Friday, June 20, 2008

Quote Of The Day

“A couple years ago, I was at Keeneland and I told a vet, ‘I don’t want my horses to get anything unless they’re sick,’ and he said, ‘Arthur, you want to win, don’t you?’ I got the picture.”

Arthur Hancock, lamenting on how vet bills could run $2000 a month. There is a Congressional panel right now that is working on unifying drug rules in all 38 states with racing.
When asked who was to blame for the rampant use of drugs in the sport—vets, owners, or trainers—most panelists said all three.


Kara said...

I find this shockingly sad!

Nora said...

It's hard to be competitive against a horse who is given everything if you don't give your horse the same things. Racing needs uniform rules regarding medication.

greenpeace2 said...

Amen Sister!!!

joanc said...

I saw these hearings. Dutrow was a no-show without even informing the committee that he would not attend. Those who were there were almost begging for Congress to act - said that there were so many 'managers' trying to run racing that no one agreed on how to make racing better, safer, etc. The one thing that was mentioned more than any other was the medications and the veterinarians. You're right about that, Nora. If they can find way to ban all that stuff, racing will improve, but there is still the breeding aspect about breeding for speed instead of breeding for bloodlines.

A very interesting hearing - CSPAN will probably re-run it several more times.

Nora said...

I want to see it. I'll look for it on CSPAN.

PS: I'm not sure why they even wanted Dutrow there in the first place!?!?