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Old 05-04-2008, 12:14 PM
 
Location: Kentucky
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If I were involved in horse racing something like this would cause me to get out of it.
Well this happens all the time at horse farms around the state. Horses get injured and have to be euthanized, it's sad but it happens. Eight Belles probably had some sort of birth defect in her legs that they didn't know about.
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Old 05-04-2008, 07:22 PM
 
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All of the horses are given hormones (steroids) and it's well-known that they run the bejeezus out of the poor things at a very young age, before their bones and joints have completely matured. Therefore...awful, sudden injuries.

The more you dig into the sport, the nastier it gets. HBO did a great expose on their Real Sports show. I checked, and couldn't find it on Youtube.
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Old 05-04-2008, 07:38 PM
 
Location: New Albany, Indiana (Greater Louisville)
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I have an uncle that works the Keeneland yearling sales as a horse handler. He says that those race horses are juiced up on steroids big time and are very dangerous to be around because of their aggression. Thoroughbreds are bred for speed and aggression, not health and durability.

Personally, I think racing animals is barbaric and not something people in the 21st century should enjoy watching.

Horse racing is also the most dangerous sport for the jockeys. There are 128 jockey deaths per 100,000 races; compared to 7 deaths per 100,000 events for MOTORCYCLE RACING

Horse racing - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Old 05-05-2008, 12:06 AM
 
Location: Chicago
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...Horse racing is also the most dangerous sport for the jockeys. There are 128 jockey deaths per 100,000 races; compared to 7 deaths per 100,000 events for MOTORCYCLE RACING

Horse racing - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Hate to butt in here but:

That data is from 1984 and/or years prior to. I am sure it is not as high now in horse racing. What years are they taking into account? Without knowing the data they are using to produce the numbers,the numbers are useless.
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Old 05-05-2008, 05:34 AM
 
Location: Kentucky
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I hate to say it but wikipedia is not gospel. A girl I worked with who goes to UofL can't even cite it as a reference for school. I respect what wiki does in general but you can't always go by it.
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Old 05-05-2008, 06:37 AM
 
Location: Kentucky
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I hate to say it but wikipedia is not gospel. A girl I worked with who goes to UofL can't even cite it as a reference for school. I respect what wiki does in general but you can't always go by it.
I've been preaching against Wikipedia for a long time now. There's lots of false info on that website.
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Old 05-05-2008, 07:46 AM
 
Location: Sneads Ferry NC/Randolph NJ/Cape Coral FL
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I feel so bad for the owners and trainers of her.

I do too! I was hoping she had the chance to come race at Saratoga this summer
What a beautiful horse....
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Old 05-05-2008, 08:09 AM
 
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The horse I would have betted on ( long shot) came in --last

Guess I better keep my day job
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Old 05-05-2008, 08:47 AM
 
Location: Kentucky
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Thoroughbreds are bred for speed and aggression, not health and durability.
I agree...horses are now bred for speed rather than durability. Most racehorses are making less starts per year and having shorter racing careers than in the past.

Here's a pretty good article about the subject, by Andrew Beyer of the Washington Post:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn...=news-col-blog
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Old 05-05-2008, 08:48 AM
 
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I feel for the owners and feel terrible about the horse. I have 4 horses and couldn't imagine what what it would be like to put a prised horse (one the owners loved) down right there on the track. I would be bawling! I do have to agree with what was said in the news in wisconsin when they said that they are breeding (and sometimes inbreeding) the horses for speed and are forgetting about some of the bad that can happen when you start playing with the genes to get a super horse. you sometimes get the big horses with weak ankles and they cannot support the horse during such demanding runs and the ankle just gives. I also have to say that I disagree with PETA for wanting the rider suspended he was working with the horse how was he to know that her ankles would give. the jocky may be the one who is most upset because he was the one riding her and may feel that it is his fault, but again you never know when something might break.

And for those who say that it is animal cruelty horses love to please and love to be riden. horses like to have jobs to do cause if they have nothing to do they can get board. A board horse can be a naughty horse and cause you alot of problems just to get your attention. Horses are also very social animals. My horses follow us all around the pasture and try to "help" by taking our tools or digging in our bags. The race horses are doing what they love because that is what they know. If you take a retired race horse out do you know that all he wants to do is run.
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