This fight in which we are engaged is a public-relations one – a war for America’s hearts and minds. And we are clearly winning. Yesterday, in my Google alerts on horseracing, the following headlines appeared. Again, this was one day – a day, as it happens, that is the most celebrated on the U.S. racing calendar.
New York Times: “Medina Spirit Was Pulled by the Forelegs Into a World That Let Him Down”
The Guardian: “Horse racing is too far gone to be saved. The next best thing is to be honest about it.”
NBC News: “Is American horse racing on its last legs?”
CBS Mobile: “Pro gambler: Online betting could be death of horse racing”
StarTribune (largest paper in Minnesota): “From Kentucky to Canterbury Park, horse racing faces its reckoning”
NBC Tampa: “Tampa trainer faces suspension over horse that died from overdose in New Jersey”
Green Matters: “The Kentucky Derby Has a Dark History of Horse Abuse”