...all is not lost
This is an interesting article from the 2008 AAEP convention. Some excerpts:
- One attendee noted that pharmaceutical companies know which veterinarians or clients might be ordering too many equine medications, just as they track abuse of human pharmaceutical prescriptions. "We can say we don't know who the abusers are, but really we do," she said amid applause.
- "I think the changes you're making are very good thing, but regulations have to be severe and uniform. Most of our trainers train very well without medications; all they're asking for is a level playing field. They don't want people winning because they have the best vet, not the best horse."
- The interesting thing, he noted, is that the more people know about racing, the less they believe it to be a sport of integrity. When asked how serious the issue of performance-enhancing drugs is in horse racing, nearly one-quarter of casual fans rated it a 10 out of 10 (very serious). Nearly 42% of core fans rated it a 10, while more than half (52%) of industry stakeholders scored it a 10.