I cannot stand to watch horse races, especially steeple racing. I am always terrified that the horses will stumble and suffer injuries. These types of accidents do happen, so my fears are justified. This article discusses the darker aspects of horse racing with regard to the treatment of animals. The article doesn’t cite many external resources, so its accuracy might need to be taken with a grain of salt, but I don’t doubt that the lives of racehorses are not particularly pleasant. I consider horse racing to be another form of animal entertainment along the lines of zoos and marine parks; the animals are simply another financial commodity whose value is tied to their ability to perform.