More Disclosure Ahead of the Travers Stakes
by JOE DRAPE
Selected excerpts cross-posted from New York Times editorial
Handicappers and bettors have had an unexpected new factor to work into their predictions for the elite Travers Stakes Saturday at the racetrack in Saratoga Springs: the disclosure, on the Web, of each medication dose given to the thoroughbreds in the days before the race.
These are praiseworthy but overdue steps. American racing has become a world leader in catastrophic breakdowns of horses overmedicated and overraced to the point of exhaustion and death.
The tragically foreshortened career of the colt I’ll Have Another in the recent Triple Crown races laid bare racing’s easy culture of doping and toothless enforcement of penalties against trainers. After two victories, the colt was scratched from the Belmont Stakes for a supposedly “freakish” injury, but [he] was later found to have been heavily dosed with painkillers to treat chronic tendinitis. Read more >>