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Northern Dancer, Sire of the Century

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on September 21, 2007

There are few, if any, thoroughbreds who can match the combined accomplishments of the great Northern Dancer, both on the track and at the stud farm. The respected Thoroughbred Times considers Northern Dancer to be the 20th century's best sire of sires. Northern Dancer's influence has extended as far as Japan, where one of his sons named Northern Taste was the leading sire in the country for a decade. Northern Dancer ranks 43 out of 100 in the Blood-Horse rankings of the top U.S. thoroughbred champions of the 20th Century.

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Tattersalls Introduces the Tattersalls Millions

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on September 10, 2007

Tattersalls is Europe’s largest bloodstock auctioneer. It also has the distinction of being the oldest bloodstock auctioneer in the world, having been founded by Richard Tattersall in 1766. Tattersalls have the well-earned reputation for offering the best thoroughbreds to be found worldwide. Over 200 years of service has proven their commitment to high standards of service and integrity. The branch at Fairyhouse outside Dublin in Ireland operates with the same levels of integrity and service that buyers have come to expect from Tattersalls.

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Aiming for the Prestigious Eclipse Awards

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on August 27, 2007

Every year many breeders and owners hold onto the hope that their horse will walk away with one of the prestigious Eclipse Awards, such as the Horse of the Year Award. It is a ceremony that has been around since 1887, honoring the magnificent race winners of the racetracks for their tireless efforts and sacrifice. Horses are taken for granted so often that their achievements and performances are not noted, but since attention has been brought to this significant part of horse racing, horses have been honored and remembered with fondness and admiration.

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The Tin Man – The Heart of a Champion

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on August 21, 2007

The Tin Man is well-known descendant of a few noteworthy racehorses, and some might say that he was born to run. But genes have nothing to do with the fact that at the age of nine, when other racehorses have been put to stud or have become a family pet, The Tin Man is still setting the racetrack on fire. It might seem hard to believe, but this magnificent racehorse has proven to get better with age.

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The Akhal-Teke Breed in Horse Racing

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on July 30, 2007

At first glance, you would think that you were looking at a Thoroughbred horse. But then he walks out into the sun and an almost blinding metallic glow ripples across his coat and muscles and you know, you are looking at something quite unique and spectacular. It is the Akhal-Teke, an ancient horse breed that has in recent years has proved to be a formidable horse and one of the most versatile horse breeds on earth. But why would people even consider using the Akhal-Teke in Horse Racing?

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The World-Renowned Grand National Steeplechase

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on July 23, 2007

The Grand National Steeplechase is well known all over the world and attracts as many as 150,000 spectators every year. The Grand National is held at the Aintree Racecourse in Liverpool on the last day of the three-day Grand National meeting. Aintree Racecourse is located in Aintree, on Merseyside. Before the Aintree Racecourse existed, the Grand National Steeplechase was held in Maghull, a nearby town.

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Citation, Thoroughbred Racing’s First Millionaire

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on July 16, 2007

Citation is one of the most famous thoroughbred race horses of this and any other century. Although his career was somewhat short, this beautiful bay colt would make the most of it, becoming the first horse to win over one million dollars in a single season. Now, a million isn't what it used to be, but Citation's achievement was breathtaking for the era in which he raced: the late 1940s and early 1950s.

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Development and Design of the Horse Racing Saddle

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on July 9, 2007

Saddles have long been used in horse riding to provide comfort and stability to the rider and the horse. Early saddles were little more than thick padding strapped over the horse's back to provide the rider with added comfort. Horse racing saddles have certainly come a long way from these humble beginnings.

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Kauto Star – National Hunt Racing

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on June 29, 2007

Kauto Star, pronounced “Kor-toe”, seems to be on everyone’s minds and lips especially concerning the Cheltenham Gold Cup. Kauto Star was born the 19th of March 2000. A French bred horse, Kauto Star is presently been trained by Paul Nicholls as a National Hunt racehorse in England.

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Santa Anita Park will host the 2008 Breeders’ Cup

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on June 25, 2007

The year 1986 marked the first time the Breeders' Cup was held at the Santa Anita Park in Southern California, and once again the 2008 Breeders Cup will be held here during the silver anniversary edition at the Oak Tree Meet. The Breeders' Cup horse race has been held at Santa Anita on two other occasions - in 1993 and 2003. 2008 is therefore the fourth year that the Breeders' Cup will take place at this famous race track.

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