In the wake of at least one kill yesterday (Golden Pegasus; Bigmancan was “pulled up lame, vanned off”), Laurel Park canceled its full card today. Initially, the suspension of racing was open-ended, but according to the track’s website, racing will resume tomorrow. We’ll see. Apparently, the decision came directly from the Maryland Racing Commission. This is the second time in two weeks that Laurel has had to shut down because of dead horses. (At least five horses have perished there this year.)
While we obviously can’t claim total responsibility for this, you can be sure we’ve played a part. Our Maryland activists, led by board member Jennifer Sully, are the most dedicated in the HW army. In addition to relentlessly protesting both Laurel and Pimlico, each new death results in a media storm, with activists writing countless email alerts to the press. They know we’re here – and not going anywhere.