July 22, 2019 07:30 PM
FARMINGTON, N.Y. (WHEC) -- Recent news has dimmed the light on a sport rising in popularity among young adults.
According to the Finger Lakes Gaming and Racetrack, two racing-related horse deaths have occurred so far in 2019. In addition, two other horses have died due to training.
Three other horses have passed away due to illness, not racing or training-related.
The organization says that despite the recent timeframe, since the start of 2018, they have had fatalities at below 74 percent of the 2018 national average in terms of racing fatalities per 1,000 starts.
Read below for their full statement following the recent findings:
"Finger Lakes remains committed to providing the safest racing operation possible for its equine athletes and those who care for them. Despite this recent timeframe, since the start of 2018, we have experienced fatalities at below 74% of the 2018 national average in terms of racing fatalities per 1,000 starts. Providing for the safety and welfare for those involved with racing is a continuous process that requires constant attention and evaluation. In addition to being accredited annually by the National Thoroughbred Racing Association Safety and Integrity Alliance since 2011, we continually look at emerging industry best practices and consult with local, state and national experts to adjust operational processes for further improvement."
Updated: July 22, 2019 07:30 PM
Created: July 22, 2019 04:24 PM
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