October 2023 A Message From ARAC
As, I am sure, you all know that we have been in a difficult situation regarding racing our Arabian horses in California.
Some of our long-time people have retired and others have had to take their horses out-of-State to race. Getting new owners and trainers (including Thoroughbred trainers) involved with our Arabians is difficult. The expense of insurance separate from that of the Thoroughbreds, the low purses offered by CARF and the refusal of the big year-round tracks to allow Arabians, are just parts of the problem. The Thoroughbreds are also looking to have some problems in Northern California with the closing of Golden Gate Fields next year.
The consensus among the ARAC Board members is that we are not ready to give up. There are some possibilities regarding racing at independent (non-CARF) tracks, such as Los Alamitos. How this is all going to work out is unknown.
ARAC has a decent treasury at present, so we can continue to operate and pursue any opportunities that come up.
Therefore, we are proceeding with our Board elections and will continue to work on plans for the next year. Enclosed are the nomination form and the 2023 Membership roster. Please make your nominations right away and consider self-nominating. The ARAC Board can use all your input and support.
The Board greatly appreciates your membership. Because of your loyalty, all 2023 memberships are being extended through 2024. Your new 2024 membership cards will be sent out in December.
Thanks again for being a part of California Arabian racing. Evelyn Call, Secretary