Sunday, October 1

Churchill Downs spring meet moved to Henderson after 12 horse deaths

Churchill Downs is suspending racing operations June 7 and moving the remainder of its 2023 Spring Meet to Ellis Park following 12 horse death at the famous Louisville track during the past six weeks.

Races will be held Saturday and Sunday at Churchill, then roughly resume 134 miles west at the Henderson, Kentucky, track from June 10 through July 3.

The move of the Spring Meet, first reported by Horse Racing Nationfollow multiple emergency meetings this week between Churchill and the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority (HISA), which said in a statement Friday it recommended the track suspend races.

A closed-door summit was held Tuesday between the state and Churchill’s regulatory veterinarians and veterinarians with HISA. Track surface expert Dennis Moore completed an inspection Wednesday, after which HISA said he reported “no primary areas for concern” and that “the various track metrics analyzed are consistent with previous years.”

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