The fact this agenda driven misrepresentation is being promoted in the NYT is a tragedy that goes way beyond racing IMO. It's emblematic of a larger problem.
Of course, one could argue that Bramlage wears perhaps too many hats in the industry?
Anyway, I would expect many industry and track vets to leap to the defense of practice as is, rather than considering whether there is a practice of overmedication of racehorses.
Last edited by second_glance; 07-14-2012 at 10:01 AM.
First rule: Try always to do what's right for the horse. The people part will work out. -- Josh Pons, Merryland, 2007
"Worked out for us"? Why does it need to? The IHA team and what they did while attempting to manage an injury in their horse before ultimately retiring him for his better health is in no way anything close to what's wrong with the sport. The article is pointless. Instead of an expose on Penn National, or a discussion about racehorses heading to slaughter, or even an article on O'Neill's suspension, the NYT decided to go for the hot topic and mine for more controversy. That alone speaks to their motive and integrity.
Drape did in that article what someone would do when they're trying to sound smart to an audience that otherwise doesn't know better. If you know have the knowledge of such a powerful pain killer why not name it. Either because you can't or you're just trying to promote your agenda. His idiocy here is not hiding - it's completely transparent.
How it's horrendous journalism shouldn't even be debatable. I'd be ashamed of myself for putting out a piece of crap like that.
"That's all the world is after all, an endless battle of contrasting memories."
Bute and banamine are no more a powerful painkiller for horses than Advil is for me. And they work for about the same period of time. Interestingly he didnt say anything about those being administered 24 hours out, so by race time their effects are negligible. But then, that would take the sting out of his story, wouldnt it.
Seriously, people like you and that Solomon lady are the intended audience for that piece and are proof that it hit the mark.
And, wow, now we have the NYRA blackmailing the IHA team into scratching him? Holy unfounded speculation, Batman!