About 1,000 racehorses a year die in contests they never asked to join. Doping and the overuse of therapeutic drugs are largely to blame, along with harmful overbreeding, making the vaunted Sport of Kings too often a spectacle of suffering and death. About 12 percent of the horses slaughtered for human consumption are former racehorses.
Guests for this episode are Arthur Hancock III and Staci Handcock, owners of Stone Farm in Kentucky, which has raised countless Thoroughbreds, including three winners of the Kentucky Derby. They join co-hosts Wayne Pacelle and Marty Irby to talk about two pending pieces of Federal legislation: The Horse Racing Integrity Act and the SAFE Act. Both have potential to help our equine friends but need the support of Churchill Downs, marquee trainers like Bob Baffert and others to be passed and signed into law.
For more information on the catastrophic extent of modern horseracing, read this October 2019 article by Patrick Battuello in the Washington Post, "The Time for Horse Racing Has Passed."