And here I go again... I'm gonna have to save one of these threads and just keep linking it... I work in racing, and for a very succesful trainer...
Drugs are not tolerated. Horses are NOT racing on bute. Drug testing is a common occurrence at all race meetings and different medicines require a different amount of withdrawl... over here bute is 10 days. Drugs use is very strict and the governing bodies are forever trying to amend the rules in order to keep the animals welfare the most important aspect of the rule book. The intolerance for drugs use is very evident in the recent scandal to hit kingpins Goldolphin when Mahmood al Zarooni was banned for several years, and the horses involved banned for the entire season. This scandal has hit the entire Godolphin team as even Saeed Bin Suroor has had his yard tested (and nothing found). This should be a major eye opener for the "anti racing" contingent to show that racing is not completely ruled by money, as the BHA have taken on possibly one of the wealthiest people in the world.
I can't comment on the use of Lasix as I have been away from north america for too long. It is not used here.
Injuries - it is not in the trainers interest at all to run a lame horse. It is not in the trainers interest to train a lame horse. The trainer is paid per day for keeping the horse. If a horse were slightly lame, and the trainer pushed it the horse would likely be out for a considerable length of time - meaning the trainer loses a paying customer... does that make sense? A trainer has overheads - feed bills, bedding, ect. They are running a business and need good paying customers. Yes, they win a percentage of the horse winnings, but at lower level racing this isn't enough to keep a yard ticking over.
Care - Our horses have use of a Jacuzzi, equissage machine, daily turnout, nice fresh beds, all the hay they can eat. Blacksmith, vet, dentist, chiropractor are available at the drop of a hat. They are vaccinated, wormed and given whatever other care they need to keep them at their best. As I have said on other threads, I have worked for this trainer for several years, and I have never had a horse go racing and not return home.
And before anybody says "thats only for good horses"... its not. EVERY horse in our yard is treated exactly the same as the one in the stable next to them. EVERY horse, even those who wouldn't outrun a turtle are treated with the very best of care. The ones that don't make the grade are rehomed and most with a non racing contract. The others are either sold abroad, run to the end of their career and rehomed, and sold onto jumps racing.
The jockey club, BHA, HRI, ect are all there to try and keep racing clean. Yes you have the bad ones, inevitable in all aspects of life, but they do their best to weed them out, as was discussed above.
Stop for a minute, open your mind, learn. You may not agree with what I say, I may not agree with what you say but we will both learn something new.