I think I ought to clear things up a bit - I worded things a bit wrong. First off; when I said "I was reminded of horse racing," I really just meant it was on my mind more so these past couple of days BECAUSE of the Derby. And I used to be on this website very often, havent for a while, and I had been reminded of this *website.* Also, I know that the darker side of racing is not the only side, and that there are a lot of people who genuinely care - but I should say that it is becoming "rarer" to find. And about the Breeders Cup - I have watched horse racing consistently for 6 years. And yes, I did have a fast "epiphany" if you could say that. But I was slowly being turned off by horse racing as time progressed. After the triple crown this last year, I didnt follow it nearly as much as I used to because I slowly was becoming more aware of things. But I still stuck with it on until the Breeders cup. It was after this that I got employed at the barn with the rescued racehorses - thats when my eyes were truly opened to the downside of the horse racing industry. I was disappointed - I really did LOVE the sport. And I couldnt really look at it the same way that I had before ... I guess I just wish that BIG changes would be made... and before too many more horses are unwanted or killed. It can be a very beautiful sport. I do hope that changes WILL be made and lives saved in the future.
Due to the impending derby, i was reminded of horse racing. I used to be absolutely obsessed with it. In love with it. Just last year I was cheering as I watched all three triple crown races, then later the Breeders cup and so on. I attended a few races when i could, never betting - simply going to 'enjoy the sport' and 'see the beautiful horses run.' I tried not to seem troubled when I saw right in front of me a 2 year old gelding hyped up on drugs, sweating and delirious before the race, his obvious distress ignored and was ran anyway. He then came off the track limping and wide-eyed. I still loved racing, surely that was just a one-time incident. Then, along with changes in my life - I got a job working at a small horse rescue barn/boarding center. At first i thought the fact that there were ex-racehorses there was cool and exciting - being so in love with racing still. Then I realized these horses had to be RESCUED. Not from people who could no longer care for them, not people who simply couldn't afford them anymore. No, these horses had to be rescued from rich, greedy, racehorse breeders/owners. After 4 or 5 years old, the horse was as good as dead to them. One of the rescues at the barn is so messed up from being forced to run at violent speeds at the age of 2, when his bones were still developing, that his legs are warped and he cannot walk properly and struggles to even trot. A couple of these rescues were destined for auction, which we all know could and most likely would have ended in slaughter. I, being the horse lover that I am, tricked myself into believing that just because this sport had to deal with horses - that it was for the love of horses. True, some people in this sport do care for and love their horses. But they are an incredibly rare breed. Thousands of horses are bred each year, sold, trained, raced for a pathetic span of time, then sold again possibly to their deaths. The overpopulation of un-wanted ex-racehorses is staggering. Horses are nothing but vehicles for greed and money in this sport, and once they no longer bring in a profit, they are deemed useless. ...I was blinded to all of this for so long. I am stating no opinions here. Just facts. Facts that I didnt even WANT to know. But it goes to show when you really are open to the truth... and you really love your fellow living beings (horses) that share this beautiful planet with us... one is bound to have their own thinking challenged here and there. So comment away, if you want to contest me and tell me how wrong I am - feel free. I just feel like this needs to be discussed more often in the horse racing community. I'm not saying ban racing... but I firmly believe that action should be taken to CHANGE it. If not for us, for the horses. They are the heart of this sport are they not? A video I recommend for the open minded: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wEoKdWTQ7MQ Now before you say "These are steeple-chasing clips" I know they are. But the issues brought up in this video need to be addressed THROUGHOUT the racing world. --I post this here humbly, and with love for the horses. JamminPark.
I'm shocked. Completely and utterly shocked. I get on bloodhorse today after a long day of working and see "I'll Have Another out of Belmont, Retired" at first I thought it was a joke. I read the article and nearly cried. I was so excited, I have been counting down the days. I am just shocked. I am glad that they are not taking any chances with him, but still its hard to believe what just happened.
In my opinion yes. Man O' War, Kelso, Phar Lap and all those you named are amazing, now doubt. But I believe Secretariat just reigns supreme.
Greatest Racehorse of all time. Period.
I love this horse. I LOVE LOVE LOVE him. I hope they keep him racing, he has potential! He raced real well in his first start, really well. He is officially one of my babies, I call him! :D
I am liking this horse. What he did today at Parx was unbelievable! I can't beleive he lasted so long infront! Link to race on Thoroughbred Times here: http://www.thoroughbredtimes.com/racing/video.aspx?T=PRX&C=USA&D=May 22, 2012&R=6&F=D&Champ=Blimey
I didn't say he wasn't better than Big Brown. Truthfully I think he is better than Big Brown. My opinion of course.
In the bag. Sorry, i said in the back. Oops...
Truthfully, I think he has got the Belmont in the back. I am much more confidant with him than I was even with Big Brown. I'm not saying he is better than Big Brown, but I really think he can win the Triple Crown. Oh I am so excited!
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