Monthly Archives: October 2011

San Pail Matchless as Best Trotter

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on October 31, 2011

Having already established himself as one of the best, if not the best, trotter in North America, San Pail was up against international competition at the Breeders Crown Open Trot held at Woodbine in Canada this past weekend, and went on to prove that he has what it takes to defend to compete on all levels. Delighted with the win, driver Randy Waples was reported as saying that San Pail is just an unbelievable horse. The seven-year-old gelding made his 107th lifetime start with the race and had been competing against the same field throughout the year, showing his remarkable determination, form and endurance. Foreign horses, Commander Crowe and Rapide Lebel, provided an additional challenge for San Pail, and he proved more than up to the task at hand.

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Georgian Downs Heads for Success

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on October 27, 2011

Canadian horse racing track Georgian Downs battled against a number of adverse conditions in their spring racing season. As was the case with a number of other tracks in the country, Georgian Downs had to deal with low entry numbers due to ten percent fewer horses being supplied. The track still offered a wide range of classes but only the lower classes garnered a full field, resulting in a drop in average daily purses. For example, purses averaged $76,000 with 119 entries in April, with May's purses dropping to $70,000 with 102 entries. However, track authorities took action, and working diligently with the Implementation and Monitoring Group (IM Group), Georgian Downs started to recover, and by August the worrying downward trend was successfully turned around.

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Black Caviar Can’t Be Beat

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on October 24, 2011

Horse of the Year Black Caviar continues her reign as the darling of the Australian horse racing industry. The undefeated mare raced to her 15th victory, winning by six lengths in the Schweppes A.J. Moir Stakes, which took place at Moonee Valley on Saturday. With this win she overtakes the renowned Phar Lap's racing record of 14-0.

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New Communications Command Center at Churchill Downs

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on October 20, 2011

With maintaining the integrity of horse racing being of paramount importance, the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission, the Breeders' Cup and Churchill Downs have agreed to the establishment of a Communications Command Center at the track which will be in operation for the upcoming World Championships on 4-5 November. As the name suggests, the new policies relate to communication between veterinarians, stewards and other race day officials, as well as to the allocation of responsibilities among these parties.

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Frankel Shines at British Champions Day

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on October 17, 2011

Punted as the richest day in British horse racing, the inaugural British Champions Day at Ascot on Saturday 15 October attracted close to 27,000 spectators, many of whom were eager supporters of as yet unbeaten Frankel. The three-year-old colt lived up to his growing reputation by winning the one-mile Qipco Queen Elizabeth II stakes by four lengths, followed by Excelebration and Immortal Verse. Rated by the British Horseracing Authority as the best racehorse in the world, Frankel has been victorious in nine consecutive races, earning his owner, Saudi Prince Khalid Abdullah, no less than £567,000.

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KHRC Approves 2012 Calendar

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on October 13, 2011

There has been some controversy and debate over the fact that the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission recently approved a 2012 racing calendar almost identical to the current year. While the full racing commission meeting on 18 October still needs to approve the calendar, there seems to be little doubt that it will be accepted. The five Thoroughbred tracks under the jurisdiction of the KHRC have requested 210 race days, while the three Standardbred tracks have asked for 65 days.

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Union Rags Headed for Riches

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on October 10, 2011

It was an exciting day at Belmont Park this past Saturday (8 October 2011), with an unforgettable performance by Union Rags in the Champagne Stakes. The talented 2-year-old colt won the stakes race in spectacular fashion and is now headed for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile, where he is likely to be the favorite. Union Rags' victory on Saturday has also set him on course for the Kentucky Derby in 2012.

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Zenyatta Celebration – Honoring a Legend

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on October 6, 2011

Winner of the 2010 Eclipse Award for Horse of the Year, with 87% of the public's vote, Zenyatta was victorious in nineteen of the twenty races of her career, becoming the American record-holder for consecutive victories in unrestricted races. Referred to as the "Queen" by her trainer, Zenyatta was selected for NTRA's Moment of the Year Award three years in a row – in 2008 for her victory in the Ladies Classic; in 2009 for her Breeders Cup Classic win; and in 2010 for her very narrow defeat in the Breeders Cup Classic. Ceremonies held at Hollywood Park and Keeneland Race Track were attended by thousands of fans when she retired from racing and started her new career as a brood mare.

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Ascot Hosts British Champions Day

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on October 3, 2011

Taking place at Ascot on 15 October 2011, the QIPCO British Champions Day is promoted as "Britain’s Richest Ever Raceday" and looks set to become a highlight on the British horseracing calendar of events. Launched on Saturday 30 April at Newmarket's Rowley Mile racecourse, the QIPCO is a new British horseracing series comprising of five championship categories – Sprint, Mile, Middle Distance, Long Distance, and Fillies & Mares. Featuring seven of the top races within the individual categories, the 28-day series aims to bring together some of the world's finest racehorses, their jockeys and trainers at leading British racecourses –Ascot, Epsom Downs, Doncaster, Goodwood, Newbury, Haydock Park and Newmarket.

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