Horses and the Law was launched three years ago with one main objective in mind: to make complicated legal issues that affect the horse industry understandable. It wasn’t always easyÑlegalese sometimes can be as incomprehensible as SwahiliÑbut it was always interesting. Most of the topics were serious, a few others not so much, but all of them had an impact, one way or another, on you and your horses.
With 152 columns in the archives, some 100,000 words written, and 1,000 or so comments from all of you, it’s time for me to focus more on book projects and longer magazine features. My latest book will be out in a few weeks with an unlikely subject: the best Thoroughbred race horse that you’ve never heard of. I’m already scouting around for ideas for the next book and I’m pretty sure I won’t get bored. I’m equally sure I’ll miss your comments.
A Lesson from Bobby Jones
I’ll leave you with one last thought, an observation that’s more of an ethical issue than a legal one.
There was quite a bit of media hoopla a few weeks ago when the owners of Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner I’ll Have Another decided to pass up the Belmont StakesÑand a legitimate shot at the Triple Crown. I’ll Have Another had some physical problems leading up to the race, and rather than risk injury to the horse, his owners decided to retire him.
It was a prudent choice under the circumstances, and it was undoubtedly the right thing to do for I’ll Have Another.
What bothers me about the entire affair is that horse racing appears to have gotten