Saratoga: Opening Weekend Not Only Brings Fans, But Protesters

by | 07.24.2017 | 10:36am

Saratoga's opening weekend not only brought out the expected large crowds but also several protesters, who called for an end to horse racing – not just at Saratoga but nationwide. reports that the protesters were organized by the group Horseracing Wrongs, which is “dedicated to educating the public about racing injuries and deaths.” A group of between 75-100 were gathered outside the main entrance on Saturday.

The Times Union reports that the group, which was co-founded by Nicole Arciello, plans at least six protests during this year's race meet.

“We are protesting because horses are dying on American tracks every day for $2 bets,” said Patrick Battuello, who is also a member of Horseracing Wrongs. “We believe that the exploitation of animals for frivolous entertainment has no place in 21st century America.”

Read more in the Times Union

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