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June 10, 2015

June 15: The Sport of Kings

Varsity Letters returns to the Gallery at Le Poisson Rouge for a special Monday night edition, looking at horse racing in the wake of American Pharoah's historic Triple Crown victory. Joe Drape, who covers horse racing for the New York Times, and Pia Catton, who does so for the Wall Street Journal, will participate in a panel discussion along with writer and pari-mutuel clerk Elizabeth Minkel. The event will be moderated by Teresa Genaro, who blogs about the sport at Brooklyn Backstretch.

Read Gelf's interview with Joe Drape here.

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The Gallery at LPR (Official site, map)
158 Bleecker St. (between Sullivan St. and Thompson St.)
New York, NY 10012
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Event starts at 7:30.
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- Varsity Letters
- posted on Jun 15, 15

Oh just what I want to hear. The fella that carries the water for the corrupt/crooked horse racing industry.

How many horses got put down this week because of their piece of shit owners/trainers running them with injuries? But no worries Joe, keep fucking that chicken.

- Varsity Letters
- posted on Jun 15, 15

Horse racing is dead. Not even a triple crown winner can revive it.

- Varsity Letters
- posted on Jun 15, 15
Gina Powell

I was raised in this industry. I Owned & Trained Thoroughbred racehorses for 15 years. I reached a point where I could no longer support this horrific & corrupt industry. The entire business model is based on the exploitation of a racehorse. Breed and Dump is the mantra, and so is broken bones, torn ligaments, running for their lives in a Claiming Race, dying on the track, ending up at Kill Auctions, and then the final reward? For most it's the slaughterhouse. This multibillion dollar industry does little or nothing for OTTB Aftercare. They are pulling in millions everyday by exploiting racehorses. This despicable industry needs to end. There were over 40,000 foals born in the year American Pharoah was born. So it took over 40,000 other horses to get AP. You can pretty much assume that they are either running for their lives or standing at a Kill Auction. Another thing, 90% of Trainers financially struggle so this pretty package they presented will not change the ugly facts.

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