A group of animal rights protesters held a funeral and vigil outside the track that included a bagpiper for the horses who have died over the past year.
CITY NEWS SERVICE: ‘Santa Anita’s opening weekend reportedly was marred by the death of another racehorse — though the latest fatality happened on Thursday, two days before Saturday’s rescheduled opening day… Truest Reward, a 3-year-old gelding, died during a period when the track was closed to workouts but open for jogging and galloping, according to the Los Angeles Times, which said the horse broke his left front leg on the training track, considered the safest surface… Truest Reward’s death was first reported Saturday evening in a story in the Los Angeles Times headlined, “Santa Anita opener goes off without a hitch.”
Mike Willman, Santa Anita’s director of publicity, did not confirm or deny the report when reached Sunday by City News Service, but he did express frustration with some media coverage of Saturday’s opening day, which he said focused too much on a relatively small group of animal-rights protesters outside the track… Some activists hosted a “funeral” and “vigil” Saturday that included a bagpiper for the horses who have died over the past year. Heather Wilson of Horseracing Wrongs told NBC4, “This is an inherently deadly sport. We all know it is only a matter of time before another horse is going to be killed on this track”.’ SOURCE…