Monthly Archives: November 2008

Hennessy Gold Cup Entries

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on November 7, 2008

The Hennessy Gold Cup will take place on Saturday, 29 November 2008, at the Newbury Racecourse and is one of the most popular Grade 3 National Hunt horse racing events on the United Kingdom racing calendar. It was inaugurated in 1957 and was run at the Cheltenham Racecourse, but was moved to the Newbury Racecourse in 1960, where it has remained. Run over a distance of 5,331 meters, with twenty one fences, the Hennessy Gold Cup is a national hunt horse racing meeting for five year old horses and over and carries a purse of £150,000.

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Wagering Action Plan

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on November 6, 2008

Standardbred Canada have been looking for ways to develop and enhance the harness racing industry in Canada, which led them to creating committees dedicated to researching various sectors of the horse racing industry worldwide. The committees created included Canadian Betting Exchange, Distribution, National Pools and Products, Racing Product Development and Research. The information gathered by these committees has enabled Standardbred Canada to formulate a strategy for the Wagering Action Plan. Using modules that already exist in various international horse racing states, will allow Standardbred Canada to modify them to suit their needs and hopefully breathe new life into harness racing.

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A Sad Day For Turkish Horse Racing

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on November 6, 2008

In Turkey, young men grow up with the knowledge that there are three things in life that they should hold dear, namely their women, their guns and their horses. With a colorful horse-related history going back more than a thousand years, Turkey and its people hold horses in high regard, especially racehorses. On the 29th of October 2008, hundreds of fans and horse racing enthusiasts gathered at the Veliefendi Racecourse to bid farewell to one of the greatest racehorses ever to come out of Turkey.

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Viewed – The New Melbourne Cup Champion

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on November 5, 2008

There were quite a few nervous moments before and during the running of the Melbourne Cup on Tuesday, as a great number of European horses were entered into this year’s race. Hosted by Flemington Racecourse, the Melbourne Cup is known to be one of the premier horse racing events on the racing calendar of Australia, and with seven of the contenders being overseas entries, the pressure for a local horse to win could almost be felt. And Australia was not disappointed, as Viewed, trained by legendary trainer Bart Cummings, finished in first place.

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Hystericalady: A Three Million Dollar Horse

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on November 5, 2008

The Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale took place on Monday, 3 November 2008, and even though there were a few horses that sold for average prices due to the economic situation, there were also a few that stood out and fetched staggeringly high prices. One of those horses was Hystericalady, bought by John Ferguson on behalf of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum for $3 million. It was the highest price of the day, and it is expected that the Ruler of Dubai will be settling Hystericalady into his breeding program, rather than continuing her horse racing career.

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Record Sale At Fasig-Tipton

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on November 4, 2008

On Sunday, the 2nd of November 2008, the Fasig-Tipton November Thoroughbred sale got underway. Everyone expected there to be a number of spectacular horses on the list of horses for sale, but no-one could have imagined that a record breaking price of $14 million would end the one-day sale off in style. In the economic slump that has affected sales figures dramatically over the past year, the sale of Better Than Honour, shone a light on the gloomy sales industry.

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Artless Takes On California Sire Stakes

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on November 4, 2008

Artless was bred by Desomer Stables, and with Steve Desomer as driver, and Vickie Desomer as trainer, the beautiful gelding has a very promising future in harness racing. However, a week ago, Desomer Stables had a terrifying scare, as the life and harness racing future of Artless was put in jeopardy, when his transportation vehicle ended up in an accident on their way back from Canada. Fortunately, even though Artless was juggled around during the accident, he only skinned up his legs and was still able to take part in the $15,000 California Sire Stakes on Saturday, 2 November 2008.

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Concerns Cast Shadow Over Virtual Horse Race Betting

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on November 3, 2008

Idaho’s horse racing industry has not seen an increase in interest with regard to the sport in the last few years. But a company by the name of Capitol Racing and Governor Butch Otter believe that they have found a way to revive and assist live horse racing, while attracting the interest of a new generation. But lawmakers in Idaho are a little reserved and concerned about the proposal put before them by Otter and Steve Bieri to legalize pari-mutuel wagering on virtual horse racing events.

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Anne Holland’s Book Features Malahide Hero

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on November 3, 2008

The small town of Malahide, is located in Ireland, a short distance away from the bustling city of Dublin. Not many people have even heard of this quaint town, but in a newly released book by Anne Holland, named The Grand National: The Irish at Aintree, Malahide and one of the best horses in the history of Ireland is mentioned. Through the book, the deserved recognition is given to the town and to a horse that overcame every obstacle in his way, to become a sensation and the hero of Malahide.

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