They Shoot Horses

“What do we think about horse racing?” Spence says.

“It can be pretty exciting, right?” says Admin.

“But did you read the recent New York Times investigation piece, which unfortunately I can’t seem to link to?”

“I did not.”

“There seems to be widespread exploitation of the horses – and jockeys, too,” Spence says. “Here’s a quote: ‘A computer analysis of data from more than 150,000 races, along with injury reports, drug test results and interviews, shows an industry still mired in a culture of drugs and lax regulation and a fatal breakdown rate that remains far worse than in most of the world.’ The horses are often pumped up with performance-enhancing drugs and also pain-maskers – which seems especially horrible in my opinion. More than 3000 horses a year are put down because of racing injuries, often right there at the track. Some states are worse than others – the Times’ reporting from New Mexico was particularly damning.”

“So,” says Admin, “we’re dealing here with human greed?”

Hat tip: Lily.

Welcome two waiting dudes, Maeve, Moe, guarding dude, Rufus, playful dude, potential date.

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92 Responses to “They Shoot Horses”

  1. OleyHowlers
    7:44 am on March 29th, 2012

    Good morning, all! We have never been to a horse race, and we have no desire to do so. The elite that you see in the Triple Crown races have a great life we think. It is those that don’t make it that far who are abandoned or taken to the auction for the slaughterers. Yes, it is human greed once again.

  2. Rose
    7:53 am on March 29th, 2012

    Good Morning OH!

    I have never been to a horse race either, although I did live close to Belmont Park as a child, and Aqueduct Raceway Raceway when the Prof and I dated.

    Good day to All!

  3. Princess Sam
    8:01 am on March 29th, 2012

    Has anyone heard from Rio’s friend? I hope she is feeling better. I will worry until I know she’s okay.

  4. Princess Sam
    8:16 am on March 29th, 2012

    Dogeatdoug dot com has the adorable husky puppy. His name is Cabal – very close to Caleb.

  5. B.Stover
    8:24 am on March 29th, 2012

    Good morning all.

  6. Melanie
    9:00 am on March 29th, 2012

    I have been to some horse races. The horses are beautiful. What a shame about people who take advantage of our four footed and two footed athletes.

    Here’s the link. Not sure if you’ll be able to see it. We have an account. Let me know. I will be reading it later. PT person has arrived.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/25/us/death-and-disarray-at-americas-racetracks.html?_r=3&hp

  7. Tyb
    9:12 am on March 29th, 2012

    Melanie,
    Thanks for the link. I wasn’t able to read the article, but I watched the videos. They are upsetting to say the least. I suppose greyhound racing is the same.

  8. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    9:14 am on March 29th, 2012

    Welcome to all the new friends!

  9. Rose
    9:32 am on March 29th, 2012

    Rio: I hope your friend is okay. Keep us posted.

    Wolfie: How did Chad’s first night go. Strong prayers coming from Westchester.

  10. Barb & Maggie
    9:58 am on March 29th, 2012

    It always comes down to human greed doesn’t it? I don’t think most people have any idea what goes on behind the scene in dog or horse racing. People go thru life with blinders on, don’t know or don’t care. Terrible.

  11. dawson
    10:06 am on March 29th, 2012

    We lived in Indiana for a short time and an aunt took me to the Kentucky Derby. What stands out in my memory was the excitement in the air. I was too young to remember anything else.

    Wolfie: Regarding Chad – no news is good news. I’m sure the rehab folks are used to arrogant, rude behavior and worse in the ones coming into the program. If they stay in for the whole term, they come out humble, respectful and grateful. This I pray for with both your boys. Many take more than one try before ‘seeing the light’. Keep your faith…it is a (seemingly endless) process.

    Rio: Tell your friend that we hope her pain is going, going, gone!

    Storyteller&Artist: Prayers have been sent for the Mombasa Moose and her family.

  12. BearSpiritDog
    10:17 am on March 29th, 2012

    We have been following thoroughbred racing for many years now. Even as a girl Nana enjoyed reading about the racing greats like Seabiscuit. She and the Dad had a jockey friend in days gone by giving them a small peak into the racetrack lifestyle. In any sport there is always that element determined to get more than their fair share. Where Greed rears its ugly head atrocities will abound.

