Why is the racetrack configuration risky?

  • Any number or type of injuries can occur. Areas of congestion significantly increase risks of high speed, dangerous collisions.
  • Repeated racing on oval tracks in an anti-clockwise direction can bring about injuries in the left foreleg and right hind leg. The left foreleg is the pivot and right hind leg provides propulsion. The dog’s skeleton adapts to the increased forces by resorbing calcium in some areas and depositing in others (‘bony remodelling’).  Bones on the right side are depleted of calcium and still subject to stress increasing the likelihood of fracture.
  • An inquiry undertaken by New Zealand’s Racing Integrity Unit concluded that 68 per cent of injuries, and 75 per cent of fatalities, occurred around the first bend, where congestion is often at a maximum.

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