(Louisville Courier-Journal) Last month, Churchill Downs proudly trumpeted its sparkling new $12 million Big Board video screen. The pictures were clear and the sound was crisp, and the structure was positioned so far above the track that the horses would not even see it. But that does not mean they cannot be disturbed by its noises.
Seven hundred and fifty new speakers were installed throughout the track, and on Thursday the cadence might have led to a tragic accident. Trainer Kenny Wirth said that a commercial that included the sudden shriek of a starting-gate bell spooked his 5-year-old mare, Never Tell Lynda, who reared and fell, hitting her head.
Blood gushed from the nose and mouth of the mare, who had been walking toward the paddock to be schooled. She was euthanized.