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Old 05-23-2016, 06:36 PM
 
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I think horse racing is sickening and disgusting.

I refuse to have anything to do with it and wouldn't mind seeing it banned.
I agree,its mean..... I would say more but I dont wanna be cut down
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Old 05-23-2016, 07:01 PM
 
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You might find considerably less public interest in horse racing (or dog racing) if you took gambling/ betting out of the equation.
I agree. Where I live (and many other places) it's perfectly legal to bet on horse and dog racing, but betting on a football game is against the law. Makes no sense.
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Old 05-23-2016, 09:32 PM
 
Location: Beautiful Upstate NY!
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Well Wilbur from Mr. Ed just dies so you know it had to be a bad day for horses all around.
of course.
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Old 05-23-2016, 09:46 PM
 
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Fabric Softener is basically coated in horse or sheep fat. Sugar is white because of the ground up horse bone in it. Where's the outrage at that? At least these animals were fed, cared for, trained to be healthy, hundreds of thousands spent on their welfare. It's a shame they died running on the track. I'm sure their owners were devastated, but at least they lived somewhat fancy lives.
what?
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Old 05-23-2016, 11:50 PM
 
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It's because the footing of the track doesn't change THAT much when the track has experienced less than 5 inches of rain. There aren't many days when there's a torrential downpour. If there is, races are usually cancelled.
I get what you are saying---however, it has rained every day this May in Maryland. So the track has really never had a day to really dry out. The conditions on Saturday were horrible. I am sure it would have been a pain to reschedule the Race, but I think they should have or moved it elsewhere.
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Old 05-24-2016, 07:42 AM
 
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Funny that stuff like horse racing and especially polo originated in cultures that we often consider " primitive". Yet we associate them with money, sophistication and culture. Jeez.
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Old 05-24-2016, 08:25 AM
 
Location: Massachusetts
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I would like to know why this seems to be happening more and more. Are they breeding horses to be so fast that they are too fragile to hold up to what's expected of them? Is it affecting their health?
Certain sire lines are believed to be responsible for some of the weak boned thoroughbreds we see now. Heavy inbreeding to certain lines can cause trouble.
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Old 05-24-2016, 11:25 AM
 
Location: Paradise
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I get what you are saying---however, it has rained every day this May in Maryland. So the track has really never had a day to really dry out. The conditions on Saturday were horrible. I am sure it would have been a pain to reschedule the Race, but I think they should have or moved it elsewhere.


I don't want to get into a big debate on this issue and I am not familiar with your knowledge about race tracks, but, I can tell you that it doesn't take a day to dry them out. The dirt tracks are groomed after every race. The grooming removes the surface water and combs it so that it can dry faster. Those tracks are maintained as well as most PGA golf courses. In addition, the "dirt" isn't just dirt from anywhere. It is a very specific mix of loam and sand and is formulated to drain efficiently.


Had it been any other race day, it's possible (although highly unlikely) that the races could have been postponed, but not for Preakness day.


Horses run in all kinds of weather. At the track I used to go to regularly, they would run the horses all year long (in both the cold winter and the heat) unless the weather/temps was really extreme.
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Old 05-24-2016, 12:23 PM
 
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Oh well, while it is not my cup of tea....horse racing is an ancient tradition and the same people that are outraged by it could be accused of cultural insensitivity so it turns into politically correct in-fighting.

I guess my advice is to vote with your wallet. *shrug*
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Old 05-24-2016, 12:39 PM
 
Location: Lakewood OH
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It's a lot of stress on the legs - a sesamoid bone is very thin, maybe shockingly so. The PSI a racehorse is exerting compared to their ankles and hooves... they do, however, love to run (witness wild mustangs as Exhibit A). They get the wind in their ears and see a wide open expanse and they just perk right up. They will run as fast as you let the reins out.
I don't know much about horses but aren't wild mustangs very sturdy animals whose legs can take a lot of wear and tear? I know the race horses love to run but maybe this kind of running of races is too much for those legs.

I do know about cats and I know that overbreeding for certain characteristics bring about all kinds of physical and medical problems. Same with dogs. Maybe with horses, they are just being bred to have these fine leg bones so they can run faster but there is more of a chance the legs will break.
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