08/21/2007 11:00PM

Prairie Meadows: Fox joins action


If you weren't paying close attention you might have missed the uninvited participant in last Friday's fourth race at Prairie Meadows. As the field of nine began making its way into the clubhouse turn, a fox who has inhabited the infield all season long darted in front of the oncoming horses. The track's announcer, Jim McAulay, was quick to point out that "the race has been interrupted by a little critter running across the track."

The fox appeared to be clipped by both Mo Money Mocha and Marin County during the incident, but managed to make its way off the track under its own power.

Mo Money Mocha went on to finish second in the one-mile maiden race, while Marin County weakened to finish fourth. The Equibase chart footnote of the race says Marin County "vied for the lead between rivals, stepped on a fox on the first turn, managed a clear lead into the stretch and gave way."

* Seekingthereinbow, last years Iowa-bred horse of the year, has been retired because of bad knees, according to her owners, Ray and Peggy Shattuck. Seekingthereinbow, 4, who won 8 of her 12 starts, will be bred next year. Among the stallions under consideration are Exchange Rate and Posse.