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Triple Crown: Afleet Alex, Pleasant Colony

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on April 8, 2015

The only horse on this list that lost the Kentucky Derby and went on to win the Preakness and Belmont, Afleet Alex's chance to win the Triple Crown ended early on in the racing season, but his powerful efforts in the Preakness and Belmont ushered in countless thoughts of "what if" after the season ended. In the 2005 Kentucky Derby, Afleet Alex came in third by less than a length behind longshot winner Giacomo...

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Triple Crown: Alysheba, Charismatic

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on March 9, 2015

A virtually ignored horse before the Derby, Alysheba had a terrific pedigree, as the son of 1978's Alydar, but had only won one of his first nine races and was the bettors' sixth choice at 8-1. However, he reached his peak at the right time. The day of the Derby saw the colt nearly knocked down by Bet Twice, only to recover and battle desperately down the stretch. In one of the most physical Derbies in recent memory, Alysheba ultimately prevailed by less than a length...

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Triple Crown: Sunday Silence, War Emblem, Silver Charm

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on February 10, 2015

Unlike the previous two selections, Sunday Silence was not ignored by any means. Picked by the experts from the outset as one of the favorites in the Derby, the California-bred horse was nonetheless overshadowed by the media's favorite and East Coast darling Easy Goer, the U.S. Champion Two-Year-Old. Easy Goer was the 4-5 favorite, with Sunday Silence as the 3-1 second choice. From the outset, the focus was on Easy and Sunday, with no other horse in the 15-horse field given much of a chance....

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Triple Crown: Funny Cide, Spectacular Bid

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on January 14, 2015

The first gelding to win the Kentucky Derby in 74 years and the only New York-bred horse to ever win, Funny Cide was given little chance to come out on top, but it was nothing personal - Kentucky's own Empire Maker was the overwhelming favorite to win at 6-5. Funny Cide began the race as a 12-1 shot but quickly found a comfortable stalking position, running third for the bulk of the race....

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Triple Crown: Smarty Jones, Real Quiet

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on January 2, 2015

Smarty Jones is generally the first horse that springs to most minds when it comes to recent near misses at the Belmont Stakes. Perhaps no horse since 1978 has captured the public's imagination as strongly as the little colt from Pennsylvania. Smarty’s road to the Kentucky Derby was a strange one. His original trainer was murdered by his own stepson the year Smarty was born. Then, as a 2-year-old, he was spooked when being trained for the starting gate and reared up, smashing his head against the roof...

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Triple Crown: Big Brown

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on December 18, 2014
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In June of 1978, Florida-trained thoroughbred Affirmed held off a late charge by Alydar and won the Belmont Stakes, securing the 11th Triple Crown in U.S. horse racing history. As Affirmed was the third Triple Crown winner in a six-year stretch, many horse racing enthusiasts had no reason to suspect that they wouldn't see another one in the near future. But over 33 years later, there has been no horse able to match Affirmed's perfect Triple Crown year...

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Featuring Pimlico Race Course and Aqueduct Racetrack

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on December 11, 2014
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Famous horse race tracks exist all over the world, and the mention of famous horse races immediately is correlated to the venues. For instance, the Melbourne Cup goes hand-n-hand with Flemington Racecourse. The Royal Ascot is a series of famous horse races held at Ascot Racecourse United Kingdom. Happy Valley Racecourse in Hong Kong is yet another...

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Race-day Drug Use in USA Remains Controversial

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on October 13, 2014
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The use of drugs in North American horseracing was once again under the spotlight at the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA) conference held in Paris, France, recently. Keynote speaker, and chairman of the U.S. Jockey Club, Ogden "Dinny" Phipps, reiterated the theme addressed at the 2014 Jockey Club Round Table Conference regarding integrity and uniformity in racehorse drug testing and medication. Despite calls for a centralized regulatory body for horseracing in the United States, there are still 38 individual racing commissions, one for each state with horseracing under its jurisdiction...

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Santa Anita’s Season Starts on New Track

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on September 29, 2014
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When the 25-day autumn meet began at Santa Anita on September 26, it was with a brand new dirt track consisting of El Segundo sand excavated from construction sites at Los Angeles International Airport. Due to the sand's uniformity and ability to drain quickly it is anticipated that the track will be safer for equine athletes than the previous sand and clay track which it replaced...

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2014 Melbourne Cup – Three European raiders set to flourish at Flemington

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on September 19, 2014

The countdown to the 2014 Melbourne Cup continues and this year’s race has attracted a number of European raiders who will be seeking success in the famous contest. The excitement is growing ahead of 'the race that stops a nation' and punters all over the world will be keeping a close eye on the international horses that will be making the trip to Flemington on Tuesday 4th November....

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