Racehorse killed in final race at Churchill Downs on Derby Day

Tuesday's Horse

D. Wayne Lukas. Image by Jamie Squire / GettyImages. D. Wayne Lukas. Image by Jamie Squire / GettyImages.

If jockey Jon Court hadn’t broken his hand, I wonder if the death of Thoroughbred racehorse — Canadian Winner — would have been reported at all. We the public probably would never have heard about it otherwise, as with so many breakdowns and deaths in American horse racing. In this case we do know because jockeys were hurt (not that they are given much more consideration that the horses they ride).

The Daily Racing Form reports:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Jon Court suffered a broken hand while fellow jockey Jose Ortiz emerged body-sore but otherwise uninjured in a two-horse spill in the 13th and last race of the Kentucky Derby program Saturday at Churchill Downs.

The incident occurred nearing the half-mile pole on the main track, where Canadian Winner, ridden by Court, broke down badly. Appealing Alex was trailing him and…

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