If horseracing is a sport, then that word must be redefined, for the competitive racing of horses resembles no other accepted sport on the planet:
In what other sport are the bodies of adolescent athletes pounded into the ground – without remorse?
In what other sport are the athletes kept tightly confined and socially isolated for over 23 hours a day?
In what other sport are the athletes condemned to a life as (literal) chattel?
In what other sport are the athletes drugged and doped without consent?
In what other sport are the athletes whipped – beaten – for motivation?
In what other sport are the athletes routinely dying on the field of play – and after, having the rest of the day’s festivities continue?
In what other sport are most of the athletes brutally and violently destroyed – slaughtered – once their careers have come to an end?
Horseracing a sport? If not for the gravity involved, it would be absurd. No, horseracing is but exploitation of a weaker species for among the most shameful of reasons – $2 bets. To those who sustain this sordid business, we say: Slake those gambling urges with decidedly inanimate slots and scratch-offs; leave the horses out of it. To those who trade in equines in the pursuit of cash and fleeting glory, we say: Find a commodity that doesn’t bleed; take up a hobby that can’t cry out in pain.
– Patrick Battuello