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Nearly 500 Thoroughbred racehorses died in the U.S. in 2018. Here’s why.

PUBLISHED MAY 17, 2019 BY RACHEL FOBAR

 

Each spring in the United States, the nation’s swiftest Thoroughbreds compete in the Triple Crown, a hundred-year-old series of three races. Fans don large hats, and jovial crowds gather to watch the elegant animals sprint down the track.


Despite its popularity, horse racing is a dangerous sport for both horse and jockey. In the U.S. in 2018, 493 Thoroughbred racehorses died, according to the Jockey Club’s Equine Injury Database.

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