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.
CNYCentral.com 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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