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Make animal welfare a top priority always

Published: Friday, May 23, 2014 1:15 a.m. CDT

I can guarantee that Mr. Coburn, the owning partner, wasn’t the only one with moist eyes while watching this magnificent horse, California Chrome, thunder down the stretch toward the finish line at the Preakness on Saturday.

I also can guarantee that there will be a lot of prayers said, and fingers crossed, when California Chrome enters the starting gate at Belmont.

But, let’s not forget, it takes the rest of the field to make a race. Our prayers should be for the welfare of all of those magnificent horses and their riders. Horse racing is not without risk; we can all recall instances where horses, and riders, have been horribly injured.

However, we humans pull all the levers; the horse has no say in the affair. Not so for the jockey, for he can opt out at any time. So the horses race on, unaware of any fate that could befall them.

We should all bear this in mind when any type of animal is being exploited for the sole purpose of our entertainment. That animal welfare should be paramount is a no brainer.

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