May 6, 2023

For Immediate Release:
May 6, 2023

Nicole Meyer 202-483-7382

Louisville, Ky. – Please see the following statement from PETA Senior Vice President Kathy Guillermo regarding the death of 3-year-old Thoroughbred Chloe’s Dream in the second race at Churchill Downs today, on Kentucky Derby Day:

The pre-Derby death toll is still mounting. It’s now six and counting. Although PETA appreciates that the Kentucky state veterinarian exercised caution by scratching the Derby favorite, we called for the closure of the track so stronger protocols could be put in place. Churchill Downs should have listened.

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.