A fair assessment I think.Apparently the horse in question had already had at least one leg surgery and ongoing soundness problems. He should never have been on the track. I think racing at Santa Anita is doomed. The track sits on unbelievably valuable land, Belinda Stronach wants to dump it, the AR folks are slavering at the loss of horses, horse people outside or racing are ho-hum about racing and not supporting it, the racing industry continues to shoot itself in the foot with it's lack of transparency and oversight and continuing to let horses with issues race and train and hiding their heads in the sand, and the state of California has already bowed down to the AR nuts on so many occasions, I can't see this being any different.
If ONE horse is injured at the Breeder's Cup, the public outcry will be unfathomable to end racing at SA, and thus, California.
And without racing, within a decade or two not many people will be able to afford horses. In a shrinking horse industry, you take out the big segment, guess what? Less areas zoned for horses less people growing hay and on you go. If this happens within a few decades only the very rich will be able to afford horses.
Don't localize it. That segment of the horse industry is at the top, we at the bottom, have the trickle-down effect. Well Rodeo is near the top not everybody knows the top winners in Rodeo, but everyone knows the name Secretariat. Not every Rodeo event is televised live, but every leg of the triple Crown sure is.This is an interesting quote. Here where I live I don't know of anyone with race horses. I believe it's only a very tiny segment of the horse industry in Arizona. But you know what runs our hay industry? Dairy. I'm told that's why we have all this alfalfa here in this state. If we lost the dairies, we would probably be hurt more.
I honestly don't know what keeps the horse industry going in Arizona. Ropers? Retirees? People like me that have loved horses since they were 5 years old? I don't know. But rodeo seems more popular that racing.
Exactly. Right now the AR people are focused on racing, but rodeo is not far behind, and is another segment of the industry that a lot of people are either lackadaisical about or think is downright cruel because they don't know anything about it. I guarantee you that once racing is done, rodeo is next. I think everyone agrees that racing needs to clean up its act and figure out how to give itself some accountability and oversight, but as horse people, we need to support each other or there will be no one to support us. The industry as a whole is struggling-- increased costs of ownership, climate change affecting feed and pasture, huge amount of land lost to urbanization every day, fewer kids entering the industry, loss of trails and riding areas, increased legislation and lawsuits concerning horses, etc. We can't just stick our heads in the sand and say "Oh, I don't know anyone involved in horse racing; it doesn't matter to me." The trickle-down effect is huge-- think of the feed suppliers, growers, medical research, and employment in the racing industry. Want a good horse vet? Most of those advances in things like colic surgery, laminitis, and reproduction came about because of the racing industry. I don't think people realize how much of the economy is linked to horse racing; especially in some areas of the country. We may think racing doesn't affect us, but as horse owners and lovers, it does. We can't just say 'its not about us' because it is.Hmmm, how can put this so you get what I mean. Okay I will adapt from a famous speech.
"First they came for the horse racing industry and I did not speak out---because I don't race.
Then they came for the rodeo folks and i did not speak out--- because I don't rodeo.
Then they came for show jumpers and I did not speak out---because I don't jump.
Then they came for me---and there was no one left to speak for me.