An interview with George Strawbridge, Jr. published on the Thoroughbred Racing Commentary website on May 22 detailed his opinions on the problems in racing and possible solutions to those problems. The 77-year-old owner has had champions in both Europe and America and is very outspoken against horse slaughter and race-day medications. He is also a member of the Water Hay Oats Alliance (WHOA), an organization seeking to ban race-day medication.
Strawbridge discussed the difference between racing in Europe and racing in America.
“And they're [Europe] very, very strict. You don't see a veterinarian wandering around the barns there the way you do here on the backside.”
But the owner has a stable in the States because, “I live here, and I have trainers who don't drug horses.”
The owner also discussed his support for medication oversight by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), the continued hurdles the industry needs to climb, and how many in the industry refused to believe PETA and its undercover video on trainer Steve Asmussen because PETA members are “sworn enemies” of the sport.
“Racing is in a state of denial, and I do think there's a feeling of no sympathy or admiration for the animal. It's looking at the animal as a commodity, full stop.”
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