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San Filipe Rocked by Premier Pegasus

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on March 14, 2011

The San Felipe Stakes has gone through many changes. Inaugurated in 1935, the event was only open to three-year-old horses of both sexes in 1952. World War II did cause some disruption in the running of this race, as the war affected many racecourses. Now this popular Grade II event is an anticipated race and is one of the Kentucky Derby official preparation races, as well as a prep race for the Santa Anita Derby. It has a purse of $250 000 and is run at the Santa Anita Racecourse. On Saturday, 12 March 2011, one horse took the San Filipe by storm.

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Great Come Back for Positive Response

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on March 7, 2011

The John Battaglia Memorial Stakes was inaugurated at the Turfway Park Racecourse as a preparation race for the Lane's End Stakes in 1982. It is held on a dirt track and is for horses three years of age. This race was named after the previous manager of the racecourse, back when it was still known as the Latonia Race Track, and has a purse of $100 000. Positive Response has shown that he can perform on synthetic courses, but on Saturday, 5 March 2011, he proved that he is just as comfortable of dirt by winning the John Battaglia Memorial Stakes by seven lengths.

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Flashpoint Overwhelms Competitors

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on February 28, 2011

The very first Hutcheson Stakes was run on 31 March 1954 and has been a grand fixture at the Gulfstream Park Racecourse ever since. It is a Grade II event that is exclusively for three-year-old horses that is run over a distance of seven and a half furlongs on a dirt track. It has a purse amount of $150 000 and is used by many trainers as a preparation race for the Florida Derby. Named in honor of William Levi Hutcheson, the 2011 Hutcheson Stakes was run on Saturday, 26 February 2011, at Gulfstream Park Racecourse, with Flashpoint taking the victory with an outstanding performance.

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Electrocution Horror at Newbury

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on February 15, 2011

With the Cheltenham Festival drawing nearer, races to test the endurance and strength of horses are vital to trainers and owners. Newbury was gearing up for a packed race card on Saturday, 12 February 2011, when two horses were fatally electrocuted in the parade ring. The tragedy that left spectators standing aghast and trainers running to remove their horses from harm’s way saw the closure of the racing card. Newbury hopes to reopen the racing card soon, once the investigation into the deaths has been completed, and steps taken to avoid another incident.

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Bill to Boost Industry in New Jersey

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on February 3, 2011

New Jersey is home to numerous legendary racecourses such as Monmouth Park and Meadowlands Racecourse. This means that the state lures thousands of horses to its tracks to compete in prestigious horse racing events such as the Haskell Invitational, Meadowlands Breeders Cup Stakes and a variety of Standardbred harness racing events. Now a new bill that will improve the present wagering legislation will boost the industry in New Jersey even further, bringing positive change to horse racing.

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First Partner Chosen for Zenyatta

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on January 27, 2011

As the news that the first stallion to cover Zenyatta was released, competitions guessing the name of the new foal had already begun. Many fans of Zenyatta will be following her career as a brood mare just as closely as her racing career, and the question on everyone minds is: Will her foal be as successful as she was? Owners Jerry and Ann Moss retired Zenyatta to the Lane's End Farm in Kentucky where she is patiently waiting for her day to shine and be in foal with one of racing’s most anticipated offspring.

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Euroears a Hot New Favorite

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on January 24, 2011

Euroears is now a seven-year-old veteran of the horse racing industry, and was bred in Kentucky. He began his career with six magnificent consecutive victories, but started raking in various positions since then. He is owned by James and Marilyn Helzer and has been trained by Bret Calhoun for the last four seasons. He has now been given over to legendary trainer Bob Baffert. The Palos Verde Stakes, which took place on Saturday, 22 January 2010, at Santa Anita Racecourse, was his first test under the guidance of Baffert, which he passed with flying colors.

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Proposal for Youngstown

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on January 17, 2011

Bradford Pressman and Rick Lertzmann, developers in Ohio, tried to bring a little bit of Las Vegas to the state in 2008, but their proposal was not approved. Now they have brought forward a new development plan that should be underway shortly. It will not only give rise to a new entertainment complex in Ohio, but the eighth racecourse as well. Their resort and racecourse structure, Mahoning Valley Downs & Resort, will offer the racing community new opportunities and accommodate the public in various ways with numerous facilities. All that is left to be approved is the installation of video slot machines, which Lertzmann and Pressman both hope will still get a positive response.

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Sad Farewell to Edward Evans

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on January 3, 2011

The passing of Edward Evans came as a tremendous shock to the entire horse racing industry and the close-knit New York racing community. Over the years, Evans built up a legendary status as a prominent thoroughbred breeder and well-known horse owner, and many have commented that his presence will be missed. His dedication and passion for the sport is a quality remembered by everyone, and his loss will have a ripple effect throughout the industry. Edward Evans has most definitely left his mark on the horse racing industry and will be fondly remembered in years to come.

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Snow Fairy Takes Hong Kong Cup

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on December 13, 2010

The well known Hong Kong Cup is open to horses that are three-years-old and older, and is one of the most prestigious thoroughbred horse racing events on the calendar. It is a Group 1 event that is run over a distance of two thousand meters and has a lucrative purse amount of HK$ 20 000 000 waiting for the winner. This international event is supported by numerous international competitors each year. Even though it was inaugurated in 1988, the event was only opened to international horses the following year. This year, a British competitor took Sha Tin by storm and ran away with the 2010 Hong Kong Cup.

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