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Dozens of protestors show up to Saratoga on Travers Day

August 25, 2019 03:38 PM

SARATOGA SPRINGS - Even for those who aren't familiar with horse racing, the 'Travers Stakes' will still ring a bell. 

That's because the event is undoubtedly the most popular day of summer racing in the city. Since it began in 1864, people from all over the country visited the local event. Others believe the race garners more attention than it deserves. 

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Horse Racing Wrongs is a nonprofit organization that hopes to cast a light on animal abuse. The organization states that horseracing is nothing but exploitation of a weaker species. 

Dozens of activists brought signs and protested on Union Street Saturday afternoon. 

"We are out to end horse racing in the United States" said Patrick Battuello, the founder and president of Horse Racing Wrongs. "This is not a sport like it's been sold for 150 years, it's simple animal exploitation, animal cruelty, and animal killing." 

In the past, NYRA has responded to these incidents stating that The Commission consistently reevaluates its efforts and makes necessary amendments as needed in order to best reflect the research of the industry. We apply a quality control approach in our work and continue to identify risk factors, circumstances and trends that may contribute to equine fatalities.

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