Recent rulings from the world of harness racing…
Northfield, Jul 31: “While driving Louie Osborne, Logan Ebersole whipped the horse excessively during the final half. Mr. Ebersole is hereby fined $500. The penalty will be reduced to a fine of $300 if not appealed.”
Scioto, Aug 4: “While driving Smoking Jet during the stretch…Chris Page did use the whip excessively by not giving the horse time to respond to a previous application of the whip. Mr. Page is fined $500, or $300 if not appealed.”
Ocean, Aug 6: “Driver Rick Murphy is fined $100 for excessive use of the whip while driving Trust Fund Baby.”
Then, under “Minor Penalties,” along with things like “Failure to Be Properly Dressed”:
Northfield, Jul 31: Jason Thompson was fined $750 for “kicking a horse.”
This, too, is horseracing.