Seeking understanding and tolerance
It is said that a thoroughbred is born and then spends the remainder of its life attempting suicide. This is not far from the truth.A highly strung nature and an inborn desire to run fast on fragile legs is often a volatile combination. A horse is not only born to run, it is born running. A newborn gamboling in a field breaks a leg. A veteran gelding takes a bad step during an otherwise routine morning gallop. The exuberance of a yearling propels him toward a crash into a pasture fence. A horse, cast in a stall in the middle of the night, is injured in blind panic. A startled horse on the set of a cable series rears, falls backward and is fatally injured. A burst of speed in a morning workout, the strain of racing -- catastrophe is never removed from the life of a racehorse. It haunts each one from the moment of birth, making no concession to age, pedigree or human connection.
The cancellation of 'Luck" by HBO in the aftermath of what amounts to a freak accident is but a small if significant defeat for racing at the hands of animal-rights activists.
Every backstretch has a share of scoundrels, but they are vastly outnumbered by those whose devotion to the animals' welfare is unadulterated.
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