Originally Posted by TimberRidgeRanch
I have had this arguement and debate for so long it wares me out. I have been at the tracks all my life and like so many horse disciplines you have good you have bad.
People say they are started too young, do you realize they start some reiners at young ages as cutting etc.
They use drugs, do you realize that they use illegal drugs in jumping and eventing they just don't test for it. They use drugs in sadd;le seat and TWH which by the way are under the USDA watchful eyes.
They are stalled more then out, do you realize so are halter horses saddleseat horses yet race horses are worked longer so they use up more energy then a halter horse.
Race horses go to slaughter hell all breeds go to slaughter race back yard show etc etc.
Jockeys and drivers go threw more hell then the horses do. Horses are by far the first Jockeys go thrw hell for the wieght issu sometimes starving themselves to the point of sickness.
And like I always say you have good and bad trainers/owners in all horse industry and people have got to stop being so closed minded Ignorant I might add.
Horses are not raced on dirt or uneven ground they are raced on stonedust that is conditioned after every race. It may look hard surface but its not and racing in dirt isnt safe. Becomes too deep and wrecks havic on the joints if too deep that's why they use stonedust.
Drug testing is serious business in racing and has become extremely strict BUTE is not allowed when racing they are fined. You can't even use some suppliments because they test positive.
Only reason racing gets a bad name is due to the triple crown and the amount of people who watch it. They don't realize how many races go on per day. Kind of like flying in planes OMG I w9ont ride in a plane they crash well with the amount of flights as apposed to crashes your safer flying then driving.
Just lovely - call those who disagree with your biased opinions as ignorant. People who recognize and are concerned with issues in the TB racing industry are not ignorant. Quite the contrary - if they were ignorant they would not be concerned.
The irony of your post is the Jockey Club itself recognizes the problems in the industry and is trying to do something about them. Your position is not only antiquated, but is counterproductive to the industry you supposedly support. If you truly want to support it, as I do, then admit to the problems, face them head on, and try to help resolve them. Ignoring them does not make them go away, and as long as they exist, attendance and revenues will continue to decline...