Marchbooks' Blog

May 20, 2009

On The ?Sport? of Horse Racing by M.J. Claire

Filed under: Comments from our Authors — marchbooks @ 9:39 pm

The recent running of the Preakness makes me think of how we treat (or perhaps mistreat) the animals in this ‘sport of Kings’. The sad fact is that the price our equine friends pay for this ‘so called’ sport is very high indeed.

The race track is rife with abuse and inhumane treatment of these noble animals. At what point will we realize that the ends do not justify the means? Horses sent to slaughter in droves or animals fracturing their legs in that ultimate race – is this something we can call a sport? Have we lost our conscience? As long as we are not responsible for the abuse, can we then turn a blind eye?

This abuse is taking place out in the open, not in some dank, dark alley. Take what happened to Eight Belles in the Kentucky Derby. If the industry cannot even take proper care of their ‘shining stars’, what is happening to the rest of these animals? This is definitely not an instance where ignorance is bliss. Just because these horrors are not happening in front of our face does not mean that they should not be addressed. Is our entertainment so important that we can justify this kind of exhorbitant price?

Who out there is not crushed by the vision of this amazing animal ‘Eight Belles’ racing toward the finish line on broken legs? I think this is a stunningly sad commentary on the human race that we can remain complicit in such abuse just to satisfy our entertainment needs.


  1. I agree wholeheartedly. Horses are amazing animals, and they will run their hearts out for you. But the modern thoroughbred horse is an accident waiting to happen and it is shameful that the abuse inherent in racing is done for our “entertainment”.

    Comment by Glenda York — May 20, 2009 @ 10:23 pm | Reply

    • Precisely Glenda,
      It is a horrendous abuse of our supposed superior intellect.

      Comment by marchbooks — May 21, 2009 @ 5:40 am | Reply

  2. I’m in total agreement with your comments. Everything you say about the complacency of so called animal lovers is so true and depressing. The continuation of races like the Grand National for instance, is guaranteed by the support of millions who enjoy a harmless flutter once a year.

    Comment by Canwego — August 11, 2009 @ 11:54 am | Reply

    • There is such a dark side to racing that most people don’t see. Every time people add money into the mix, all regard is lost for the animals involved. Whether it be racing, breeding (puppy mills) or the fur or ivory industry. If there is a buck to be made off of the hides of these animals, it will be done, regardless of the effects on the animals. It is a sad commentary on human nature that we have so little regard for other living things.

      I suppose all we can do is try to raise awareness, because I truly believe that many people are unaware of the abuses that take place in these industries.
      Thanks for taking the time to read and reply.

      Comment by marchbooks — August 11, 2009 @ 12:07 pm | Reply

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