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PETA Exposes Racing’s Drug Habit at Belmont

Written by PETA | June 9, 2012

Folks watching The Belmont Stakes this weekend got a shocking reality check after the race, in the winner’s circle as the trophy was being presented when a PETA representative whipped out a sign demanding a ban on dopers in horseracing.

Readers of The PETA Files already know that Doug O’Neill, the trainer of Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner I’ll Have Another, who scratched at the last minute, has a shameful record of illegally drugging horses, but nine out of the 10 trainers of the remaining contenders have violated drug regulations, too, including Michael Matz, the trainer of Belmont Stakes winner Union Rags.

It’s time for racing fans to face up to the seamy practices that they’re enabling—and how they’re harming horses in the process. Of course, the problem goes far beyond The Belmont Stakes: Only two of the top 20 trainers in the U.S. last year had never been cited for a drug violation.

What You Can Do

Horse racing’s dirty secret is out, and it’s time for the dopers to get the boot. Please contact your members of Congress and ask them to support the Interstate Horseracing Improvement Act of 2011, which would prohibit the use of performance-enhancing drugs and expand drug-testing requirements at all races.

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  • Tina says:

    Horse racing is not the sport of kings. It’s a sewer run by criminals that fix races, dope horses, steal money, and commit every crime you can think of. How do I know? I worked in the horse racing industry and got out as soon as I could. Anyone who spends money betting on horse races is playing a fool’s game and getting used, and contributing to these crooks and their abuse.

  • Erika says:

    Nice work!

  • loveallanimals says:

    I work for the big tv network that covered the show, and was standing in the winners circle when this happened. I watched the whole thing from the front row, it was amazing. The girl who did this was beautiful and stoic, and I congratulate PETA on how they performed this; she was dressed so elegantly, and her sign was simple and to the point. To me it made a huge statement, and for minutes after, I almost started crying (happy tears). I whispered “You go girl” to her as she was taken away. I work many events for tv, but struggle internally so much with having to work these horse races every year. To that girl and to PETA, thank you so much!!!!!

  • Simone Duffin says:

    Horse abuse at the highest level.

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