Don't you just love the phrasing? Yikes. No wonder people think we don't want to get better.Sparrow Castle wrote: ↑Wed Nov 06, 2019 8:05 pmTDN Podcast: Pletcher on Mongolian Groom Tragedy: We Have To Do BetterMore: http://www.thoroughbreddailynews.com/pl ... do-better/In this week’s TDN Writers’ Room Podcast, future Hall of Fame trainer Todd Pletcher didn’t mince words when talking about the breakdown of Mongolian Groom (Hightail) in the Breeders’ Cup Classic and the rash of breakdowns that have emboldened politicians and animal rights activists. Calling the current situation a “crisis,” Pletcher implored the racing industry to do whatever it takes to cut down on the number of equine fatalities.
But wow, what a fantastic statement by Pletcher. This part especially stood out:
He's right that we're constantly in survival mode when we need to be more proactive, and it's great to hear someone say it. A bunch of us were talking before the Classic about how we wanted Pletcher and Repole to win because of how they take care of their horses- there must be a lot of emotions on their end, but much respect to Pletcher for speaking out when he could have just as easily focused on his victory.It’s a crisis. In racing, a lot of times, we get through one crisis and then we kind of coast. We can’t let our foot off the pedal. We have to get this thing sorted out and do a lot better than we’re doing now
Certainly beats Graham Motion's weak and weirdly flippant statement: https://twitter.com/GrahamMotion/status ... 3236861953