Monthly Archives: January 2009

It’s a Bird Flies Away with Million Classic

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on January 28, 2009

The Sunshine Millions Classic was inaugurated in 1981 and has been a horse racing event that has witnessed magnificent victories, unexpected triumphs and heartbreaking disappointments. On Saturday, 24 January 2009, another field of Sunshine Millions Classic hopefuls entered the starting gates for this $1million event, where four year olds and over get the opportunity to showcase their talents. But this year it was to be dominated by a horse that was sent off at 11-1, and used the Sunshine Millions Classic to make his comeback.

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Fonner Park in Tonight Rainbow’s Future

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on January 28, 2009

The Grasmick Stakes, for three year old horses and older, will be run on the 21st of February 2009 over a distance of four furlongs at Fonner Park. With a purse of $10 000, there will be many favorites entering this racing event. More precisely, everyone at Fonner Park is expecting the return of Tonight Rainbow, who will be going up against younger horses that are hoping to dethrone one of the Kings of Fonner Park. As Tonight Rainbow heads towards the final stretch in his horse racing career, it seems likely that Fonner Park will become the venue of his final race.

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Praise for Master Minded

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on January 21, 2009

On Saturday, 18 January 2009, a magnificent horse with the name of Master Minded was in the starting lineup at Ascot Racecourse for the running of the Grade One Victor Chandler Chase. Trained by Paul Nicholls and owned by Clive Smith, Master Minded is stable mates to jumps racing phenomenons Kauto Star and Denman, and seems to be upholding the same presence they command when entering a racing event. Nicholls couldn’t praise Master Minded enough as they enjoyed their victory in the winner’s circle.

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Elliott Makes 4000

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on January 21, 2009

Many would say that Steward Elliott was born to be a jockey, following in his father’s footsteps and having support from a mother who found her passion in show horses. Born on 1 march 1965, in Canada, Steward Elliott began his career as a jockey in 1981, at the age of sixteen. As most jockeys do, Elliott dreamed of success and victory. On Sunday, 18 January 2008, Elliott crowned his career, exceeding his own expectations once again by raking in his four thousandth victory.

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Nicanor Gets Ready for Action

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on January 13, 2009

Walking out onto the track for training, his curiosity gets the better of him. He looks at his surroundings, and his intelligence absorbs every moment out on the field. His rider waits patiently for him to indicate that he is ready to work. If one had never seen him and only heard his character described, you would think it was Barbaro out on the track. But it is his full brother, Nicanor, and he is a horse that everyone has very high expectations for. Trainer Michael Matz is aware of the huge shoes that are expected to be filled, but remains reserved in regard to his views of Nicanor.

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Ultra Blend Has the Right Combination

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on January 13, 2009

It is not surprising that trainer Steve Sherman did not want to make confident statements in regard to Ultra Blend being in the starting gates for the $75 000 Tiburon Stakes, which was held at the Golden Gate Fields on Saturday, 10 January 2008. She is probably one of the calmest and most laid-back fillies on the track today, and during her workout leading up to the race, she didn’t put in too much effort to work. She looked indifferent about her workout session and Sherman was not sure how she would perform during the race. But Ultra Blend proved that when she is called upon to give her best effort, she is prepared to perform beyond expectation.

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Hats Off to Gemswick Park

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on January 6, 2009

Old Hat was a phenomenal race horse during her time on the track. She became a household name, and in 1964 and 1965 she was crowned the American Champion Older Female Horse. In the six years she spent as a race horse, Old Hat won thirty-five of her eighty career starts and placed eighteen times. It is for her outstanding performances and the highly regarded legacy she left behind that the Old Hat Stakes was named in her honor.

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Wisconsin Hall of Fame Welcomes Crafty Sailor

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on January 6, 2009

The Wisconsin Harness Racing Hall of Fame is managed by the Wisconsin Harness Racing Association and has four categories for nominations and inductions: Living, Immortal, Equine and Family. For a horse to be inducted into the Wisconsin Harness Racing Hall of Fame, a horse must have achieved some success, either during their racing career or in stud and must have performed exceptionally when compared to other horses in Wisconsin. The latest member of the harness racing community to be bestowed with induction honor is Crafty Sailor.

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Tizfiz Shines for DeLeon

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on January 5, 2009

Tizfiz was bred by Diamond A Racing in Kentucky, and was sired by Tiznow, out of the Go for Gin mare, Gin Running. Up until the 4th of October 2008, she was trained by Richard Mandella, but was claimed for $50 000 at Oak Tree for new owners, Brian Kahn and the O’Neill Trust, by trainer Ralph DeLeon. DeLeon, who has won many racing events, was looking for his first graded stakes win on the 4th of January 2009, and found it in the outstanding effort made by Tizfiz and her jockey, Agapito Delgadillo.

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Oaklawn Park Takes Precautions

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on January 5, 2009

Over a thousand horses have descended on the Oaklawn Park Racecourse in anticipation of the start of the new racing season, which kicks off on 16 January 2009. Many horses have been moved ahead of time to be able to enjoy training sessions and settle into their new surroundings. The transfer however was halted for a brief period, as many racecourses were dealing with the threat of the highly contagious Equine Herpes Virus, and even though none of the horses at the Oaklawn Park Racecourse tested positive, they were not taking any chances, especially with the opening of the racing season looming.

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