Four Horses Die At Churchill Downs Just Days Before Kentucky Derby

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Woah … what on earth is going on?

Since Thursday of last week, a total of four horses have died at Churchill Downs after running, and this just days before the iconic track’s prestigious Kentucky Derby which takes place Saturday.

In two days of spring racing, three horses reportedly died, according to a Wednesday report from the Louisville Courier-Journal. Parents Pride collapsed and died after a Saturday race, while Chasing Artie died in a similar fashion after running Tuesday.

The Courier-Journal also reported that both of those horses were owned by Ken Ramsey, trained by Saffie Joseph and ridden by Luiz Saez. The deaths were confirmed to the Courier-Journal by Mark Partridge, the manager of Ramsey Farms.

Another horse, Take Charge Briana, was put down Saturday after suffering a “catastrophic” injury during a race, according to Daily Racing Forum. Willis Horton Racing owned Take Charge Briana, while she was trained by D. Wayne Lukas, according to the Courier-Journal. (RELATED: Outright (And Completely One-Sided) Brawl Breaks Out At Florida Golf Course)

Wild on Ice, the fourth horse that I wrote about last week, was euthanized Thursday after he broke his hind leg during a training session. Preparing to run in the Kentucky Derby, he was pulled up while running on the back stretch of the track. Wild on Ice was owned by Frank Sumpter and ridden by Ken Tohill.

Now I don’t want to speculate and get the Daily Caller (nor myself) sued, but man…

The shadiness is so real in this story. I’ll just keep it that.