Is Horse Racing a Worthwhile Sport?

Bennett KaplanCorrespondent IMay 28, 2008

Horse Racing. It has been around for nearly 200 years. It's a tradition. The Preakness. The Belmont. The Kentucky Derby. Every single race has tradition built into it. For the people who enjoy it, it's an exciting afternoon to watch horses run for a couple hours.

But for the many of us who don't like it, we question it as a sport.

I mean, how is it a sport?  It's not an athletic event. Maybe it's athletic for the horses, but do they know better?

These horses train hard and long their entire lives. And for what? To be patted on the back and trained a little more.

They don't know they're racing. They just know that they won't get whipped if they run fast. They don't even get any prize for winning.

People bet on horse races. Horse racing is no more than a casino outside of the casino. People put millions of dollars on the line for a simple animal race.

Plus, lots of horses are getting injured. In the case of Eight Belles, he lost his life because of horse racing. Barbaro died because of horse racing. Big Brown has also been injured.