July 31, Sacramento, California~ Larry Swartzlander, the California Authority of Racing Fairs Director of Racing.
“The Arabian Racing Association of California (ARAC) ran the second of a series of five Allowance races on the California Fair Circuit as the second race at the Sonoma County Fair on Saturday, July 30, 2011. The series is sponsored by Wathba Stud Farms and it’s focus is to promote Arabian Racing nationwide and revitalize the image of what Arabian Racing is and where it came from. Following on the heels of the exceptional success of the first race at Alameda County Fair the allowance race drew a field of eight in front of a crowd of over 10,000 racing fans. The race finished in a breath taking photo finish with the favorite just nosing out a 11-1 longshot entry. The roar of the fans as the race concluded was a key indication that Arabian Racing is alive and thriving in California. As I watched the video presentation highlighting the glorious history of the Arabian Horse prior to the race I looked around and I was emotionally moved by the crowd. The crowd almost became silent as racing fans stopped and viewed the video with such intensity. Again the atmosphere surrounding this race as well as the results continue to emphasize that Arabian Racing is well and will become even stronger. The third leg of this series moves on to the Humboldt County Fair. For those of you who have never been to Humboldt, you need to come. Horse racing at the Humboldt County Fair is what racing once was and you will have a once in a life time experience.”
Were you there? See the photo gallery: http://photos.horsereporter.com/Racing/Were-you-there/Santa-Rosa-Wathba-Stud-Farm/18305756_Mv2pj4