Horse racing

Greyhounds racing
Rainer Hungershausen

Florida is among just a handful of states that continue to allow greyhound racing – the issue has come under scrutiny lately with lawmakers proposing greater oversight But some argue the state’s animal racing industry as a whole needs a closer look.

A statue of Secretariat, the Belmont Stakes record holder, stands in the paddock at Belmont Park.
Wally Gobetz via Flickr

It’s funny how a horse race mirrors a horse’s career:  years of training, hours of television coverage, and hats that strain credulity.  And then the gate goes down, the horses are off, and whole thing is over in less than three minutes.  The race itself is only a small part of the spectacle, just as a horse’s racing career is only a small part of its life.  Barbi Moline of Florida Thoroughbred Retirement and Adoptive Care, or Florida TRAC, works with horses after they’ve left racing.  Moline says every horse comes to her group with different needs.

A Judge in Tallahassee has ruled that Florida can’t allow a certain type of horse racing. The ruling against what’s called “pari-mutuel barrel racing” came after 16 months of hearings.