October 10, Sacramento, CA.~ The Arabian Racing Association of California (ARAC) ran the final leg of a series of five Allowance races on the California Fair Circuit as the first race at the Big Fresno Fair on Saturday, October 8, 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. The final leg took place on the mile oval at the Big Fresno Fair in front of over 10,000 fans.
Handle for on track was up 19% and out of state handle was up 21% bucking the national trend of 7% down. Leisa Belser’s NC Casey Jones won as the prohibitive favorite with the Humboldt County Fair leading jockey Chris Russell aboard. The special story surrounding this race was the return of Leisa to Arabian Racing. Leisa had been out for over a year and it was heartwarming to her fellow trainers to see her return. Her return accented the success of the revitalizing Arabian racing in California. With the added purse money provided by the Wathba Stud Farm and future commitments to stakes races in California we have seen Arabian Racing stabilize and move toward a brighter future. Arabian racing in 2011 on the fairs was part of the great success story for racing at all the California Fairs.
We look forward to 2012 and again send our many thanks to the Wathba Stud Farm for their support.
Larry Swartzlander is the Director of Racing for the California Authority of Racing Fairs.
Link to Fresno Race Photos: http://www.smugmug.com/gallery/19432918_ZmxC33