Monthly Archives: October 2008

Breeders’ Cup Drug Testing

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on October 17, 2008

While Santa Anita Park Racecourse readies itself for next weekend’s Breeders’ Cup Classic, officials have been monitoring the entries to the respective events very closely. With the disappointment of Big Brown being retired, they were relieved to hear that the owners of Curlin have decided to enter him into the race. They are still somewhat concerned about the surface, but feel he is ready. And while most horses have passed their initial Breeders’ Cup tests to qualify for the event, there is one more hurdle to overcome before the big day, namely drug testing.

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Moorland Farms gets ready for the Far Hills Race Meeting

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on October 17, 2008

There are two very important and diverse sides to the hosting of the Far Hills Race Meeting. Firstly, it is one of the biggest steeplechase horse racing events of the year, in the industry and is supported in great numbers every year. The second part of the Far Hills Race Meeting is that for the past fifty-four years, this event has been focused on helping the community in general, and in particular, supporting the Somerset Medical Centre located in Somerville. This year, will be no different. The Far Hills Race Meeting will combine phenomenal horse racing, with the opportunity to raise funds for a worthy cause.

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Askar Tau – Cesarewitch favorite

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on October 16, 2008

The Cesarewitch Handicap was first known as the Tsesarevich, named after the Crown Prince of Russia, in honor of his visit to the United Kingdom, and was inaugurated in 1839. Today, the Cesarewitch Handicap is still run at the Newmarket Racecourse, over a grueling distance of just over two miles, and will take place on Saturday, 18 October 2008. It is a flat horse racing event for three year old horses and over, and the course is fairly straight, due to the distance of the race. This year, one of the favorites for this popular race, is Askar Tau.

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Gentle Romeo Dominates at Santa Anita

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on October 16, 2008

Gentle Romeo was born in 2004, on River Edge Farm, bred by his owners, Marty Wygod, his wife and daughter. Gentle Romeo was sired by Benchmark and Quiet Romance, of which both mare and sire also belong to the Wygod’s. He is considered to be a little bit of a late bloomer, only making his horse racing debut last year, but has improved remarkably, and showed his talent and strength last Wednesday, 8 October 2008, by winning a feature race at the Santa Anita Oak Tree meeting.

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New Approach for Weekend Hussler

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on October 15, 2008

In Australia, one of the most prestigious racing events of the year is the Caulfield Cup. Run at the Caulfield Racecourse, the race covers a distance of 2 400 meters, or twelve furlongs, and is a racing event for three year old horses and over. This year, thousands of spectators and punters will be pinning their hopes on the spectacular Weekend Hussler, to win the Caulfield Cup that has been a part of the horse racing tradition in Australia since 1879. The $2.5 million Caulfield Cup is set to have a magnificent lineup of contenders and to be an unforgettable racing event.

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Big Brown Retires

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on October 15, 2008

The moment thousands of horse racing fans had been looking forward to, would have taken place next weekend at the Breeders' Cup Classic, hosted by Santa Anita Park Racecourse. Big Brown and Curlin would finally have met, and it would have been a show-down of historic proportions. To say that everyone connected to Big Brown is absolutely devastated, would be an understatement, as an injury has cut Big Brown’s racing career short, and forced him into immediate retirement.

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Preparation Victory for Casino Drive

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on October 14, 2008

Casino Drive is viewed as one of the horses capable of putting pressure on both Big Brown and Curlin in the upcoming Breeders’ Cup Classic. The unbeaten three year old has shown magnificent talent as a racehorse and on Sunday 12 October 2008, Casino Drive once again displayed his superiority, as he comfortably cruised his way to victory in an allowance race at Santa Anita Park Racecourse, as preparation for the Breeders’ Cup Classic. Racing on the new Pro-Ride surface that has been installed at the racecourse has also proven to his owner and trainer that he is happy with the surface and ready to take on his next challenge.

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Disqualification Gives Cowboy Cal the Win

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on October 14, 2008

The Grade 3 $150,000 Bryan Station Stakes took place on Sunday, 12 October 2008, at the Keeneland Racecourse and was a horse racing event that had a wonderful lineup of contenders waiting in the starting gates. Names such as St. Joe, Nistle’s Crunch, Big Stick, Montana Mike, Cowboy Cal, Ready’s Image, Veiled Prophet, Deal Making, Mr. Maccool, Coronel Moldes and Seaspeak, made it very difficult to pick a favorite. It seemed as though Cowboy Cal was to be happy with second place, but Seaspeak was disqualified by track stewards, giving Cowboy Cal the win in the Bryan Station Stakes.

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Kauto Star Focused on 2009 Cheltenham Gold Cup

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on October 13, 2008

Born on 19 March 2000, the name Kauto Star has been synonymous with outstanding racing performances and he has proved himself to be one of the greatest racehorses on the track today. Trained by Paul Nicholls, Kauto Star has captured major racing events such as the Cheltenham Gold Cup (2007), the Old Roan Chase (2006), Betfair Chase (2006 and 2007), King George VI Chase (2006 and 2007), the Aon Chase (2007), Tingle Creek Chase (2005 and 2006) and the Ascot Chase in 2008. But after suffering defeat by his stable mate, Denman, in the 2008 Cheltenham Gold Cup, Kauto Star will be setting his sights on taking back his title next year.

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Jessamine Stakes Victory for Laragh

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on October 13, 2008

On Thursday, 9 October 2008, the last racing event of the Breeder’s Cup Classic Challenge Series that gains the winning horse automatic entry into this prestigious event, was run. The $150 000 JP Morgan Chase Jessamine Stakes was the eighth race on the card at Keeneland Racecourse, and with a twelve horse line-up for the race, it was set to be a spectacular horse racing event. IEAH Stables entered one of their new horses, Laragh, and she did not disappoint. In fact, Laragh upset the whole field by winning the Jessamine Stakes.

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