One of the big names in New York’s thoroughbred racing industry – Ernie Paragallo – was charged with 22 counts of animal cruelty involving more than 170 horses under his care. He allegedly failed to feed and take care of his horses in an adequate manner. This unfortunate development highlights some of the uncomfortable issues that the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) has to address if it is to demonstrate to the public that thoroughbred racing can be carried out in a humane fashion. After both Barbaro and Eight Belles died after competing in nationally televised triple crown races, this is no easy task. Read the story here.
– Luis Chiesa
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