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« on: August 21, 2014, 11:23:32 AM »

Racehorse trainers and PETA agree

http://www.sandiegoreader.com/news/2014/aug/17/stringers-racehorse-trainers-and-peta-agree/?page=1&

Commissioners spend a good part of the meeting on marketing to draw new fans. But it’s what doesn’t come up in the meeting that’s interesting.
#For example, the track at Los Alamitos has had a spate of horses testing positive for forbidden drugs, according to reports on the racing-board website. And the controversy raging over a horse that tested positive for tranquilizers — after a startling underperformance at the Santa Anita track in March — doesn’t come up either
…………………..#The board does approve about $780,000 going to horse charities – including one for retired racehorses run by board member Marilyn Auerbach, who abstains from the vote.
…………………………I’m leery of saying what’s causing [the lethal injuries],” ……….. “We can’t simply say it’s the new turf. In Europe, they have far fewer breakdowns and the horses run on turf. We’ve always felt that turf, done well, is the safest surface.”  Guillermo says she wants to see the veterinary records of the horses, which are inspected several times before they race. She thinks it’s likely that the horses are being pushed to run when they shouldn’t……………………………….
Our investigation found the horses don’t have sufficient time to recover and heal from ligament and other soft-tissue injuries, and they are being drugged up to the week they race to mask the injuries instead of letting them rest and recover,” she said. “So they start the race compromised and end it catastrophically.”…………………………..
There are tricks to getting past the pre-race inspection…………….
#“An iffy horse – the trainer will walk the horse every day instead of galloping every day. If he was galloped, his ankles would be swollen and the vet wouldn’t let the horse race. But with walking, he looks okay on the day of the race,” Cassidy said.
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