Fox Rox was first put to the whip way back in 2013. Soon to be 11 – old for this brutal industry – he was raced for the 113th time nine days ago at Tampa Bay. Considering that upward of 90% of all active racehorses suffer from stomach ulcers, and considering that in the states that provide full necropsy reports I see time and again 4-, 3-, even 2-year-old horses with degenerative joint disease and osteoarthritis, imagine what this poor animal’s body looks – and more important, feels – like. Current abusers: owner Mark Hoffman, trainer Dennis Ward.
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