Is Horse Racing Inhumane?

The Triple Crown season is thrilling for spectators: it's the horses who pay the price

Friday, May 15, 2009

When we covered the Kentucky Derby earlier this month, a listener criticized us for not addressing charges that breeding practices, drug use, and harmful track surfaces are costing many horses their health or even their lives. The Preakness, the second race of the Triple Crown, is coming up on Saturday. The Takeaway talks to Sally Jenkins, a sports columnist for the Washington Post, and gets her perspective on how the sport could be reformed to make it safer for horses. She wrote a column critical of thoroughbred racing after the filly Eight Belles had to be euthanized on the track at last year's Kentucky Derby.
"It's time to open the books on what trainers are administering these animals. There's medical care, which is one thing, and then there's horse doping which is an entirely different subject."
—Sally Jenkins, Washington Post sports columnist, on the safety of race horses

Guests:

Sally Jenkins

Hosted by:

Todd Zwillich

Contributors:

Nadia Zonis

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