MYSTERY: Why Did These 12 Die?

( – Twelve racehorses have perished mysteriously on the premises of the annual Kentucky Derby, which has brought about an emergency meeting of the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority (HISA).

All twelve deaths of racehorses occurred in May at Churchill Downs, the famous horse racing venue in Louisville, Kentucky, that is the home of the most celebrated annual horse racing event, Breitbart News reports, citing The New York Post.

The report points out that the twelve horses had to be euthanized before, during, and after the 2023 edition of the Kentucky Derby.

As a result, HISA is now considering having an independent investigation into the state of the training facilities and the wider venue to figure out what caused the deaths.

This year’s Kentucky Derby was held on May 6, but “it started under a cloud” since seven horses had to be put down after April 27, and five more – since the contest’s end.

The 12th racehorse to perish mysteriously was Kimberley Dream. Last week, she had to be put down due to “an inoperable ligament rupture to one of her front legs.”

Last weekend, the Churchill Downs complex issued a statement declaring its sadness over the animals’ deaths.

At the same time, though, its leadership also sought to reassure the public that it was working to establish the cause of the bizarre occurrences.

“We do not accept this as suitable or tolerable and share the frustrations of the public and, in some cases, the questions to which we do not yet have answers,” the statement said.

“We have been rigorously working … to understand what has led to this spike and have yet to find a conclusive [discernible] pattern as we await the findings of ongoing investigations into these injuries and fatalities,” Churchill Downs elaborated.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) senior vice president

Kathy Guillermo, a senior vice president of PETA (“People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals”), described Churchill Downs as “a killing field” in a statement she released on May 6, on the day of the derby.

Mage won the 149th Kentucky Derby, while National Treasure won the 2023 Preakness Stakes.