The Chemical Horse
Jane Allin, research analyst for the Int’l Fund for Horses, wrote an in-depth report on drugs in US horse racing, called The Chemical Horse, published in April 2011 as part of her ongoing series on horse racing in America.
We highly appreciate the New York Times report released today, Big Purses, Sore Horses and Death. What we would like to point out is this:
Injury-masking drugs have been a significant contributor to racehorse breakdowns and fatalities for many years. The types and amounts of drugs given to racehorses overall escalate as the industry allows it to continue unpunished and unabated. Larger purses for claiming races due to increased gambling opportunities at tracks has only notched it up higher, with more deaths the inevitable outcome.
This exposé by the New York Times shockingly brings to light the abhorrent plight of horses in North America and the ever downward spiral of a sport that once prided itself on greatness and the captivating exhilaration it offered its fans.
Today, it seems, the racing industry subsists as an ill-fated drug culture mired in deceit, lies and without resolve. What is most disturbing is the shameless disregard for the welfare of these magnificent creatures; drug abuse, gruesome breakdowns and ultimately the slaughter house.
How many more will needlessly perish at the hands of this ruthless and greed-driven enterprise? It is nothing less than chilling to dwell on it.
The Chemical Horse
Part 1. Introduction
Part 2. Historical Aspects
Part 3. The Inception of Drug Testing
Part 4. Drugs and Their Actions
Part 5. Policies and Tactics
Part 6. Class 3 Drugs – Performance Enhancing or Not?
Albuterol, Clenbuterol, Boldenone, Stanozolol, Viagra
Part 7. Class 4 Drugs — Harmless Therapeutics?
i.e., Phenylbutazone (aka Bute), Fluxinin, Xyalzine Detomidine, Methylprednisolan, Cortisone, Methocarbamol, Naproxen, Dexamethazone
Part 8. The Unclassifieds
i.e., Lasix / Salix, Estrone, Hyaluronic acid, Adequan, Vitamins A, D, E, K, B and C, Sulphonamides, Trimethoprin, Calcium
Part 9. The Call for Reform
Part 10. Who Rules?