Horse Racing News

Basin Banannie – Indiana-Bred Horse of the Year

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on January 16, 2008

In the world of horse racing, top honors means receiving the Horse of the Year Award. Horses, owners, trainers and jockeys throw their hearts and efforts into every race to perform at their peak and to be able to be contenders at the end of the year awards. 2007 was definitely a wonderful year for M.Y. Stables, which walked away with many of the most prestigious titles. And one of those horse racing victories, was the Indiana-bred, Basin Banannie, being named the Horse of the Year.

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Somethinaboutlaura Continues Racing in 2008

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on January 7, 2008

Somethinaboutlaura is considered by many to be a living legend in Northern California’s horse racing circles. After Somethingaboutlaura won the Pacific Heights Stakes on 1 December 2007, horse racing fans were disappointed to hear from her trainer and co-owner Jerry Holldendorfer that she was likely to run only two more races before being sold for breeding purposes or retired. This situation changed, however, when Somethinaboutlaura raced to victory in the Campanile Stakes at Golden Gate Fields on 1 January 2008 and now she is set to race right through 2008.

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New Life for Stradbroke Week

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on December 31, 2007

The Stradbroke Handicap is a race that has been a part of the Australian racing industry since 1890. It was named in honor of legendary architect Lord Stradbroke, and was catapulted into the premier racing arena when it raised its stakes to $1 000 000 in 1996. Stradbroke Week is known as an event that is focused on racing, and in the year 2000 AAMI became the sponsor of this much anticipated racing event on the Brisbane calendar.

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Golden Gate Fields’ New Track Surface

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on November 9, 2007

The California Horse Racing Board has demanded that its five biggest horse racing tracks have synthetic track surfaces installed before the end of 2007 if they want to continue racing at their establishments. To adhere to the new ruling, $10 million has been spent on the Golden Gate Fields’ new track surface, a revolutionary surface that has already proved its worth at international racecourses such as in Hong Kong, England and Dubai. But it is the first time the Tapeta Footings surface has been installed at a racecourse in Northern California, and it is going to have to make believers out of the critics.

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Pinnacle Race Course – An Exciting New Development

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on October 15, 2007

The announcement made by Magna Entertainments Corporation, owners of the Great Lakes Downs horse racing facility, to close the track down by 6 November has sent shock waves through the thoroughbred horse racing fraternity in Michigan State. Great Lakes Downs is the only thoroughbred horse racing facility in Michigan and its closure will have a devastating ripple effect through the industry. To preserve the future of racing and compensate for the many jobs that will be lost, a new project has been created, the Pinnacle Race Course development.

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Exciting Upgrade of Hoosier Park

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on October 12, 2007

Hoosier Park in Anderson, Indiana, was opened in 1994 as the first pari-mutuel horse racing business in Indiana. Hoosier Park started off as a standardbred race track, later adding thoroughbred racing. This well-known and popular horse racing venue has all the amenities that one would expect from a top class facility and plans are moving ahead for extensions and renovations to Hoosier Park that are expected to attract even more visitors.

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War Pass Claims Victory at Belmont

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on October 10, 2007

This past weekend proved yet again that predicting the outcome of a race has a lot to do with luck. The sport of horse racing has always been a game of hopes, dreams and hot horse racing tips, but at Belmont Park victory was to be enjoyed by War Pass and not the race favorites. Winning the Grade 1 Champagne is not only a wonderful achievement for the racehorse, jockey, owner and trainer, but it means that War Pass has automatically secured a place in the Breeders Cup Juvenile.

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Double Edged Sword

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on September 23, 2007

Missoula authorities that thought of stopping horse racing have second thoughts. Horse racing lovers bring in dollars to the County Fair Grounds, and form the bulk of the crowds as well. Just one company from Philadelphia, as we reported earlier, insures all Montana racetracks, and the monopoly has resulted in enormous increases in insurance costs. Fair authorities also crib about the ambulance and related emergency management costs that are inevitable when a terrible accident works: Missoula is known to have a couple of these every year.

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Silver Birch – Unexpected Grand National Champion

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on April 23, 2007

At 33-1 odds, no-one would have thought that Silver Birch stood a change in winning the Grand National. Which proves that you should never underestimate any horse that enters such a prestigious race. Aintree, in Liverpool, England, was the venue of great upset and triumph. With forty horses entering the race, only thirteen completed the course and there were no fatal or serious injuries amongst those that fell out of race.

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A Horse Racing Legend Moves On

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on February 16, 2007

He passed on as he lived in horse racing - with dignity and surrounded by admirers. Twenty-seven is a good age for a horse, but that does not reduce anyone’s sorrow at the passing away of Desert Orchid. Few other thoroughbreds have evinced such universal respect in the world of horse racing.

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