Churchill Downs and Kentucky Horse Racing Commission officials are monitoring racing more carefully after the track saw four fatal breakdowns between Sept. 20 and Sept. 23, according to WAVE3 News in Louisville.
As per commission policy, necropsies and post-mortem reviews will be conducted in each case looking at horses' exercise and pre-race examination histories. Racing surfaces expert Dr. Mick Peterson of the University of Kentucky was called to inspect the dirt track earlier this week and could find no abnormalities.
“Safety is always a topic of great importance to us, and we place the highest priority on the health and welfare of our equine and human athletes,” Churchill Downs senior director of communications and media services Darren Rogers told WAVE3. “These recent incidents have been unfortunate, and we'll continue to monitor.”
Read more at WAVE3
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