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.
Karma, a thoroughbred mare that was once a racehorse, a Rubber Check Race horse and in training for Polocrosse, had her projects cut short after a life-threatening injury to her left front hoof in 2012. Karmas hoof became caught in a culvert that sliced ...more
Horse racing FILE - In this file photo taken Friday, May 18, 2012, an exercise rider and horse are lead off the track after a morning workout a race course. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File). PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Portland Meadows will have live racing on...more
A company combining the appeal of online gaming, social media and horse racing is reaping the benefits of its first product. DerbyJackpot allows players to place bets using major credit cards or bank transfers at more than 100 race tracks across the U.S.more
The Kentucky Horse Park Foundation is leading efforts to raise funds to commission a bronze statue memorializing Cigar, with plans to unveil the statue during the week before the Breeders' Cup World Championships in 2015. Keeneland Race Course, also in ...more
The horse galloped down the raceway and Hable, too, nearly fell off as she approached the same white box.As she came to a halt a voice boomed over speakers: the Oshkosh North High School Equestrian Team won the relay race with a 21-second time.Amore