There is No Reason for a Veil

Horse racing has more than enough critics. The things that these critics state are one of the major reasons that the popularity of horse racing is on the decline. How do we reduce the amount of criticism that the sport endures?

Obviously, a change is needed.

Regulators should provide, in a central database accessible to the public, a list of all trainers whose horses are tested through out-of-competition sampling and the number of horses tested. The horses’ names need not be provided. The list should be updated monthly and contain a running total for each year.
— Joe Gorajec, March 17, 2017

The NTRA (National Thoroughbred Racing Association) is taking steps in order to ensure standards across race tracks. Recently, Sunland Park was reaccredited.

The reaccreditation of Sunland Park was the culmination of a lengthy process that hosted several meetings with Alliance officials. An on-site review included inspections of all facets of the racing operations. Interviews were conducted with track executives, racetrack personnel, jockeys, owners, trainers, veterinarians, stewards and regulators.
March 20 2017

While steps are being taken, it is clear that it isn’t good enough. People are still convinced that horse racing is a form of animal cruelty, and the industry is to blame for some of this. There shouldn’t be anything that they need to hide. There is no reason to keep the public blind.


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