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.
Nearly every morning, when I go out to the barn and hear Clare's soft nicker welcoming me, I am so grateful and amazed even after several years for the chain of good works by many people that saved her from slaughter.Through no fault of her own, Clare ...more
exactly what any former horse trainer should be doing, he was watching the first race from Saratoga at his Castleton, Va., farm when, suddenly, this gigantic horse, with these amazingly long strides, just appeared."You couldn't even see him on the screen ...more
The Indiana Horse Racing Commission recommended an unprecedented 20-year suspension as well as a $20,000 fine for a veterinarian accused of providing unauthorized drugs for horses racing at Indiana Grand Race Course.The recommended suspemore
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