A sign of the Times
Things observed during a single quarter horse race meeting at Pompano Park in south Florida during the late 1970s:A trainer walked into the saddling paddock with a syringe clearly visible in his shirt pocket. An owner, searched at the stable gate during a sweep of the backstretch by state investigators, with several syringes hidden in her boot, each wrapped in a napkin on which the name of the intended recipient animal was written.
Bettors who attempted to deal with the challenge posed by [quarter horse racing's] unabashed drug culture soon abandoned the sport
The Times, if not originally encouraged by animal-rights zealots, has certainly invigorated the beast
Hopefully, for the sake of quarter horses everywhere, the Times series will inspire an effective reform movement in New Mexico and elsewhere in the bush-track netherworld.
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