Here's a good post from Mike, the owner of PaceAdvantage.com:
I listed a whole bunch of other reasons in addition to employment.
It's all about the benjamins. And the people involved in the sport who have a LOT of benjamins...and a lot of influential friends in politics.
I remain unconvinced that racing is in danger of disappearing in California or anywhere else.
All the talk from any of the serious players (like Senators) has been "fix the problem." Not "eliminate racing." That kind of talk is coming from wackadoodle extremists who nobody pays serious attention to in the first place.
JK, I think you can add "wackadoodle extremists" to the EOG Glossary. And it 100% describes PETA and those who want racing shut down.
Anyone with HBO should watch that show Real Sports with Bryant Gumble this past week. They did like a 20 minute long segment on race horse deaths (both on the track and off). Its a pretty eye opening piece.
The Los Angeles Times and its editorial board yesterday called for Santa Anita to cancel the remainder of the meet.
Here's an excerpt:
“There are only 12 days of racing left at Santa Anita before it closes out the season in late June. The most important and lucrative races of the season have been run. And new tools to measure a thoroughbred's fitness to race are becoming available. Why risk a 27th death? While this investigation continues, Santa Anita should stop risking horses' lives and halt the racing season now.”
From the LA Times: In an unprecedented move, the California Horse Racing Board asked Santa Anita to cancel the remainder of its season — now six days — in the wake of more horse deaths over the last few weeks, but the track’s management said no.