Tragic news from Churchill Downs: More horses euthanized Saturday, following races at site of the Kentucky Derby

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WASHINGTON (May 6, 2023) — Kitty Block, president and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States, released the following statement ahead of the Kentucky Derby: 

“7 was not a lucky number for the horses, as that is how many died in the lead-up to this year’s Kentucky Derby. And yet, they ran it. We mourn the devastating loss of two three-year-old racehorses today, Chloe’s Dream and Freezing Point. Both suffered catastrophic injuries during races at Churchill Downs and were euthanized. The unacceptable deaths of so many young horses surrounding the Kentucky Derby this year underscores the urgent need for reform to protect the lives of horses, including the immediate and full implementation of the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act which has been held hostage by some horsemen obstructing the antidoping provisions.” 

We fight the big fights to end suffering for all animals. Together with millions of supporters, the Humane Society of the United States takes on puppy mills, factory farms, the fur trade, trophy hunting, animal cosmetics testing and other cruel industries. Through our rescue, response and sanctuary work, as well as other direct services, we help thousands of animals in need every year. We fight all forms of animal cruelty to achieve the vision behind our name: a humane society.

Learn more about our work at Subscribe to Kitty Block’s blog, A Humane World. Follow the HSUS Media Relations department on Twitter. Read the award-winning All Animals magazine. Listen to the Humane Voices Podcast.

The Humane Society Legislative Fund is a social welfare organization incorporated under section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code and formed in 2004 as a separate lobbying affiliate of the Humane Society of the United States. The HSLF works to pass animal protection laws at the state and federal level, to educate the public about animal protection issues, and to support humane candidates for office. Visit us on all our channels: on the web at, on our blog at, on Facebook at and on Twitter at  

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