Monthly Archives: October 2008

Deweycheatumnhowe Victorious in Futurity

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on October 10, 2008

Trainer and co-owner of Deweycheatumnhowe, Ray Schnittker, was also his driver during the Kentucky Futurity heats. He has always been very vocal on the fact that harness racing in heats is cruel to horses, but even though he does not agree with how it is done, his horse most certainly showed everyone how it is done. On Saturday, 4 October 2008, Deweycheatumnhowe walked away victorious as the Kentucky Futurity champion, pushing his total career earnings to over $3 million. In a nail biting finish, Schnittker and Deweycheatumnhowe added one more harness racing event to their winning list in what seems to be the second last racing event of this magnificent horse’s career.

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John Henry Memorial Statue

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on October 10, 2008

John Henry was born on 9 March 1975. His owners watched him closely for any traits that could lead them to a name, and as he enjoyed destroying steel buckets, he was named after the world famous legend who was referred to as the Steel-Drivin Man. Because he was not of the best breeding, his owners decided to geld him, being sired by Ole Bob Bowers and out of the mare Once Double. He might not have had the breeding or the perfect conformation for a racehorse, but John Henry was determined to succeed, and became one of the most legendary horses of our time. Not surprisingly, Kentucky Horse Park has honored him by unveiling the John Henry Memorial Statue.

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Breeders’ Cup Update

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on October 9, 2008

With the Breeders’ Cup being only two weeks away, the excitement of this magnificent horse racing event is beginning to gain momentum. It will be hosted at the Santa Anita Park Racecourse on the 24th and 25th of October 2008 and many horses have qualified for the individual racing events. There will be a total of fourteen races run over the two day period, and already, as the confirmations of competitors come rolling in, punters are watching the betting establishments very closely.

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Charlie Mann Counts on Nadover

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on October 9, 2008

The first Velka Pardubicka Steeplechase was held in 1874. It still takes place in the Czech Republic in the town of Pardubice. Every second weekend in October, the best steeplechase horses converge on Pardubice to take part in what is considered to be the most difficult steeplechase race in Europe. Horses must complete a 6.9 kilometer course that has thirty-one obstacles, such as ditches and stone walls, and it takes approximately ten minutes to complete. To qualify for the Velka Pardubicka horses must compete in one of the four qualifying events and have to be seven years or older to be eligible for the race.

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Zarkava Takes One for the Fillies

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on October 8, 2008

The Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe was inaugurated in 1920 and is an annual horse racing event that takes place at the Longchamp Racecourse. This magnificent Group 1 event for three year olds and older is run over a distance of 2 400 meters. With a purse of four million euros, it lures competitors from all over the world. Tradition dictates that the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe is run on the first Sunday in the month of October, hence the 2008 Arc took place on Sunday, 5 October 2008, and this year, a filly named Zarkava stole the show.

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Square Eddie Wins Ticket to Breeders’ Cup

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on October 8, 2008

Buying a horse can be a huge investment to some, and over the years Paul Reddam has proved that he has a keen eye for identifying winners and horses with potential. A horse in England caught Reddam’s attention, as he showed determination and heart in all his horse racing events, placing a gutsy second in the Toteswinger Sirenia Stakes and winning in Salisburg, which was his first victory in three career starts. Reddam began negotiations to purchase Square Eddie. While on a plane from England to America, negotiations were concluded and Square Eddie had a new owner before touch down.

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Epsom Handicap Win for Theseo

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on October 7, 2008

Last week, horse racing fans had to deal with the disappointment of Triple Honour being withdrawn from the Epsom Handicap, but they were rewarded on Saturday as two horses from the same stable battled it out to win this spectacular Group 1 mile event. The crowd was on their feet at Randwick Racecourse, as the Epsom Handicap came to an electrifying and breathtaking end. Theseo had crossed the wire, and trainer Gai Waterhouse had her fifth Epsom Handicap in the bag.

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Thorn Song Cruises to Victory

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on October 7, 2008

The Shadwell Turf Mile Stakes was held on Saturday, 4 October 2008, at the legendary Keeneland Racecourse. It is a horse racing event that forms part of the Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series and therefore guarantees automatic entry into the Breeders’ Cup for the winner. With a purse $600 000, the Grade 1 Shadwell Turf Mile is a race for three year old horses and older, and was first run in 1986. On Saturday, trainer Dale Romans went into the race with a risky plan, but it paid off for Romans and jockey Robby Albarado, as Thorn Song thundered his way to victory.

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Peppers Pride Makes History

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on October 6, 2008

Horses such as Citation (Triple Crown winner in 1948), Mister Frisky, Hallowed Dreams and Cigar stand out in North American horse racing history. Not only for their individual achievements during their horse racing careers, but for the fact that all four of these horses won sixteen racing events consecutively. Remaining unbeaten for such a long period of time is a great achievement, and many horse owners can only dream of joining these legendary horses in the history books. But on Saturday, 4 October 2008, a five year old filly wrote her own chapter in the racing history of North America, by securing her seventeenth consecutive career victory.

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Hurdle Racing Faces Safety Issues

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on October 6, 2008

The hurdle racing industry in Victoria, Australia, has taken quite a blow, with all hurdle racing events being cancelled for the remainder of the year. The decision was taken by Judge David Jones, in the interest of the safety of both jockeys and horses. Injuries, some fatal, suffered by horses during these events have raised concerns and all steeplechase races have been suspended until an independent survey has been done and recommendations to improve the safety of steeplechase horses have been looked at.

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