Horse Euthanized at Ellis Park: PETA Statement

For Immediate Release:
July 18, 2023

David Perle 202-483-7382

Henderson, Ky. – Please see the following statement from PETA Senior Vice President Kathy Guillermo regarding the death of the 3-year-old Thoroughbred Im a Modest Man. Although the horse was injured and removed from the track by ambulance on June 24, the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission has just posted a report revealing that he was euthanized.

Churchill Downs executives haven’t done enough to prevent the killing, and now they’re simply hoping people are too stupid to notice, but they’re not. The company has been silent about the death of Im a Modest Man—at just 3 years old—who fractured a leg on June 24 at Ellis Park and was euthanized, according to a just-posted report by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission. Suspending racing at Churchill Downs was the right thing to do, but shifting it to another track before comprehensive safety protocols were put in place risked horses’ lives. Shame on you, Churchill Downs.

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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