The Sport of Kings?

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What happened to the equestrian world’s most noble sport? What was once a world of fine pedigrees, prestige, passion and thrill is now a broken-down industry centered around quasi-racetracks funded by casinos and greed. Racing was once a sport for royals, a show of a trainer’s wit and an animal’s strength and speed. It was a respected and honorable pastime, though racing was never without its scandals, drugs and backstretch tricks. But never in the history of Thoroughbred racing has there been such rampant abuse of the horse than in the last decade. Something has to stop before more horses are broken down by a cruel cycle of breeding, drugging and running into the ground. Continue reading

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