Excerpts from a very well written and thought provoking article by Steve Haskin.
In my early days in racing back in the 1960s and ’70s, I saw only Dr. Fager and Damascus and Secretariat and Forego and Ruffian and Seattle Slew and Affirmed. Call it ignorance or naivety, but Twitter and Facebook and one very special person jolted me into the real world and I was able to finally see racing’s underbelly, as unpleasant as it may be. I knew it was there and have written about it briefly and on rare occasions, but it is time to address it with more conviction and direct my admiration not to a fast Thoroughbred, but to a woman who is herself a Thoroughbred.
But who are these owners who purchase Thoroughbreds through the sales ring or the claiming box, go through them as they would a household appliance, and then get rid of them as they would a piece of junk that no longer works to their satisfaction. How, you ask, can any human being, with even a shred of goodness and caring in them cast aside a living creature for purposes of greed or just plain laziness? How can anyone sentence these magnificent creatures to a horrible death? Are these the same lowlifes who abandon their pets on the side of the road in the dead of winter?
More recently, Dina received a tip from a friend of Hal Parker’s who lives in Louisiana and heard from someone else that Thoroughbreds off the track were loaded into Thompson’s kill lot and weren’t going to be posted for sale anywhere because the owners of the horses paid extra to hide their identities and have them directly shipped to Mexico. Dina continuously called the lot to obtain the lip tattoos to identify the horses. As the countdown to the deadline continued, Dina had little or no sleep trying to obtain enough donations to purchase the horses.
”Usually, these lots actually post horses for sale on Facebook prior to slaughter because they know people’s emotions will make them pay top dollar,” Dina said. “These specific horses were concealed.”
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