Sonoma County Fair opens with field size an issue

by | 07.26.2011 | 11:43am

For the 75th year, the Sonoma County Fair will offer horse racing in wine country when its 15-day meet opens Wednesday.  While the atmosphere may be enjoyable for racegoers, the betting could be less appealing, says the Santa Rosa Press Democrat:

“Take the fair's opening-day card. First of all, it's only an eight-race program. Four of those races have six-horse fields while the other half of the card has either eight or nine entrants.”

“It wasn't that many years ago when the horse population allowed the fair to offer 13-race programs on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays and 10 races other days…  For a variety of reasons, the horse population has shrunk. That translates to smaller fields, fewer races and limited opportunities for bettors.”

Among the promotions for the meet – an appearance from mule racing legend Black Ruby, who retired in 2008 after recording 70 wins from 119 starts.  A race has also been named for the late Jess Jackson.

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