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May 22, 2006

"People don't understand what's going on here": The San Antonio Express-News examines the Texas Racing Commission's database of horse injuries, documenting a sport where injuries like Barbaro's are more common than you might think. At Retama Park near San Antonio, a horse died every six days during the park's 67-day season last year.

posted by rcade to other at 08:35 PM - 7 comments

All our races down here are on turf. If you have to race your horses, it's a lot safer, for the animals and the jockeys. I've never understood why most tracks in Nth America are dirt. Anyone know the reasoning?

posted by owlhouse at 10:13 PM on May 22

I have always been of the opinion a three year old is to young to race, after all a three year is still called a colt.

posted by CB900 at 12:53 AM on May 23

Not sure owlhouse, but my guess would be maintenance cost's. What is 3 in horse years? Does anyone know? Seriously, as long as there is money to be made racing, then the sport will exist. And, I bet your average T-Bone steak had an uglier death. But, if conditions can be improved to minimize these unfortunate occurences, then I'm fairly certain Congress and PETA will get right on this. Surely. Won't they?

posted by mjkredliner at 01:25 AM on May 23

I had thought that these racing injuries were mostly thouroughbreds, after reading the article, I see that AQHs are just as susceptible.

posted by elovrich at 01:39 AM on May 23

mjk....about 10 1/2 years to answer your question. Stopped at the Kentucky Horse Park while down to the Derby. Went to visit ole John Henry, still kicking at 31 or 107 depending how you look at it.

posted by Fungooli at 07:44 AM on May 23

I have always been of the opinion a three year old is to young to race, after all a three year is still called a colt. Or a filly.

posted by lil_brown_bat at 08:18 AM on May 23

Hey I know Tony Lostraco, he's also a realtor in Weimar

posted by hump9n at 12:51 PM on May 23

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