The National Thoroughbred Racing Association recently surveyed 1,250 fans who bet or attended races weekly. They all agreed that the worst blemish on racing is drugging horses illegally. Washington Post reporter Andy Beyer who has written about this issue for a long time said, “The use of illegal drugs is so widespread and so out of control that these are not assorted brush fires that have to be put out. This is like a raging forest fire.”
Beyer’s comment is one reason I chose to write about doping horses in my new novel, He Trots the Air. It is a horse abuse issue that put both horse and jockey in danger and can result in death.