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Two more horses die at Churchill Downs, total of 12 at home of Kentucky Derby in past two months

Seven horses had died at Churchill Downs in the month before the May 6 Kentucky Derby.

May 28, 2023 12:08pm

Updated: May 28, 2023 12:08pm

Two horses died this weekend at Churchill Downs, bringing the number of horses who have died at the home of the Kentucky Derby up to 12 in less than two months, race track officials said.

One horse, Kimberley Dream, died in the first race Saturday after suffering a "significant injury" to her front left leg, while the horse Lost in Limbo suffered a similar injury during the seventh race Friday, Churchill Downs said. In both cases, veterinarians determined that the injuries were unrecoverable and decided it was most humane to euthanize the horses.

Seven horses had died at Churchill Downs in the month before the May 6 Kentucky Derby. Since March 30, when the track's stable area reopened for training, 12 horses have died. 

University of Kentucky Professor and Racing Surfaces Testing Laboratory Executive Director Mick Peterson performed tests on the track. A report indicated that the measurements from the track are not concerning or inconsistent with previous measurements from Churchill Downs or other tracks, Churchill Downs said. 

"We are troubled by this recent string of fatalities. It is extremely inconsistent with the outcomes we have experienced over the years, with the reputation we have developed over the decades and with the expectations we set for ourselves and owe our fans," the racetrack said.

Madeleine Hubbard is an international correspondent for Just the News. Follow her on Twitter or Instagram.

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