One comment on “Aqueduct racing deaths are not the whole story

  1. I believe it was Mark Twain who said that there are lies, damn lies, and statistics. The statistics quoted above suffer because there is no consideration for the events being random. It seems that, considering the number of horses stabled at the NYRA tracks, there is a less than 5% chance of a fatality to the animal in a year. If one turned a roulette wheel with twenty numbers, it would not be uncommon tor a couple of hundred turns to go by without seeing one’s number. That is the nature of random distribution. Neither PETA, NYRA, nor you can state that a problem exists based on such few numbers.
    That said, logic can still be applied. Dumb rules, as NYRA has implemented, are no more valid than no investigation. Steroid overuse is a known medical problem. It should be banned outright.

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