Car Hits 6 Horses at Freehold

Yesterday afternoon at slippery Freehold Raceway in New Jersey, the pace car lost control soon after the start of the 5th race and swerved, gate extended, into six horses, the last flipping onto the vehicle. Though an “initial inspection,” according to Freehold, found the horses “okay,” time will tell. Technically an accident (racing calls all casualties accidents), those horses would not have been there, bunched together in proximity to a car, if not for horseracing. In other words, racing is responsible for this:

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    • I HOPE THEY ARE SO INJURED THEY NEVER DRIVE OR WALK AGAIN! ANYONE IN THIS “INDUSTRY” IS FILTH! THIS IS ABUSE AND SHOULD BE OUTLAWED IN EVERY STATE! HOW MANY HORSES ARE GOING TO HAVE TO BE PUT THROUGH THIS BEFORE SOMEONE SAYS ENOUGH IS ENOUGH?

      • Not everyone in the industry is filth. Just because someone makes profit from something does not mean that they do not care about the beautiful animals they work with. Many of these break downs posted on here are from some who do not care. I see some of the same names repeatedly in horses getting injured or dying. There are some trainers that only run their horses if they think they are right & ready for the race. If the horse takes a bad step they try to discover what is ailing them. Sometimes an X-ray can prevent a track accident (if a weak place is discovered & the horse is rested). If the horse is injured in a race they get immediate veterinary care. If they will not heal back up to race-many can excel in another occupation. Lesson horses, jumpers, dressage, trail & riding horses are the best ones for them. There are even other occupations that are harder on the horses than tb racing.
        Many mares & foals die from being bred & birthing. Those foals are so delicate. I cried for days when a grand racing mare was retired & bred. Difficult delivery with a veterinarian present she stood to eat hay after delivery and dropped dead on the spot leaving the foal an orphan. Thoroughbreds are high strung & have accidents in pastures & barns.
        You will believe what you want. This is a free country but to believe & state that everyone in horseracing does not care about the horses is an untrue assumption. Assume is to make an Ass out of U & Me. Please do not attempt to speak for everyone in the sport.
        Now tear me apart because I do not agree with a few things that were stated here. Yes I admit there are some rules & things about the industry that should be changed & some of the people in it should be banned. There are many starving and abusing horses off track that are not Tbs too.

        • Susan, while most if not all of what you’ve written is true, I still must ask: Why racing? Why do what you do? How can even one broken or slaughtered racehorse be justified?

  1. Susan Marie, although I don’t wish for anyone to suffer injuries, if that be accidental or due to incidents in one’s chosen high-risk career, the drivers choose to take those risks. The horses have never consented, nor will they ever. The races should have never been allowed that day due to the condition of the track. But again, horses’ lives are expendable. This is an industry where lost profits are not acceptable…maimed and dead horses?…just “part of the business”. What civilized human with any heart at all can accept that?

  2. This whole racing industry is a law unto itself. Even if there is no thought for the safety of the horse (which there obviously is not) human life is also at risk. Although I know the driver/jockey makes the decision to participate how many other areas in society do safety standards over-ride individual decisions ? The situation is a deviation from the norm.

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