I read some of the statements people in the American horse racing industry make and seriously wonder if there are any sane, rational individuals left among them.
ROGER ALFORD writing for the Associated Press reports:
- FRANKFORT, Ky. — Thoroughbred owners and trainers voiced dire warnings Tuesday about the potential of blood spurting from horses’ noses if the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission institutes a race-day ban on the anti-bleeding drug furosemide.
Several veterinarians voiced similar warnings in urging the racing panel not to impose a ban that they said would endanger not just horses but also jockeys who could be hurt if the animals suffer pulmonary hemorrhages and collapse during races.
“What will the public perception be when horses pull up in front of the grandstand with blood running out of their nostrils, down their chests and legs and the jockeys’ silks covered in blood? This will make the betting public sick to their stomachs,” horse owner Billy Ashabraner said.
The worries were aired during a public hearing of the racing commission held in Frankfort on Tuesday, a week ahead of a June 13 meeting in which the panel will consider a proposal to phase out the use of the anti-bleeding drug on certain race days.
How is it that in almost every racing jurisdiction around the world, Lasix is banned and they don’t have this problem? Because “chemical horses produce chemical babies” and the US racing industry has ruined the breed? Small wonder other countries are shying away from buying US Thoroughbreds. Of course that is only the beginning of the deeply layered problems of horse racing American style.