Will There Ever Be a Referendum on Horse Racing?

Equidaily ran a story recently on a dog racing referendum in Massachusetts. The proponents want to see dog racing outlawed.

Will this ever happen in horse racing? Will an activist State pop up that wants to get rid of horse racing? Will brutal images be peppered in the press of horses breaking down, just to make a point?

One would not think so, but in this day and age when weird and wacky laws are passed seemingly daily, one never knows.


Anonymous said...

Oh, I think there is a definite possibility this can happen. While the most dramatic outcry is regarding breakdowns, whipping is certainly and issue which will get the same people targeting greyhounds to turn their sights on standardbred and t-bred racing.

Anonymous said...

I would like to see a referendum called on the 12th race at Western Fair today. Watch the replay and explain to me how it is possible that the #1 horse, who was off the track for the first 3/4 of the stretch then re-entered the course in the lead just before the wire was NOT DQed. HOW IS THIS POSSIBLE?!?!?!?!?!

Pull the Pocket said...

I saw this and it looked strange. Plenty of chatter on the chat boards about this call.

They said they left him up because it was for safety reasons.

Anonymous said...


I don't think you'll ever see the outcry in horse racing vs. greyhound racing.

I think people geninuely like horses, but they are not pets that almost anyone can get like a dog or animals people can see everyday....if you live in a city, chances are you're not going to see a horse.

When we see dogs running and getting abused, I think it generally bothers people more because of our closeness with them.

Anonymous said...

12th Western Fair. Announcer as they crossed the finish line,"Resistol unofficially could be first." It has been a long time since I've ever been tempted to place a bet at Western Fair or Flamboro. Too many no evidence horses getting all the late money and then winning uncontested.


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