Disabusing a Racing Apologist

Receiving an Eclipse award last Saturday, longtime NBC/NYRA announcer Tom Durkin vomited the following:

“Together, we saw some amazing performances over the decades, performances that allowed me to honestly elocute words that horse races routinely generate – words like courageous, determined, sublime, otherwordly, magnificent. Thousands of words that were only an attempt to describe the indescribable Thoroughbred. What other game, what other pursuit, provides a prism for such passions? If nothing else, horse racing is an obsession fueled by dreams.

And here in a room full of dreamers, thank goodness for these incredible horses and the incredible things they do. I thank the game for the privilege of being able to have described their exploits, I thank the game for making a dream come true, and I thank you, thank you, for this incredible, truly incredible, honor with my deepest affection. Thank you.”

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Mr. Durkin, the appropriate words to describe racehorses and horseracing: tearing foals from moms, owners, chattel, enslavement, extreme confinement, desperate isolation, unformed bodies, motivation-through-whipping, nonconsensual drugging/doping, joint injections, “exercise-induced pulmonary hemorrhage,” “vanned off,” “catastrophic breakdowns,” shattered sesamoids, snapped cannons, pentobarbital, fatal “neck traumas,” “sudden cardiac events,” claiming hell, “retirees” starving, kill auctions, transport trucks, slashed carotids, exsanguination, horsemeat. The abuse and destruction of sentient beings for $2 bets. Evil, Mr. Durkin. Evil.

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“The Unformed Racehorse”

“Man vs Whip”

“When an Athlete Must Be Killed”

“Killed in Action”

“In All Likelihood, Most Retired Racehorses Are Being Slaughtered”

“How They Die”

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  1. Industry insiders believe what they want to believe. The abusive aspects of horseracing – which are many, and your list is evidence of that, Patrick – they simply deny…certainly in public speeches and likely in their own heads. But can we really expect them to speak truths?…when their own livelihood depends on the industry’s existence? I don’t believe so…it’s number ONE they look out for and that’s not the racehorse and his/her ultimate welfare.

  2. I wonder if Mr. Durkin feels Seeking Bliss is an “indescribable” Thoroughbred. Her life is certainly indescribable. They believe what they want to believe and keep their blinders firmly in place to ignore what racehorses like Seeking Bliss are forced to endure.

  3. Well said, Patrick. I’m sure Durkin has seen some “amazing performances” over the years, but I sincerely wonder if he has ever witnessed the atrocities that occur on the backside of tracks throughout the country. Perhaps he needs to get in touch with the “reality” of racing and that would include the drugs, both legal and illegal, the injections that destroy the joints over time, the low level owners and trainers who can’t afford to feed their horses or properly bed them in their stalls, the crippled horses that limp back to their stalls and wait for help that, most likely, will never come, and, of course, the “ultimate” betrayal….slaughter. I wonder how many times Durkin has gotten up off his ass and “saved” a horse from an industry that has paid him a lot of money over the years. Oh, I forgot, he is focusing on all those “amazing performances” when he is in front of the camera. If Durkin doesn’t know what really goes on behind the scenes, then he is ignorant. If he does know, and still participates in this “sport”, then he is an exploiter of the TB racehorse, plain and simple.

  4. Patrick,

    I agree with you that the abuse and destruction of sentient beings for any kind of financial gain is Evil.

    I really love this quote from Albert Einstein

    Albert Einstein said, “The indifference, callousness and contempt that so many people exhibit toward animals is evil first because it results in great suffering in animals, and second because it results in an incalculably great impoverishment of the human spirit.”

  5. Patrick,

    Here is another mouthpiece that tows the party line and promotes the lies and will not challenge the evil that is taking place.

    14th “breakdown” in 26 days of racing. Breakdown ?? it is death and to me it is evil. they are setting these horses up at great risk to die and Paulick acts as their court reporter and not as a true journalist reporting the truth.

    Ray Paulick

    Aqueduct: Another Fatality Prompts Meeting Between Horsemen, Management

    Several horsemen met with New York Racing Association officials after another equine fatality at Aqueduct on Thursday, the 14th breakdown in 26 days of racing.

    According to a report in the Daily Racing Form, the meeting, which lasted close to two hours, was attended by NYRA president and CEO Chris Kay, NYRA board members Anthony Bonomo and Michael Dubb, and several owners and trainers.

    Bonomo, who is chairman of the NYRA Reorganization Board’s Equine Safety Committee, said it was “a general communications meeting.”

    “We are doing whatever we think is possible to help stop the breakdowns,” Bonomo told the DRF. “I think we’ll be successful like we’ve been in the past. We dealt with this before and we were successful.

  6. Patrick,

    I will agree with one thing that Durkin said “horseracing is an obsession”

    it is an obsession that Blinds tens of thousands of people to the pain and suffering and death that they are inflicting on these magnificent animals because their obsession is with winning at all costs and making money at all costs no matter who suffers and dies in the process.

  7. Patrick,

    One more point. Durkins attitude of horseracing is an obsession to him and all of like mind.

    Horseracing is an “Obsession” fueled by greed which blinds them to the horrific abuse of what you said so well in your post.

    I would add these words to your list. For most of them, Their “reward” for their incredible service is that they are terrorized and murdered, brutally murdered while still alive in slaughter houses in Canada and Mexico and throughout the world. Horseracing is truly evil.

    Patricks list from above.

    “tearing foals from moms, owners, chattel, enslavement, extreme confinement, desperate isolation, unformed bodies, motivation-through-whipping, nonconsensual drugging/doping, joint injections, “exercise-induced pulmonary hemorrhage,” “vanned off,” “catastrophic breakdowns,” shattered sesamoids, snapped cannons, pentobarbital, fatal “neck traumas,” “sudden cardiac events,” claiming hell, “retirees” starving, kill auctions, transport trucks, slashed carotids, exsanguination, horsemeat. The abuse and destruction of sentient beings for $2 bets. Evil, Mr. Durkin. Evil.”

  8. Mr. Durkin is the personification of the dissonance that permeates the racing business. Racing is about the abuse of the horse from birth to death for the sake of money and ego. And surely Mr. Durkin must know how corrupt the business is all the way from the sales to the tracks…..

    How can anyone with an ounce of integrity and compassion be part of this business and even go so far as to sing it’s praises !

    “An obsession fueled by dreams” but a nightmare for the horse, Mr. Durkin.

  9. I absolutely agree PB. You couldn’t have said it better. Wonder if that’s why Mr Baeza was in a meeting when I called? ” Aqueduct: Another Fatality Prompts Meeting Between Horsemen, Management ” He did return my call BTW but I missed it. I’ll try again Monday :) Do you ever take a break? You need to for YOU 1st & all kiddies 2nd ;)

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