In my other life I'm a political blogger, so I see a ton of videos of this type. One has truly be careful about them, because the addition of a written description will bias the viewer to see what the writer wants them to see. Fortify that with a host of outrage monkeys screaming for blood, and the question of whether the description is even consistent with the video is completely forgotten.katmandu wrote:Hello Katewerk - Did your perception of the incident change as a function of reading the poster's comments? How did you see it before and then after reading comment?Katewerk wrote:https://www.paulickreport.com/news/the ... d-spirits/BaroqueAgain1 wrote:The owner of Accolade has issued a second statement, and he sounds a bit less angry with the assistant starter. There are also some comments after the article that provide some insights/observations/opinions that consider the starter's actions as much less than 'animal cruelty.'
Read the comments, in particular this one from "gundawgva" that describes the action in the gate, and then watch the video again. http://disq.us/p/1tbrh99
I don't work in a starting gate but I had many years in the saddle before the dog game forced a choice, and I know how powerful that animal can be. And I know how a video of correcting an animal 1/10th it's size -- a dangerously misbehaving canine -- can elicit like responses from viewers who really dont' understand what they're watching. So, my initial reaction was that the assistant starter had been stung and was reacting to that. I was willing to give him the benefit of the doubt in that regard.
After reading more information from a different perspective, that pointed out details I hadn't noticed -- like the horse trying to get his head down. -- I can't say my mind was changed but it added more context, and so I'm still willing to give him the benefit of the doubt.
But that's just my opinion as a fan of the sport. What I really hope is that the officials who rule on the incident do so from a basis of factual evidence and first hand knowledge of the job, and not take the easy way out and sacrifice the guy to the outrage volcano.