3 deaths, 4 days: Equine doctor weighs in on horse deaths at Keeneland this Fall Meet

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT/WYMT) - After only four days at Keeneland, three horses have been put down at the Fall Meet this year.

 Our sister station WKYT reports that "Triggerman" suffered a catastrophic injury Wednesday. 

The horse's jockey, Adam Beshizza was taken to UK hospital following the incident, he is expected to be okay.

Doctors said the injury rate declined during the last ten years.

“Horses are a prisoner of their own anatomy. They weigh 10 times your weight - maybe 7 or 8 mine - and they can run twice as fast as a human. Their legs are very fine and that’s why they are so good at what they do," said Doctor Larry Bramlage.

The injuries have drawn attention.

Doctor Bramlage said Keeneland officials are concerned about the health and shown so by appointing an Equine Safety Director and Director of Racing Surfaces.

“The injury rate is somewhere around 1.8 per thousand horses and it wrenches everybody’s heart when one happens,” says Doctor Bramlage.

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