    Hope all is well at Rio’s house this am.
    Paws crossed for Wolfie’s Boy(s).

    Have a Great Day Everyone.

  13. Mollypop's Mom
    10:21 am on March 29th, 2012

    No news is good concerning Wolfie’s boy.

    No news is not good concerning Rio’s friend.

  14. Tupper and Gilly
    10:26 am on March 29th, 2012

    Hi everyone Anyone who wants to revel in the glory and beauty of horses can do no better than to watch horses in a green field with a white rail fence, the sun glinting off their sleek hides, some running and playing, some grazing peacefully, or napping side by side, lazily swishing their tails. That is the perfect picture of horses to us.

    We used to watch the Triple Crown races on tv. That was until that filly broke her leg on live tv and had to be destroyed. Mama is getting choked up and teary eyed just remembering that awful moment. Now she won’t watch any race in person or on live tv. She just can’t take the fear factor.

    Dawson – how many days til your official retirement? We are excited for you.

    Dawson – are you counting the days til you are retired? Wishing you well!

  15. Tupper and Gilly
    10:28 am on March 29th, 2012

    That was a new type of Double Dawson in your honor.

  16. BearSpiritDog
    10:48 am on March 29th, 2012

    Tupper&Gilly: Point well taken.

    Dawson retiring soon and C.Hobbit too.

  17. OleyHowlers
    10:57 am on March 29th, 2012

    T&G: brown fence works too. Just sayin’ :)

    Wolfie, we have our paws all crossed for your boys.

    Rio, where are you???

  18. Masquers
    11:01 am on March 29th, 2012


    Just where do you think you are
    going with that kat karrier?

  19. Rose
    11:03 am on March 29th, 2012

    Dawson: When you went to the Kentucky Derby did you wear a hat? Were you allowed a sip of a mint julep? :)

    Dawson retiring, CHobbittHarris retiring too. When I win this $500 million plus on Friday, I will be retiring too!!!!

    Rio: Are you there, pal? Is your friend okay?

  20. Rose
    11:05 am on March 29th, 2012

    Masquers, you are making me laugh out loud!

  21. Siber-H
    11:05 am on March 29th, 2012

    Yes, The state of NM is worse than others when it comes to giving the horses drugs, especially the pain maskers. The local media has recently started reporting on this. Hopefully, these horrible practices can be stopped but…
    I have said it before and I’ll say it again..a hispanic ex-govenor once said it: This state is in many ways a Banana Republic.

    My folks do not go to horse races.

  22. Siber-H
    11:12 am on March 29th, 2012

    TYB, Yes Greyhound racing is the same. We have Greyhoud rescues here that try to save the dogs once the track is “finished” with them.

    Sam, Cabal is a cute name and an original one.

    Masquers…oops, Mom just told me I can’t comment on that picture.

  23. Siber-H
    11:14 am on March 29th, 2012

    I am very worried about Rio’s friend.

  24. Tupper and Gilly
    11:14 am on March 29th, 2012

    Howlers – you are right. Brown fences, redwood stained fences. Any kind that keeps the horses safe

    We want the Hobbit to move out this way when she retires.

    Oh Reeeee-oooooooo, where arrrre you?

  25. Melanie
    11:25 am on March 29th, 2012

    Nice Kitty kat, Nice kitty … backing up while preparing to rush into a house and slamming the door.

  26. dawson
    11:25 am on March 29th, 2012

    Rose: I vaguely remember hats at the Kentucky Derby…but that could be a false memory. Mint Julep…nope, no memory of that.
    I like T&G’s view of horses, regardless of what colour fence. I like wild horses too.
    I only have 2 days left at work…April 4th and April 6th. On the 11th I head South. So much to do before that date.
    Love all the new Friends of Chet but Moe is certainly the most professional of the bunch.
    Rio: Where, oh where can you be?

  27. Masquers
    11:27 am on March 29th, 2012

    Rio please check in.

