PETA Statement on Untapable’s Win at the Kentucky Oaks

For Immediate Release:
May 2, 2014

Untapable’s win means one thing—the racing industry must own up to its drug culture at the highest levels. The curtain on racing’s cruelty has been drawn back this Triple Crown season. Thoroughbreds never truly win when they are drugged, injured, arthritic, and burnt out before their bones even mature, then trucked across the border to be ground up for meat.

We urge Churchill Downs to conduct exhaustive tests on Untapable’s blood and urine samples. We recommend testing for Thyrozine, since we documented that virtually all Asmussen-trained horses were on thyroid medication—even though they didn’t have thyroid disease. We also call on the Winchells to release Untapable’s veterinary bills, which could reveal what drugs may have been administered to the filly.

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