reaction was understandably one of outrage, demanding immediate answers and action.

Kathy Guillermo, PETA’s senior vice president, even referred to Churchill Downs as a “killing field” before the Derby.

This emergency summit seems to be the response PETA and many concerned horse lovers were waiting for.

Despite the controversy, the 149th Kentucky Derby saw Mage emerge as the winner, while National Treasure took the crown at the 2023 Preakness Stakes the following week.

However, the celebrations were tainted by the euthanization of Havnameltdown, a horse trained by Bob Baffert on the Preakness track.

Oh, and for a real curveball, be sure to look up “Emmie Sperandeo Accident.” It’s an eye-opener you wouldn’t want to miss!


  1. “Emergency horse racing summit called after 12 horses dead at Churchill Downs.” May 26, 2023.
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Siun L

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