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        05-05-2008, 07:13 PM
    Is it bad that it really doesn't bother me either way? I know it probably is, but that's racing for you. If people insist on working youngsters hard they're going to get results, not always good ones. I thinks it's really stupid that scientists and specialists are making a big deal that it was the filly and that they're considering running fillies separate from colts. I also hate that PETA enthusiasts are all in a hullaballoo about how he whipped her mercilessly. That is a part of racing. I just think you have to expect injuries if you aren't 100% sure about the health of the animal.
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        05-05-2008, 07:25 PM
    I know, that's why I don't like horse racing.
        05-05-2008, 07:27 PM
    I don't disagree with it I'm perfectly fine with it but that's probably because I have learned to accept the injuries or something. Some horses absolutely love to run though so why ruin their fun?
        05-05-2008, 07:38 PM
    I respect your opinion. :) I just don't that industry at all.
        05-05-2008, 07:55 PM
    I have nothing against racing or against the way the filly was run in that particular race BUT I completely condemn the way they push babies too far in this sport. It's insane. It's like asking a ten year old to compete in the olympics - you can see the same result, and often injuries in a similar vein, in little kids with pushy parents who make them train far too hard in sports.
    Even race breeding is aimed at success at 3yrs, and who cares what happens after that - so long as the horse was fast as a baby, it's fine to breed on serious conformation flaws which lead to severe unsoundness and contribute to breakdowns like these.

    Eugh. Sorry. I just don't have much respect for the industry that caused this breakdown.
        05-05-2008, 08:25 PM
    To me its always sad when a horse needs put down.

    But I agree with Harlee. Its just part of the sport. Its not like they wanted it to happen. I mean really pick a worse PR day! 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. Sometimes bad things happen. Accidents are accidents. I feel that if I were to jump on any bandwagon folks like PETA would have it so that NONE of us could own horses. Accidents can happen in the nicest of fields. One wrong step in a new gopher hole and boom.. we are in the same position only millions of people are not watching us...
        05-05-2008, 08:32 PM
    I know, I am just saying how I don't like the sport, that's all. :)
    It was a shame that she was so young, though.
        05-05-2008, 09:36 PM
    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..
        05-05-2008, 09:42 PM
    Yeah...she was really really young, I bet she couldn't handle all that...
        05-05-2008, 10:02 PM
    That is just really sad...i personally don't agree with the way they are racing horses.....and I just don't like the sport because of it... but I do understand what some of you are saying, and that's just the way it is...

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