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.