Horse Racing News

Frankel Shines at British Champions Day

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on October 17, 2011

Punted as the richest day in British horse racing, the inaugural British Champions Day at Ascot on Saturday 15 October attracted close to 27,000 spectators, many of whom were eager supporters of as yet unbeaten Frankel. The three-year-old colt lived up to his growing reputation by winning the one-mile Qipco Queen Elizabeth II stakes by four lengths, followed by Excelebration and Immortal Verse. Rated by the British Horseracing Authority as the best racehorse in the world, Frankel has been victorious in nine consecutive races, earning his owner, Saudi Prince Khalid Abdullah, no less than £567,000.

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Union Rags Headed for Riches

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on October 10, 2011

It was an exciting day at Belmont Park this past Saturday (8 October 2011), with an unforgettable performance by Union Rags in the Champagne Stakes. The talented 2-year-old colt won the stakes race in spectacular fashion and is now headed for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile, where he is likely to be the favorite. Union Rags' victory on Saturday has also set him on course for the Kentucky Derby in 2012.

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Turallure Victorious in Woodbine Mile

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on September 19, 2011

Turallure, son of Canadian Triple Crown winner Wando, set the field alight on Sunday, 18 September 2011, as he stormed across the finish line to win the Ricoh Woodbine Mile. It was an amazing victory for trainer Charles Lopresti, as this was the New Yorker's first venture into Canada. The win has also secured Turallure a place in the prestigious Breeders' Cup on 5 November 2011.

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Havre de Grace Wins Woodward, Aims for Beldame

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on September 8, 2011

Horseracing enthusiasts no doubt remember the 2009 Woodward Stakes at Saratoga, where Rachel Alexandra thundered over the finish line becoming the first filly to take the number one spot for this event. Girl-power ruled as the filly entered the winners circle, with female supporters, young and old, sporting Rachel Alexandra pins. The $750,000 Woodward Stakes event on the Labor Day Weekend turned into a battle of the sexes once more, with filly Havre de Grace crossing the finish line in first place – ending off the Saratoga horse racing season in grand style.

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2011 Travers Stakes

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on September 1, 2011

The historical Travers Stakes was inaugurated in 1864 and was named after the then Saratoga Racing Association president, William R. Travers. Not only was the race named after him but his horse by the name of Kentucky won the very first Travers Stakes. It is a thoroughbred horse race for colts, geldings and fillies that are three years of age, and is a Grade 1 event. In 1999 the purse was increased to $1 million and it is one of the most anticipated races of the Saratoga Racecourse season. This year, the 142nd event was held on Saturday, 27 August 2011.

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Acclamation Reigns Supreme

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on August 29, 2011

The Del Mar Racecourse in California is the host of the annual running of the Pacific Classic Stakes, which is an event for horses that are three years old, or older. It was inaugurated in 1991, and has a purse amount of $1 million. This is one of the most anticipated races of the year, and before this year's event, which was held on Saturday, 27 August 2011, all involved in the career of Acclamation were confident that he was ready to make an impact on the Pacific Classic Stakes. The race is especially important as it forms part of the Breeders' Cup Challenge, which means that the winner of the race is automatically entered into the Breeders' Cup Classic, an event that is hosted at Oak Tree Racecourse.

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Course Changes for Grand National

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on August 18, 2011

Aintree Racecourse has taken a serious look at their course for the Grand National and has made changes to increase the safety to both the equine competitors, as well as their jockeys. The race will still be tough and fair. Due to the negative publicity that the race received when two horses had to be euthanized at their last meeting, bringing the total of horses that lost their lives during the race in the last ten years to six, officials have now made four changes to the course in the hope of preventing any further loss of lives.

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Haskell Invitational Results

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on August 1, 2011

The Haskell Invitational Handicap, or Resorts & Hotel Haskell Invitational, was inaugurated in 1968 in honor of Amory Haskell, the former director of Monmouth Park Racecourse. It became a race by invitation only in 1981, and is an event for three-year-old horses. With a purse of $1 million it is a popular race, and most winners of the Haskell have received the Eclipse Award for Three Year Old horses, including Big Brown and Rachel Alexandra. In 2001 Bob Baffert entered a horse by the name of Point Given into this Grade 1 race, which he won convincingly. Little did they know that ten years later, Point Given's son, Coil, would follow in his father's footsteps.

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Pronto Pronto Takes the Kingfisher

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on July 18, 2011

The Kingfisher Derby is one of the richest Thoroughbred flat horse racing events in India. With a purse of Rs 23 680 000, it means that the winner of this event walks away with Rs 14 208 000. It was hosted at the Bangalore Turf Club on Sunday 17 July 2011. With Speed Six, the favorite for the race, fracturing his right shin bone and being scratched from the race, the field was wide open and fully taken advantage of by Pronto Pronto, walking away victorious at this prestigious event.

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Concern over Hendra Outbreak

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on July 7, 2011

As the July Grafton racing carnival kicks off, officials are doing all they can to reassure the public and the horse racing community that there is no need for concern in regard to the recent confirmation that a horse had to be put down due to having the Hendra Virus. Panic that an outbreak might occur began to stir, thus officials, as well as veterinarians have cautioned horse owners to be aware and alert, but there is no reason for immediate alarm. No areas have been quarantined, only the stables where individual horses are held.

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