Thoroughbreds are the stars of the Van Wert County Fair
A county fair is one of the last places one would expect a horse race to take place. Food, music and rides are the common sights in a county fair but not in Ohio. The Van Wert County Fair in Ohio is one of those rare fares which host horse racing for the live crowd. Veteran racers as well as amateurs a chance to participate in this family friendly race for all. The fair director Mike Poling is very happy with the reception he gets for the fair. It is a chance to show the youngsters the joy of racing as well as the veterans a chance of racing once more. The six day fair holds a Thoroughbred, Quarter and Standard bred horse racing. The initial 220 yard Quarter horse race initiates the races for the day. The thoroughbreds race over a half mile track of up to eleven furlongs. The race this year was won by Maelstrom by Josh Bishop. Although this is a family oriented fair, fans and families gather around in the heat to enjoy the races. After all, the aim of this is to bring the people together.
Jockey Davy Russell gets hit with a four-day ban
Davy Russell incurred a four-day ban after a video showed him hitting a horse on the head. This video caused quite an uproar on social media which led to the ban the jockey. Russell was seen hitting his mount, King’s Dolly on the head after the horse stumbled after a hurdle. Initially, he was let off with a warning, but after a public uproar, the Turf Club initiated a ban on Russell. Although the two-time champion jockey of Ireland still maintains he did nothing out of the ordinary. Later he claimed that it was a well enough reaction to the horse to concentrate on the race and that it was very much normal. The public have a very different opinion on the incident after the viral video footage.
Pure sensation clinches second Turf Monster victory
Pure sensation won the Turf Monster a second time with a fabulous race. The first victory came in 2015 when the six-year-old outran others to finish first. This time was no different as the horse was coming off a hat-trick of wine and was in sensational form. Jockey Kendrick Kendrick Carmouche used his experience to his advantage and used the speed of Pure sensation to secure a victory. The entire race was nerve racking, as Bold Thunder continued a slim lead initially with Uncle Leo and Snowday close behind. Pure sensation and Mongolian Saturday came from behind to go on a head to head in the last length. With a time of 57.13, the horse beat out Mongolian Saturday to win his second Turf Monster.