  28. Melanie
    11:27 am on March 29th, 2012

    Okay, Nine Newfs that went to Nome would be able to handle any Kat.

    Hey, youse guys, get the kitty, get the kitty. GET BACK HERE. YOU’RE GOING THE WRONG WAY!

  29. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    11:33 am on March 29th, 2012

    Congratulations to Dawson!

    Whoo hoo!

    I hope Rio’s friend is okay!

    CHobbitt, how many days left for you?

  30. OleyHowlers
    11:38 am on March 29th, 2012

    Dawson! You know you are going to get bored, so we want you to come down here and play with us!!

  31. Siber-H
    11:47 am on March 29th, 2012

    I could go up and stay at Dawson’s house after she heads South.
    The house would need looking after.

  32. dawson
    11:57 am on March 29th, 2012

    Sure SiberH: The man who will be living in the house will need some help digging holes…at least until the garden is planted…but the cats will not appreciate your presence. You do know that it gets very hot in the summer, right?

  33. Steve
    12:54 pm on March 29th, 2012

    I think that big kat could eat Newfs for a snack.

  34. Tupper and Gilly
    1:01 pm on March 29th, 2012

    Hi Steve. It reminds us of one of our favorite jokes:

    What does a 300 pound canary say while walking down a dark alley?

    “Here kitty,kitty, kitty”

    tee hee

  35. Snowhook Bella
    1:07 pm on March 29th, 2012

    I think we have a retirement party to plan for one, Noswad.

    I sent Rio a SDD, but haven’t received a response. Perhaps Rio packed his frien in the car, grabbed the keys and took her to the doctor.

  36. BearSpiritDog
    1:23 pm on March 29th, 2012

    Steve: The Guard Kat outside the V-E-T’s office is the Imagining of a friend of mine. This after overhearing a phone call and spying a kat karrier this morning.
    Super Kat to the Rescue!

    SnowBella: Waiting to hear.

  37. Riö – The Evil Pug
    1:38 pm on March 29th, 2012

    Horses!…sniff!…Who wants to talk about horses? Not me. Beau says he doesn’t even know what they are, so why bother about them. Although when I mentioned he could bet on the races his ears perked up a little…gurgle!…My friend went to the busy-place late because she said she had to…wuffle!… She wasn’t feeling tip-top but she will be home soon and all will be okay again….chuffle! …I’m thinking a nice movie, some pop-corn and a blanket. It will be great! As long as Beau The Gas Master stays upstairs…grunt!

  38. BearSpiritDog
    2:00 pm on March 29th, 2012

    Rio! Your Friend enjoying a nice afternoon snuggling with you under the blankie and she will be feeling tip top in no time.
    Oh, and tell her…another day of relaxation couldn’t hurt.

  39. dawson
    2:12 pm on March 29th, 2012

    Whew!
    Rio: Now that I know your friend is okay, I might be able to get some work done.
    Popcorn! That’s what I forgot to get at the grocery store.

  40. Riö – The Evil Pug
    2:16 pm on March 29th, 2012

    Waiting!…I’ll just sit here in the sunshine by the front door and wait for her to get home…yawn!…Nuthin’ better than relaxing, as Bear astutely pointed out…wuffle!

  41. Siber-H
    2:23 pm on March 29th, 2012

    Glad I can stop worrying about Rio’s friend now. I agree with the suggestion of an extra day of rest.

    Aww Dawson, It cannot possibly get as hot at your house as where I live, and the man of the house might appreciate some canine company, but the kats…Mom says NO.

  42. C.Hobbit
    3:23 pm on March 29th, 2012

    May 24 this my last day. Everyone mark their calendars! :) I am busy making plans and hope to be like my other retired friends “so busy they don’t know how they ever found time to work.”

  43. Princess Sam
    3:37 pm on March 29th, 2012

    C.hobbit, are you going to come further south, like below the arctic circle?

  44. Masquers
    3:49 pm on March 29th, 2012

    CHobbit: Mom says you look too young to be retiring.

  45. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    4:00 pm on March 29th, 2012

    Mom is retiring also.

