Well written, sobering, article about the state of the horse racing industry today.
Horse racing: An industry in crisis | MNN – Mother Nature Network
This weekend, an expected 250,000 spectators will descend on Churchill Downs to watch the 138th annual Kentucky Derby. This most famous of horse races will also attract millions of television viewers and generate hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue for horse owners, betting institutions, the racetrack and the other industries that serve the event.
But in most ways, the Kentucky Derby does not represent the horse racing industry as a whole. Throughout the country, attendance at racetracks is down. Revenues and profits have fallen. Trainers, sometimes desperate to win, increasingly drug their animals to make them run faster or run through pain, threatening the safety of horses and riders alike.