Monthly Archives: July 2009

Trainer to Keep an Eye On

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on July 30, 2009

Many people in the horse racing industry are either born into the life, or know from a young age that horse racing is the direction they want their lives to move in. For some, life begins on a very different path and it takes only one moment for them to realize that they belong in the horse racing industry. For Michelle Nihei, her life changing moment arrived in the year 2001 on the backstretch of Keeneland Racecourse in Kentucky. Today, she is slowly working her way up as a trainer, and is already being seen as a trainer to look out for.

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Miami Airport Horse Racing Proposal

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on July 27, 2009

Finding solutions to a financial problem can get tricky, especially when gambling is considered an option. The Miami Airport is proposing the use of slot machines to increase their annual income, but in order to install slot machines they need a premises where gambling is already permitted. To solve this problem, they have reached out to a nearby racecourse, but if negotiations with the race course fail, they have a secondary proposal, which has already lifted eyebrows and received its fair share of criticism.

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Mine that Bird ready for West Virginia

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on July 23, 2009

For horse racing enthusiasts in West Virginia, the upcoming West Virginia Derby will be a one of a kind event, but then again, Mine that Bird and his trainer, Bennie “Chip” Woolley Jr. are one of a kind. They are an inseparable team, and Woolley’s laid back and calm demeanor seems to have rubbed off on the Champion, who takes his victories in his stride and has become a racehorse that has won over many hearts during his career. But for West Virginia, it will be the first time they have a Kentucky Derby winner in their midst.

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Montana ExpoPark racing Action

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on July 20, 2009

There was great excitement and a successful day of racing enjoyed this weekend, as Montana ExpoPark opened for racing under new management. The racing cards were filled and the grandstand packed with spectators as racing got underway, and it is hoped that the great support and overwhelming attendance at the opening of Montana ExpoPark is a sign of wonderful things to come for the racecourse. And with five days of racing, which ends on the 26th of July 2009, Randy Fozzard, Montana Racing’s general manager, is confident that the support will continue.

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Rachel Alexandra heads for Haskell

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on July 16, 2009

Jess Jackson has always been known as an owner that is very particular in regard to the races he chooses for his horses. Monmouth Park has been waiting anxiously to hear if the magnificent filly, Rachel Alexandra will be taking part in the 2009 Haskell Invitational, and their answer came on Tuesday, in the form of a commitment by Jackson. Racecourse officials are extremely excited to have Rachel Alexandra in the line up, as it will not only be a very interesting racing event, but draw large numbers of spectators to come see this amazing athlete in action.

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Forced retirement for Takeover Target

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on July 13, 2009

Hollywood has their work cut out for them, as bringing the life story of an Australian wonder to the big screen is not going to be an easy task. There is no other horse in the history of Australia that has overcome so many obstacles in his life and no race horse is loved more by the public and racing enthusiasts, than Takeover Target. His is a story that began with disappointment and abandonment, and of how one man ended it, with the potential he saw and a chance he took. It is a story of love and dedication, and how success can be achieved through faith and trust.

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Durban July Results

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on July 9, 2009

On Saturday, 4 July 2009, the Greyville Racecourse in Durban, South Africa, came alive with spectacular fashion and world class live horse racing. It is probably the most prestigious racing event in the country and draws a capacity crowd of just over fifty thousand spectators each year. This year was no different, as beautiful women and stylish men filed through the gates to bear witness to the 2009 Grade 1 Vodacom Durban July. And with a purse of R3 million, the best horses in the country were in the starting gates and ready for action.

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Boost for Hong Kong Horse Racing

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on July 6, 2009

Horse racing season in Hong Kong has run from September to June for years, and government has been extremely strict on the sport, in a bid to discourage illegal gambling. But lately, the combination of nearby cities luring Hong Kong residents through their casinos, and the drop in government revue generated by the horse racing industry, has encouraged officials to take a serious look at the proposal to extend the horse racing season by five racing days. News that a few changes were approved by government has created excitement and anticipation in the racing community and horse racing enthusiasts.

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The Heat was on at Worcester

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on July 2, 2009

After almost ten months of sorting out a waterlogged racecourse, Worcester Racecourse was only too happy to open its doors to horse racing in the beginning of May. But yesterday, 1 July 2009, Mother Nature once again proved that she was a force to be reckoned with, when an almost unbearable heat wave hit the racecourse and had everyone a little hot under the collar. The heat proved to be too much for the horses and after the havoc that incurred after the first race, the rest of the meeting was cancelled, which has led to an investigation.

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