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The Prestigious Vodacom Durban July

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on June 19, 2007

If there is one horse racing event that completely hogs the limelight every year in South Africa, it has to be the Durban July. This premier horse racing event is South Africa’s equivalent to the Kentucky Derby and it boasts big purses, beautiful thoroughbreds and attractive woman in designer dresses.

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Top Horse Racing in August

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on June 18, 2007

It is one of the first places to witness modern horse racing, but the amenities for spectators and punters are very typically of the 21st century. No punter needs to feel guilty about leaving the family at home to enjoy a spot of wagering, because there are fashion shows, gift shops and entertainment options galore for the whole family.

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Street Sense – 2007 Kentucky Derby Victor

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on June 12, 2007

After a seventeen year stretch, Carl Nafzger, trainer of the latest Kentucky Derby winner, Street Sense, found himself in the winners circle again. And that was just the start of the all attention, as the question on everyone’s mind is whether Street Sense can work his magic in the Preakness race and if he could be the next Triple Crown victor.

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“Rags to Riches” at the 2007 Belmont Stakes

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on June 11, 2007

Saturday's skies were cloudy and gray as seven magnificent thoroughbreds lined up at the post for the 139th running of the Belmont Stakes. Scant minutes later, however, an unlikely victor would carve out her place in the sun. You read right: "her"... for only the third time in the long and storied history of the Belmont Stakes, a filly won the grueling "Test of a Champion".

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The 1973 Belmont Stakes: Secretariat’s Greatest Triumph

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on June 4, 2007

Secretariat, one of the most renowned horses in the long history of horseracing, achieved his greatest triumph at the 1973 Belmont Stakes. The beautiful chestnut colt had already won the Kentucky Derby on May 5 and the Preakness on May 19, but as all horseracing aficionados know, the Belmont Stakes is no ordinary race. Not only is it the third race in the Triple Crown, the Belmont is also the longest at 1½ miles. The extra distance had been the stumbling block for many a horse since the very first "Run for the Carnations" in 1867 and no horse had won the prestigious Triple Crown since the legendary Citation 25 years earlier in 1948.

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The 2007 Belmont Stakes Continues an American Tradition

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on June 1, 2007

The 139th running of the Belmont Stakes, scheduled for June 9, 2007 at historic Belmont Park in Elmont, NY, perpetuates an American tradition that stretches back nearly to Civil War times. It was in 1867, barely 2 years after Lee surrendered at Appomattox Courthouse, that the very first Belmont Stakes was run. Although the Belmont is the third leg in horseracing's Triple Crown, it has the singular honor of being the oldest of the three races: six years older than the Preakness and pre-dating the Kentucky Derby by 8 years.

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The Belmont Stakes: Third Jewel in the Triple Crown

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on May 25, 2007

The Belmont Stakes is recognized as the third jewel in horse racing's Triple Crown, after the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes. In the case of the Belmont, however, coming in "third" is no disgrace. One might say, with full justification that it is at the Belmont that Triple Crown winners are made. Since the term "Triple Crown" was coined by noted sportswriter Charles Hatton following Gallant Fox's sweep of the Derby, the Preakness and the Belmont in 1930, a mere 10 horses have accomplished horseracing's greatest feat. We can add "Sir Barton" to the list by virtue of his 1919 sweep.

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A Top Horse Racing Tradition

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on April 16, 2007

A family name and title that evokes widespread respect in the worlds of both Islam and horse racing is that of the Aga Khan. The spiritual heads of this forward looking and liberal sect of Muslims have been avid followers of horse racing over the best part of the last 100 years.

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Virtual Horse Racing at the National Museum of Racing

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on April 9, 2007

There can be little doubt that thousands of people across the globe have wondered at some stage of their lives what it would be like to ride a race horse or participate as a jockey in a horse racing competition. As the striking thoroughbred pounds down the home stretch, the crowds cheering enthusiastically waiting on the result of the race, the speed and excitement is undeniable. Now at the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in Saratoga Springs New York, you can get a taste for racing without the danger at the interactive simulator exhibit.

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Can Physiologists Predict a Winning Horse?

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on April 2, 2007

The research of horses has been on going for many years, and horses are the best animals to research because of their love for running. Research has already brought to light extremely important discoveries with regard to blood clotting, blood pressure, heart rate and the role of oxygen within the blood stream.

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