Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Scott Column: The Times takes on racing

The Saratogian

On Sunday the New York Times began its rumored series on horse racing, and of course it didn’t paint a pretty picture. How could it? Everyone knows racing is beset with problems that include, but are not limited to, the overuse of drugs; too many injured horses; lax oversight and weak enforcement of rules and an evident lack of will to effect or accept change.

Sunday’s article brings together a lot of diverse information. Above all, racing is portrayed as lacking leadership and direction, as well as cooperation between its various components. Most important, of course, is the toll all of this takes on horses and jockeys. That said, there are aspects of the article that are confusing, misleading and even inaccurate.   Read MORE...

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