Monthly Archives: January 2010

Dubai Horse Racing Complex Opens

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on January 29, 2010

In March 2007, Dubai unveiled its plans to build the Meydan Horse Racing Complex to the world. The project took thirty-four months to complete, and on 28 January 2010 the complex opened its doors to the public and racing community. The inaugural day kicked off with breathtaking live horse racing action. If the first day of racing was anything to go by, the Meydan Horse Racing Complex in Dubai will become one of the world's major racing venues.

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Big Brown’s Little Girl

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on January 26, 2010

The new year brings new hope for the future of Girl Power with the birth of almost Triple Crown winner Big Brown's first foal. As evidenced by this past Monday's Eclipse Awards, the 2009 Thoroughbred racing season was dominated by girls, Rachel Alexandra and Zenyatta, who showed their heels to the boys in victories that cemented them as living legends. Yet the best may still be to come. And it may come sooner than the birth of Rachel Alexandra "the Great's" daughter or Zenyatta's first Mondatta.

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Horses – A New Horse Racing Documentary

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on January 21, 2010

Thousands of horse racing enthusiasts visit their favorite tracks and watch their selected horses face-off against other worthy competitors. They marvel at the victories and are disappointed with the losses. However, many may never know how much work and dedication it has taken for a horse to reach that point. In the horse racing industry the scales are delicately balanced and can tip either way, with some horses becoming stars while others are forgotten before they have even made a name for themselves. Trainers, owners and jockeys eagerly share their stories and opinions with the media and fans. While they bask in the glory, the horses that make their careers possible stand in their stables and wait patiently till they are needed, not able to share their point-of-view.

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Trends in the Horse Racing Industry

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on January 19, 2010

Horse racing is a business, plain and simple. Like most other businesses in 2009, the revenue was down. The handle (amount of money bet) in the industry was over $12.3 billion, so there is still a lot of money to work with. Since we were introduced to the World Wide Web (internet) in the early 1990s many things have changed, including the way the horse racing game is played. The first online gambling site started about 1995 and that has grown to an estimated 2,000 internet gambling sites now available.

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San Rafael Victory for Conveyance

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on January 18, 2010

The San Rafael Stakes is a Grade 3 event for three year old racehorses, and covers a distance of one mile. Many horsemen flock to this event, held at the Santa Anita Racecourse, as it is a preparation race for those campaigning for the prestigious Triple Crown series. This wonderful event has been won by a number of great athletes in previous years, such as Tobasco Cat, El Gato Malo and The Pamplemousse. At this year’s meeting, Conveyance added his name to the distinguished list.

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Magic Millions Prospect for Australia

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on January 11, 2010

The Magic Millions event, in Australia has seen wonderful horses rise to fame and the sale of numerous spectacular athletes over the years. In fact, the first Magic Millions Yearling Sale took place in 1986, and has grown in popularity and numbers with every passing year. The sale is a part of the Magic Millions Carnival, which lures hundreds of competitors to take part in events such as the Magic Millions Stayers Cup, Magic Millions 2 Year Old Classic, Magic Millions Open Sprint and Magic Millions Cup. While the Gold Coast has been its venue every January, it seems that plans are being made to have Magic Millions Classic moved.

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2009 Eclipse Awards Nominations

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on January 8, 2010

The Beverly Wilshire Hotel, located in Beverly Hills, California, will be the venue for the prestigious Eclipse Awards Ceremony on 18 January 2010. It will be the 39th celebration of horse racing hosted by the Eclipse Foundation, and will again bring recognition to those who have contributed to the industry in the last year. Creating a great sensation however, are two equally deserving nominations, namely Zenyatta and Rachel Alexandra. Everyone in the horse racing community will be holding their breath to find out who will reign superior at the awards.

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