The Los Angeles Daily News reports this for Saturday, Santa Anita’s biggest day of the racing calendar (seven “stakes” races, including the $1 million Santa Anita Derby): “…the announced crowd of 30,713 was the third smallest in the past 75 runnings of the Santa Anita Derby, about 5,000 below the recent average.”
Part of that, of course, is a direct result of the Horseracing Wrongs-sponsored protest. Local activists came out in force – and the media followed. Speaking to the News, long-time HW supporter Wayne Johnson said: “I don’t think people are going to want to come to a track where horses are dying… People will look back at Santa Anita in 2019 as the tipping point.” And a special debt of gratitude to Heather Wilson for spearheading the effort. Here’s Heather in KTLA’s coverage.
Moral progress is at hand; let us seize the moment.