Belmont Park Racetrack's statue of Secretariat, the American Thoroughbred racehorse that became the first U.S. Triple Crown winner in 25 years in 1973.

Belmont Park Racetrack's statue of Secretariat, the American Thoroughbred racehorse that became the first U.S. Triple Crown winner in 25 years in 1973.

Horse races are known for their pageantry, and this weekend’s Belmont Stakes will be no different. Over-the-top hats, high-stakes gambling and graceful thoroughbreds come together to create a spectacle that will be broadcast on televisions across the country. There’s a dark side to the sport, though, that happens off screen, hidden beneath the fanfare. Kojo explores the use of performance-enhancing and pain-masking drugs in horse racing and its effect on the industry, fans, jockeys and horses themselves.

Guests

  • Wayne Pacelle President and Chief Executive Officer, The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS)
  • Jim Gagliano President and Chief Executive Officer, The Jockey Club
  • Ray Paulick Ray Paulick, Paulick Report

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