LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – According to Keeneland’s incident report on Wednesday, the horse “Triggerman” suffered a leg injury during a turf race and died on the track.
It goes on to say that jockey Adam Beschizza suffered a collarbone injury in the process and was taken to UK hospital for evaluation.
On the first day of racing, “Stella D’oro” also died on the turf track following a race.
The horse “Fast Dreamer” was also injured that day on the dirt track and was later euthanized according to daily racing form.
We told you about safety changes the track was making and hiring two new safety employees, one just to monitor and test the track every day.
It was to avoid a similar situation to Santa Anita Park in California, which has seen more than 30 horses die on the track in less than a year.
Here’s a statement from PETA Senior Vice President Kathy Guillermo regarding the death of Triggerman at Keeneland today:
“Two dead horses at Keeneland in only a week show that it’s not just a California issue but an industry-wide disgrace, and it’s not just an “accident” but possibly a crime. When a 3-year-old horse dies in what is only his second race, something must be very wrong with the training and treatment of Thoroughbreds before they ever get to the track. Law enforcement should investigate, all medication and training records should be made public, and all racing in the U.S. should shut down until the industry can stop the carnage.”