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A Message From FHPBA Executive Director Kent Stirling

Florida is not the “Obstructionist” State, It’s the Horse Safety State

Kent-Stirling2Two years ago, the Thoroughbred industry’s favorite newspaper, the New York Times, began its now annual “let’s bash horse racing series” right before the Kentucky Derby. This “All the news that’s fit to print” newspaper led of their assault on racing with a long article with the catchy title, Mangled Horses, Maimed Jockeys. In this article, the Times tracked horses for a three year period that “encountered a physical problem, like ‘broke down,’ ‘lame’ or ‘vanned off.’” In a side bar article it listed the Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse race tracks with their number of “physical problems” per thousand starts. Below I will list the top 10 U. S. racing states by lowest average physical problems per state followed by that average percentage, number of tracks surveyed and number of Quarter Horse tracks in that state:

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