Weisbord: Why We Should Be ‘Mad as Hell’

by | 03.23.2014 | 9:29am

In the famous scene in the movie Network, a frustrated Peter Finch urges people to go to the window, stick their heads out and yell, “I'm mad as hell, and I'm not going to take this anymore.”

In the wake of recent events, Barry Weisbord with the Thoroughbred Daily News writes that the horse racing industry is in a comparable situation. So, what to do when we know things are bad, maybe even worse than bad?

Weisbord admits that, like Finch, he is mad as hell and he's not going to take this anymore.

He writes that this “is a time for a radical change of the way we do business… This is the time for shock and awe.” Instead of simply reacting to bad publicity as it comes, the industry should focus on a radically different way of doing business, making the issues raised by the PETA investigation obsolete.

Weisbord urges for the creation of a new racing association modeled after that of the “world leader in racing integrity, Hong Kong.” He suggests an end to race day medication, with any and all other treatments administered by an official veterinarian using supplies from an approved pharmacy. Also, the new racing association should have the “right to ban anyone they deem to be a detriment to the sport.”

Read more at the Thoroughbred Daily News

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