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 latest salvo in one of the citys stranger political wars was a fake dead horse.Left on the sidewalk of Knickerbocker Avenue in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Bushwick, the life-sized stuffed animal was a lurid warning from the most powerful animal rights ...more
The death of one of Britain's top racehorses Wigmore Hall after shattering a leg has sparked a fresh debate about animal welfare.Exclusive Daily Mirror pictures showed for the first time what happens around the country when these elite animals are badly ...more
Horses are at risk of injury throughout their lives, regardless of the type of equestrian activity they participate in.Seven-year-old Wigmore Hall won seven races during a successful career that included meetings in Hong Kong, Singapore and the USA with ...more
It is not the most scientific way of predicting the result of a vote, but supporters of Scottish independence will be hoping the result of this two horse race bodes well for Thursday's referendum. Two evenly matched horses called Yes We Can and Neighmore
On Thursday morning, the man and his horse looked just fine. The Stetson was still atop Coburn's head, his brush mustache was trimmed to perfection, and once more the smile and the straight talk that came from behind it were as sparkling as they had ...more