Churchill Downs spring meet moved to Henderson after 12 horse deaths

Churchill Downs is suspending racing operations June 7 and shifting the rest of its 2023 Spring Meet to Ellis Park following 12 horse deaths on the famed Louisville observe through the previous six weeks.

Races can be held Saturday and Sunday at Churchill, then resume roughly 134 miles west on the Henderson, Kentucky, observe from June 10 by way of July 3.

The transfer of the Spring Meet, first reported by Horse Racing Nation, follows a number of emergency conferences this week between Churchill and the Horseracing Integrity and Security Authority (HISA), which stated in an announcement Friday it beneficial the observe droop races.

A closed-door summit was held Tuesday between the state and Churchill’s regulatory veterinarians and veterinarians with HISA. Observe floor skilled Dennis Moore accomplished an inspection Wednesday, after which HISA stated he reported “no main areas for concern” and that “the varied observe metrics analyzed are according to earlier years.”

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