Trainer Dale Romans Thinks We Should Acknowledge All the Deaths They Prevent

A Horse Racing Nation piece Friday on Churchill moving its operation to sister-track Ellis was of interest only for a few quotes from the never-boring Dale Romans (see this on Lasix), trainer of one of the Churchill 12, 3-year-old Rio Moon. My highlights:

On the new “reforms” introduced by Churchill: “My initial reaction is it was a lot of optics more than anything.”

Hear, hear on that one.

But then this:

“People don’t understand the number of deaths we (prevent) as a horse-racing industry. Horses are very fragile types of animals. They have a poor digestive system. They have very small legs they live on. They can die from pneumonia, heart attacks. (People) don’t see all the things we stopped the deaths of. … I honestly feel like the industry does everything it can to protect the horse.”

That’s right, a little applause for all the deaths they prevent! And while he admits they are fragile, he still feels justified in using them (for, I remind, gambling). And how reassuring they are doing “everything [they] can to protect the horse.” Like I said, never boring.

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        • I literally LOLd when I read this, Bonnie. (Hope she sticks with her new, improved “Dawn Smith” identity. It was kinda disheartening sharing a first name with the “other” Kelly:)

      • How many names do you need to be the alleged crusader of credibility, kelly c. or Dawn S. or whatever your name is??????

    • Posts full of misinformation?!
      Nothing but the truth …
      If you truthfully gave a dam about the horses..You’d honestly stand up for them!

  1. He makes the most perfect point for us! You are totally 💯 correct Dale…they ARE very fragile sentient beings…which is EXACTLY why using horses as gaming chips has got to go into the dust pile of AWFUL human ideas.

  2. Hello, does anyone in this egregiously barbaric and abusive business have a brain and is anyone smart enough to use it?????
    Dale Roman, you are a perfect example of what people should not be.
    IF it were possible to lock you, Dale Roman, up and keep you confined to a small cell at least 23 hours everyday for the rest of your natural born days, many horses’ lives would be saved!

  3. Dale Roman could hypothetically start a football team by going into the hospitals and nursing homes and recruit everyone who is frail but who can still stand up and walk on their own and inject them with steroids and pain-killers and then brag about what a great guy he is because he saved these people from a life of peace and quiet or some such thing as that. Just a ridiculous example of the brains of this horse-killing industry.

    • Trainers and owners won’t have a rational discussion or debate with an opponent of horseracing. They already know they’re making everything up and covering over the truth about the dangers, suffering, injuries and caused- by-racing deaths..That’s why “The New York Times ” horseracing reporter, Joe Drape, doesn’t ever allow for a comment section at the end of his racing articles (many writers in the “Times” DO routinely allow comments). Because if readers were allowed to comment, knowledgeable opponents of racing would easily expose the deception, the presentation of partial truths which adds up to deceipt. And racing reporters would reveal the terrific suffering and torture. Not to mention, deaths.

      • I try often to reply but my replies are discarded dispite only respectfully correcting the repeated reports of misinformation.

      • The information from the Freedom Of Information Act requests reported on this blog would be something this industry would not want published in the “New York Times” or any public news media (obviously). It would be impossible to hide the rampant doping scandals and violations of the racing rules that so many more trainers than “that one barbaric buffoon” is “famous” for and the rate of killings of racehorses if this information was disclosed to the public-at-large through the national news media. The whole thing about doping and maiming horses for this “entertainment” venue would be so exposed that the public outrage would be enormous.
        It would be similar to the cheating scandal of Lance Armstrong in the bicycle racing “sport” but it would be the whole industry of horseracing, obviously, rather than just one contestant and his enablers. Would Joe Drape still have a “job” if he allowed the information gained from the FOIA requests to be printed, discussed and debated?

  4. Fragile, weak? Our thoroughbreds at our farm break things! They have bent our tempered steel gates without so much as a cut or bruise to their legs. We have had to fence our farm with non climb fencing so as to prevent and eliminate constant fence repairs. If horses are raised and fed in a natural environment, digestive issues are by and large eliminated. We just read yesterday all racing in Singapore is to be stopped and the land to be developed out for housing and commercial use for people! Celebrate all track closures no matter where they occur. According to the article the wagering and attendance at the ancient 100 plus your old track been declining for many years. Think we read it on yahoo news.

    • Well said, fredjoan.
      Yes, good news about Singapore closing its horseracing down. Some trainers there want compensation… like what are we going to do now !?
      The hot climate and virtually no paddocks for the horses to have a spell was a terrible life for them. One Australian trainer who spent some time in Singapore said it was just so hard on the horses. Rarely does a trainer reveal what it’s like for these poor horses.

  5. Decades of flawed breeding protocols has transformed sturdy equines into the fragile unsustainable breed we see today. These are not the resilient creatures God created, breeders did this, greed did this.

    • What is happening with horses in the racing industry is not only the genetics.
      Thoroughbreds used and bred for racing are genetically predisposed to certain types of conformational defects. Thoroughbred used for racing are environmentally predisposed to certain types of injuries.
      The specific types of injuries that racehorses are subject to are listed in a different post on this blog and also in the “Horse Owner’s VETERINARY Handbook” Second Edition, by James M. Giffin, M.D. and Tom Gore, D.V.M.;(Howell Book House).
      If horses were not routinely and sadistically forced to do this type of activity/work, they would not be subject to the well-known list of injuries specific to racing.

    • I agree, Karen. Thoroughbreds are bred for one thing: speed. When that happens, genetic weaknesses happen. My horse has perfectly strong, sturdy, legs, and because he is allowed to move freely 24/7 with access to forage, his digestion is fine. Horses are not meant to stand in one place all day. The racing industry has created all of the Thoroughbred’s physical and psychological problems. I don’t think Mr. Romans knows much about horses.

  6. So knee deep in their own BS!

    Moving the race to another track it’s just a PR stunt.

    The murders will continue!

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