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Breeders' Cup 2017

Beyer: Racing confronts another crisis

People in the Thoroughbred racing industry woke up on Sunday morning to find their sport under siege. The New York Times published a photo on Page 1 that depicted a horse dead on the track; it accompanied a lengthy investigative report blaming “drugs and lax oversight” for a high rate of fatal breakdowns.


On the same day, the Los Angeles Times covered the same topic, detailing the death toll at Santa Anita this winter. These two news reports came only a week after the abrupt cancellation of HBO’s “Luck,” when a third horse died during the filming of the TV series.


Deaths of racehorses are always shocking and they have always been an inescapable part of the game. Unlike human athletes who suffer serious injuries and can be rehabilitated, horses usually have to be euthanized.

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No problem horse dynasty. I was referring to the article which I may not have been clear. I was not making any comments about what anyone was posting.
I see what you were referencing in your comment now buckpasser, I misunderstood and thought the comments were being referred to, sorry.
Horse dynasty reread the Beyer article he calls quarter horse racing a cowboy free for all sport and distinguishes thoroughbred racing from it. I agree the the Times article should stated that the new Mexico track was mainly a quarter horse track, but the general public does not distinguish between the two and quite frankly with what happened at Aqueduct this winter , I really don't think there is much difference.
While the NYT should distinguish between quarter horse and thoroughbred racing in their article, the general public does not. And can you blame them? The NyT article is about Ruidoso where there is predominantly quarter horse racing but 16 or more breakdowns occurred at Aqueduct a major thoroughbred track . The bill introduced in the us senate will pertain to both industries and Cuomo is asking for a full investigation in what happened at Aqueduct this winter. We can argue all we want about which industry is worse or how many bad apples there are and who they are and what percentage, are bad, but the fact remains that nothing has been done about the amount of drugs in racing. The NYTimes makes a very good point that mandatory autopsies need to be performed on every horse that breaks down . The samples need to be sent to an independent lab for analysis and the costs born equally by the owner and trainer of the said horse. Real penalties need to be assessed for violations and enforced by the Jockey Club throughout the US and the world. A lifetime ban should be exactly that. In my opinion horse racing has reached a critical juncture in its existence. Unless there are major changes in the industry and the way business is done, raving may well be finished and our arguing whether quarter horse racing or thoroughbred racing is more of a problem may well be rearranging deck chairs on the titanic
Applause for Beyer here. He did a great job offering an alternative (less biased and more racing educated) view rather than an all out defensive statement of denial. Now...how do we get the Washington Post to publish this one?
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  • buckpasser · Aqueduct's large number of breakdowns this winter on their inner track. We can argue all we want which industry is worse or how many bad apples there are in the sport. The fact remains nothing has been done about the drugs used in racing. The NYT article makes an important point in that mandatory autopsies need to be performed on every horse that breakdowns at any track. The cost for these procedures should be split between the owner and trainer of the horse that breaks down. Also the samples need to be sent to an independent lab for analysis. Real penalties need to be assessed by the industry and enforced by the jockey club here and throughout the world. Horse racing whether we want to see it or not has reached a critical juncture. I truly believe unless their are major changes in the way business is done, racing is may well be finished and our arguing whether quarter horse racing or thoroughbred is more of a problem may be just rearranging deck chairs on the titanic. · 2030 days ago
  • HorseDynasty · buckpasser, who is arguing whether quarter horse or thoroughbred racing is more of a problem? · 2030 days ago
Dutrow is a festering wound on what has become the downfall of the game: BLANTANT and everyday use of drugs all the while getting away scott free. He should be banned for life
I still believe in due process, seen a lot of people deprived of that right and if we let them do it to him them we'll be next. That's reality!
Get real. That guy has more durg posittives than any other trainer alive
@Junebug719, two reasons come to mind. He's involved in a legal process and this is America not N. Korea.
And just why is Dutrow still allowed to train horses??????????????????????????
Mike in SB, It's not just a matter of not "liking" how it is was written, it is the fact that it can and does come off as misleading in ways. Changes in racing is needed, but presenting any facts or topics needs to be done so in the correct manner, no matter who writes it or presents it.
People may not like the New York Times or the way the article was written, but I think it might be the best thing that has ever happened to horse racing. Racing has to change, the status quo is decline and eventual extinction. The leaders of racing have been talking about the problems of drugs and breakdowns for decades and have done nothing. If change is going to happen it will come from the outside and these stories in the Times might get it started.
@wantwoman100, spot on. Yor exactly right it's at all tracks everywhere and they would rather take the quick money and run rather than go for long term solutions.
Heck !! What B-Shit,this game has a few bad apples,your telling me these horse's don't get the best care by 80 percent of trainer's ,Owners.I been to the barns alot,and i will say it again these people care big time for there horse's.The juice has been around for along time,Milkshakes,whatever you can think of..Do you think a jockey would get on a horse if there a chance it's going to break down..I don't think so,look at Santa Anita,this pass week ,i think there were four big race's were all the horse's won were like 6,7,8,...Check with Larryzape..If you invest money,do you want your horse to break down,guess not..it's always easy to sit on the other side and Blame the whole industry..When you think of all those Meadowland race's with the Harness,jockey's fixing,and there were more horse's on drugs then all you people will ever know..It's all over the world,you think it's a few tracks in the states..
He bascically covers why I have an issue with the way the New York Times article was written. After reading his article others can hopefully see the problems with the NYT.

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