06 May 2008
A CASH HORSE
As a true-blue Kentuckian, who has attended the Kentucky Derby; who used to await with excitement the fall meet at Keeneland, outside of Lexington (where I used to see the likes of Pete Rose, jittery and hooked on betting); whose (ex)wife worked as office manager for a large multi-million dollar horse farm; and who used to hang out at a friend's farm across the road from Claiborne Farm, where Secretariat and other high-priced racers were kept in stud--I must now check out from any support of the thoroughbred horse industry. The industry has taken itself too far in a direction that is clearly damaging to the horses. I don't know how it can pull up on its reins now, because the "cash horse" the industry is riding is out of control.