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Change

I have enjoyed following thoroughbred horse racing literally my entire life. I have grown tired, though. Tired of defending a sport seemingly unwilling to help itself. Racing has consistently missed the scheduled pick-up, but now is the time to take out the trash, once and for all. Take care of the horses. Fix what’s broken, or lose loyal fans. Bring about real change, or forget about future fans. As it stands now, I’m losing the will to take my 5 ½-year-old daughter to the races. How sad is that?

 

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LAZ. As to Ellsworth, yes he cared about his horses definitely in the early days. But by the time the 120 horses were on his farm, he was running out of money and I think was filing for bankruptcy. His son ran the farm where all the horses were dying and from the articles in Sports illustrated etc. the older animals were being purposely neglected, as younger horses on the same property were fine. Also Ellsworth's son told investigators when they arrived "what was he supposed to do with all the old horses?"
LOL.in my opinion to much of a Grassy knoll theory. I do not include the casual bettor in this statement,they bet the horses they follow. But when it comes to the people that bet the real money. As long as you are licensed to train and ride and are allowed to do so. They could give a rats(you know what) when it comes to comprising their bets. You see dollar signs is a major aphrodesiac into making many think that anuthing goes.
I haven't thought it all the way through, and I'd better mention that I support the 'grassy knoll theory'. The Kentucky Derby probably draws a lot of betting interest that aren't really familiar with horses. They also won't realize that medication use doesn't really change just because you know about it. They will kinda naturally draw away from the ones mentioned. So you have one stable mentioned big time. You have 2 jockeys and another well known stable mentioned in poor light. I would bet that the odds on any horses they enter will be higher. I haven't thought it through enough to figure that part all the way out. I just find the timing very interesting.
in what way?
I had an odd thought: What if the release of the tape now is an attempt to manipulate the betting?
Yes mimi,you will be amazed how quickly your mind set changes when you are betting your own cash and not just picking horses. The so called longshots are not as attractive. Like someone once described betting to me in one word.Accountable. You become accountable to yourself,you can't be reckless.
[Sorry] with HRRN once it's in it can't be changed. I'm trying to see if the pressure of a contest changes the way I bet. I've 'handicapped' for over 50 years, but I've never actually placed a bet - or even been to a track. I think I'm pretty good - not great - but good - I usually run between 50 and 75% - but if I don't bet, it doesn't really count.
tmallios - Both the contests are free. One is 'DerbyDollarsContest - the other is by HRRN. Both require that the picks be in 30 min before post. DerbyDollars lets you change your bet until then - with
Poor Nehro....treated like a piece of trash....Super glue on his feet??? I expect his colic came from the stress of his feet and the brutal way he was beiing treated. I hope they both face criminal charges.
Zipse, I think racing needs leadership. Jeff Gural of the Meadowlands is the only one out there who understands the game, understands the customers and will not give in to trainers' shenanigans.
Zipse, I think racing needs leadership. Jeff Gural of the Meadowlands is the only one out there who understands the game, understands the customers and will not give in to trainers' shenanigans.
Zipse, I think racing needs leadership. Jeff Gural of the Meadowlands is the only one out there who understands the game, understands the customers and will not give in to trainers' shenanigans.
Zipse, I think racing needs leadership. Jeff Gural of the Meadowlands is the only one out there who understands the game, understands the customers and will not give in to trainers' shenanigans.
Buck the Ellesworth case was really weird. I read the Legends book on Swaps. He genuinely cared for his horses in the early days, though to easterners his methods were unorthodox. And because of the anticipated showdown with the eastern star Nashua, they being simple ranchers from Arizona, their every move was scrutinized. Ellesworth was one of the first to change their horse’s food and feed them pellets (supposedly hard to digest) so they got special micronutrients and vitamins, etc. His training methods and the way he handled his horses were different too. Being from Arizona he and his trainer, Mesh Tenney, were characterized as cowboys who treated their horses like range cattle. They were not pampered like eastern horses. The story goes that when Tenney had to go to the racing secretary’s office he rode on Swaps’ back with a western style saddle like a cowboy would ride his horse to town and then tied him to a tree and left him there while he conducted his business. After a workout their horses were not walked around the shedrow to be cooled out, but walked with a rider on their back for 30-40 minutes instead. They did not receive a traditional sponge bath, in fact they rarely received a bath at all and when they did they were watered down with a garden hose. They did not wrap their legs like eastern horses, which again drew criticism. When Swaps was at the track he was not fed three times a day like most trainers feed their horses, but twice at 4 am and at 3pm. Their hay was simply spread across the floor and not in hay racks, the logic being that it was natural for horses to feed with their heads down because it actually improved their circulation. They were often accused of minimizing the mental capacity of their horses when in fact they were again treating them in a way that they treated range cattle, this to them again being natural. There are so many stories and it was so long ago. I wonder how they would be characterized and what accusations they would receive in this day and age.
The PETA video enraged me. It made me want to sell the damn jumpers, get a good trainer, and race horses the right way. This sport needs a good spring cleaning.
LAZ. You are absolutely right. Also the main problem for horse racing is that the small outfits aren't always the real abusers, many times it is the top outfits with the storied horses. I remember Rex Ellsworth who owned Swaps had cruelty charges leveled against him and his son for purposely starving to death many horses, including the dam of Swaps, Iron Reward, who was broodmare of the year. The authorities removed 120 horses, either dead, dying from his farm. Huge scandal in the 70's I believe.
Yup.
You know how these things go. With only releasing 9 minutes out of... What... 7 hours, I suspect PETA (i detest them) has much more incendiary information that they will release more and more of leading up to Kentucky Derby. I understand the full report is massive. Has the whole report been released? If not, then there is your answer. This may only be the beginning, and I agree. If something doesn't change after this, the industry is dead.
Buck, IMO one of the reasons why horse racing sticks out is the degree of cruelty that animals, who are the athletes, are subjected to and when people hear about it they react accordingly and who can blame them. The way I see it there is subjected cruelty (masking injuries with drugs, starvation, meanness, etc.) and so called accidental cruelty such as breakdowns, etc.; and breakdowns are often caused because injuries are masked. However, there is just as much cruelty in human sports. Take football, for example, and what athletes are subjected to and what they subject themselves to in order to participate. It’s a fact of life. All professional sports are like that to a degree and even so-called amateur sports such as NCAA. The one underlying fact though is that humans can say no and walk away, though many choose not to. Animals, unfortunately, don’t have that choice. There are so many horror stories for race horses when their careers are over that it would make some of the race track culprits seem like choir boys.
LAZ. Agree no sport involving large amounts of money is ever truly "clean". Perhaps it would be best to say that it's ugliness is not so evident.

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