California Chrome mercilessly whipped while injured
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Patrick J. Battuello
Originally posted by Patrick Battuello in the Animal Rights blog
June 2014

An open question to Art Sherman, Perry Martin, Steve Coburn, the 100,000 fans in attendance, the millions more watching around the world, indeed, all who were seduced by NBC’s shameful coverage of The Belmont Stakes: How to explain, justify, defend this?

Three-year-old California Chrome received roughly 20 hard lashes within 15 seconds.

Said celebrated jockey Victor Espinoza: “I noticed something as soon as he came out of the gate. He was not the same. By the 5/8ths pole he was just empty.”

So, Expinoza beat California Chrome – mercilessly, while the horse ran on an open wound.

California Chrome injury
photo credit: AP

In truth, Mr. Espinoza should be arrested for animal cruelty under Section 353 of NY’s Ag and Markets Law: “A person who overdrives, overloads, tortures or cruelly beats…any animal, whether wild or tame, and whether belonging to himself or to another…is guilty of a class A misdemeanor…” Anything, racing apologists?

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