Advertisement
 
Friday, September 04, 2015
Amsterdam, NY ,

 

Advertisement

Still awaiting NYRA overhaul

Friday, October 05, 2012 - Updated: 7:50 PM

The outfit that runs thoroughbred racing in New York has failed at one of its most basic duties -- protecting the horses from unnecessary injury and death.

It's another black mark on the New York Racing Association -- and more reason for Gov. Cuomo to force a top-to-bottom overhaul.

An appalling 21 horses broke down and died during last winter's meet at Aqueduct -- double the fatalities of the two previous seasons and well above the norm for tracks nationwide.

A task force empaneled by Cuomo found that 11 horses could have been saved -- had the humans in charge done their jobs more vigilantly.

Much blame, to no one's surprise, lay with NYRA's chronically troubled management.

Desperate for cash, track operators ushered shaky mounts into the starting gate without properly checking that they were fit to run.

They turned a blind eye to overuse of steroids and painkillers that made injuries hard to detect.

They entrusted safety monitoring to veterinarians who were on the NYRA payroll -- a conflict of interests, since vets who disqualified too many horses would cost their employers money.

They used proceeds of racino gambling to boost the prize purses for lower-level races -- enticing owners to take excessive risks with their horses' lives.

Also culpable were owners, trainers and veterinarians who put their financial interests ahead of the horses' well-being -- as well as the state Racing and Wagering Board, which has been lax in monitoring how drugs were being used and abused.

This year, Cuomo gained the power to take control, install a new board of directors and force true management reform -- before returning Aqueduct, Belmont and Saratoga to private hands, never to be subsidized by taxpayers again.

That cannot happen soon enough.

-- The New York Daily News

     

Comments made about this article - 0 Total

Comment on this article

Advertisement
Subscribe to The Recorder

 

The Recorder Sports Schedule

 

The Recorder Newscast

Most Popular

    George W. "Bud" Fiebka
    Saturday, August 29, 2015

    Police report
    Saturday, August 29, 2015

    Sawyer set to perform at the fair
    Saturday, August 29, 2015

    City hotelier quiet since June buyout
    Saturday, August 29, 2015

    Big acts, ridiculous snacks: Fonda Fair pulls out the big guns in its 174th year
    Saturday, August 29, 2015

    Sheriff's office: Case closed, no charges in fatal accident
    Monday, August 31, 2015

    City police recover stolen vehicle
    Saturday, August 29, 2015

    Main Street
    Saturday, August 29, 2015

    Sally G. Rogers
    Monday, August 31, 2015

    AIDA: PILOT is on the table for Noteworthy
    Monday, August 31, 2015

Advertisement

Copyright © McClary Media, Inc.

Privacy Policies: The Recorder

Contact Us

Twitter

Instagram

Facebook