Horse Health

An Inconvenient Truth: The Kentucky Derby and This Carnage Are Inseparable

by Patrick Battuello as published on Horseracing Wrongs

Through a FOIA request to the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission, I have confirmed the following deaths on that state’s tracks in 2018. The Commission, however, redacted identifying information on the basis of confidentiality (though in some cases I was able to independently identify). More significantly, they forwarded but one death at the state’s three harness tracks. In other words, the actual toll is surely more than what follows – and what follows is 72 dead racehorses

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5 replies »

  1. It is all about the money as usual. Please do not bet on or attend the Kentucky Derby. If you do you are encouraging animal abuse.


  2. Perhaps unrelated, but if you look closely at the photo of the broken pelvis provided, it is not and was not symmetrical before the break, and a break or fracture as shown probably happened in a fall. I The provided information doesn’t show the horse’s age, but t is likely that horse’s structure was impaired from birth and failed under pressure. This failure is likely related a malformation related to inbreeding.

    If I was breeding racehorses I would never mate this horse’s parents again!


    • Well, after looking around it seems this “photo” is just clip art on a form used by veterinarians, so it isn’t the pelvis of the horse it describes.


  3. Meanwhile…”back at the ranch”..there needs to be a change of command


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