Fatalities and Fascinators: A New Perspective on Thoroughbred Racing

  • Caroline Winter
  • Ward Young
Part of the Leisure Studies in a Global Era book series (LSGE)


Thoroughbred racing has a very dark side, although in the past, most interest has centred on the human participants and issues of corruption, fraud, and various ‘scams’, with the horses being the objects of human activity, rather than the animals’ welfare being a primary issue (Benns, 2012). Campaign work by activist groups in a number of racing countries has exposed widespread cruel treatment of thoroughbred horses. In this chapter we incorporate the animals’ perspective, to explore some of the oppositions that exist in the thoroughbred racing industry, and to bring to light some of the issues that may not be fully known or acknowledged by the majority of the public.


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