Churchill Downs to renew racing at fall meet with no adjustments after horse deaths

Churchill Downs to resume racing at fall meet with no changes after horse deaths

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Racing will resume at Churchill Downs in September, with no adjustments being made after a evaluate of surfaces and security protocols within the wake of 12 horse deaths, together with seven within the days main as much as the Kentucky Derby in Might.

The Louisville observe suspended racing operations on June 7 and moved the remainder of its spring meet to Ellis Park in western Kentucky on the suggestion of the Horseracing Integrity and Security Authority, the game’s nationwide overseer.

Coaching continued at Churchill Downs in the course of the observe’s investigation.

Churchill Downs Inc. CEO Invoice Carstanjen known as the deaths “a sequence of unlucky circumstances” and stated the evaluate “didn’t discover something essentially flawed or completely different about our observe from earlier years.”

“That, in a way, can generally be unsatisfying,” he stated. “However that’s enterprise, and that’s sports activities.”

Two of the horse deaths occurred in undercard races on Derby day. One other 5 died later.

“The takeaway is, the observe may be very protected,” Carstanjen stated Thursday on an earnings name with CDI traders.

“What we would have liked to do was spend a few of this time within the interim, whereas we ran the remainder of the (spring) meet at Ellis to simply go soup to nuts by way of each single factor we do on the racetrack. There was nothing that jumped out as an obvious reason behind the accidents, of the breakdowns; and, as we went by way of and rebuilt our processes from the bottom as much as verify every thing that we do to make further certain, we didn’t discover something materials.”

The observe’s fall meet begins Sept. 14 and runs by way of Oct. 1.

Supply: Related Press

Author: Willie Williams