Horse Racing News

2011 Durban July Results

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on July 4, 2011

As the sun rose over Greyville Racecourse on Saturday, 2 July 2011, the track was already bustling with activity, with trainers and grooms getting horses ready for one of the biggest events on the South African horse racing calendar, while racecourse staff began preparing for the arrival of thousands of horse racing fans and celebrities. The 2011 Durban July was attended by approximately fifty thousand spectators. While the ladies showed off their magnificent designer outfits and tried to ignore the pain of strutting around in stiletto heels, there was another lady getting ready to be in the spotlight, namely Igugu.

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Inglorious Takes Queen’s Plate

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on June 27, 2011

Inaugurated in 1860, the Queen's Plate is a thoroughbred horse racing event that is the oldest in Canada's racing history. It is run over a distance of one and a quarter miles, and is for horses that are three years of age. One of the requirements for the event is that the horses have to have been foaled in the country. The Woodbine Racetrack in Ontario is the host of this annual event. For the safety of horses and jockeys, the number of entrants is limited to seventeen. On Sunday, 26 June 2011, the Queen's Plate was run for the 152nd time, and with a purse of $1 million, all the horses where in high gear.

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Whipping under Scrutiny

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on June 16, 2011

On Tuesday, 14 June 2011, Royal Ascot week kicked off in full swing. Even though the festive atmosphere and thrilling live horse racing action has captured spectators’ undivided attention, there is a cloud looming in the form of surveys and debates on the excessive use of whipping being under scrutiny yet again. It has been a controversial issue in the sport for years, and even though the British Horseracing Authority has gone the extra mile in regard to this point of contention, it seems they will have to do more.

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Thrilling Epsom Derby Finish

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on June 6, 2011

In the year 1909, a hundred and two years ago, a horse named Minoru, owned by Edward VII, won the Epsom Derby. It was the last time a horse from the Royal family had won this event, and it seems the family will have to wait another year as the 2011 Epsom Derby, sponsored by Investec, was won by Pour Moi, with Treasure Beach in second place, and Carlton House finishing in third place. Even though Carlton House did not manage to secure the victory, the Queen was still happy with his performance and is pleased to own a horse that shows so much potential.

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EHV-1 Scare at San Miguel County Fairgrounds

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on May 26, 2011

It is the second time that San Miguel County Fairgrounds has closed its doors and cancelled all racing and equine related events in a quarter century. The San Miguel Racing Association Spring Race Meet was immediately cancelled after news broke the EHV-1, equine herpesvirus, was found in the West. As a precautionary measure, the majority of events have been called off and horse owners have put their horses under quarantine, not wanting to risk infection. Manager of the San Miguel County Fairgrounds, DeeAnna Burbrigde, commented that the grounds would be closed until further notice.

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Shackleford Wins The Preakness

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on May 23, 2011

The Preakness Stakes is the second leg to the Triple Crown, of which the Kentucky Derby was captured by Animal Kingdom this year. There were high hopes for Animal Kingdom, as each year the Triple Crown seems to elude the horses. And this year was no different. Even though Animal Kingdom put up a determined and courageous fight, Shackleford was able to hold on and ward off Animal Kingdom just long enough to win the 2011 Preakness Stakes, putting the Triple Crown Championship on the shelf until next year.

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Tatterstall Musidora Stakes Victory for Joviality

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on May 12, 2011

Wednesday, 11 May 2011, was the running of the Tatterstall Musidora Stakes. It was hosted by the York Racecourse, and is a race for fillies that are three years of age. Run over a distance of 2 092 meters, the Musidora Stakes is a Grade 3 event that is generally used as a preparation race for the Epsom Stakes. Musidora was a thoroughbred that was trained in York, winning the Epsom Oaks in the year 1949 and being victorious in the 1 000 Guineas. The race was named in honor of this amazing racehorse and inaugurated in 1961.

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Wilshire Handicap Win for Dubawi Heights

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on May 2, 2011

The Hollywood Park Racetrack in California has been the home of the Wilshire Handicap since 1953. It is a Grade III flat horse racing event that is held for three-year-old fillies and older, and is run over a distance of one mile on a turf track. The purse amount for the race is $100 000. This year the race was hosted on Saturday, 30 April 2011, with the event being dominated by a British horse by the name of Dubawi Heights.

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Poker De Sivola Surprise

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on April 26, 2011

The Gold Cup Chase, now known as the Bet 365 Gold Cup, was inaugurated at Sandown Park in 1957, and is a National Hunt Chase that is open to horses that are five-years-old and older. It has twenty-four fences, and the Grade 3 event is run over a distance of 5 934 meters. Coming off a win at the Scottish Grand National, it seemed that Poker De Sivola had a good chance in this race, but as the race continued fans were wondering if this wonderful horse actually stood a chance at winning.

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Harness Racing Community Mourns

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on April 14, 2011

It had started as a fun evening at the races followed by festivities, but the joy and excitement turned into tragedy in the early hours of Monday morning, 11 April 2011, when an accident took place on the backstretch of Balmoral Park, located outside of Crete. Michelle Eustis and a friend had decided to go bareback riding, and when her fiancé began to worry, he decided to go find then. Tragically, he did not see the horse and the women until it was too late, and he sideswiped the horse with his truck.

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