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Changing the conversation Event 2

Transforming negative opinions into positive messaging
At Keeneland, Mar. 5

Changing the conversation event 1

How to talk to your friends about racing
At Fasig Tipton, Feb. 26


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News Webinars
In our first of a regular webinar series, we will focus on the content and answers around difficult conversations rather than solely the skills required to navigate them. Each session will delve into the science, facts, and data pertinent to a specific theme.
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After two successful launch events in Lexington, KY., Light Up Racing is thrilled to be hosted by the Ocala Breeders Sales Company for a night of learning, listening, and lighting up for racing.


Animals who are used in racing are often drugged to mask sickness and injury and are forced to race.

Source: PETA USA website


Racing authorities invest heavily in testing and surveillance to keep the sport clean. Horses are regularly tested before and after races and during training.


Would-be racehorses are forever torn from their mothers and herds as mere babies.”

Source: Horse Racing Wrongs


Weaning is usually done somewhere between 4 and 7 months of age. After 4 months of age, the foal’s nutritional requirements exceed that provided by the mare’s milk, and most foals are eating forage on their own and venturing off without dam supervision.


“Whipping the horses over and over again inflicts physical and psychological pain and increases the likelihood of injury.”

Source: Horse Racing Kills


Whips are made of padded foam and are not designed to inflict pain but to make a ‘popping’ sound on impact with the horse’s rump. Jockeys must conform to tight regulations on whip use, or they face harsh fines and bans. 

With public perception in mind, reform is ongoing and regulations are getting stricter each year.


“Horses do not reach full musculoskeletal maturity – bones not done growing, plates not done fusing – till around the age of six.”

Source: Horse Racing Wrongs


Thoroughbred foals stand within one hour of birth and can gallop long distances within one week – in fact, 98% of growth is by two years of age.

Studies show early exercise supports musculoskeletal development as the young bone remodels to pressure.

“Data shows that at least one start as a 2-year-old has a very strong positive affect on the longevity and success of a racehorse.

It is absolute on all the data sets that the racing of 2-year-old thoroughbreds has no ill effect on the horses’ race-career longevity or quality.”

Dr Larry Bramlage, equine orthopaedic surgeon