Barbardo died 10 years ago today.
Barbaro’s public breakdown, numerous treatments and eventual death should have galvanized horse racing to deal with its equine athletes in a more ethical and compassionate manner.
What’s changed? Nothing. As a matter of fact, racehorse breakdowns and deaths are arguably worse.
Cheating and drugging, fueled by greed and ego, are as rampant as ever.
Racehorses are breaking down and dying at every level, in training and on the racecourse. A particular gut wrenching trend is the destruction of young horses who are being killed at an all time high at the tender age of two.
Don’t take our word for it.
You can follow the trail of injury and death at the Horse Racing Wrongs website compiled by Patrick Battuello.
New York alone killed 119 rachorses in 2016. And those are the recorded ones. Always bear in mind that the reporting…
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