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Published on Apr 8, 2013
Sansum Clinic's 2013 Visiting Professor of Surgery, Hiram C. Polk, Jr., MD, Sr. Professor of Surgery, Emeritus,University of Louisville, School of Medicine, public lecture delivered during Surgical Academic Week in Santa Barbara, CA. Dr. Polk's avocation for thoroughbred horses started early in life as he worked at Suffolk Downs as well as contributed writings to The Thoroughbred Record during medical school. In this fascinating lecture Dr. Polk, as an owner and breeder, covers horse racing's national and international history, its relationship to legalized gambling, the challenge to the superior Kentucky blood lines by overseas breeding, and the abusive treatment plus questionable medicinal usages in present day horse racing.