4 comments on “Yet another wake-up call for racing

  1. All you have to do is take a look at the Tn Wlaking horse industry that was allowed to police it’s self for 40 odd years and see what ONE VIDEO can do to bring an industry to its knees.
    Take heed of what is going on now and take appropriate actions to start to eliminate the problem before the same thing happens to horse racing.
    Public opinion is not the same as it was years ago.People are now joining together on behalf of animals as never before in history.
    Don’t make the same mistakes that others in the horse industry have and are making.
    Clean out from the basement tothe penthouse if you want to stay in business.
    Don’t let Racing fall by the way side by ignoring,denying,blaiming everyone and thing thing else for the problems.

  2. Another suggestion would be for other racetracks to follow the lead of Meadowlands owner, Jeff Gural, and employ “Gural-tactics” —- having all who work at the racetrack sign a Memo of Understanding. If said signees, did bot abide by the rules of how they should conduct themselves , or operate, the racetrack has the ability to remand them, or even ban them. Gural has done it, and used tt successfully. No reason, others can’t employ those tactics, too.

  3. Two points:
    1) Control of drug testing and the resulting violations and fines must be taken out of the hands of Stewards and State Commissions who have too many inherent conflicts of interest. Ditto with how many drugs are allowed in a horse.
    2) I’ve seen really good horses with serious foot problems, and there was no doubt in MY mind Nehro’s death was caused by the stress of training and competing repeatedly with increased medications being required. Healthy 3 year-olds don’t just rupture their stomachs. Lots of great trainers don’t want to be told that they can’t keep training a horse with bad feet. First horses will start tying up, then displacing their palates, then bleeding worse and worse, then refusing to train, bolting, flipping in the gate, breaking down, you name it, they will find a way to destroy themselves. Or, they will just quit running.

    No, nobody is at fault on the terrible video. It’s worse, everybody is at fault.

    • Thank you for commenting. It is my understanding that colic can have many causes. I have seen horses grazing in a field colic, and lost a yearling after she colicked. My problem with the video’s portrayal of colic is that they did not acknowledge any of that complexity while implying it was the result of stress.

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