Equine Hospital Planned for Northern California

An equine hospital may be built at Golden Gate Fields pending approval from the city of Albany, Calif.

Northern California has been without an equine hospital for many years. But a cooperative effort between veterinarians, Golden Gate Fields owner Magna Entertainment, and other agencies may change that.

Logistics have stalled the project. Golden Gate straddles Albany and Berkeley, and the latter wanted no part of the hospital. Track officials had to find another site, and the city of Albany will consider the proposed plans soon.

Jack Liebau, who represented Magna at the March 30 California Horse Racing Board meeting, couldn't say how much the equine hospital would cost to build. He said Magna will help pay for the costs for the building, but the hospital's equipment will be paid for by other agencies.

Magna has spent more than $3.5 million in backstretch improvements at Golden Gate since it purchased the track in 1999.