By now you know I'm a proponent for totally drug-free horse racing. I realize that it's an extremely complicated issue to be argued back and forth and up and down, but Michael pointed out this article on the Daily Racing Form's website which glaringly illustrates my point. The subject is the retirement of Eclipse Award winner Miesque's Approval who possesses his own very interesting rags-to-riches story. His ran his last race in the The Dubai Duty Free and turned in a disappointingly dull performance. You can read about it for yourself here.
Consider this quote from his trainer, Marty Wolfson. "They can't race on any medication in Dubai, which is a disadvantage for most if not all the American horses - and especially an 8-year-old like Miesque's Approval, who is kind of arthritic." Which brings me back to my position that with drug-free racing only the most talented, athletic and fittest individuals will win races. And imagine - trainers will actually have to be horsemen and horsewomen again instead of the promotional agents they are now.
So who benefits from the blocks, milkshakes and other various hops? Not the trainers as you might at first think. Instead consider vet bills to rival a state budget and owners who pressure a ''win at all costs" attitude and then turn a blind eye to the realities on the backside. And if it's a top trainer who's burdened with these demands it becomes all the more compelling. If you follow horse racing you're aware that six out of the top ten trainers have served suspensions and/or hefty fines in the last year.