The Northern California summer fair circuit, which opens Thursday in Pleasanton, used to be the poor stepchild to the region's major racing venues - Golden Gate Fields or Bay Meadows before it closed. Not so much anymore.During the circuit's first eight weeks - at the Alameda County, State and Sonoma County fairs - 15 stakes races are scheduled. Golden Gate Fields ran only 11 in its 25-week season that ended Sunday. Purses have been raised as much as $3,000 on the lower end of the class spectrum, so that a majority of them are higher than comparable races at Golden Gate. Still lagging are purses for the higher-class non-stakes races."We're working on our program on three levels," fair circuit racing secretary Tom Doutrich said.
A horse and rider struck a tree in Normandy, France, today during the endurance competition of the Alltech Fdration Equestre Internationale (FEI) Alltech World Equestrian Games (WEG), resulting in the horses death.Dorado, a 12-year-old Arabian gelding ...more
A second horse has died during the Fdration Equestre Internationale (FEI) Alltech World Equestrian Games (WEG) in Normandy, France. Two days after an endurance horse died during the race, eventing mount Wild Lone, ridden by Harry Meade (GBR), died atmore
KENNEBUNK - A horse thunders across the show ring and cuts in quickly, making its way around a bright blue barrel. Its rider urges it on as they race against the clock in a timed competition at the Mousam in Kennebunk on a beautiful Sunday afternoon in ...more
On cue, the rain stopped, and the roar of more than 38,000 appreciative horse enthusiasts washed over the man widely considered the greatest race caller in the history of thoroughbred racing. It is an abrupt change for Durkin and an unwelcome one for ...more
Few discussions surrounding the use of drugs in US horse racing arise without mention of the race-day medication Furosemide. An anti-bleeding medication, commonly called Lasix or Salix, it is arguably the principal drug that differentiates the US medication ...more