View From The Eighth Pole – Horse Racing At The Crossroads: Reform Or Die – Horse Racing News

The headline reads “The Breaking Point,” followed by the statement: “A rising toll of racetrack breakdowns has shaken public confidence and put the Thoroughbred industry at a crossroads.”

The article speaks of the apparent fragility of the modern Thoroughbred and the increasing reliance on corticosteroids and other therapeutic medications in the American racehorse and whether or not those factors are leading toward more and more fatal injuries in racing and training.

It is from the Nov. 1, 1993, issue of Sports Illustrated.

The author was the late William Nack, a seven-time Eclipse Award-winning writer who once ran across the vast Belmont Park infield to be an eyewitness to history after the great Ruffian broke down…