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Breeders' Cup 2017

Crist: Home-brewed stats skew Times analysis

“Mangled Horses, Maimed Jockeys,” a 6,400-word article splashed across the front-page of last Sunday’s New York Times, might have been a fair and useful piece of investigative journalism had it stuck to its scope: Rates of equine injuries and fatalities at some tracks, particularly Quarter Horse venues in the Southwest, are alarmingly high. There also are legitimate questions about the quality of oversight and regulation in an era when some of these tracks are operated by casino companies whose primary interest in racing is to secure licenses for their slot-machine operations.
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I don't know if anyone is aware but another horse broke down in New York yesterday and instead of euthanizing the horse, they put a splint on the leg and took him back in the van only to euthanize him later. The racing writer for the NYPost theorized that they did this because they did not want to do it in full view of the grandstand and because the horse had been claimed and the claim is no good if the horse dies on the track. So I guess Steve Crist is right that the NYTimes skewered the analysis by showing Ruidoso Downs in New Mexico. After all, the really killing field is at the great Safety accredited track run by the NYRA called Aqueduct.

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