The world of horse racing is in shock. One of the most popular horse races, the Kentucky Derby, has been temporarily postponed due to an investigation into those responsible for the race, after 12 horses died last month after being injured on the track.
"What happened on this track is repulsive and unacceptable," said Bill Christanien, the competition's chairman, referring to the Churchill Downs track. He added: "Despite our efforts to find out the cause of the many injuries to the horses (which led to their deaths) and to prevent more such incidents, we need more time to investigate."
This difficult situation, especially after seven horses died in the past week alone, raises questions in the United States about the level of care and concern for the health of the horses participating in the races.
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In the official Churchill Downs track's official statement, those responsible defended themselves, writing: "Not a single clue has been found as to the cause of the deaths that occurred, nor a line linking all deaths."
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