Thoroughbreds provide many reasons to marvel. The fastest can top 40 mph. Their speed-producing features — extraordinary concentration of muscle, body and lungs forming a natural bellows, oversized hearts circulating ten gallons of blood — inspire comparison to locomotives. Yet the 1,100-pound animals, taking 20-foot-plus strides, gallop on ankles which have been likened to glass. Suddenly, the entire sport of thoroughbred racing stands on fragile legs. The Preakness Stakes, the second jewel of horse racing’s Triple Crown, is set for Saturday at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore. The NBC Sports team of Mike Tirico, Randy Moss and Eddie Olczyk preview the race. (Published Friday, May 17, 2019) The crisis reared up at famed Santa Anita Park in California, where 23 horses broke down and had to be killed during a recent 14-week period. It put a national spotlight on a hard reality the public normally doesn't think about: Horses commonly break down during racing or … [Read more...] about Horse Racing’s Uncomfortable Truth: Horses Die
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Ending this ‘sport’ is the only real solutionThe Union-Tribune asks if it is time to end or alter horse racing, suggesting that this “sport” can perhaps be cleaned up, as racing officials have recently opined, so as to become a safe enterprise for horses. But to accomplish that would require the elimination of greed, cruelty, stupidity and callous disregard for animal welfare — all of which are prominently on display in racing.Horse racing is, of course, not a sport at all. It is a gambling operation with the animals bearing the mortal risks. And it is no mystery why horses “break down.” Equine veterinarians explain that catastrophic injuries are preventable but inevitable when the industry demands ever more speed in younger horses whose bones are not fully developed, whose minor injuries are masked with drugs to keep the animal performing and who are often viciously whipped. This is not how anyone treats an animal loved and valued beyond its … [Read more...] about Your Say: What is the fate of the sport of horse racing?
Paul Newberry, Ap Sports Columnist Updated 3:12 pm PST, Friday, March 8, 2019 The home stretch race track is empty at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif., Thursday, March 7, 2019. Extensive testing of the dirt track is under way at eerily quiet Santa Anita, where the deaths of 21 thoroughbreds in two months has forced the indefinite cancellation of horse racing and thrown the workaday world of trainers, jockeys and horses into disarray. less The home stretch race track is empty at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif., Thursday, March 7, 2019. Extensive testing of the dirt track is under way at eerily quiet Santa Anita, where the deaths of 21 ... more Photo: Damian Dovarganes, AP Photo: Damian Dovarganes, AP Image 1 of / 10 Caption Close Image 1 of 10 The home stretch race track … [Read more...] about Column: Horse racing needs to clean up its act — or go away
In Part One of this series, we observed that politicians such as Beto O’Rourke have proven that they are “digital natives.” That is, they’ve grown up with social media, and their “fluency” is already reshaping campaigns. In this second part, we can consider more closely the impact that social media will have on our politics in the future. As we shall see, it could get . . . interesting. The New Media StyleFor instance, we come to Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, the new darling—and perhaps even the new leader—of progressive politics. She boasts 1.61 million Twitter followers, which is more than the followership of the other 63 new Democrats coming to the House combined. Born in 1989, Ocasio-Cortez has lived and breathed the Internet life. The signature media moment of her underdog primary campaign was new media—specifically, atwo-minute video that was never a TV spot, but that went … [Read more...] about Pinkerton: Digital Natives in Politics–Wannabes Are Seeking the Warmth of a Billion Suns
THERESA May is tonight on course to win the leadership challenge against her after revealing she plans to quit before the next General Election. At least 186 Tory MPs have pledged to back her - more than enough to win the no-confidence vote taking place this evening. Addressing the 1922 Committee of backbench MPs shortly before the polls opened at 6pm, Mrs May insisted it would be wrong to change leader in the middle of the Brexit process. But she added: "In my heart I would like to lead the party into the next election, but I accept that won’t happen." That suggests she will step aside within two years at the most - with the next election scheduled to take place in June 2022. The gambit is designed to win over MPs who want to avoid short-term turbulence but are worried about the prospect of Mrs May leading the party into another election after last year's disaster. Some ministers were reportedly in tears after the PM's announcement. Mrs May refused to put an exact date on when … [Read more...] about Theresa May is on course to win confidence vote after she vows to quit before the next election in speech that left MPs in tears