Love reading all the post crisis sanctimonious ramblings after the PETA undercover investigation was released. I heard about it first by reading Joe Drape's NY Times article .
My first reaction was "oh wow that's not going to be good".
But then I watched it a second time, looking closely and listening for any "illegal activity". Didn't really see or hear anything definitive at least as far as illegal treatment of the horses in the video put out by PETA. Some chatter about buzzer use, but even that was very unclear and perhaps a story of a long time ago.
There was some talk of illegal hiring practices of backstretch workers.
But is that Racing's problem or say The NY Department of Labor (some of the investigation by PETA took place in Saratoga). Everytime my business adds even a part time worker to the payroll I get workers comp and NYS Disability notices up the wazhoo.
Where was the Workers Comp Board and Labor Dept on this? Shouldn't we be asking them when was the last workers comp audit they did? How about the IRS or the various State Tax Departments. Any recent audits? notices? request for payroll records? How about the NYS Gaming Commission? Same goes for all the various Kentucky boards and departments?
If these various entities can't do their job, you think a Federal Governing body for racing will?
But no coulda woulda shoulda's from me. I view the game for what it is (or at least how I see it) : a mostly on the level game filled with a ton of people who love to compete (owners, trainers, equine athletes, horseplayers) with a bunch of crazies mixed in with a sprinkling of miscreants.
The game is filled with colorful characters, and a ton drink, swear, eat and smoke too much and many gamble the mortgage money away each month. Some of these characters will always push the envelope and will continue to do that in 2014 and 2024 and onward. Don't see how that is ever gonna change. I'm OK with that, mostly because I already know that it is what it is..