Monthly Archives: March 2009

Well Armed rocks Dubai

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on March 30, 2009

Since its inauguration in 1996, the Dubai World Cup has become a prestigious international horse racing event that is held at the Nad Al Sheba Racecourse every year. It is a Group 1 event for thoroughbred horses four years and older and after 2004, it became one of the richest races in the world, with a purse of US$6 million. This year, the race took place on Saturday, 28 March 2009, and a magnificent six year old by the name of Well Armed, added his name to list of winners of the Dubai World Cup.

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The Sunland Derby surprise

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on March 26, 2009

Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino are getting ready for major horse racing action on Sunday, 29 March 2009. It is the running of the seventh Sunland Derby, and besides for this exciting event have a lucrative purse amount as incentive, a little bonus has been added to the race, in hope of luring bigger names in the racing industry to the Sunland Derby. Unfortunately, the bonus will not come into effect this year, but it is almost certain the new changes will attract the attention of the horse racing industry.

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Kentucky Oaks anticipation

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on March 24, 2009

In the last few years, horses such as Proud Spell, Rags to Riches, Lemons Forever, Summerly, Ashado, Bird Town, Farda Amiga, Flute and Secret Status have carved their names into the history books of the Kentucky Oaks, and this year there will be another contender field filled with talented horses, trying to do the same. Anticipation surrounding the Kentucky Oaks is already starting to build, with horses being confirmed for the event and punters speculating over who has the best chance to win.

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Gearing up for the Lane’s End Stakes

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on March 19, 2009

The Turfway Park racecourse in Kentucky is buzzing with activity as stewards and racecourse officials go through their paces to ensure that everything is perfect for Saturday’s horse racing action. To many the Grade II Lane’s End Stakes is a very important event, not only because it has a purse of $500 000, but it is a prep event for the Kentucky Derby. It will be the 38th running of the Lane’s End Stakes. A few horses have already made the news in regard to their abilities to win; and expectations are running high.

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Cheltenham Festival finishes in style

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on March 16, 2009

On Friday, 13 March 2009, the prestigious Cheltenham Festival came to a close, and if spectators thought the first two days of racing was exciting, the last two most certainly did not disappoint. A few surprises were in store for the jumps racing community, as racing greats won back their titles and others were defeated by upcoming stars. It was a festival of disappointment for some, astounding performances for others and magnificent victories for horse racing enthusiasts to be witness to.

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Cheltenham Festival excitement

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on March 12, 2009

The Cheltenham Festival kicked off in high gear on Tuesday, 10 March 2009, and with this magnificent jumps racing event being halfway through, the festival has already delivered nail biting finishes, heart-stopping racing action and thrilling victories. The first two days have set the exciting and festive mood for the Cheltenham Festival, and jockeys such as Ruby Walsh have already enjoyed success a few times over. Many surprise victories also shook up the jumps racing industry, starting with Go Native.

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Big Cap goes to Einstein

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on March 9, 2009

Spectators could not wait to see some of their favorite jockeys in action, as six big names descended on the Santa Anita Park Racecourse, to participate in the Santa Anita Handicap, also referred to as the Big Cap. On Saturday, 7 March 2009, jockeys Ramon Dominguez, John Velazquez, Julien Leparoux, Edgar Prado, Jon Court and Robby Albarado were greeted by an enthusiastic crowd, as everyone braced themselves for the excitement and thrill of the 72nd Santa Anita Handicap. World Class jockeys, spectacular horse racing athletes and overwhelming support, made the Big Cap an event to remember, and Einstein, a horse not to forget.

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Neptune Collonges – Cheltenham hopeful

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on March 5, 2009

Neptune Collonges pulled a magnificent performance out the bag, thrilling spectators with a breathtaking victory in the Hennessy Cognac Gold Cup, which was held at Leopardstown on the 15th of February 2009. Now, mere days away from one of the most celebrated events in jumps racing, the Cheltenham Gold Cup, both jockey and owner believe that Neptune Collonges has improved enough to give his legendary stable mates a run for their money, and possibly win.

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The Pamplemousse captures Sham Stakes

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on March 2, 2009

On Saturday, 28 February 2009, the Santa Anita Racecourse was alive with anticipation and excitement, as everyone was waiting anxiously to see how The Pamplemousse would perform against a formidable competitor such as Take The Points. But as The Pamplemousse and his jockey, Alex Solis, headed into the home stretch, it was clear that The Pamplemousse is a force to be reckoned with, and the horse to watch in the upcoming Santa Anita Derby, which will take place on the 5th of April 2009.

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