Monthly Archives: February 2011

Flashpoint Overwhelms Competitors

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on February 28, 2011

The very first Hutcheson Stakes was run on 31 March 1954 and has been a grand fixture at the Gulfstream Park Racecourse ever since. It is a Grade II event that is exclusively for three-year-old horses that is run over a distance of seven and a half furlongs on a dirt track. It has a purse amount of $150 000 and is used by many trainers as a preparation race for the Florida Derby. Named in honor of William Levi Hutcheson, the 2011 Hutcheson Stakes was run on Saturday, 26 February 2011, at Gulfstream Park Racecourse, with Flashpoint taking the victory with an outstanding performance.

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High Expectations for Medermit

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on February 24, 2011

A great racehorse, foaled in April 1957 and passed away in May 1970, will be remembered as one of the most magnificent steeplechase horses of our life time. Arkle, who was owned by the Duchess of Westminister, Anne Grosvenor, left a huge legacy behind, and today his name is synonymous with one of the Cheltenham Festival’s toughest events. The first race was run in 1946 under the name the Cotswold Chase, but was changed to the Arkle Challenge Trophy in 1969 to pay tribute to the iconic horse. Trainer Alan King firmly believes that he has a horse that will be an ideal candidate to win the 2011 Arkle Challenge Trophy.

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Smiling Tiger Shows Magnificent Talent

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on February 21, 2011

Smiling Tiger is a four year old colt, sired by Hold That Tiger, that is owned by Alan Klein and Philip Lebherz. He is trained by Jeff Bonde and is a horse that seems to now be getting into his racing gear. Although he is a horse that is known for being kept either in the lead or near the race leader, unforeseen circumstances forced the colt and his jockey to change strategy, and Smiling Tiger did not disappoint. Ridden by Joel Rosario for the first time, both horse and jockey were able to keep their eye on the prize, remain calm and deliver a breathtaking performance at Santa Anita.

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Weight in the Spotlight for Aintree Grand National

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on February 17, 2011

It is almost that time of year again, when the Aintree Grand National gets underway in April, and it is known to be one of the most difficult and strenuous steeplechase events in the world. The race is run over a distance of four and a half miles, and there are thirty fences for competitors to negotiate throughout this grueling race. Less than half the contenders even complete the race. With the weight ratios for the race recently being released, there is more discussion in regard to the weight that horses have to carry during this event.

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Electrocution Horror at Newbury

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on February 15, 2011

With the Cheltenham Festival drawing nearer, races to test the endurance and strength of horses are vital to trainers and owners. Newbury was gearing up for a packed race card on Saturday, 12 February 2011, when two horses were fatally electrocuted in the parade ring. The tragedy that left spectators standing aghast and trainers running to remove their horses from harm’s way saw the closure of the racing card. Newbury hopes to reopen the racing card soon, once the investigation into the deaths has been completed, and steps taken to avoid another incident.

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Proposed Track for Dayton

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on February 10, 2011

The residents of Dayton are excited about Penn National Gaming’s proposal to construct a horse racing track in the town. Even though the residents are already sold on the idea, it will be up to the Ohio Racing Commission to accept the proposal. Penn National Gaming to close down the track in Columbus, Beulah Racecourse, if their proposal for Dayton is approved. Dayton locals see the pending racecourse as an income generating opportunity for their community, and are supporting the proposal one hundred percent.

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2011 Presidents Cup

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on February 7, 2011

The Presidents Cup is a Group 1 event for pure bred Arabian horses and was hosted at the Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club over the weekend. It has a purse amount of Dh1 million and is seen as one of the most prestigious events for Arab horses. Numerous worthy contenders took on the 2 200 meter challenge, but only one horse could reign supreme, namely Seraphin Du Paon. Even though this talented five-year-old is undoubtedly a very successful athlete, participating in such a huge event was still a gamble as it was only his sixth career start.

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Bill to Boost Industry in New Jersey

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on February 3, 2011

New Jersey is home to numerous legendary racecourses such as Monmouth Park and Meadowlands Racecourse. This means that the state lures thousands of horses to its tracks to compete in prestigious horse racing events such as the Haskell Invitational, Meadowlands Breeders Cup Stakes and a variety of Standardbred harness racing events. Now a new bill that will improve the present wagering legislation will boost the industry in New Jersey even further, bringing positive change to horse racing.

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