LETTER: The hidden evils of horse racing

2016-01-26 06:00

The article “Race day attracts charities” (People’s Post, 19 January), as with most articles on horse racing, only reports on the “glamour and the glitz” of horse racing.

To my knowledge there has never been an article on the social ills of the racing industry.

I grew up in a horse racing family and was a gambler at the age of 18 and almost became an addict before God intervened in my life.

I have seen colleagues and people lose everything, including their lives (by suicide), their families and business due to horse racing.

Behind the scenes, the plight of the grooms and their living conditions, education and long-term benefits are never mentioned.

Gambling addiction can also lead to substance abuse, especially of alcohol and drugs.

Horse racing is known as the sport of kings (and fools), but there are not many kings around.

Kevin “Oupa” de Klerk, Lakeside

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