PETA Statement: Death of 13th Horse at Saratoga Meet

For Immediate Release:
September 3, 2019

David Perle 202-483-7382

Saratoga, N.Y. – Please see the following statement from PETA Senior Vice President Kathy Guillermo on the death of Borough Boy, the 13th horse to die at the Saratoga summer meet this season:

If ever any proof were needed that New York racing needs to clean up its act, it’s 13 dead horses—including Borough Boy, who was killed in the final race of the Saratoga summer meet. Thirteen horses met their deaths at the Saratoga track in 2018 and again in 2019, and no one should accept this as the new normal. If any other sport had 13 dead athletes per season—let alone at one stadium—it’d be shut down and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. How appalling that New York racing officials celebrated the record betting handle, while no commitment to change was issued. New York needs to enact the rules that California put in place and do it now. If racing can’t go on without dead horses littering the track, it should be vanned off into the sunset.

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment or abuse in any other way”—opposes speciesism, which is a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit

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