Here we go again. Charts, tables, reports and databases — usually put together in such a way that not even industry people cannot interpret them — contributed to on a voluntary basis which will tell us exactly, what? What the trends are? That’s about as much as we can hope for, but it is far from definitive and most likely never will be.
And that is exactly how the horse racing industry appears to like it and wants to keep it, as the sport crumbles around deaf ears. However, accurate, reliable data would be possible to a higher degree if horse racing had a central governing body like any other professional sport, say with federally backed power to enforce its rules and mandate that factual information is collected from everyone. Guess what? It seems they do not want that either.
What am I raving about? Read on.
Gregory A. Hall writing for the Louisville Courier-Journal reports:
The Jockey Club announced Monday that more than a dozen racetracks — including two in Kentucky — that participate in a horse industry racing fatality database have agreed to release the statistics for their properties.
But the four tracks owned by Louisville-based Churchill Downs Inc. are not among them.
The Kentucky tracks that agreed to release their data in The Jockey Club’s Equine Injury Database are Keeneland Race Course in Lexington and Turfway Park in Florence.
A Jockey Club spokesman said Churchill was invited to release the data and declined.
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