Melbourne Cup remains controversial

The Melbourne Cup is an annual horse race first held in 1861. It is the most important Australian Thoroughbred race of the year and according to many, and one of the most prestigious races in the world. “The Melbourne Cup’s reputation may be a little scratched but plenty of Australians still like to give it… Continue reading Melbourne Cup remains controversial

Slots are not saving racing. Neither are billions in public subsidies. Can anything?

Racehorse in red hood. The Horse magazine online.

Published by DEFECTOR » In February of last year, Sharon Ward listened intently as her former boss, Pennsylvania Democratic Governor Tom Wolf, outlined his spending priorities in his 2020 budget address. Halfway through, she sat up as Wolf proposed a “historic” $200 million investment in tuition for 25,000 students at Pennsylvania’s state universities. They’d be paid… Continue reading Slots are not saving racing. Neither are billions in public subsidies. Can anything?

UK: As horse deaths mount, campaigners ask: what price a day at the races

Cheltenham heads list of courses where most animals die, and jump racing carries most risk Cross-posted from The Observer A thousand horses have died on Britain's racecourses since 2007, according to records kept by an animal rights organisation. Animal Aid's "Death Watch" list reached the 1,000 mark late last month when a seven-year-old gelding, Hired… Continue reading UK: As horse deaths mount, campaigners ask: what price a day at the races