On the Progress Front: Another Track – Portland Meadows – Shuttered

In addition to another powerful showing (pictures below) from our side yesterday as Santa Anita re-opened for business, there’s this from yesterday’s Portland Monthly:

A permit application involving “initial phase redevelopment” of the 63.65-acre parcel that’s home to racetrack Portland Meadows was filed Wednesday, March 20, according to city records. A call to the track confirms the 2018–19 racing season, which wrapped in February, will be its last.

This monumental win – Portland Meadows has been around for 73 years – will leave Oregon with but a handful of “County Fair” dates over the summer. But don’t be surprised if those also vanish, as this 2012 article speculated: “The horsemen and women agree that if [Portland Meadows] folds, horse racing in Oregon will almost certainly die. ‘It’s hard to imagine many people wanting to keep thoroughbreds just to race at county fairs,’ [said an Oregon racehorse owner].” Let the dying begin.

Portland Meadows, as the aforementioned article details, was desperately trying to attract younger “fans.” It failed. Multiple millions in subsidies (from internet gambling fees) were funneled its way. That, too, failed. So its owner, The Stronach Group (yes, the very same), has decided to pack it in, and we have another moment to savor.

Some of our people protesting at Portland Meadows…


And at Santa Anita…

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  1. A huge shout out to all the brave people who peacefully demonstrated in front of Santa Anita yesterday.
    If you would have told me, years ago, that this was going to happen I wouldn’t have believed you, and that’s why (from my perspective) this is HUGE progress and its demise is inevitable.
    Sometimes I feel like there’s no progress at all only because I’m so heartbroken over all of the racehorses dying and dying in such a horrific way.
    I listened to the CHRB meeting which was filled and stoked by all the apologists and their usual lines: we treat them like “family members” if people could only see and we make sure they get good retirements – laughable.
    The speaker that stood out to me the most was the breeder of Battle Of Midway Ms. Nygaard.
    She talked about how she foaled BOM, how much she “loved” him and how “sorry” she is that he went to heaven or some sort of euphemism like that.
    She emphatically stated that his “passing” as only made her love this business more, and she intends to keep breeding, and to keep supporting horse racing and anything that she can do to promote horse racing – she’s in.
    Ms. Nygaard you are a clear example of somebody who has lost her mind and her heart.
    You are a disgusting human being to breed horses, and send them into this abusive death pit while praising them for killing a horse that you foaled.
    You have got to be the lowest form of parasitic scum on the planet.
    If anybody would like to hear the words exactly please go to the CHRB website “archives” and the entire meeting is on there, but you are actually wasting your time because anybody who continues to support this business after watching racehorse after racehorse snap its leg-off, and all the other vile things that goes on in this business is a person that is not even worth my breath so I’m here as a voice for the voiceless racehorses while exposing what this business is all about.

  2. “Bad step”= willfully ignorant Trainers And Owners. Many Scientific Studies (see CHRB Postmortem Studies 1990-2017, 6000 autopsied track fatalities) have shown that there is no such thing as a single “bad step” which breaks horse’s bones-it is the premature accumulation of stress syndrome (P.A.S.S.) which causes the bones of young horses used for racing to finally fracture. The phrase “bad step” is used to place the blame on the horse instead of where the blame belongs-ON THE TRAINERS AND OWNERS for forcing immature horses to to perform too many maximum -speed furlongs too frequently. Pass the word. Education of the public is the first step in animal welfare reforms in horse racing.

    • Research and the “bad step” myth (link to the study is below this excerpt)…..

      A team of veterinarians and researchers at Colorado State University is busy working toward that possibility. The team is headed by C. Wayne McIlwraith, BVSc, Ph.D., DSc, FRCVS, Diplomate ACVS. He hold the Barbara Cox Anthony University chair in orthopedics and is a professor of surgery and director of the school’s Orthopaedic Research Center.
      “A lot of bone injury and fractures are the end result of an insidious process of bone degeneration,” McIlwraith said. “the importance of this is, if we can diagnose the disease early, we can prevent fractures.”

      How Fractures Happen:
      “When I’m operating on a chip fracture,” McIlwraith said, “A lot of people say, ‘Well, the horse took a bad step,’ or something like that. That’s not usually the case.
      “Whether it’s a chip or a slab fracture, we don’t get those in normal bone,” he said. “What happens is the bone gets diseased first from the cyclic trauma of racing and training. Then that leads to various other things and leads to the fractures we get. In other words, chip fragments, even though they might look fresh on an X-ray, come from diseased bone.”

      https://www.grayson-jockeyclub.org/newsimages/fracturetest.pdf

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