In a historic move, Churchill Downs has announced that it will be moving its spring meet to Ellis Park following the deaths of 12 horses. This decision comes after regulators from the Federal government put pressure on the iconic track to increase safety measures after an increase in horse fatalities.
The move is a significant one, as Churchill Downs has been one of the most popular tracks in the United States for decades. The company currently hosts the Kentucky Derby, one of the most prestigious horse races in the world.
According to reports, Churchill Downs has been facing increased scrutiny in recent months following the death of 12 horses during its racing season. The company was already under investigation by regulators when the federal government stepped in, calling for immediate action to be taken to improve horse safety.
Churchill Downs responded by announcing that it would be suspending all racing operations to further evaluate safety measures. The company has also canceled several upcoming races and has pledged to work with regulators to make necessary changes.
The move to Ellis Park is expected to provide a safer environment for horses, as Ellis Park has not had any fatalities during its current racing season. The track is also known for its lush, green surroundings, which are said to be beneficial for horses’ health.
The racing community is hoping that Churchill Downs’s decision marks a new era in the sport, one that prioritizes animal welfare and safety over profits and tradition. As the investigation into the horse deaths continues, many are calling for other tracks to follow Churchill Downs’s lead and take proactive measures to protect their animals.