Three years old and in his short life, he raced, had ankle surgery, raced, fractured his shoulder, and was euthanized on the track.
Even famous race horses that stick around to breed are mistreated. I listened to a vet of 30 years speak last week about his internship in Kentucky and working with Seattle Slew. He said that the horses were stalled 23 hours a day and sedated to keep them from damaging their stalls and themselves. When it was time to breed, they had to wait for the stallions to wake up from the sedative to be able to breed. Then they guy went on to say that the whole thing was "... so neat to be a part of."
In what flipping world is it NEAT to keep a healthy horse stalled and sedated 23 hours out of every day?!? Only in the racing world. Presidents and princes support it, thousands of people go to see the pretty horses race. Nobody stops to look at the whole damn thing and the horrible practices that are supported by the industry. Not even horse people! I don't understand. I just don't understand.