That’s the question that producer Doug Tribou and host Bill Littlefield asked me a couple of weeks ago, and over the course of an hour in the NPR studio in New York, I tried to answer it.
For obvious reasons, the full hour of conversation didn’t make it into the segment, but some of what was cut, including discussion of New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association’s Take the Lead program and the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance, will show up elsewhere in the near future. I’ve heard from a lot of people–in e-mail, on Twitter, in person, on Facebook–and thanks to them for sharing their experiences and feelings, and how they try to reconcile their love for animals with their love for the sport.
Thanks to Doug and Bill for the chance to talk about this on Only A Game (click to listen)–and if you’re not listening to this weekly NPR sports program, subscribe to the podcast. It’s great.