Another huge story has hit the web, highlighting the ills of horse racing. Anytime you put animals in the path of gambling or corporate profit, the animals are at risk to get steamrolled by dollar bills.
The New York Times reports the trainer of Kentucky Derby winner I’ll Have Another has a history of violations. Doug O’Neill has “more than a dozen violations for giving his horses improper drugs” – according to the Times article.
The cases were spread over four states over 14 years. The NY Times also analyzed his horses’ tendencies to break down and reported “the horses he trains break down or show signs of injury at more than twice the rate of the national average.”
And then there is this troubling sentence from the story – “” The racing industry has come to realize that lax regulation and the absence of meaningful punishment have fostered a culture where top trainers with multiple drug violations are more the rule than the exception. “”
Translation: The industry has looked the other way while these violations have gone on.
So are we to believe that suddenly, after years of negative information coming out of horse racing – about the drugging of horses and horses being raced at too young an age and race horses being routinely sent off to slaughter after they are of no more value to the industry – that now the powers that have suddenly seen the light?
The problem is it’s too tempting. The money is a carrot on a stick – a very big, pricey carrot on a stick. Gotta find a way to reach the big money. Gotta get an edge.
It’s time to shut it down. Let everybody gamble on the cards and dice and other table games. Cards, dice and slot machines can’t suffer. Cards, dice and slot machines are not sent off to slaughter; to suffer in horrible fear, through the pain of a bolt through the skull or a gun blast.
It’s time to shut it down – dog and horse racing.