    But not until 2020. At the earliest.

    Sigh.

  46. Riö – The Evil Pug
    4:03 pm on March 29th, 2012

    Maskers!…I suspect that C.Hobbit Harris has the Ring in her possession…snort!…Remember Bilbo never aged until he gave up the Ring to Frodo…heh!…Riddle me this C.Hobbit Harris:

    Voiceless it cries,
    Wingless flutters,
    toothless bites,
    Mouthless mutters.

  47. Riö – The Evil Pug
    4:07 pm on March 29th, 2012

    Thief!… Thief, thief! C.Hobbit Harris! We hates it, we hates it, we hates it forever!…snort!
    Gollum

  48. Snowhook Bella
    4:21 pm on March 29th, 2012

    Next stop: Dutch Harbor! My boss and I are waiting to board. He is an expert at remote travel.

    Make tha two retirement parties that need planning. CHH may head south for her retirement but I think she has designs on heading north next March!

  49. Barb & Maggie
    4:23 pm on March 29th, 2012

    I have no idea what you are talking about, Rio, but maybe because I am not familiar with The Hobbit. Hope your friend is feeling better.

    Is Dan’s BP under control, Melanie?

    I want to go home and play in the dirt! Oley, what all are you planting currently?

  50. Masquers
    4:24 pm on March 29th, 2012

    Bon Voyage to you Bella!

  51. Riö – The Evil Pug
    4:37 pm on March 29th, 2012

    Gah!…”I am not familiar with The Hobbit.”…Gah!

  52. Mollypop's Mom
    4:47 pm on March 29th, 2012

    Rio – I was just outside in your riddle and its teeth did bite. I came back in quickly.

  53. Riö – The Evil Pug
    4:49 pm on March 29th, 2012

    MollysMom!…Nope!

  54. Riö – The Evil Pug
    4:51 pm on March 29th, 2012

    Wait!…heh!…I misread MollysMoms post…snort!…She does have it correct in the fact that she was outside innit…grunt!

  55. Snowhook Bella
    5:08 pm on March 29th, 2012

    It looks like flights going to Dutch are gettin cancelled due to weather. Grump. We are waiting for our fligt to be cancelled.

  56. Snowhook Bella
    5:13 pm on March 29th, 2012

    It looks like the cast of Deadlieat something or other at this here airport gate.

  57. Rose
    5:14 pm on March 29th, 2012

    Rebecca: I hope you don’t get cancelled. Have a safe, good trip !

    Belle Starr: Are you packed?

  58. Belle Starr
    5:17 pm on March 29th, 2012

    Rose: I am packed and ready to go. My four-legged travels light—only one collar and it is not even sparkly, but she insisted I carry some allergy medicine in my backpack for the Professor. We sure he wasn’t allergic to you. It must be miserable to sneeze at the one you love.

  59. Siber-H
    5:24 pm on March 29th, 2012

    Rebecca, Me too, I hope your flight doesn’t get cancelled. Mom and I can pretty much imagine the crew that is waiting to board with you. Dutch Harbor isn’t for the faint of heart.

  60. Melanie
    5:35 pm on March 29th, 2012

    Need an evil character (male) from a modern play with a short monologue.
    Anyone?

  61. OleyHowlers
    5:41 pm on March 29th, 2012

    Barb and Maggie, so far we have planted loose-leaf lettuce, peas, potatoes, and onions. We willl be planting a 2nd row of peas this weekend. All the rest must wait until Mothers Day.

    My Precious.

  62. Rose
    5:42 pm on March 29th, 2012

    Belle Starr: I’m here waiting for you and your mama. The Prof will be home soon. What do you say to some ice cream and sprinkles?

    Sometimes, I do think the Prof is allergic to me…

    Did you kiss and hug mama Rebecca before she left?

  63. Rose
    6:00 pm on March 29th, 2012

    Rio: How is your friend feeling?

  64. Tupper and Gilly
    6:00 pm on March 29th, 2012

    Boy Rio – it must have taken a lot of wind out of you to set that riddle down….

    Wanna hear another riddle – albeit an actual one being played out right now?

