Why Attack Horseracing Now? And Why Santa Anita?
After countless hit pieces in the national media, and just as many articles in the horse racing media flogging the sport and the people in it – finally someone has the courage (and the facts) to tell the truth:
Par for the course in America these days it takes an overseas writer to bust up the media groupthink with actual facts. Bless his heart. Try that here and he’d be ignored, or attacked, or banned from social media, or fired by CNN. Deplatformed, in current terms.
Correction: American writer, overseas publisher. Even more ‘interesting’. The Paulick Report couldn’t write this? Bloodhorse? The same thing happened with the Maria Borell situation, took an American writer getting published by an offshore site to bring that matter to the public’s attention, while US based horseracing sites willfully ignored the story – for many months.
It’s all politics, plain and simple. Those who despise horseracing utilize willing media activist accomplices to appeal to emotions with massive distortions of fact. And it works – half of our industry is willing to kill itself off over this nonsense.
You show me data like above where the deaths at SA gradually rise from 2.0 to 5.0 over a period of a few years and I will go apeshit with anger and demand changes immediately. But it’s not happening, even with biblical flooding this past winter over a surface engineered to withstand years of drought.
There is a BIG example of this same activist-driven lying going on in the US with another hot button political issue where an event happens 20% of the time but those events garner 99% of the media coverage in a coordinated effort to push an agenda that is based on lies, meant to inflame emotions, and result in additional votes for one party over another. Facts be damned.
PETA sympathizers vastly outnumber horseracing fans in California, and CA racing better not forget that demographic fact. Every CA politician knows where his/her bread is buttered.
You may not care about politics, but politics cares very much about you.