That’s not exactly how the cited article headlined it. I included the word “certain”. However “certain” is used in the opening paragraph of the article. So let’s have the headline reflect the true content of the story.
All of these meaningless promises about cracking down on certain racehorse doping are made at the time of the premier Quarter Horse race of the year.
Just read this and try not to choke laughing or shake your head off in disbelief.
by USA TODAY
Cross-posted from Cincinnati.com
RUIDOSO DOWNS, N.M. (AP) — The majority owner of Ruidoso Downs Race Track in southern New Mexico said Monday he’ll be cracking down next season on trainers whose horses test positive for certain drugs.
R.D. Hubbard announced the new guidelines for the 2013 season on Labor Day, as the track was hosting the world’s richest quarter horse race, the All American Futurity.
“The sign is out that drug offenders are not welcome at Ruidoso Downs Race Track and in New Mexico,” Hubbard said in a statement.
Hubbard plans to work with state regulators as well as other tracks in New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana to implement similar guidelines to discourage doping. He has the support of the American Quarter Horse Association. Read more >>
The next line demonstrates how clueless these people either are, or want to appear to be. “Cleaning up the nation’s horse tracks has been a hot topic for months.” Months? Try years.
Joe Drape of the New York Times has been writing on racehorse doping for many long years littered with the corpses of hundreds if not thousands of horses. Sadly, we are not talking just about illegal drugs here. But what difference does that make, really?
You see how many real changes have been made. Virtually nada. And the ones the good of horse racing have managed to get through have no teeth, or simply not enforced.
U.S. horse racing is beyond irrelevant; it is an embarrassment — a tragic embarrassment.