    The Masters Gold Tournament will be played at the prestigeous Augusta Golf Course starting next week. The club is known as one of the strictest, most conservative clubs left in the country. All members MUST wear green jackets, all members MUST have a caddy when on the course. And no women are allowed as members.
    The Masters is sponsored by IBM. It has always been the policy of the Augusta to offer membership to the CEO of IBM as a courtesy.
    IBM has a new CEO
    HER name is Ginni Rometty. And Augusta is hung on the prongs of their own outdated, misogynistic pitchfork.
    So – do they stick with their tradition of exclusion – or do they stick with their tradition of kissing up to their biggest sponsor.
    We are sitting back and watching – and chuckling evily under our breath.

  65. Rose
    6:03 pm on March 29th, 2012

    Rio: You and Wookie are up top!

  66. Snowhook Bella
    6:08 pm on March 29th, 2012

    Rose: I also made sure to shed on her black coat she was hoping to keep clean so she would embarrass her boss. Luckily, her boss thinks I’m wonderful.

  67. OleyHowlers
    6:09 pm on March 29th, 2012

    T&G, that’s a hoot! How will this one play out…

  68. Rose
    6:31 pm on March 29th, 2012

    Belle Starr: Doesn’t everyone think you are wonderful?

  69. Belle Starr
    6:49 pm on March 29th, 2012

    Rose: You would think so but my two legged grumbles about Belle Starr whilst she cleans up a post splort incident. Sometimes my four legged says she wants peace and quiet so I just sit on her until she sees reason. ETA: two shakes of a pug’s tail.

  70. Masquers
    7:08 pm on March 29th, 2012

    T&G: Quite a humorous situation in Atlanta. We can’t wait to see how it plays out.

  71. Masquers
    7:09 pm on March 29th, 2012

    Melanie: Thinking cap is on.

  72. Rose
    7:12 pm on March 29th, 2012

    Belle Starr: I would think your sporting would be very dainty.

    Speaking of two shakes of a pug’ s tail. Where is Rio, and how is his friend.

    Belle Starr: It is cool here in Westchester. You and your mama can sleep with me on the big bed. Looks like the Prof will be on the couch! :)

  73. T.c.
    7:12 pm on March 29th, 2012

    Masquers! I need To hire that kat when I get a whiff of the $&@$#{} karrier coming out! Mom was whispering that my s h o t s are coming due.

  74. B.Stover
    7:39 pm on March 29th, 2012

    Melanie: I’ve always considered Judge Brack in Hedda Gabler to be evil.

  75. Melanie
    8:02 pm on March 29th, 2012

    Oooo, that’s a good idea B.Stover. Keep those ideas coming please!

    B.Stover, Franklin blurred something in today and YSAS tried it. He said it worked. But how can I really tell? Will have to try it soonnnnn. Thanks!

    Bella, was it the Deadliest Catch dudes?

    Speaking of TV, remind me tomorrow to tell you a YSAS tale of one of the leads in that show he was just background on and some extras.

    TTFN

  76. Mollypop's Mom
    8:14 pm on March 29th, 2012

    T&G – I think that is revengeful feeling on my part. I worked in the IBMish field since 1969. It was a man’s field but I was so in love with the insides – the soul – of a computer.

  77. Snowhook Bella
    8:26 pm on March 29th, 2012

    Cancelled! Our flight was cancelled after three delays for weather. We will try again tomorrow. I haven’t seen DC in ages and while I don’t think any of the guys at our gate are on the show, I think they could be. My boss who travels there quite a bit said that there is a bar or resto that has all the guys there along with the cameras.

  78. Barb & Maggie
    8:33 pm on March 29th, 2012

    Rio, Were you gahing earlier becasue I have not read The Hobbit? Surely there must be others here who haven’t read Tolkien. Sorry, but I was just never drawn to books about fantasy, and it never appealed to me.

  79. Riö – The Evil Pug
    8:34 pm on March 29th, 2012

    Wheeze!….We’ve been outside playing “ball”…sneeze!…My friend is not feeling tip-top but she said we still needed to get our exercise….huffle!puffle!…Now we can finally lay down and relax and watch the Biggest Loser…grunt!…Somehow we are behind on two episodes. How did that happen?.heh!

