2 horses were euthanized at Belmont Park on Saturday, a grim turning point meaning at least one horse has actually passed away at all 3 Triple Crown race websites this year.
Excursionniste was hurt and euthanized after Saturday’s final race at the Belmont Stakes. Then, on Sunday, Mashnee Woman was euthanized after suffering what was referred to as a “devastating injury” to her left front leg.
Arcangelo, with Javier Castellano up wins the 155th Running of the Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park on June 10, 2023, in Elmont, New York City.(Sarah Stier/Getty Images )PETA Elder Vice President Kathy Guillermo launched a statement declaring Belmont Park”did refrain from doing enough”to prevent Excusionniste’s death.”Racing couldn’t manage to keep all horses alive for even one Triple Crown day this year,” Guillermo said. “Belmont Park did not do enough to prevent Excursionniste’s death. PETA advised the New York Racing Association and the New York State Gaming Commission to need CT scans for all horses racing today to screen for preexisting injuries, which are present in 90% of these casualties. They declined.”
“The racing market is digging its own tomb– as well as this horse’s.”
Churchill Downs, in specific, has actually seen grisly numbers of horse deaths this season. An overall of 12 horses have actually passed away at the well known track, prompting officials to suspend racing from July 3-12.
People collect around a giant statue of Secretariat at Belmont Park as they commemorate the 50th anniversary of Secretariat at the 2023 Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park in Elmont, New York City, on the afternoon of June 10, 2023. (Thomas A. Ferrara/Newsday RM by means of Getty Images)
“The team at Churchill Downs takes great pride in our commitment to security and aims to set the highest standard in racing, consistently exceeding and beyond the guidelines and policies that are needed,” stated Churchill Downs CEO Bill Carstanien in a statement made on Friday.
“What has actually occurred at our track is deeply upsetting and definitely undesirable. Regardless of our best efforts to recognize a cause for the current horse injuries, and though no issues have been linked to our racing surfaces or environment at Churchill Downs, we need to take more time to conduct a top-to-bottom review of all of the details and scenarios so that we can further reinforce our surface, security and integrity protocols.”