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Legendary Harness Horse River City Storm to Retire During Sires Stakes at Cal Expo

On December 7, Sacramento-bred harness horse River City Storm returned from Massachusetts to his home turf. On December 20, the big bay, known around the barn as "Stormy," will appear at Cal Expo, where he will be officially retired—and honored--for an impressive racing career spanning more than a decade.
 
River City Storm set the stage for his remarkable life early on. As a 2-year-old, he set a track record at Cal Expo that lasted well into the next century.
 
During his "iron horse" career, River City Storm started in 359 races, winning 67 of them and being "in the money" 46% of the time. 52 of his wins occurred at Cal Expo, placing him second in all-time victories at the Sacramento track.
 
"Just two weeks ago—and at age 14--River City Storm had the last race of his career at Plainridge Racecourse in Massachusetts," said Dave Elliott, Director of Racing at Cal Expo. "Just to show you how impressive this horse is, he won that race and was accorded the prestigious Iron Horse Award."
 
The mandatory retirement age for Standardbred pacers and trotters is 14. Elliott spearheaded a consortium of River City Storm's admirers to bring the horse back to Cal Expo upon retirement.
 
"River City Storm offers great testimony to the world of harness racing," said Craig Miller from the Pilot Hill farm where Stormy will spend his golden years. He will join other Standardbreds that Miller and his wife re-train for second careers as therapeutic and riding horses.
 
On December 20, River City Storm's retirement, complete with free cake, will be part of a $100,000 night of stakes races at Cal Expo. The
Sires Stakes' California Horsemen's Classic Championships, open to California sired geldings, colts, and fillies, includes four races valued at $25,000 each.
 
"It's going to be a great night of racing with free admission, dollar beer, cash drawings, and lots of giveaways and promotions," said Elliott. "And, of course, the opportunity to say 'job well done' to a truly great race horse."