Just Plain Wrong

May 21, 2006

I don't follow horse racing at all, nor do I have any interest in the Kentucky Derby. But I wasn't surprised when I heard that the Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro broke its leg in the Preakness. Not too long ago, I watched a 60-Minutes episode on ESPN Classic (from way back in 1979) that discussed horse doping, and its surprisingly legal status in the world of horse racing. Apparently, horse owners drug their horses with pain-killing "medication," allowing them to run a race even when they really shouldn't. It's a shame that this kind of thing goes on, especially since horses can't tell people how they feel. Hopefully this tragic turn with Barbaro will be the wake-up call the horse racing world needs.

1 Comment
Dustin
9:07 AM on May 22, 2006
It is sad that Barbaro broke his leg in Preakness. There is always a lot of hype around the Derby winner during the Preakness, in hopes of a Triple Crown winner. I actually feel bad for the winner of the Preakness, Bernardini. It is a huge accomplishment for any horse or jockey to win a Triple Crown race, and it seems like their win has been overshadowed by the injury of a horse that DNF (Did Not Finish). I do hope that Barbaro can recover from the injury, but it is a shame that the media is giving this so much coverage, and the winner very little.
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