The level of response to last weekend's New York Times piece on horse racing has been mixed so far. National Thoroughbred Racing Association president Alex Waldrop told the Daily Racing Form the Times offered a “sobering look at certain aspects of horse racing,” and that the NTRA planned to issue a formal response.
Sunland Park spokesman Eric Alwan said of the story that focused primarily on New Mexico racing: “Although we don't agree with everything in the article, we hope that this article will lead to much-needed change in drug regulation in New Mexico horse racing.”
The New Mexico Racing Commission said it would respond later this week, but Ruidoso Downs, a significant part of the Times story, said it had no comment.
DRF says the New York Racing Association issued a statement taking issue with the newspaper's “use of chart notations referring to horses being pulled up, vanned off, or showing signs of lameness as an instance of an injury, contending that in many of those instances a horse has not suffered an injury. The NYRA response also cited three years of statistics released last week by the Jockey Club as part of the Equine Injury Database project that said catastrophic injury rates at Belmont and Saratoga were below the national average for catastrophic injuries.”
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