The overriding message delivered by officials at Tuesday's session of the Saratoga Institute on Racing and Gaming conference was that racing needs to devise an “industry-wide approach” for the funding and operating of post-retirement programs for racehorses, reports the Daily Racing Form.
Several of the racing officials that spoke operate retirement programs at lower- or middle-tier tracks, and said that they “bear a greater burden for finding homes for retired racehorses than their larger counterparts because of the greater proportion of near-retirement horses that typically perform at their tracks.” Because of this, these racetracks are under more pressure and scrutiny than larger facilities, while having fewer resources to devote.
“Since we're often the last stop, we're considered to be more responsible,” said Chip Tuttle, chief operating officer of Suffolk Downs.
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