Waldrop, HBPA: HBO’s Real Sports ‘Slanted, Distorted, Inaccurate’

by | 05.23.2019 | 11:26pm
Alex Waldrop, president and CEO of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association's President and CEO Alex Waldrop released the following statement in response to a segment on this week's HBO Real Sports, which focused on racing fatalities and the horse slaughter pipeline. Read more about the segment here.

“Once again, HBO's Real Sports presented a slanted, distorted, and inaccurate view of horse racing without acknowledging the important progress our entire industry is making with respect to safety, welfare and aftercare.

“Today, the strongest push for a higher degree of safety and integrity is actually coming from within the industry, which through its actions is working every day to provide a safer environment for our equine and human athletes. The real facts about horse racing have been shared with HBO directly.”

Waldrop's full letter to HBO can be viewed here.


Also weighing in on the segment was Eric Hamelback, CEO of the National Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association. The leader of the HBPA issued this statement:

“I am extremely frustrated with HBO's 'Real Sports' program that aired a despicable, one-sided and inaccurate view of the horse racing industry. Everyone involved in horse racing should be appalled that the producers broadcast a segment without any acknowledgment of the significant progress we have made regarding the safety, welfare and aftercare of equine athletes, nor did they mention the safety measures we have implemented that focus on our human athletes. Our industry demands the highest degree of safety and integrity, and that's coming from our stakeholders. Our participants are constantly and relentlessly working to provide a safer environment. HBO sadly and shamelessly chose to ignore the actual facts.”

Eric Hamelback
CEO, National HBPA

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