Animal Aid has produced a series of revealing reports over the last seven years exposing the welfare problems associated with Thoroughbred breeding, racing, training and disposal of commercially ‘unproductive’ horses. Our research indicates that around 420 horses are raced to death every year. About 38% die on racecourses, while the others are destroyed as a result of training injuries, or are killed because they are no longer commercially viable.
I saw Secretariat win by 31 lengths at the Belmont (well, not in person) in June 1973, a record in time and distance that still stands today as do many of this horse's other records. It was like he had an extra gear somewhere and just flew. "Big Red" loved to run and was dubbed as "a tremendous machine" by the sportscaster calling the race. Check out the 1973 Belmont race on YouTube, and you will be cheering a horse that may never be equaled, much less surpassed.