Horse Dies at Belmont Park—Just 9 Days Before Belmont Stakes: PETA Statement

For Immediate Release:
June 2, 2023

Moira Colley 202-483-7382

Long Island, N.Y. – Please see the following statement from PETA Senior Vice President Kathy Guillermo regarding deaths at Belmont Park:

The Belmont Stakes, the third race in the Triple Crown, is just eight days away, but Belmont Park is silent about all the horse fatalities—and what it will do to try to prevent more. Yesterday, Chaysenbryn shattered a bone and was euthanized on the track. This is the fourth death this year for trainer Rudy Rodriguez—yet there have been no consequences and apparently no investigation into the 34 racing and training fatalities at Belmont Park since January 2022. Even so, New York’s state legislature has backed Gov. Kathy Hochul’s plan to lend nearly half a billion dollars to the New York Racing Association to rebuild the Belmont grandstand so that a few fans will be able to sit in comfort while they watch horses die.

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment or abuse in any other way”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit or follow the group on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.

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