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Adjustments to the 2012 Irish Racing Schedule

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on July 28, 2011

Curragh Racecourse is the host of the famous Irish Derby that is currently being sponsored by Dubai Duty Free. It is a Group 1 event for three-year-old horses and is run over a distance of 2 414 meters. It was known as the O'Darby Stakes when it was first run in 1817, but discontinued in 1824. In 1848 they tried to bring the race back as the Curragh Derby, but again it failed. The race as we know it today was inaugurated in 186, by the third Earl of Charlemont, the third Earl of Howth and the third Marquess of Drogheda. This popular race is one of Ireland's most prestigious events, and rescheduling of racing for 2012 has seen to it that the race will be moved from its present fixture.

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2011 Celebrity Ladies Race

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on July 21, 2011

The Glorious Goodwood Festival will kick off on 26 July 2011 and run through to 30 July 2011, drawing some of the best horses in the industry to its starting gates. There is, however, one race that stands out amongst the rest and that is the 2011 Celebrity Ladies Race. This event will take place on Thursday, 28 July 2011. Audi has kindly sponsored the race, which will generate funds for the Great Ormond Street Hospital. It has been a huge effort from both the celebrities participating, as well as trainers, jockeys and behind-the-scenes staff to ensure that the race goes off smoothly.

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Bid to Save Canterbury Park

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on July 14, 2011

Many of the workers at Canterbury Park have been working at the track for most of their lives and horse owners have been supporting the track faithfully for many years. As with most horse racing facilities, Canterbury Park had to pay for the costs to regulate the track, which it did; but even in spite of this a court ruling was handed down forcing the state agency, the Minnesota Racing Commission, to shut down both Canterbury Park and Running Aces. Thousands now sit without jobs, but they are fighting back with all they have.

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Super Star in the Making

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on July 11, 2011

The Arlington Park Mid America Triple consists of three racing events, namely the Arlington Classic, the American Derby and the Secretariat Stakes. Not many horses have been able to obtain this title. The last horse to win all three events was Honor Glide, which won the races in 1997, and before him it was Buckpasser in the year 1966. This year, however, there is a horse that stands a very good chance of securing all three races, namely Willcox Inn.

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Disappointment for Animal Kingdom

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on June 30, 2011

The Belmont Stakes was a very disappointing event for Animal Kingdom and his connections. He was a very strong contender for the race, but got bumped just out the starting gates, and the collision almost caused him to fall and his jockey was left holding on for dear life. The pair did manage to correct themselves, but by the time they had settled back into the race, it was too late to make up the ground. More disappointment followed when Animal Kingdom went on to become lame for a few days running, causing great concern.

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The Pacing World’s Best Filly

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on June 23, 2011

Thoroughbred flat horse racing has had magnificent fillies such as Zenyatta and Rachel Alexandra to uplift the industry. While fans are keeping their eyes open for the next talented filly to take on the boys and bring spark to the race track, the pacing horse racing world already has theirs. A beautiful three-year-old filly, named See You At Peelers, has been proving to be the queen of the pacing industry. With her spectacular unbeaten record, it is hoped that fans across the board will take notice of this magnificent horse and her wonderful racing career so far.

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Top Jockey Title for Moore

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on June 20, 2011

The Royal Ascot Festival is not only a five day spectacular of live horse racing action and entertainment for spectators, but it is a very competitive time for jockeys and trainers wanting to take top honors at the end of the festival. Even though Ryan Moore is contracted to Sir Michael Stoute, he is the number one choice for trainer Aidan O'Brian, trainer for Ballydoyle, if Moore is able to ride. It came down to only two jockeys fighting for the Top Jockey title this year, namely Ryan Moore and Richard Hughes. Moore was able to take the title by a mere nose, leaving Hughes in second position, for the second time.

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2011 Belmont Action

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on June 13, 2011

All the big names were lined up in the starting gates for the running of the 143rd Belmont Stakes this weekend, including Animal Kingdom, Mucho Macho Man, Shackleford and a long shot named Ruler on Ice. There was great upset, disappointment, anger and spectacular victory at the Belmont this year, which not only created a sensational live horse racing for spectators, but created drama and excitement after the race as well. Ruler On Ice definitely left his mark on the Belmont Stakes this year.

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2011 Heritage Place Futurity Results

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on May 30, 2011

Dr Charles Graham, the Robert W. Moore Family, Robert Gentry and the Bruce Gentry Family are the co-owners of Heritage Place. It was established by these horsemen in 1978 and is today a leading horse sales facility, built on forty acres of land. It boasts an indoor auditorium that is air-conditioned, a restaurant, a stunning arena and a staggering six hundred and forty stalls. It is also in close proximity of the Remington Park Racetrack, where the 2011 Heritage Place Futurity took place on Saturday night, 28 May 2011. It is a $1 million, Grade 1 event for quarter horses, and High Rate of Return showed off his extraordinary skill during the race.

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Preparing for the Budapest Bullet

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on May 19, 2011

Horses from all over, that are three-years-old or older, will be descending on Haydock Park on Saturday 21 May 2011 for the running of the Temple Stakes. It is a Group 2 event for thoroughbreds run in Great Britain, and covers a distance of 1 006 meters. It was inaugurated in 1965. This year there is a special horse competing, a horse that has been nicknamed the "Budapest Bullet", and is the pride and joy of Hungary. His name is actually Overdose. With his performance record it is hoped that his British debut will be one of victory.

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