The Kentucky Derby horses were euthanized after suffering serious injuries in races on Friday and Saturday. the Louisville racetrack that annually hosts the Kentucky Derby, the 11th and 12th horses to die just this month at Churchill Downs.
Lost in Limbo and Mare Kimberly Dream, both 7-year-old Kentucky breds, were euthanized on Friday and Saturday, the Associated Press reported, citing officials at the racetrack. Mare Kimberly Dream sustained a distal sesamodean ligament rupture to her front leg while running in Saturday’s first race. Lost in Limbo suffered a similar injury during the seventh race on Friday.
All 12 horses were put down after suffering serious injuries on the racetrack. Churchill Downs said in a statement that both horses were euthanized because the injuries were”inoperable and unrecoverable,” according to the AP. The racetrack is investigating the latest deaths, which followed a series of others since this year’s Kentucky Derby began earlier in May.
The field heads to the first turn during the 149th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 06, 2023 in Louisville, Kentucky.
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Churchill Downs horse death toll reaches 12The horse death toll at Churchill Downs since April 27 has reached a dozen after Kimberley Dream was euthanized following the track’s first race Saturday.
Churchill Downs ‘troubled’ after 12th horse death in past 2 months | CNNChurchill Downs, home of the Kentucky Derby, says it is “troubled” by the recent spate of horse deaths after racetrack officials on Saturday announced two more horses were put down.
Kimberley Dream becomes 12th horse euthanized at Churchill Downs since March 30Kimberley Dream became the 12h horse — and second in 24 hours — to be euthanized at Churchill Downs.
Two More Horses Euthanized at Churchill DownsTwo more horses have been euthanized after injuries at Churchill Downs, bringing the number of fatalities in the last month to a dozen.