Originally Posted by ponyboy
I agree too. There's a reason betting is (technically) not allowed in human sports - It results in the exploitation of the athletes.
Betting is not allow in human sports, lol. Bets are place on major fights and ballgames all the time and it is legal, maybe not in every state or area. Las Vegas Sports betting rules on football, basketball, baseball and all major sports
Compared to allot of horses in the 1930's Seabiscuit lived like a king. There are abuses in every sport and there is a difference between what has to be done for business reasons (selling horses that are not up to the caliber that is needed) and cruelity or greed (caring only about the money they can make from that animal). They may not love the money more than the horses but they do know they have to make x amount of money to afford to keep those horses and how they are kept.
Allot of the anti racehorse talk comes from the Derbies were they are ran as 3 year olds and the hand full of 2 year old races they run. In allot of ways those races are training for the horses,
Man O' War raced 21 races and won 20 of them; all of those races was as a 2 and 3 year old. Judging from photos of him at age twenty I would said he looked likea 5 year old.
Citation raced 45 times in his long career, he retired to stud as a 6 year old. He career was 32, 10, and 2. And there was a mass wreck that kept him from competeing as a 4 year old.
In comparasion Big Brown raced 8 times and won 7 of them with the 8th race a 9th place finish. There were several problems with that horse, at least on that day.
Mine That bird was almost held out of the Peakness due to his condition, granted racing tin the Belmont stakes was part of that too. But the gelding is still racing or at least I believe he is. I have not seen it said that wh was retired.