Monthly Archives: October 2010

20 And Done, Means No. 1

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on October 29, 2010

We are now just two weeks shy from one the most significant races in American racing history. November 6th's Breeders' Cup Classic will mark the final run in the still unblemished racing career of the legendary Zenyatta. Already the winner of nineteen races in as many starts, Big Z will be looking to win her third consecutive Breeders' Cup race by adding her second BC Classic to her lofty resume. In doing so, she will solidify her standing as the best horse in racing history.

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Paddy Mullins Passes Away

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on October 28, 2010

On Tuesday morning, 26 October 2010, the horse racing industry, family and friends mourned the passing of the great Paddy Mullins. He was known for his wonderful training abilities and his warm personality at the track, and after fifty-two years in the racing industry not one bad word can be spoken of the man who trained, loved and participated in the horse racing industry. His passion for horse racing infected his entire family, who are still involved in horse racing and will continue to honor his memory and the legacy he left behind.

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The Race That Stops a Nation

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on October 26, 2010

It's nearly here again, this year for the 150th time, arguably the greatest horse race in the world. Yes, the Melbourne Cup is just a few days away. There's nothing quite like it anywhere else in the world, where racing for one day totally dominates a nation's thoughts and habits. People stop work, or don’t go to work at all, but go to thousands of organised parties, and even plan holidays around the race.

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Empire Stakes 2010 Results

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on October 25, 2010

Belmont Park Track in New York has been the host of the Empire Classic Handicap, referred to as the Empire Stakes, since 1976. It was named the Empire Stakes on inauguration, but its name was changed to the Empire Classic in 1994. Each year the best horses from New York enter this prestigious race, and this year was no different. A spectacular group of horses entered the starting gates at Belmont Park, and hundreds of spectators watched in awe as each horse delivered their own breathtaking performance. Friend or Foe was to be the horse of the day, and the winner of the 2010 Empire Stakes.

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Loss of Top Jockey

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on October 21, 2010

The loss of jockey Stathi Katsidis came as a massive shock to the Australian horse racing industry, as he was a member of the horse racing community that was well liked and respected. His magnificent performances on the track also branded him as a top jockey. With the Cox Plate looming, many are left in despair and disbelief that this wonderful jockey will not be in the starting gates at the 2010 Cox Plate, which will be hosted this Saturday on 23 October 2010. His legacy will, however, continue to live on through those who loved and knew him.

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Harmonious Victory for Shirreffs

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on October 18, 2010

Fillies have been lining up in the starting gates of Keeneland Race Course, Lexington, for the Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup since its inauguration in 1984. This year, on Saturday 16 October 2010, it was no different. This spectacular Grade 1 thoroughbred horse racing event is used by many trainers as a preparation event for the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare event, and trainer John Shirreffs could not have been prouder standing in the winner’s circle on Saturday at Keeneland. Usually, Shirreffs has his full attention on Zenyatta, but there is another filly that is proving her worth on the racecourse.

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Replacement Track for Santa Anita

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on October 14, 2010

Injuries during horse racing events became a major concern, leading to many racing tracks around the world substituting conventional dirt surfaces for synthetic tracks. Claims were made in regard to the easy maintenance and safety of synthetic tracks, and Santa Anita was one of the racecourses that opted for a synthetic track surface in the hope that the surface would be able to reduce injuries and promote horse safety. But by Monday, 11 October 2010, the paddocks had grown quiet, the stables emptied and the staff were ready for the arrival of the heavy equipment to remove the synthetic surface of their main track.

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Zenyatta Makes It Nineteen

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on October 12, 2010

Hollywood Park came alive with celebration and historical wonder as Zenyatta headed towards the finish line of her nineteenth career start and her nineteenth consecutive victory. This magnificent filly took the racing world by storm and has enjoyed winning a variety of prestigious events, as thirteern of her victories have been Grade 1 events, while a total of seventeen have been graded stakes events. Now all eyes are on Zenyatta, hoping she can make it twenty victories in a row.

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Workforce Takes the Arc

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on October 4, 2010

The Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, or The Arc as it often referred to, is one of the most prestigious international racing events of the season. It is a Group 1 meeting for horses that are three-years-old and older, and is annually run at the Longchamp Racecourse in France. With a purse of $5.5 million, the race is amongst the richest in the world. Amongst its past winners are names such as Sea The Stars, Sea Bird and Zarkava. On Sunday, 3 October 2010, Paris came alive with racing action, as eighteen contenders thrust themselves out of the starting gates for the running of the 2010 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.

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