April 17, 2024



Churchill Downs suspends all racing operations after ‘unusual’ number of horse injuries, 12 deaths

CBS Sports


Churchill Downs announced Friday it will suspend all racing operations after an “unusual” number of horse injuries and 12 deaths occurred at the Louisville, Kentucky track since April 27. The suspension will run from June 7 to July 3, so Churchill Downs will move the rest of its Spring Meet to Ellis Park in Henderson, Kentucky. 

After a series of concurrent investigations by Churchill Downs, the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission and the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority, “no single factor has been identified as a potential cause and no discernable pattern has been detected to link the fatalities,” according to a statement from the track. The racetrack’s surface has also been deemed “consistent with prior measurements” from previous years and thus “has not raised concerns.” 

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