WBUR reports on the fate of the horses at Suffolk Downs when the track closes at the end of the month.
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When greyhound racing was banned, adoption facilities were overloaded . Sure, many were adopted. As for the rest,...
And of course, we couldn't possibly hold the racetrack owners responsible for their care and humane treatment. That would be communism, or something.
But didn't all the workers at those race tracks say how much they loved those animals? I was shocked to see that the workers that worked with all those animals just walked away. I hope some were adopted by people they "worked" with.
So, what we've got here is people whose lively hood depended upon these animals just walk away. Doesn't say much for the humans involved in those positions if you ask me.
Because a stablehand or trainer can afford to feed and shelter an animal that costs 5-6 figures.
Ya, same thing with the Greyhounds. People who worked at the track loved them so much when actually they most likely didn't really care what happened to them. I wonder how many took dogs into their homes.
It's bad enough humans sometimes use inhumane treatments to get animals to respond, especially when money is involved, then to feign sympathy for the animals when their track closes.
They don't own them. Might as well blame animal shelter employees for not adopting dogs/cats they have to put down.
All of these horses are owned by someone; the horses are their responsibility. The workers, whether they be grooms, stablehands, jockeys or trainers may love the animals but have no financial responsibility towards them, and I would guess that many of the workers could not afford to adopt the horses because they are out of jobs. Horses are very expensive to maintain. There are farms that adopt retired horses, and in fact, Suffolk was one of the first tracks in the country to run a retirement program. Many fans of the sport contribute to these farms. One in Kentucky is run by Michael Blowen and his wife Diane White, who wrote for the Globe years ago.
These workers have to figure out how to feed their families, never mind worry about the horses. That is the responsibility of the owners.
"Many fans of the sport contribute to these farms" - I would certainly hope so. It's the least they could do.
Suffolk has a no-slaughter policy, FYI. Chill. Management has been very proactive about the horses' futures, since way before this.
But as someone right above posted, why is this even an issue if the horses are owned. Do you think the owners will no longer want the animals if their not racing?
Well, practically speaking, not all owners are millionaires. A horse that is running has the potential to pay for its keep; a horse hanging out in a field, while that's a lovely utopia that I'd like to live in, is hugely expensive.
If I had room in my 2BR rental for 700 horses, you bet I'd be taking them all.
Looks like my daughter is finally getting that pony she's always wanted!
Send them to the glue factory!
I hope that was a joke. If it was, it was a pretty twisted and ugly one, which says a lot about you as a person. Disgusting. Get an education, if you are so inclined, and take a look at this and this.
Is Rockingham done for good? I used to love going there with my daideo when he didn't feel like attending Suffolk
There is no more live racing at Rockingham.
That's a shame, it was a beautiful, historic track.
They will go to other tracks or retire. Even if Suffolk was coming back next year, most of the horses would be heading to Aqueduct, Laurel Park, and Tampa Bay Downs, with the odds and ends heading off to various sundry tracks across the land.
Of course, the horses make the sport, but I am worried about the people. The jockeys and trainers will find a landing, but from the local breeders to the behind the scenes people, there will be a lot of people without work come the end of the season.
I wonder if the track could be re-purposed for cycling?
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