Horse dies due to injury in final race after Belmont Stakes
Another death has occurred in the world of horse racing after Excursionniste was euthanized following an injury sustained during the final race at Belmont Park on Saturday. The horse had been in second place during the turf race, which followed the highly-anticipated Belmont Stakes event. According to the New York Racing Association, Excursionniste suffered a catastrophic injury to its left front leg despite the immediate efforts of the attending veterinarians. The organization has since confirmed that the horse was humanely euthanized due to the severity of the injury. This latest death is part of an alarming trend in the sport, with Churchill Downs suspending operations in the wake of 12 horse deaths during the Kentucky Derby. Advocacy group PETA has called for better screening and higher safety standards in the industry, criticizing the sport for its inability to keep horses alive.
Q: How did Excursionniste sustain his injury?
A: The horse suffered a catastrophic injury to its left front leg during the turf race at Belmont Park.
Q: What did PETA have to say about this latest incident?
A: PETA has criticized the racing industry’s lack of safety standards and called for better screening measures to be put in place to prevent such injuries.
Q: How many deaths have there been in horse racing recently?
A: In the run-up to the Preakness Stakes, which took place in May, three horses had died at Belmont Park, while 12 had died in the Kentucky Derby leading up to and during the event.
Q: What else has PETA called for in the wake of this incident?
A: PETA also called for the Belmont Stakes to be postponed due to low air quality caused by the Canadian wildfires.
Horse succumbs to injury in last race following Belmont Stakes.
Another horse has died following a race at a Triple Crown track, raising further concerns about the sport. Excursionniste was euthanized after breaking its left front leg in the 13th and final race at Belmont Park on Saturday, the race that followed the Belmont Stakes’ main event. Animal rights group PETA had called for the Belmont Stakes to be postponed earlier in the week due to the low air quality resulting from Canadian wildfires. PETA also encouraged the New York Racing Association (NYRA) and New York State Gaming Commission to require CT scans for all horses racing on Saturday to screen pre-existing injuries. Excursionniste’s death follows similar incidents at Churchill Downs and Belmont Park, where three horses have now died this year.