Monthly Archives: March 2011

2011 Hall of Fame Finalists

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on March 31, 2011

It is that time of the year again, and the final nominees for induction into the National Museum of Racing's Hall of Fame have been announced. The highest votes in each category will determine the inducteesThe prestigious awards ceremony will be held on 12 August 2011 at the Fasig-Tipton Sales Pavilion. There is a special category for those who have been in the industry for more than twenty-five years, and the inductee candidates will be selected by the Historic Review Committee. But as far as horses, jockeys and trainers go, the finalists have been announced and four of the nominees have made the list this year for the first time.

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Victoire Pica Takes Dubai World Cup

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on March 28, 2011

The first horse to win the Dubai World Cup at the inauguration race in 1996 was the Hall of Famer Cigar. The race is run over a distance of two thousand meters, has a purse amount USD 10 million, and is hosted by the Meydan Racecourse in Dubai. Horses that are three-years-old and older are permitted to participate in the event. On Saturday, 26 March 2011, a Japanese horse by the name of Victoire Pica galloped to victory - a historic moment for Japan as a whole.

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New Sponsor for British Champions Series

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on March 24, 2011

The thirty-five event British Champions Series will kick off on 30 April 2011 with the Newmarket Rowley Mile. This year, however, there will be a massive change in regard to purses, as a two year contract has been signed with Qatar International Investment & Projects Development Holding Co. to sponsor the series. This is set to have a historical impact on British horse racing. British Champions Day will also be a landmark experience, with three million pounds in prize money being made available.

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Periander Delivers Breathtaking Win

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on March 21, 2011

The Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club is one of the most well-known courses in the world as it not only features wonderful facilities for stabling and training but is home to the prestigious horse racing events such as the Emirates Championship. The Emirates Championship is an event for Purebred Arabian horses, and even though Magaretha de Ruiter-Floor was given an invitation to run her horse Periander in the Kahayla Classic, she made the decision not to divert from the racing plan that she had set out for Periander, and it turned out to be a very good choice.

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Sizing Europe Takes Chase Victory

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on March 17, 2011

In 1959, the Queen Mother Champion Chase was inaugurated and forms part of the annual Cheltenham Festival, hosted by the Cheltenham Racecourse. It is National Hunt Chase, and is a Grade 1 event for horses that are five-years-old or older. There are twelve fences for the horses to cross during this 3 219 meter race. After failing to finish due to a strained back injury during the Queen Mother Champion Chase in 2008, Sizing Europe came back on Tuesday, 15 March 2011, to add his name to the list of winners.

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San Filipe Rocked by Premier Pegasus

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on March 14, 2011

The San Felipe Stakes has gone through many changes. Inaugurated in 1935, the event was only open to three-year-old horses of both sexes in 1952. World War II did cause some disruption in the running of this race, as the war affected many racecourses. Now this popular Grade II event is an anticipated race and is one of the Kentucky Derby official preparation races, as well as a prep race for the Santa Anita Derby. It has a purse of $250 000 and is run at the Santa Anita Racecourse. On Saturday, 12 March 2011, one horse took the San Filipe by storm.

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Incredible Win for Punter

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on March 10, 2011

When Steve Whiteley, a heating engineer from North Tawton, Devon, stepped on a bus to head towards Exeter Racecourse, he was looking forward to a day at the races. He had no idea that the 8th of March 2011 would change his life forever. Not having much money to spend, he had to scrap his first ticket, as he chose two horses in each race, and the £32 price attached to that ticket was too rich for his pocket. So Steve Whiteley rather opted for picking six possible winners, which cost him £2. Little did he know that he would be right in the choices he had made.

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Great Come Back for Positive Response

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on March 7, 2011

The John Battaglia Memorial Stakes was inaugurated at the Turfway Park Racecourse as a preparation race for the Lane's End Stakes in 1982. It is held on a dirt track and is for horses three years of age. This race was named after the previous manager of the racecourse, back when it was still known as the Latonia Race Track, and has a purse of $100 000. Positive Response has shown that he can perform on synthetic courses, but on Saturday, 5 March 2011, he proved that he is just as comfortable of dirt by winning the John Battaglia Memorial Stakes by seven lengths.

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2011 Thistledown Season

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on March 3, 2011

The Ohio Derby will be held on 4 June 2011. This will be the 77th time that the race will be held. It has a colorful history, with the race being in inaugurated in 1876 but cancelled in 1882. It was brought back in 1924, and was won by the legendary Black Gold. It is now held at the Thistledown Racecourse, in Ohio, and is a Grade III race for horses that are three-years-old. Hosted on a dirt track, the race covers a distance of one and 1/16 miles, and has a purse amount of $100 000. Although the race is some time away, trainers are already preparing for this event and the excitement is mounting around the new Thistledown Season.

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