Monthly Archives: December 2008

SunRay Racing Dates Released

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on December 8, 2008

SunRay Park Racecourse in Farmington, New Mexico, have released their 2009 horse racing schedule, which will kick off on the 17th of April and promises to be forty-four days filled with unbelievable racing action and non-stop entertainment. With SunRay Park Racecourse also being home to a casino, there is always something spectacular happening every day, and combining that with quality live horse racing, has ensured a loyal and supportive fan base that are looking forward to the coming season.

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Bauer In The Clear

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on December 8, 2008

It has been a very tiring and nerve-wracking week for the connections of the Melbourne Cup runner up, Bauer. Racing Victoria Ltd announced that an investigation would be launched into the treatment received by Bauer five days before the race, which if found guilty, would have seen Bauer stripped of his position and prize money. But it has recently been confirmed that Bauer will retain his placing, much to the relief of his trainer, Luca Cumani, and his owners.

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Green Light for Jumps Racing

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on December 5, 2008

In Australia jumps racing is only hosted in South Australia and in Victoria, and has been under a lot of pressure and debate the last few months. With many deaths occurring in the industry, authorities put a hold on all jumps racing events to review the sport and the safety measures that are in place to protect horses. Advocates for Animals and the RSPCA have lobbied for the sport to be banned, saying that the unnecessary deaths of these magnificent animals because they are not bred to deal with the pressures of jumps racing are a form of cruelty.

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Tension between Hong Kong and Australia over Munce

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on December 5, 2008

Horse racing authorities all over the world usually work together as a united international authority to build healthy relationships with each other and to provide the public with the security of a unified industry. Co-operation between the various racing jurisdictions is vital for the horse racing industry, as it assists jockeys and trainers to get licenses to race in other countries, and most countries are signatories to Article 10 of the International Federation of Horse Racing Authorities that upholds an agreed upon set of rules and regulations in regard to wagering, breeding and racing. A small loophole in the signing of this agreement has caused tension that could have an international impact on the industry.

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Melbourne Cup Inquiry

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on December 4, 2008

On 4 November 2008, one of the most nail-biting finishes in the history of the Melbourne Cup took place at Flemington Racecourse, in Melbourne, Australia. Spectators had to wait approximately thirty seconds while stewards examined the photo finish to determine who the winner was. When the results finally came back, it was determined that Viewed, trained by Bart Cummings was first, with Bauer in second, C’est La Guerre in third and Master O’Reilly in forth position. Now, almost a month later, the shocking news that Bauer his position stripped has rocked the horse racing industry and torn the joy of their second place finish away from his owners.

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Training Centers Under Discussion

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on December 4, 2008

The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission seems to be leaving no stone unturned when it comes to the safety and welfare of horses, addressing the progress made on old issues raised at its last meeting and looking at new innovations and ideas to improve on what has already been put in place. One of the new topics on the top of the list at the latest Kentucky Horse Racing Commission meeting, which was held on 1 December 2008, was the licensing of training centers so as to be able to instill rules and regulations ensuring the safety of horses.

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Somebeachsomewhere Heads for Top Honors

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on December 3, 2008

In harness racing, the Breeders Crown is the most prestigious event of the year and always attracts the most spectacular horses in the industry. With twenty-five years of Breeders Crown action to look back on, Saturday 29 November 2008 most definitely became a harness racing event for the history books. With a purse of $500 000, the Breeders Crown Pace is a race for three-year-old colt pacers and many were excited to see how Deweycheatumnhowe would perform in his trotting event, while Somebeachsomewhere was gearing up to pace into history, as both were scheduled for retirement after Saturday’s race.

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Cloud of Uncertainty Hangs Over Thomas

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on December 3, 2008

When Ruby Walsh was in hospital, the responsibility of riding some of the big names in the Paul Nicholls’ stable fell to Sam Thomas. Thomas has already proven himself to be a very capable jockey, and had to stand in for Walsh previously. So it was thought that the transition would be smooth sailing and that the jumps racing schedule for Paul Nicholls would carry on a usual. That has unfortunately not been the case, as doubt, speculation and concern have been growing around Sam Thomas, and this has been the talk of the horse racing industry for the last two weeks.

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Japan Cup Produces New Hero

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on December 2, 2008

The first Japan Cup was run in 1981 and has grown to be one of the most prestigious horse racing events in Japan. Run at the Tokyo Racecourse, over a distance of two thousand four hundred meters, the Japan Cup is not only an extremely rich horse racing event with a purse of $5.5 million, but a popular international racing meeting, even though the event has only been won by foreign horses twice in the last ten years. And locally bred horses definitely seem to have the upper hand in this event, as the long-shot for the day, Screen Hero, galloped his way to victory.

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Cigar Mile Disappointment for Harlem Rocker

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on December 2, 2008

Aqueduct Racecourse, in New York, is known to host some of the best horse racing events on the racing calendar and Saturday, 29 November 2008, was no different. It was the running of the Grade 1 Cigar Mile Handicap, and with a purse of $300 000, many noteworthy horses were entered into this spectacular racing event. Previously known as the NYRA Mile, it was renamed to the Cigar Mile Handicap after the horse racing phenomenon Cigar retired in 1997. It is a flat horse racing event for three-year-old and older horses and is run over a distance of eight furlongs. But this year, the race was marred by disqualification, injury and loss.

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