I do agree with you Alex with the industry today but I do have a great amount of respect for the older racehorses. Secretariat was not built like some elegant, spindly legged, not good for racing at all, Thoroughbred like they are now. People decided to be stupid as they have been with all other animals and things they can get their hands on and breed the racehorses to be "prettier" instead of durable. Unlike the racehorses now Secretariat, Seattle Slew, Cigar, etc. were built stronger and more like quarter horses, short and compact. I did an entire project on the breeding of Thoroughbreds and when it started to change from durability to elegance and looks.
So while I do not agree with or support it now I would have supported it then.