Monthly Archives: August 2010

2010 Pacific Classic

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on August 30, 2010

One of the most anticipated racing events on the Del Mar Racecourse's racing calendar is the Pacific Classic Stakes. It is an annual event that is open to horses three years old and older, and is run over a distance of ten furlongs. With a purse of $1million, the Pacific Classic Stakes lures the best athletes from across America to participate, and this year was no different. Richards' Kid was able to successfully defend his title, and become the 2010 Pacific Classic Stakes winner.

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Personal Ensign Stakes for Rachel Alexandra

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on August 26, 2010

Previously won by horses such as War Hero, Birdstone, Street Sense and Summer Bird, the Travers Stakes is one of the most memorable events on the horse racing calendar. Named in honor of William R. Travers, the race was inaugurated in 1864, and has developed into a spectacular Grade I flat horse racing event for three-year-old fillies, colts and geldings. It is the highlight event for the Saratoga Racecourse horse racing season, and it was recently announced that Rachel Alexandra will be in the paddocks on the same weekend as this wonderful event.

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On the Road to the Eclipse

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on August 23, 2010

On Saturday, 21 August 2010, the Alabama Stakes got underway at the Saratoga Racecourse. With $500 000 as prize money, the best athletes descended on the racecourse to participate in this anticipated event. It is a Grade I flat horse racing fixture that was inaugurated in 1872, and has seen many magnificent horses enter and win this event, including Classy Cathy, Summer Quest, Pine Island, Open Mind and Careless Jewel. On Saturday, however, the victory went to Blind Luck, putting her into the running for the Eclipse Award.

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Mel Lawson Honored

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on August 19, 2010

Since its inauguration in 1976, the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame has paid tribute to horse trainers, horse racing industry builders, standardbred horses, thoroughbred horses, jockeys and sulky drivers every year. It has made its home at the Woodbine Racetrack. This year, inductees to the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame will be honored at a ceremony at the Mississauga Convention Center, with the master of ceremonies being Jim Bannon. And the time has also come for Mel Lawson to be inducted as a builder into the hall of fame.

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Top 3 Hurdling Race Horses in The UK for 2010

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on August 18, 2010

National hunt horse racing is made up of two major disciplines: steeple chasing and hurdling. While steeple chases receive great attention due to their manic pace and intense meetings, hurdling is an art in its own right. Hurdlers develop an entirely different skill set to steeple chase horses and are therefore rated and judged separately. These three jumpers are currently the top performers on the United Kingdom hurdling circuit.

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Victory for Wasted Tears

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on August 16, 2010

Del Mar Racecourse was buzzing with excitement as the running of the John C. Mabee Stakes got under way. An extremely talented field of competitors entered the starting gates of this magnificent Grade II event, with their eyes on the prize of $250 000. Fortunately for everyone involved in the racing career of Wasted Tears, she had the tenacity to continue fighting for her victory amidst the high pressure of contenders chasing her down, completing the race with a nail-biting finish.

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Harbinger Retired

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on August 12, 2010

Harbinger began to rock the horse racing industry last year with magnificent performances, showing improvement and skill with each event. His talent and ability won the hearts of fans and catapulted him to iconic status. He was also seen as the best flat thoroughbred racing athlete in the world. Unfortunately all hopes and dreams to see him participate in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe in October were dashed by a fractured leg that has led to his retirement.

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Blame Takes the Whitney

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on August 9, 2010

It most certainly looks like winning fillies such as Rachel Alexandra and Zenyatta will have extremely difficult competition in the future, as a magnificent performance during the running of the Whitney Handicap Invitational saw to it that Blame secured his place in the winners circle. Even though Quality Road was chosen as the favorite for the 2010 edition of this prestigious event, Blame came through with more determination and speed than anyone expected him to. Quality Road was believed to be one of the fastest horses in the world, now it seems to be a title that should go to Blame instead.

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2010 Whitney Handicap Invitational

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on August 5, 2010

On Saturday, 7 August 2010, six talented horses will enter the starting gates of the Whitney Handicap Invitational, which is set to be a showdown to remember. With posts drawn and contenders gearing up for a spectacular performance, the stage is set for one of the most prestigious Grade 1 horse racing events of the season. The race will be hosted by the Saratoga Racecourse and there will be eleven races on the card, with the Whitney Handicap Invitational being the tenth race for the day.

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Haskell Conquered by Lookin’ At Lucky

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on August 2, 2010

With a $1m purse to be won, the Haskell Invitational Handicap is one of the premier horse racing events on the racing calendar. Inaugurated in 1968, the race was established to pay tribute to Amory L Haskell, late chairman and president of the Monmouth Park Racecourse. The event was changed from a handicap to an invitational handicap in 1981. It is a Grade 1 racing event for three year old race horses, and entries into this race are done by invitation only. Needless to say, some of the most successful and high profile horses are invited to participate, and the 2010 Haskell Invitational took place on Sunday, 1 August 2010.

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