Re: Racing economics (489 Views)
Posted by: jerry
Date: July 01, 2019 11:38PM
The sport works just fine in Europe and Australia. You can argue that it’s more culturally integrated in those places. I would argue that it has been better managed. I think we’ve just let the abuse in this sport go unchecked for so long that the cultural backlash was inevitable. When the trainer of a race horse who has broken down in a race and has been euthanized, goes into the room where the horse’s dead body is being held and proceeds to saw the broken leg off of the horse and make off with it, it’s hard to rally around the sport. It’s filthy. And the track owner’s know it. They just don’t give a @#$%&. So long as the wagers are pouring through the windows and they’re getting their cut they’ll let you run a horse on three legs. The damage to this sport in this country was completely self inflicted.