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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

The View From Kentucky: Challenges Facing Horse Racing

Kentucky Derby hopeful Trinniberg with exercise rider Sebastian Garcia aboard, gallops at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., Monday, April 30. (AP)

With the 138th running of the Kentucky Derby coming up Saturday, we take a look at the horse racing industry in a series of stories this week. Today, Leslie Guttman of WEKU in Richmond, Kentucky reports on equine hospitals and balancing the bottom line with the care horses need.


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  • Jlkrauss

    I willnever understand why people get so upset about the treatment of horses but are perfectly willing to support ana meat industry which raises animlals in cages with the sole purpose of killing them to feed people. If you’re a vegetarian, complain. Otherwise, how is this not pure hippocrisy? Cows and pigs are of similar intelligence as horses. Is the difference because we feel horses are prettier?

  • BHumane

    Jlkrauss, I’m a vegetarian who works with horses, and years ago worked with race horses on tracks and at racing farms. You must want a reply from someone else tho, because I love to see these fabulous athletes run. However, if US racing doesn’t drop the drugs NOW, they will continue the death spiral that is the certain fate of US racing and, by association, breeding.  

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