Monday, January 26, 2009

Synthetic tracks not the answer after all?

I saw this article tonight on our local newspaper's website:

7 horses fatally injuried at Santa Anita

This reminds me of PETA's demands after Eight Belles's death last year. They wanted race tracks to switch to synthetic surfaces.

I remember at the time reading online that synthetic tracks were too new, and as of yet unproven, to determine whether they would really be an improvement. It sounds like those people were right: According to this article, it turns out the synthetic tracks don't do well at all in inclement weather. Though I wonder whether any track really would...

Is the answer really changing the type of track we races horses on? I guess to me it seems kind of like encouraging kids to bring Molotov cocktails to school instead of guns: It's still dangerous, either way.



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