If horseracing is a sport, then that word must be redefined, for the competitive racing of horses resembles no other accepted sport on the planet:
In what other sport are…
the bodies of adolescent athletes pounded into the ground without remorse?
the athletes kept in intensive, solitary confinement for over 23 hours a day?
the athletes condemned to a life as (literal) chattel?
the athletes drugged and doped without consent?
the athletes whipped – beaten – for motivation?
the athletes routinely dying on the playing field?
the athletes brutally and violently slaughtered upon retirement?
Horseracing a sport? If not for the gravity involved, it would be absurd. No, horseracing is but exploitation of a weaker species for among the most shameful of reasons – $2 bets. To those who sustain this sordid business, we say: Slake those gambling urges with decidedly inanimate slots and scratch-offs; leave the horses out of it. To those who trade in equines in the pursuit of cash and fleeting glory, we say: Find a commodity that doesn’t bleed; take up a hobby that can’t cry out in pain.
– Patrick Battuello