Every year around this time people who are not “horse people” or racing enthusiasts begin to follow the Thoroughbreds competing for the Triple Crown, starting with the Kentucky Derby on the first Saturday in May…today. While people’s attention is given to the incredible beauty and athleticism of these horses, it is a good opportunity to remind them that these racers’ careers are short and it is incumbent upon the owners, breeders, trainers, and fans to see that the end of racing does not mean the end of life. I’m proud that Maryland has made great strides in creating aftercare programs to safeguard these ex-racers, but sadly there is still much work to be done. An article I was honored to write for the Baltimore magazine outlines some of these post-career paths. The article attached describes the plight of the ex-racer. http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/05/01/how-to-keep-beloved-kentucky-derby-winners-from-ending-up-as-dog-food.html
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