Monthly Archives: June 2011

Disappointment for Animal Kingdom

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on June 30, 2011

The Belmont Stakes was a very disappointing event for Animal Kingdom and his connections. He was a very strong contender for the race, but got bumped just out the starting gates, and the collision almost caused him to fall and his jockey was left holding on for dear life. The pair did manage to correct themselves, but by the time they had settled back into the race, it was too late to make up the ground. More disappointment followed when Animal Kingdom went on to become lame for a few days running, causing great concern.

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Inglorious Takes Queen’s Plate

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on June 27, 2011

Inaugurated in 1860, the Queen's Plate is a thoroughbred horse racing event that is the oldest in Canada's racing history. It is run over a distance of one and a quarter miles, and is for horses that are three years of age. One of the requirements for the event is that the horses have to have been foaled in the country. The Woodbine Racetrack in Ontario is the host of this annual event. For the safety of horses and jockeys, the number of entrants is limited to seventeen. On Sunday, 26 June 2011, the Queen's Plate was run for the 152nd time, and with a purse of $1 million, all the horses where in high gear.

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The Pacing World’s Best Filly

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on June 23, 2011

Thoroughbred flat horse racing has had magnificent fillies such as Zenyatta and Rachel Alexandra to uplift the industry. While fans are keeping their eyes open for the next talented filly to take on the boys and bring spark to the race track, the pacing horse racing world already has theirs. A beautiful three-year-old filly, named See You At Peelers, has been proving to be the queen of the pacing industry. With her spectacular unbeaten record, it is hoped that fans across the board will take notice of this magnificent horse and her wonderful racing career so far.

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Top Jockey Title for Moore

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on June 20, 2011

The Royal Ascot Festival is not only a five day spectacular of live horse racing action and entertainment for spectators, but it is a very competitive time for jockeys and trainers wanting to take top honors at the end of the festival. Even though Ryan Moore is contracted to Sir Michael Stoute, he is the number one choice for trainer Aidan O'Brian, trainer for Ballydoyle, if Moore is able to ride. It came down to only two jockeys fighting for the Top Jockey title this year, namely Ryan Moore and Richard Hughes. Moore was able to take the title by a mere nose, leaving Hughes in second position, for the second time.

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Whipping under Scrutiny

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on June 16, 2011

On Tuesday, 14 June 2011, Royal Ascot week kicked off in full swing. Even though the festive atmosphere and thrilling live horse racing action has captured spectators’ undivided attention, there is a cloud looming in the form of surveys and debates on the excessive use of whipping being under scrutiny yet again. It has been a controversial issue in the sport for years, and even though the British Horseracing Authority has gone the extra mile in regard to this point of contention, it seems they will have to do more.

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2011 Belmont Action

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on June 13, 2011

All the big names were lined up in the starting gates for the running of the 143rd Belmont Stakes this weekend, including Animal Kingdom, Mucho Macho Man, Shackleford and a long shot named Ruler on Ice. There was great upset, disappointment, anger and spectacular victory at the Belmont this year, which not only created a sensational live horse racing for spectators, but created drama and excitement after the race as well. Ruler On Ice definitely left his mark on the Belmont Stakes this year.

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Viva Pataca Retires

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on June 9, 2011

For six years Viva Pataca was the Chinese racing sensation, and his racing career proves what a magnificent horse he is. He has had forty-four starts during his career, where he placed third in ten races, came in second five times and enjoyed thirteen victories. He has accumulated over HK$83 million for his owner Stanley Ho. After placing third in the Champions and Charter Cup, a Group One race that he has won three times previously, the decision was made to retire Viva Pataca, as it is the first season that he has not been able to clinch a victory after taking the racing industry in Hong Kong by storm.

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Thrilling Epsom Derby Finish

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on June 6, 2011

In the year 1909, a hundred and two years ago, a horse named Minoru, owned by Edward VII, won the Epsom Derby. It was the last time a horse from the Royal family had won this event, and it seems the family will have to wait another year as the 2011 Epsom Derby, sponsored by Investec, was won by Pour Moi, with Treasure Beach in second place, and Carlton House finishing in third place. Even though Carlton House did not manage to secure the victory, the Queen was still happy with his performance and is pleased to own a horse that shows so much potential.

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Epsom Derby Fever

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on June 2, 2011

The first Epsom Derby was inaugurated in 1780, and is also referred to as The Derby and Derby Stakes. It is a race for horses that are three years of age, and both fillies and colts are permitted to enter. This Group 1 race for thoroughbreds, hosted by the Epsom Downs Racecourse, is run over a distance of 2 423 meters. The Derby is seen as one of the most prestigious events on Britain’s horse racing calendar and a race that has eluded the Queen for years. It is an event that sees a celebrity line-up of spectators, dressed in the most fashionable designs, included in the stands that fill up with approximately a hundred thousand racing fans.

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