Monthly Archives: December 2008

Horse Racing in Czech Republic

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on December 31, 2008

Not many people are aware of the fact that the Czech Republic has had a long and distinguished history of horse racing, and that horse racing and various other equine disciplines are enjoyed throughout the country. The Czech Republic is also known for its high standards in breeding, in particular Kladruby horses. Even though they have not celebrated abundant international horse racing success, the racing industry remains well supported in flat horse racing and steeple chase racing events. In the Czech Republic, the city of Pardubice is seen as the horse racing hub and is also home to one of the most dangerous steeple chase racing events in Europe

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National Horse Racing Museum in Newmarket

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on December 31, 2008

Horse racing has been a part of Newmarket for centuries, with the Newmarket Racecourse hosting racing events since 1671. With so much horse racing history to share, there is no better way to discover the heritage of the racing industry and explore is journey from the past till present day, than at the National Horse Racing Museum in Newmarket. What makes this museum stand out above any other horse racing museum is the fact that there are retired jockeys and trainers working at the National Horse Racing Museum and they are able to answer questions descriptively and add in a few personal stories.

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Gloomy Prospects for 2009

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on December 23, 2008

The troubled economy seems to have made life very difficult for a number of industries and the toll it has taken on the horse racing industry is becoming increasingly visible. Now, looking towards 2009, not many members in the horse racing industry forecast a favorable turn of events, on the contrary, it seems that everyone will be tightening their budgets. Even though some industry leaders have tried to assist in bringing relief to the Thoroughbred market, breeders will still be feeling the slump in the market next year.

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Horse Racing in Jamaica: Past and Present

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on December 23, 2008

Horse racing is probably one of the oldest sports in the world today. It is known that as far back as 4 500 BC tribesmen were racing their horses on a less official basis than exists today. In later years it became a common sight to see horses and horse drawn carriages being raced against each other, however, horse racing only made its appearance in Jamaica some years later. It is said that the first horses to have set foot in Jamaica arrived in 1509 and that by the time the English annexed the island from the Spanish, horses were found roaming the Jamaican landscape in all regions.

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Cathay Pacific Cup Victory for Eagle Mountain

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on December 17, 2008

The Sha Tin Racecourse in Hong Kong was alive with anticipation and excitement on Sunday, 14 December 2008, as everyone got ready for the Cathay Pacific Hong Kong International Races. The day consisted of a number of racing events with very big purses and some of the best horses in the horse racing industry were entered into the respective events. The main racing event was the two thousand meter Hong Kong Cup, and most of the locals had their hopes pinned onto Viva Pataca, but is was a trainer from South Africa, Mike de Kock, and his horse, Eagle Mountain, that caused the great upset of the day.

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Hong Kong Sprint Disappointment

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on December 17, 2008

As the thirteen competitors entered the starting gate for the Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Sprint, many had backed the racing sensation from Australia, Apache Cat. After a wonderful performance in the Winterbottom Stakes, it was believed that Apache Cat would be able to conquer the field easily during this one thousand two meter event. To the disappointment of his trainer, jockey and connections, it seems that this racing event was too short for the turf champion and they had to settle for a third place finish.

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Wild Again Laid to Rest

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on December 10, 2008

“We all knew this day would come, but that doesn’t make it any easier to accept,” an emotional Robert Clay commented in the wake of Wild Again being euthanized. “At 28 years old, he lived a long and fruitful life. Wild Again was integral to the success of Three Chimneys and proved to be a highly significant sire and broodmare sire both in the U.S. and abroad.” 5 December 2008 will be a date long remembered by all at Three Chimneys, as losing Wild Again has been a day they all have been dreading. But he has left behind a magnificent legacy and cherished memories for Clay and the horse racing industry.

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Betfair Boost for King George

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on December 10, 2008

Everyone in horse racing knows that sponsorships are crucial to the major horse racing events, as purses are increased through monetary support. The Ascot Racecourse has always been home to some of the most prestigious horse racing events on the British racing calendar and as sponsorships come to an end, replacements need to be found. The one important racing event of July at the Ascot Racecourse, has always been the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes. Up until two years ago this race had been sponsored by De Beers for twenty years, but now, Betfair has stepped in with a contract of five years.

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Champs Elysees Red Hot at Hollywood Park

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on December 9, 2008

With a purse of $250 000, the Grade 1 Hollywood Turf Cup attracts a number of well known racehorses each year. It is a horse racing event for three year old horses and older. In 1991, the first and only filly to ever win the Hollywood Turf Cup, Miss Alleged, crossed the finished line. The legendary horse racing phenomenon, John Henry, also found victory in this event in 1983. On Saturday, 6 December 2008, it was time for Champs Elysees to be crowned victorious at Hollywood Park Racecourse.

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Victory for Dominican Republic

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on December 9, 2008

No-one knows more about patience in horse racing better than the Dominican Republic. For years they have been committed to enhancing the quality of their breeding programs and for over forty years they have unsuccessfully entered their horses in the Caribbean Derby, or Clasico del Caribe. This magnificent Latin American Grade 1 stakes race was inaugurated in 1966 and takes place annually at the Camarero Racecourse in Puerto Rico, and this year it took place on Saturday, 6 December 2008. It was one of the most memorable Clasico del Caribe events for the Dominican Republic, as Sicotico finished in first position, to the joy of his breeder, jockey, trainer, owners and country.

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