Monthly Archives: September 2011

Breeders Cup Hopefuls in Super Saturday at Belmont

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on September 29, 2011

With the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic due to take place at Churchill Downs on November 5, punters will no doubt be paying close attention to the performance of their favorites in upcoming races, including the six graded stakes on Belmont Park's Super Saturday card this weekend โ€“ the Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational; the Jockey Club Gold Cup Invitational; the Flower Bowl Invitational; the Beldame; the Vosburgh; and the Kelso Breeders' Cup Handicap. All six races feature prime contenders for the prestigious Breeders Cup, and Saturday's races can be a make-or-break scenario for eligibility.

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Keeneland Yearling Sale Ends Positively

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on September 26, 2011

Running from 11 to 24 September 2011, the Keeneland September Yearling Sale ended on Saturday with great gains and increases in all categories. Known as the world's largest Thoroughbred yearling auction, this year's event left consignors hopeful that the market was on the mend.

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Coleman Covets Little Brown Jug

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on September 22, 2011

Hosted by the Delaware County Agricultural Society since 1946 and taking place annually on the third Thursday following Labor Day at the County Fairgrounds, the Little Brown Jug is a harness race for three-year old pacing standardbred horses that is considered to be one of the most prestigious races of its kind. The origin of the race goes back more than five decades, later being named in honor of the pacer, Little Brown Jug, winner of nine consecutive races and selected for the USTA Hall of Fame Immortal award in 1975.

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Turallure Victorious in Woodbine Mile

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on September 19, 2011

Turallure, son of Canadian Triple Crown winner Wando, set the field alight on Sunday, 18 September 2011, as he stormed across the finish line to win the Ricoh Woodbine Mile. It was an amazing victory for trainer Charles Lopresti, as this was the New Yorker's first venture into Canada. The win has also secured Turallure a place in the prestigious Breeders' Cup on 5 November 2011.

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BHA Fights Punter Corruption

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on September 15, 2011

In an attempt to halt corruption in the Sport of Kings, the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) is likely to make more frequent use of its power to ban suspect punters from all racecourses within the United Kingdom, while not having to lay formal legal charges against them and become tied up in legal wrangling. This new corruption-fighting strategy was revealed following a weekend of racing during which two individuals deemed to be bringing the sport of horse racing into disrepute were banned from all UK licensed racecourses. In keeping with the BHA rules, this action was taken without pressing formal charges and without any disciplinary hearing being called. The ban includes being forbidden from having contact with jockeys, trainers, stable staff and licensed owners, with all parties being informed of the decision.

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Shortened Season Ends on High Note for Canterbury Park

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on September 12, 2011

Canterbury Park's live quarter-horse and thoroughbred racing season drew to a close on Sunday with average attendance for the season recorded at 6,143 - outstripping previous figures for the third year in a row. Although the figures confirm a growing interest in the Sport of Kings, officials are concerned that the twenty day shutdown of the track during the 2011 racing season will have a delayed negative impact on the Shakopee, Minnesota, racetrack's 2012 season. It was noted, however, that on-track wagering statistics remained flat, despite the fact that the track was closed over the Fourth of July weekend โ€“ traditionally two of the largest wagering days of the season. Moreover, online wagering and simulcast wagering on Canterbury races from other tracks, increased by 6.3 percent.

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Havre de Grace Wins Woodward, Aims for Beldame

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on September 8, 2011

Horseracing enthusiasts no doubt remember the 2009 Woodward Stakes at Saratoga, where Rachel Alexandra thundered over the finish line becoming the first filly to take the number one spot for this event. Girl-power ruled as the filly entered the winners circle, with female supporters, young and old, sporting Rachel Alexandra pins. The $750,000 Woodward Stakes event on the Labor Day Weekend turned into a battle of the sexes once more, with filly Havre de Grace crossing the finish line in first place โ€“ ending off the Saratoga horse racing season in grand style.

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Dream Ahead Fulfilling Dreams

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on September 5, 2011

On Saturday, 3 September 2011, the Haydock Racecourse hosted the running of the 44th Sprint Cup, which is sponsored by Betfred. Some of the best horses in the industry, past and present, have participated in this wonderful event. This year was no different, except for the fact that a colt by the name of Dream Ahead made history by winning two of the sprint divisions in the Quipco British Champions Series, and proving that he is a very strong and talented three-year-old colt. Sired by Diktat, Dream Ahead performed brilliantly and gave David Simcock a proud moment to enjoy.

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2011 Travers Stakes

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on September 1, 2011

The historical Travers Stakes was inaugurated in 1864 and was named after the then Saratoga Racing Association president, William R. Travers. Not only was the race named after him but his horse by the name of Kentucky won the very first Travers Stakes. It is a thoroughbred horse race for colts, geldings and fillies that are three years of age, and is a Grade 1 event. In 1999 the purse was increased to $1 million and it is one of the most anticipated races of the Saratoga Racecourse season. This year, the 142nd event was held on Saturday, 27 August 2011.

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