UPDATE: In response to PETA’s call for an independent veterinary examination of Kentucky Derby winner, Justify, the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission sent veterinarians to do a thorough examination of horse. Justify was found to be suffering from a bruised heel. He is now receiving treatment. The finding contradicts his trainer’s earlier statement that Justify had a skin condition known as scratches. PETA is grateful to the Commission for acting promptly and will continue to monitor the situation.
Originally published May 7, 2018:
The following statement is from PETA Senior Vice President Kathy Guillermo:
PETA is calling on the stewards at Churchill Downs to order an immediate and independent veterinary examination of Justify and to review all his veterinary records and medications for the last year. He appeared to be avoiding putting weight on his left hind leg at a news conference yesterday—a condition dismissed by trainer Bob Baffert as “scratches” brought on by the muddy track at the Kentucky Derby. However, this skin condition typically leads to lameness only when it’s chronic. PETA wants to know: Has Justify been suffering from a chronic ailment that has led to lameness, or is he injured? If he’s injured, he must not be allowed to race in the Preakness— and PETA is not confident that Mr. Baffert will reveal the horse’s true condition.