    Rebecca!…Do youse think Rebecca finally boarded that air-o-plane?…sniff!…I hope the trip is safe…wuffle!

  80. Riö – The Evil Pug
    8:39 pm on March 29th, 2012

    Cancelled!…Go home and rest Rebecca!…snorkel!…Or stay up late and post on this here blog…heh!heh!

  81. Barb & Maggie
    9:20 pm on March 29th, 2012

    Good night friends.

  82. Kirby T. Penworthy
    9:34 pm on March 29th, 2012

    Hey, y’all! Mom has actually been back at work for a couple days, but she was still puny enough to come home and fall asleep before turning the computer on for me.

    When I was catching up on the blog earlier I read a comment that stirred some memory somewhere in my brain. The only problem is that it must be a broken link, because it no longer seems to be linking up to anything. Sigh. I definitely need to keep a pencil and paper nearby to jot down those thoughts as they happen. All the white hairs on my muzzle obviously are there for a reason!

    Oh, but I did remember one thing: Welcome all you new folks!

  83. Riö – The Evil Pug
    9:52 pm on March 29th, 2012

    Kirby!…Hi Kirby!…snort!…Goodnight Kirby!…sneeze!

  84. Kirby T. Penworthy
    9:59 pm on March 29th, 2012

    Hi, Rio! Goodnight, Rio!

  85. Tupper and Gilly
    10:14 pm on March 29th, 2012

    G’night Kirby
    G’night Rio
    G’night Barb and Maggie
    G’night all the rest of you.
    Time to take our little Corgi butts to bed.

  86. BearSpiritDog
    10:28 pm on March 29th, 2012

    Us too.
    Good Night to all
    All of You – Bear

  87. Alice M. Johnson
    10:28 pm on March 29th, 2012

    Dawson, please check your SDD. Staff has a message for you.

    I am glad Rebecca is not flying in bad weather.

    I LOVE Tolkein. Sorry B&M. But of course I love fantasy and Science Fiction.

    Good night all. And Hi back at you Liz from down under.

    It is raining here.

  88. C.Hobbit
    11:00 pm on March 29th, 2012

    I have tried several times at different ages in my life to read Tolkien and have failed each time. Should I give it another go in retirement or throw in the towel? And do I have to resign my Hobbit moniker with this confession?

  89. Kirby T. Penworthy
    11:54 pm on March 29th, 2012

    CHobbit: Mom doesn’t consider herself a science fiction/fantasy lover either. That said, she was surprised one day to realize some of the best books she’s read fit that category! One of her favorite books of all time is “A Wrinkle in Time” by Madeline L’Engle. She also like “Eragon” and has read the whole “Inheritance” series. Despite that, she has never felt any need to read “The Hobbit” or any of the others.

    Although I don’t think you’ll be drummed out of the literary circle for not reading Tolkien, perhaps with all your newfound “spare time” after retirement, you could give it another go. Sometimes Mom will start a book and just not get into it, but pick it up again at a later date and thoroughly enjoy it. That was the case with “Pride and Prejudice,” which was a book she thought she should read because it’s a classic. But try as she might, she just couldn’t get past the first few pages — all that folderol between Ma and Pa Bennett. However, when Mom read it later, she not only got through the book, but it became one of her favorites!

  90. Macy the Min-pin
    12:04 am on March 30th, 2012

    Yesterday Belle got to go on a road trip. I did not, grump.

    These are our state flower the Bluebonnet. Best year in several decades for them.

  91. Snowhook Bella
    12:51 am on March 30th, 2012

    Well, I just arrived home from Anchorage and will get up in a few short hours I will get up to make it to the airport by 5am. Yawn. It makes me tired just thinking about it.

    Macy: that is a great picture of Belle in the Bluebonnets.

    Rose: I apologize in advance for anything that Belle and her dog, Luna —snort!— do while visiting you. My gut tells me I should put Luna in charge if you and Belle Starr start shopping online again.

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