Salt On the Rim was made on January 30, 2010. Her first time going under the whip came three years later, in March 2013. 100 – yes, 100 – races have followed, all at cheap tracks: Tampa Bay, Presque Isle, Thistledown, Hazel, Mahoning, and most recently, Mountaineer, the bottom of the barrel. With those cheap tracks, cheap races: In over 90 of her starts, Salt was “For Sale” prior to, and in fact she’s been going for the price of a rundown used car ($4,000) for quite some time now.
Salt’s last race was at Mountaineer June 5. Her current exploiters, Country Acres and Lois Meals, have her scheduled to race tomorrow night, again at Mountaineer. She is 12 years old, and this will be her 102nd race – and, to make it more egregious, her second in just 11 days. Knowing what we know about the effects of horseracing – 4-, 3-, even 2-year-olds suffering from osteoarthritis and degenerative joint disease; upward of 90% of active racehorses suffering from ulcers – imagine what this poor, old (for racing) lady’s body must look and, more important, feel like.
Given the audience – Mountaineer Racetrack; West Virginia, the last state in the union defiantly clinging to dogracing – I’m afraid our entreaties in behalf of Salt will fall on deaf ears. Still, they should hear and feel our anger.
Jim O’Brien, Mountaineer chief steward: 304-387-8371; jim.o’email@example.com
Bret Smith, investigator: 304-387-8530; firstname.lastname@example.org
WV Racing Commission ED Joe Moore: 304-558-2150; email@example.com
Commissioners Ken Lowe, JB Akers, Tony Figaretti: 304-558-2150