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San Joaquin Fair officials concerned about losing horse racing

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Posted: Tuesday, October 20, 2009 12:00 am

San Joaquin Fair officials in Stockton are worried that talks about reducing or eliminating horse racing will cause the entire fair to go out of business.

"Economically, it would be devastating," said Mitch Slater, who serves on the fair board. "If we were to lose horse racing, we would probably have to sell the property. We'd have to revisit how we do business."

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  • posted at 3:02 am on Wed, Oct 21, 2009.


    when a horse races at 2 and 3 year olds they dont just race they must pass legal steps to qualify just to be entered into a race so if they aint ready then they dont get entered the board blocks it. unless you know more about how horse racing is really done and the processes it must take to race. dont start running your mouth at what the press puts into your head .. a horse goes thru a lot to be able to race and that is if after about $10,000 spent and 120 days of track training, they just might be able to run just to see if they can on race day.. stockton has always opened the fair circuit and ive been going there for fathers day for the past 10 years and for it to end would ruin the local fun us dads have at taking the kids to see the ponys they love watching them run

  • posted at 1:25 pm on Tue, Oct 20, 2009.


    There is a dark side to horse racing, about 2 brakedowns per 1,000 starts are the average. The horses are 3 years old and not fully developed, it is a compairison to a young college football player playing in the Super Bowl, they are simply not ready. Perhaps if the horse were older and more developed they would stand a better chance of not breaking down. The sight of 8 Bells and Barbaro breaking down will fade but never go away in the minds and hearts of a true horse lover.



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