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.
The head of the Chechen Republic has ironically called the refusal to pay prize money to his horses a disgraceful page in Germanys history and added that German authorities will have to pay multi-million compensation over the scandal.Ramzan Kadyrov replied ...more
Owners attending the inaugural Thoroughbred Ownership Conference at Keeneland Race Course, in Lexington, Kentucly, received a tutorial in proper horse care, common health and physical problems, and what some organizations are doing to improve the qualmore
Zarella may never be able to ride a horse again, her uncle, Walter Rosas Canessa, said. Canessa cares for her and her daughter, and she is suing Calder Racetrack for failing to exercise reasonable care. "Our goal is to try to give Zarella her life back ...more
Horse racing is the only sport where its customers are best served by putting on blinders.It isn't always a mess. Just most of the time.We have gone through a 2014 Triple Crown season where a potentially beautiful story of California Chrome, a beloved ...more
Juan Saez, a 17-year-old apprentice rider from Panama, was airlifted to IU Health Methodist Hosptial after sustaining critical injuries in a race at Indiana Grand Casino.(Photo:Photo provided by Indiana Grand Casino)A young jockey died from injuries he ...more