In memoriam 2017

Re: In memoriam 2017

Postby firehorse » Sat Jan 28, 2017 11:29 pm

There were protestors at Gulfstream today at the entrance, have never seen that before. One had a sign saying '43 horses died at this track last year' - as a somewhat regular I found that stunning, any way to find out the accuracy?
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Re: In memoriam 2017

Postby Delamont » Sat Jan 28, 2017 11:41 pm

Whatever the actual figure, those protesters don't give a @&$# about horses. Rest assured of that.
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Re: In memoriam 2017

Postby firehorse » Sat Jan 28, 2017 11:54 pm

Delamont wrote:Whatever the actual figure, those protesters don't give a @&$# about horses. Rest assured of that.
While I realize that, that many dead horses might qualify it as a blood sport.
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Re: In memoriam 2017

Postby BaroqueAgain1 » Sun Jan 29, 2017 12:05 am

If '43 horses died at this track last year,' then I'd hope that the rest of us...from owners to fans...would definitely give a @&$#. :(
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Re: In memoriam 2017

Postby Catalina » Sun Jan 29, 2017 12:18 am

BaroqueAgain1 wrote:If '43 horses died at this track last year,' then I'd hope that the rest of us...from owners to fans...would definitely give a @&$#. :(


That would be good, but - do you really figure a whole lot of people give a @&$# that 39 died at Belmont last year?
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Re: In memoriam 2017

Postby firehorse » Sun Jan 29, 2017 12:25 am

Catalina wrote:
BaroqueAgain1 wrote:If '43 horses died at this track last year,' then I'd hope that the rest of us...from owners to fans...would definitely give a @&$#. :(


That would be good, but - do you really figure a whole lot of people give a @&$# that 39 died at Belmont last year?


I do, that seems an awful lot, given New York tracks these things I think, is that an improvement, worsening or an anomaly? It really does make it hard to love this sport.
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Re: In memoriam 2017

Postby BaroqueAgain1 » Sun Jan 29, 2017 12:33 am

The racing industry better care. Public perception matters, or in its attempt to reach more potential fans (ie: consumers) NBC probably wouldn't have been offering all the pretty fluff to go with the racing today.
If the numbers from PETA are false, then perhaps Gulfstream needs to make a very public statement to rebut their 'fake news.'
Unfortunately, horse deaths on the track make the news. As I posted earlier in this thread, Many Clouds' death at Cheltenham today made the front page of my Yahoo News. Arrogate's win in the $12 million Pegasus didn't.
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Re: In memoriam 2017

Postby Catalina » Sun Jan 29, 2017 12:37 am

firehorse wrote:
Catalina wrote:
BaroqueAgain1 wrote:If '43 horses died at this track last year,' then I'd hope that the rest of us...from owners to fans...would definitely give a @&$#. :(


That would be good, but - do you really figure a whole lot of people give a @&$# that 39 died at Belmont last year?


I do, that seems an awful lot, given New York tracks these things I think, is that an improvement, worsening or an anomaly? It really does make it hard to love this sport.


https://breakdown.gaming.ny.gov/ Here's the link.

Presumably there would be a correlation with the number of days of racing over the course of the calendar year, the field size, etc.
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Re: In memoriam 2017

Postby genuinerizk » Sun Jan 29, 2017 12:59 am

There's a website called "Horse Racing Wrongs" that updates the deaths by date and track, and he is in the process of updating the 2016 deaths by state, and the causes of the deaths. The numbers are pretty staggering, sadly.
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Re: In memoriam 2017

Postby Diver52 » Sun Jan 29, 2017 12:53 pm

I'd actually like to see mortality comparisons with pleasure horses or even "pasture ornaments.". Horses can hurt themselves iin so many ways without human " help.". And at least horses at the track or in training receive good nutrition and preventive care. (I do realize that PETA would disapprove of "pleasure horses," too.)
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