I have done the dobbin derby.......... as i like to call it .....or........ the clip clop club ........in other words........ the Kentucky derby .....it is a fantastic time......... to be had by all ....designer hats/suits/dresses/shoes.......etc ....etc ....people spend lots and lots of money ......to show off at the derby........ i think it is insane time ......lots of hot women ....... spray tanned ....... and ....... spanxed out .......and lots and lots of mint tulips and gambling ....people lose their fucking minds ........but the underbelly....... or the dark side......... or the sad part is the animals .......animals always get shit on in sports.....bull fighting ......grey hound racing ........ horse racing......cock fighting .........dog fighting ......... etc..........etc......all for the almighty dollar/buck/yen/pound/mark/dinar/.....whatever you use to bet with ....its always animals that lose ......and they are not respected at all......but as always cash is king ......always.......but as they would say it's only twelve horses right !!!!!!......the money involved in the biz .......as always i like to get nuts ...i like horses and all animals .........but 12 is a lot ........well someone is down a lot of money .......for real ....i do not think these fellers are cheap .........but hey!!!....... animals........ and money ......... always just a means to an end ......if it was not horses ........... they would find something else to bet on ...........i have been to gulfstream park too .....gamblers will simply find another thing to gamble on .....that's all .....you cannot stop them .......
12 horses died in six weeks with 2023 Spring Meet relocated
- Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority opened an investigation this week
- The remainder of the 2023 Spring Meet will be relocated to Ellis Park
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Churchill Downs has suspended the racing operations at the track for the remainder of the 2023 Spring Meet following the deaths of 12 horses during the past six weeks.
Live racing will take place as scheduled this weekend on June 3 and 4 but following Sunday's activity the track will go dark.
The Spring Meet, which runs through July 3, will be relocated to Ellis Park, following multiple emergency meetings in Louisville this week.
Races for next Wednesday through Friday have been canceled and won't be made up with Ellis Park taking over the remainder on June 10.
The move has been made to conduct a 'top-to-bottom' review of safety and surface protocols in the wake of the fatalities at the home of the Kentucky Derby.
The announcement comes after 12 horses have died at the track since April with officials yet to be able to identify a commonality between the deaths.
A release Friday afternoon stated that no single factor has been identified as a potential cause for the fatalities or pattern detected, but it decided to relocate the meet 'in an abundance of caution.'
'What has happened at our track is deeply upsetting and absolutely unacceptable,' Churchill Downs Inc. CEO Bill Carstanjen said in the release.
'We need to take more time to conduct a top-to-bottom review of all of the details and circumstances so that we can further strengthen our surface, safety and integrity protocols.'
The races at Ellis Park will have the same conditions and purse money that they would've at Churchill Downs, while trainers and jockeys will receive a stipend for extra costs, according to WLKY.
Ellis Park's meet was scheduled to start July 7 and run through August 27 but will now expand with Friday's announcement.
The move comes a day after track superintendent Dennis Moore conducted a second independent analysis of Churchill Downs' racing and training surfaces as part of an emergency summit called this week by the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority (HISA) with the track and the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission.
The head of the federally created oversight agency suggested ahead of the summit that it could recommend pausing the meet and that Churchill Downs would accept that recommendation.
Horse racing's oversight authority and Churchill Downs had each announced additional safety and health measures Thursday.
Earlier Thursday, Churchill Downs announced it would immediately limit horses to four starts during a rolling eight-week period and impose ineligibility standards for poor performers.
The dual announcements came just before Churchill Downs' spring meet resumed after several days of meetings during an emergency summit convened by HISA to examine the troubling spate of deaths.
All but two deaths have been attributed to racing or training leg injuries. The other two are from unknown causes, but all are being investigated by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission and HISA.
The summit included the KHRC, HISA and Churchill Downs.
HISA called the dialogue productive in its release and added that conclusions from the summit have been shared directly with key stakeholders to inform next steps.
'While no obvious or specific pattern emerged, HISA welcomes Churchill Downs´ efforts announced earlier today to minimize risk of equine fatalities,' the release added.
Additionally, HISA said equine forensics specialist Alina Vale will conduct thorough review of all necropsies performed on covered horses. Vale performed postmortem reviews as an official veterinarian for the California Horse Racing Board following a spate of fatalities at Santa Anita in 2019.
Churchill Downs' other initiatives include pausing incentives, such as trainer start bonuses and purse payouts to every race finisher, with payouts limited to the top five finishers. Churchill Downs officials say they'll continue talks with horsemen to determine how to allocate funds.
A release from Churchill Downs stated that California-based equine surgeon Ryan Carpenter presented trainers and veterinarians with information and tools about advanced interventions for certain injuries. Churchill Downs' equine medical director, Will Farmer, said there was 'a duty' to offer information from someone who experienced similar challenges recently in California.
He said in the release that decisions regarding the long-term well being of horses must be first and foremost. 'It is imperative that all available, educated and informed options can be efficiently, confidently and thoroughly relayed to the owners.'
Cox said he did 'a lot of listening' at the meeting and left it at that.
'I think Churchill is trying to dot every I and cross every T,' the trainer said during a NTRA teleconference. 'It´s been a lot of stuff happening since the meet began and hopefully we´re kind of coming to the end of this.'
Churchill Downs' ineligibility measure impacts horses losing by more than 12 lengths in five consecutive starts. They cannot race at Churchill Downs until approved by Farmer to return.
Seven horses died in the days leading up to the 149th Kentucky Derby on May 6, including two on the undercard. Five horses have died since then, including two 7-year-olds last weekend from similar leg injuries.
HISA veterinary teams reviewed information and analysis on Tuesday. Moore began a second independent analysis of Churchill Downs' training and racing surfaces on Wednesday.