Layden: Santa Anita Storyline Brings Forth Differences In Public, Insider Perspective Of Racing

by | 04.29.2019 | 12:01pm
Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky.

As Kentucky Derby week opens and the national media focus turns back to Churchill Downs for another year, Eclipse Award-winning writer Tim Layden says the biggest story for many outlets will continue to be Santa Anita's spate of equine fatalities.

While Layden acknowledges the reforms put forth by Santa Anita and others have been met with skepticism, he also reminds readers about the potential for misunderstanding of that skepticism.

Racing's view of itself, from the inside, has never lined up with the public's view of racing, from the outside,” Layden writes for Sports Illustrated. “Racing views itself as a broad, passionate community of horse lovers who suffer when any horse dies. And this is an accurate view. However, people outside the racing industry see horses dying and ask: Why does this happen? I can't stress strongly enough that there are many practical answers to these questions, but no good ones.”

Layden worries the only answer which will satisfy the public's concerns will be a complete and total cessation of racing-related fatalities — a goal which many racing officials work toward, but which is unlikely to be achievable.

Read more at Sports Illustrated

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