If Tony Stark was known as a war profiteer earlier on, all The Sport of Kings is to me is horse profiteering.
Phar Lap. Alydar. Exceller. Ferdinand.
Those are the only names I can think about when I want to be sick to my stomach on what happened to them. And those are the more famous ones. It happens ALOT in the lower ranks.
I don't care about the results yesterday. In fact, I'm actually glad it went that way. And I also feel it was the right decision. Had I profited again, I would look like a hypocrite right now. That DQ basically made me stop betting on sports for good.
Even before yesterday's results or the Santa Anita deaths, I started to feel this way about horse racing for awhile. I don't even remember a race from Wise Dan and had to look up who Royal Delta was. If I won yesterday, I would just keep betting. Horse racing is a step up to greyhound racing. That's not a compliment.
Forget about these horses being sent to a slaughterhouse or gets only looked upon as dollar signs to the wealthy, what about the jockeys? They have to deal with bulimia and anorexia just to maintain their weight.
Chris Antley. Michael Baze. Garrett Gomez.
These little men had to risk their lives and still couldn't eat what they wanted to eat. That's why they're dead. Went through substance abuse or alcoholicism. Went suicidal. Again, they were the more famous ones. Alot of stress and substance abuse is going on in the lower ranks.
I will always love the horses. And there are some great people in the industry. But horse racing to me is like being married with someone for over 23 years and realizing yesterday it's time to call it quits. Too many lives are at stake whether horse or human to please the most wealthy people out there.
Anybody below the horse owners are just pawns to fill their pockets. That includes the degenerate gamblers who try to profit off these noble creatures and the malnutrition little people who rides on them.
Rock Hard Ten. Free House. Soul Of The Matter. Lit de Justice. Zenyatta. Justify. Cigar. Ghostzapper. Lava Man. Silver Charm.