All four major racetracks in Kentucky posted safety numbers better than the national average revealed in The New York Times' investigation of the horse racing industry.
The Times' analysis of three years of race reports from around the United States found a rate of 5.2 incidences of breakdowns or signs of injury per 1,000 starts.
Lexington's Keeneland Race Course was the safest of the four Kentucky tracks at 1.6 incidents per 1,000 starts. Next was Turfway Park in Florence at 3.3, Churchill Downs in Louisville at 4.5 and Ellis Park in Henderson at 5.1.
Keeneland and Turfway are among the tracks to have submitted statistics to the Equine Injury Database. In 2011, Keeneland reported four racing-related fatalities in 32 days of racing; Turfway had eight in 83 days of racing.
Herald-Leader Staff Report