I was asked about my recent blog wherein I said American racing has not been honest about how to save equine lives because they have continued to run races on dirt racetracks rather than transitioning to synthetic material. To show how obvious this conclusion is, the illustrated graph reflects the exact year by year percentage difference, and higher death rate, experienced on dirt versus synthetics. Yes, more than 1500 Thoroughbred lives could have been saved over the last decade had we only run on turf or synthetics.
How long will American racing stick their heads in the dirt (Pun Intended), while pretending that Thoroughbred and rider safety is paramount? When is enough enough?
Dave Astar is a race horse owner, stallion owner, breeder, 40 year business executive, and 50 year handicapper.