Thoroughbred Racing is Playing it Stupid

smellshorsey Archive on May 5, 2008, 16:49

Horse racing needs to change before it's forced to change. Right now, they're playing it stupid, racing too-young horses that have been bred for speed at the expense of soundness. Eight Belles was three-years old and 17 hands high. The average amateur, like me, wouldn't even start jumping her until she was five because her bones haven't finished developing. Am I smarter than the megabuck owners and trainers? I'd have to say "yes." Just look at the outcome

Here Eight Belles was on national TV, running her heart out at the Kentucky Derby, but her legs couldn't take it. Not one