Monthly Archives: April 2009

It is all in the hoof

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on April 29, 2009

When Mick Peterson first walked into a racecourse, approximately twelve years ago, he did not know much about horses, and even less in regard to the horse racing industry. But there was something about horse racing that kept pulling him back to the racecourse, and it was not the excitement of race day, it was the opportunity to use his skills to bring improvement and safety to the sport. As a mechanical engineering professor at the University of Maine, Peterson created a devise to prevent injury which many were skeptical of at first.

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Simulators, invaluable rehabilitation

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on April 28, 2009

Many jockeys are injured during their horse racing career, some suffering more life threatening injuries than others, but one fact remains the same for all of them, they need rehabilitation and a clean bill of health before being allowed on a horse again. It is sometimes difficult to judge how a jockey will react or perform after they have recovered, but there is a safer way to reintroduce jockeys to racing, namely the racehorse simulator. This might seem like a strange form of rehabilitation, but with the major advances in racehorse simulators, they are most definitely an asset to the industry.

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NZ Sydney Cup hopeful

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on April 23, 2009

On the 25th of April 2009, the Randwick Racecourse will once again host one of the most prestigious horse racing events on the Australian racing calendar. Run over a distance of 3 200 meters, the Sydney Cup is a grueling flat horse racing event, and it is here where horses have the chance to showcase their strength, endurance and determination. This year, New Zealand has an ace up their sleeve, which they hope will bring them another Sydney Cup victory. His name is Mr Tipsy, and ever since his stable mate was injured, he has been training for this moment.

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Takeover Target earns well deserved ovation

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on April 21, 2009

The story of Takeover Target reads like a fairy tale. Foaled in the year 1999, Takeover Target was bought by a taxi driver named Joe Janiak, who managed to scrape together $AUD1250, for the unsound Takeover Target, who was also unraced at that stage. But Janiak was prepared to take a chance on him, and in return, the gelding has given his best every time he has stepped out onto the course, leading to him being referred to as the best Australian horse that has ever lived. And on Saturday, 18 April 2009, he proved that he was the best, once again.

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Geelong disappointment

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on April 17, 2009

Australia only has three synthetic racecourses, of which Geeling ThoroughTrack is one. And when a synthetic track begins to cause problems, it affects everyone in the horse racing community. Geelong Racing Club is understandably under tremendous stress after the announcement from Victoria Racing Ltd, that the Geelong track is to be closed for repairs and maintenance. With losses estimated at approximately $15 000 per race meeting that is canceled, the Geelong Racing Club is in for a rough time.

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Charles Town Classic Stakes

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on April 14, 2009

The city of Charles Town is located in Jefferson County, West Virginia. It is home to a flourishing horse racing community, and everyone has been waiting in anticipation for the latest addition to the Charles Town horse racing schedule, namely the inaugural running of the Charles Town Classic Stakes. With a tempting tiered purse up for grabs, and the opportunity for older horses to shine, big names in racing have entered their horses for this magnificent event, and on Saturday, the 18th of April 2009 ten worthy competitors will enter the starting gates.

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Old Fashioned, new racing hope for Jones

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on April 9, 2009

Devastated, is the only word that can be used to describe how trainer Larry Jones felt when he saw his most promising horse, Eight Belles, go down just after she had magnificently finished in second place in the Kentucky Derby. His joy at seeing his beautiful filly leave her male counterparts behind in one of the most prestigious horse racing events of the year, was replaced by grief, disbelief and a loss for words, as the news came back that Eight Belles would have to be euthanized.

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Kentucky Derby dreams crumble

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on April 6, 2009

Tension for the anticipated Kentucky Derby, taking place at Churchill Downs, is increasing, as horse owners, trainers and spectators gear up for an unforgettable day of racing. A magnificent contender field has been lined up for the Kentucky Derby, ensuring that horse racing enthusiasts will be at the edges of their seats throughout the race. But sadly, the excitement and confidence in The Pamplemousse team has been shattered, with the news that this spectacular colt will not be able to run in the Kentucky Derby.

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All Eyes on I Want Revenge

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on April 2, 2009

The Wood Memorial is a Grade 1 horse racing event that will take place at the Aqueduct Racecourse on Saturday, 4 April 2009 and has a purse amount of $750 000. It is an important race as it is the final preparation event for the Kentucky Derby, for horses in New York. A competitive field of three year old contenders will be at the starting line on Saturday, but there is one horse that most spectators will have their eyes on, namely I Want Revenge.

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