Churchill Downs had the second-highest equine fatality rate in the country in 2018, behind only Hawthorne, according to a report published Wednesday by the Louisville Courier-Journal. The home of the Kentucky Derby reports its fatalities to the Equine Injury Database but is not one of the facilities which opts to list its statistics publicly.
Churchill lost 16 horses in 5,856 starts last year, making for a rate of 2.73 per 1,000 starts. The national average for 2018 was 1.68. The Paulick Report noted that injury rates were up across Kentucky for 2018, according to Kentucky Horse Racing Commission figures.
Churchill spokesman Darren Rogers said the track has since focused on its efforts on ensuring safety of its track surface. He also expected there would soon be “a more formalized investigative process for racing fatalities” announced ahead of the upcoming spring meet.
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