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Remembering the 2006 Horse Racing Season

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on February 5, 2007

As enter the 2007 Racing Season, who can help but to rub their hands together in anticipation of watching the upcoming juveniles show what they are made of. Street Sense, winner of the 2006 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, already has his hoof in the gate to the million-dollar Florida Derby (one of the final major prep races leading to the Kentucky Derby) in late March along with a handful of other thoroughbred babies.

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The Supreme Horse Racing Spectacle at Ellerslie

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on January 29, 2007

The Ellerslie Racecourse comes as a pleasant surprise for horse racing enthusiasts because it is easy to forget the thunderous excitement of the sport in the sublime environs of Auckland. Ellerslie is an especially quiet and graceful part of the North Island of New Zealand, and has a restful atmosphere of its own, though it is, in civic terms, no more than a small suburb of Auckland.

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A Pure and Isolated Horse Breed

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on January 22, 2007

Icelandic horses are as shaggy as you would suspect, but surprisingly short and diminutive. They were introduced by the Vikings, and have remained genetically pure as imports from other continents and countries have been banned for some time. Icelandic horses are gentle by nature, almost as though they have been gifted with personalities to go with their gentle frames. They are just right for novices to riding.

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Jorge Chavez – A Famous Name in Horse Racing!

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on January 8, 2007

Though many famous and infamous South Americans share the family name, Chavez should be recalled fondly in the horse racing world. Jorge Chavez lives in Garden City, New York, but was born in Callao, Peru. The millions of dollars he has won from riding horses, and the pulsating enjoyment he has given thousands of horse racing lovers, is far removed from Jorge’s humble beginnings.

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Looking Back, then Forward

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on December 25, 2006

Modern thoroughbred racing is something to get excited about...just as fans were some fifty, sixty, and seventy years ago. But rediscovering horseracing and turning interest into action among newer enthusiasts must be craftily executed and mindful of not letting "the tail wag the dog" (coined from the Joe McGuiness book, The Big Horse, about long-shot Volponi and the legendary PG Johnson). Hear this: the resources necessary to jump start the thoroughbred racing fan base exists within the glorious sport itself.

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Horse Racing Down Under

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on December 18, 2006

Everyone knows Australians for their love of sport, and horse racing has an avid following in this country. The climate is suitable for a long racing season, and there are a number of outstanding race tracks on the continent. Australia is a favorite with horse racing lovers who live in the temperate latitudes of North America, and who wish to follow events and enjoy online betting during the colder months in their home places.

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Will Horse Racing Be The Victim?

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on November 20, 2006

The contradictory pressure of real estate values, and cost containment, threaten the very existence of horse racing as a sport. Casinos are a common, but not the only way in which owners of horse racing tracks can rake in huge wads of cash. Land for stables, farms, and practice tracks, are usually amongst the first to lose out to the modern whims of city folk, but since there is no limit to greed, the sport itself can disappear at times. A closely related matter is the ownership of land which hosts horse racing tracks and complexes, since local authorities always have rights to take over these properties.

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Preserving an Important Horse Racing Tradition

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on November 13, 2006

One of the most endearing characteristics of horse racing is its honor of deep rooted traditions. The manner in which thoroughbreds are bred, trained and cared for, go back uncounted generations. Horse racing methods have not changed much either, though electronics, satellites and the Internet have revolutionized sports betting conventions.

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Sharpen Your Senses for Breeders Cup Day

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on November 10, 2006

Stepping through the entrance gate of any major track on Breeders Cup day instantly snaps the senses to attention...among the grandeur of those twin spires of Churchill Downs or beneath the hundred-year-old trees of Saratoga Racecourse, for example, the feeling of self becomes clouded as you mesh with the other 75,000 or so attendees to watch the day’s events unfold.

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First Blood of Horse Racing

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on November 6, 2006

Horse racing depends on the nobility, courage, competitive spirit, strength and stamina of thoroughbreds. You cannot have everything in any one animal, but many of them exhibit combinations of features which make them the stuff of legends. Horse racing is an intense sport, and while years of training and riding skill go in to every event which lasts but minutes, it is the bred quality and innate characteristics of horses which makes the difference between champions and also-rans.

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