Two horses were euthanized at Belmont Park, adding to the Triple Crown’s death toll


Two horses were euthanized at Belmont Park on Saturday, marking the death of at least one horse across all three grounds of the Triple Crown this year.

The excursionist was injured and euthanized after the final race in Saturday’s Belmont Stakes. Then, on Sunday, Mashney was euthanized after what was described as a “catastrophic injury” to the girl’s left front leg.

Arcangelo with Javier Castellano wins the 155th Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park on June 10, 2023 in Elmont, New York. (Sarah Stier/Getty Images)

PETA Senior Vice President Cathy Guillermo issued a statement saying Belmont Park “did not do enough” to prevent the executioner’s death.

“The race couldn’t keep all the horses alive on Triple Crown Day this year,” Guillermo said. “Belmont Park did not do enough to prevent Excursionist’s death. PETA has called on the New York Racing Association and the New York State Gaming Commission to require CT scans on all horses competing today to detect pre-existing injuries that account for 90% of these deaths. They refused.

“The racing industry is digging its own grave and that of this horse.”

Churchill Downs, in particular, has seen an alarming number of horse deaths this season. A total of 12 horses died on the famous track, forcing the authorities to stop the race from July 3-12.

People gather around the giant Secretariat statue in Belmont Park to celebrate Secretariat's 50th anniversary at the 2023 Belmont Stakes...

People gather around the giant Secretariat statue in Belmont Park as they celebrate the 50th anniversary of Secretariat in Belmont Park 2023 on the afternoon of June 10, 2023 in Belmont Park in Elmont, New York. (Thomas A. Ferrara/Newsday RM via Getty Images)

“The Churchill Downs team takes pride in safety and strives to set the highest standards in racing, always going above and beyond required rules and policies,” Churchill Downs CEO Bill Carstanien said in a statement Friday. .

“What happened on our road is very sad and completely unacceptable. While we have made every effort to determine the cause of the recent horse injuries and there is no problem with our racetrack or the environment at Churchill Downs, we need to spend more time reviewing all the details from top to bottom. and conditions so that we can further strengthen our surface, security and integrity protocols.


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