Just as the Triple Crown season was beginning to heat up, PETA released a video unveiling the undercover workings of the barn of Steve Asmussen. This controversy grabbed the sport's attention for a long while, and there was a negative vibe in the industry going into the week of the Kentucky Derby.
But, as Steve Davidowitz wrote in a piece for ESPN, “At that precise moment, a feel-good story surfaced — a story anchored by 77-year-old trainer Art Sherman and his California-bred horse, California Chrome.”
Now that California Chrome has captured the Derby and Preakness – and the attention of the racing world, as well – this positive focus on horse racing and the run for the Triple Crown has obscured the negative of just a few weeks ago.
“Should true reforms not occur, California Chrome's successful run through the spring of 2014 will mean little when further abuses lead to fewer tracks, fewer fans and far less racing in America,” wrote Davidowitz.
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