In the last decade, racing has taken a fair few steps to improve how it interacts with the public and addresses their concerns. Most farms now have a tour guide to lead fans through the inner workings of places that were once considered “off-limits” and a privilege reserved for those in the right social circles. Some farms were closed off entirely to anyone other than breeders or were considered extremely fan unfriendly, so people avoided asking for tours to see the horses; even if their favorites lived there. While that slowly began to change for fans in the industry that knew who to ask for a chance to see these places, the general public did not and the idea of horse racing’s stiffness continued. The Horse Country organization set out to improve that perception and has created -in partnership with these same farms- exclusive access opportunities not afforded during general tours. You can see just about every farm in the Bluegrass through them.
In the wake of the social media scrabble between NTWO and iCareiHelp, many people have expressed concerns on who they can trust when they make donations toward the care and housing of Thoroughbreds while they are rehabilitated or prepped for new homes. The following information is the process that I go through when I decide on whom I am sending money to as a show of my support. However, before I start this article, I will say that (unfortunately) this isn’t the first or last time that a situation like this has arisen. If you feel like you’ve been “scammed” out of funds, please do not let this deter you from contributing again in the future. This article will hopefully give you a starting point to find an organization that you trust or can volunteer at in your area.
I’m calling all the fans of racing: from casual to life timers.
Banned from racing.
While it is dumbed down to the easiest of terms, it’s a phrase that the industry struggles to implement as actions. Why it’s a problem, is confusing to me.
In the past couple of years, we as an industry have been rocked by many instances that would qualify as a gross misuse of power over the innocent, and it took massive public outcry to elicit a response from the powers at be.