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SATIRE - 'Jockey Accidentally Euthanized After Breaking Leg'


Circulating report claims that, after a racetrack collision, one jockey with a broken leg died after a horse trainer accidently gave him a lethal dose of a drug used to euthanize injured horses.

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Brief Analysis

The claims in the report are untrue. No such incident occurred. The report is intended to be satirical and comes via the satirical/humour website Empire Sports. None of the stories published on the site should be taken seriously.


Jockey Accidentally Euthanized After Breaking Leg At Kentucky Derby 140

LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY - The cheers of fans turned to gasps Saturday afternoon at Churchill downs as an otherwise uneventful race turned tragic after a mid-race collision sent several jockeys flying to the ground and left one jockey dead.

Satire Jockey Accidentallu Euthanized

Detailed Analysis

According to a 'news' snippet currently being shared via social media, a jockey has been accidently euthanized after breaking his leg in a racecourse collision at the Kentucky Derby. The message links to a longer report that describes the supposed tragedy. The report claims that a horse trainer attempting to administer treatment to a jockey with a broken leg, accidently gave him a lethal dose of a drug used to euthanize injured horses.

But, thankfully, the claims in the report are nonsense. No such death occurred and there are no reports of a serious accident at Kentucky Derby 140. The story is a work of fiction and comes courtesy of the satirical/entertainment website Empire Sports.

The site includes the following disclaimer:
Empire Sports is a satirical and entertainment website.

Empire Sports uses invented names in all its stories, except in cases when public figures are being satirized. Any other use of real names is accidental and coincidental.
The site's About page notes:
Empire Sports is part news, part op-ed, (part, ahem, tabloid) and one hundred percent entertaining.

We report on current events in sports. Sometimes we report on news that has yet to happen. Sometimes we report things we just WISH would happen.
Empire Sports has been responsible for several recent articles that have circulated virally via social media. Earlier in 2014, an article from the site falsely claimed that US footballer Michael Vick had been hospitalized after a Pitt Bull attack. Another 2014 article falsely claimed that NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon had confirmed that he was in a homosexual relationship with fellow race driver Stephen Rhodes.

Nothing published on the Empire Sports website should be taken seriously.

Last updated: May 7, 2014
First published: May 7, 2014
Written by Brett M. Christensen
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