Race to Tragedy

Last month, I wrote about the first installment in a three-part look by a team of reporters at the New York Times into horse racing. That piece looked broadly at the industry, but specifically at the carnage on New Mexico’s race tracks. Today’s article by Joe Drape, Walt Bogdanich, Rebecca R. Ruiz, and Griffin Palmer focuses on abuses and breakdowns throughout the industry, while exposing an incredible number of breakdowns at Aqueduct Racetrack in Queens, N.Y.

Horse racing, which I wrote about more than two decades ago for a national animal protection magazine, has always had its share of cheaters and animal exploitation. In these last two decades, things have become even worse, partly because there is no national regulatory authority setting standards and policing the industry. It’s something of a free-for-all, with states setting their own rules.

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