Hmm...I don't know much about this race, but yeah, it IS run on a pretty good surface - the main issue in the accidents are the tight turns, which honestly they COULD make better if they tried - it's only the way they've arranged the crowd which causes the corners. You've got to admit that at last all the horses get up and carry on running, I suppose...And the riders can't get dragged because there's no saddle to get dragged by! If nothing else I'm at least impressed that they do it bareback.
The Omak suicide race is ridiculous, cruel, insanity. I can't believe they've even got the nerve to claim it as 'heritage'.