All the great social-justice movements in our nation’s history have begun in the streets. Protest. Saturday, over 150 of some of the AR Movement’s finest came out en masse to stand and speak for the abused horses of Belmont Park – indeed, of racetracks the world over. The passion and energy was palpable, the scene, as one track patron put it to the Daily News (coverage here), “intense,” as activists educated with banners, signs, leaflets, and, of course, an unfaltering stream of chants.
Thank you one and all for making this the single largest protest at a horseracing venue anywhere, ever (the previous record was at Saratoga Race Course at each of the past two Travers Stakes). And the pressure only mounts from here: Horseracing Wrongs is, or will soon be, sponsoring protests at 21 tracks in 16 states. When horseracing’s final chapter is written – and it will be written – I believe we will come to see Santa Anita as the tipping point; while I’m under no illusions of a quick victory, I am utterly convinced that the endgame has begun.