E I G H T B E L L E S
"She ran with the heart of a locomotive, on champagne-glass ankles." Blaming the breeders and investors, sports writer Sally Jenkins claimed, "thoroughbred racing is in a moral crisis, and everyone now knows it."
"Our horses are sick. Our thoroughbreds are thoroughly inbred. They are locomotives sitting atop toothpicks. They are fragile and friable, designed to run but not to recover from running. And each time they break down or wear out, we chalk it up to an individual horse's shortcomings, rather than the decades-long decline of the entire breeding industry".
— Barry Petchesky (Deadspin)
"Perhaps in the 'good old days' of racing prior to the explosion of over breeding this was legitimate and respectful protocol but in today’s frenzy of unregulated breeding and unmitigated overpopulation of horses, it is no longer viable." — JANE ALLIN
Part 1: Introduction
Part 2: Historical Aspects
Part 3: The Inception of Drug Testing
Part 4: Drugs and Their Actions
Part 5: Policies and Tactics
Part 6: Class 3 Drugs — Performance Enhancing or Not?
Part 7: Class 4 Drugs — Harmless Therapeutics? » Corticosteroids and Bute
Part 8: The Unclassifieds » Lasix and Milkshakes)
Part 9: The Call for Reform
Part 10: Who Rules?
"So Salix leaches calcium from the bones and bute aids and abets the outcome. Great combination if you are Gumby’s sidekick Pokey, the talking red horse with rubber legs." — JANE ALLIN
Remembering the valiant horses who have perished in service to the Sport of Kings — Since 2005. See http://racehorsememorialwall.blogspot.com/ »
"What he liked about horse racing was the minimal investment and the high returns. He didn’t mind horses at all; they were easy on the eyes and exciting to watch."
"The horse industry in general was a zero-waste proposition: this was one animal you could take from birth, exploit all its qualities – speed, strength, tractability – through breeding, racing, eventing, caléche or companion service, and then profit from its flesh when it had outlived its usefulness."
― From the Book, GROUND MANNERS, A NOVEL, by Cynthia D'Errico
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