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twoshots said...It's all a matter of degrees. Why risk running gimped up cheap claimers at lesser tracks?
No, it's not a "matter of degrees"........it's all a matter of how your conduct your racing programs.
Gimped up cheap claimers shouldn't be running at lesser tracks. No gimped up horse should be made to run at all! Ever been to the backside at those places, late at night... do you hear them pawing the ground, do you hear if they are in pain, etc.???? Do you think the poor barns have veterinary $$ to address all that?
They don't run gimped up horses in cheap claiming races in Hong Kong.
When using the model of "matter of degrees" you have to evaluate the actual "degrees" that are being included within the scope of your model. It's a matter of degrees is like saying at one end of the spectrum you have men who slap their wives open-handed, and compare it to men who hurl their wives against a wall 10' away. *Matter of degrees* has never been an ethical model for me on which to base ANYTHING. Because it usually includes some kind of wonky moral relativity (in which the viewer has the opportunity to justify stuff and to think stuff like "gosh, it could always be worse...").