Workers rally, vets scratch horses on Day 2 of Breeders’ Cup

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ARCADIA, Calif. (AP)Workers touting benefits the horse racing industry brings to California are rallying outside Santa Anita ahead of the Breeders’ Cup.

Day 2 of the world championships is Saturday, with nine Cup races on the card culminating in the $6 million Classic airing in prime time on NBC.

Industry workers toted signs proclaiming their love of horses and urging support to protect their jobs outside two gates at the track in Arcadia, California. Passing cars honked in support. There was no sign of counter protesters who have urged the end of the sport in California after 36 horses died at Santa Anita since December.

Inside the track, four horses were scratched by veterinarians conducting pre-race exams.

There were no injuries during Friday’s 10-race card on Day 1 of the season-ending championships.

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