Originally Posted by Dumas'_Grrrl
Its not like they dragged some old nag out of the field and made her run. The horse had probably been around a track hundreds of times.
That's just the problem. She was 3 and 17hh tall - she shouldn't have been started under saddle at all, and there she was, racing.
Yes, she was a great horse, and yes it is sad, but MAYBE this will open some eyes to the fact that YEARLINGS are being ridden in order to race as 2 year olds. There are record amounts of breakdowns occurring now.
If the Derby was aimed at 4 or 5 year olds instead, I would be willing to bet we'd see less breakdowns.
People are breeding for speed now, not durability like in the old days.
We're humans, we're supposed to serve the best purpose for our animals. They can't say no..