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The New York Times ran a front page story above the fold in its Sunday Edition about racehorse breakdowns.  The story, one of a four-part series, was primarily focused on Quarter Horse racing in New Mexico, but it’s just a matter of time before they hone in on what happened at Aqueduct this winter.

Needless to say, it will be virtually impossible to resurrect the sport of horse racing to previous levels of popularity without minimizing the impact of catastrophic breakdowns.  As usual in the modern world, the facts are not the key issue.  The perception of the sport which is created by personal experience and by various forms of media is ultimately what drives people to or from it.  

The story leads the reader to believe drugs and economics are the culprits.  While both may be contributing factors, few things in our complicated world are that simple.  

Of course, the story generated lots of comments, including this one: 

If Spain can swallow its nationalistic pride and outlaw its beloved bullfighting perhaps we Americans who are moved by these facts should push for a plan to do the same here to stop the senseless suffering of horses and dogs for our betting pleasure.

To read the story, click here