Horse Racing News

Blame Takes the Whitney

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on August 9, 2010

It most certainly looks like winning fillies such as Rachel Alexandra and Zenyatta will have extremely difficult competition in the future, as a magnificent performance during the running of the Whitney Handicap Invitational saw to it that Blame secured his place in the winners circle. Even though Quality Road was chosen as the favorite for the 2010 edition of this prestigious event, Blame came through with more determination and speed than anyone expected him to. Quality Road was believed to be one of the fastest horses in the world, now it seems to be a title that should go to Blame instead.

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Haskell Conquered by Lookin’ At Lucky

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on August 2, 2010

With a $1m purse to be won, the Haskell Invitational Handicap is one of the premier horse racing events on the racing calendar. Inaugurated in 1968, the race was established to pay tribute to Amory L Haskell, late chairman and president of the Monmouth Park Racecourse. The event was changed from a handicap to an invitational handicap in 1981. It is a Grade 1 racing event for three year old race horses, and entries into this race are done by invitation only. Needless to say, some of the most successful and high profile horses are invited to participate, and the 2010 Haskell Invitational took place on Sunday, 1 August 2010.

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Rachel Alexandra Captures Lady’s Secret

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on July 27, 2010

Monmouth Park was buzzing with excitement and anticipation on Saturday, 24 July 2010, as spectators and horses were preparing for the Lady's Secret Stakes. This breathtaking Group 1 thoroughbred horse racing event is one of the highlights of the race calendar at the Monmouth Park Racecourse, and it was even more memorable with the entry of Rachel Alexandra. She was set to race against formidable competitors, but she did not disappoint as she crossed the finish line with her second consecutive victory for the year.

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Saratoga Racecourse Under Threat

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on March 18, 2010

One of the most historic horse racing facilities in the United States of America is the Saratoga Racecourse. It opened its doors on 3 August 1863, and was also mentioned by James Bond author, Ian Fleming, in his novel Diamonds Are Forever. Its fame and popularity has lasted for decades, and is home to Grade 1 racing events such as the Alabama Stakes, Travers Stakes, Woodward Stakes and the Whitney Handicap. Even with all its flair and history, the Saratoga Racecourse still finds itself under threat, and those who have great affection for the sport of horse racing and the course are fighting for its survival.

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2010 Woolf Award Winner

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on February 22, 2010

When visiting the Santa Anita Paddock Gardens visitors will find two breathtaking sculptures. One is of George Woolf, and the other is of his most treasured ride, Seabiscuit. This well known jockey was inaugurated into the Hall of Fame of Horse Racing, and after his death the George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award was created in his memory. This award, inaugurated in 1950, honors the achievements and contributions made by present day jockeys. It is seen as a prestigious award to receive and was won this year by jockey Calvin Borel.

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Bold Chieftain Rules Supreme

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on February 2, 2010

The Sunshine Millions Classic was inaugurated in 1981, and is hosted by at Santa Anita Park Racecourse. It is an event for four-year-old horses and older, and carries a purse of $1 million. Only horses which are bred in California and Florida are permitted to participate. This year a brilliant seven-year-old showed his worth and walked away with the champion title in the Sunshine Millions Classic. Bold Chieftain comfortably added $500 000 in purse money to his career earnings and re-affirmed his racing talent and abilities.

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San Rafael Victory for Conveyance

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on January 18, 2010

The San Rafael Stakes is a Grade 3 event for three year old racehorses, and covers a distance of one mile. Many horsemen flock to this event, held at the Santa Anita Racecourse, as it is a preparation race for those campaigning for the prestigious Triple Crown series. This wonderful event has been won by a number of great athletes in previous years, such as Tobasco Cat, El Gato Malo and The Pamplemousse. At this year’s meeting, Conveyance added his name to the distinguished list.

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2009 Eclipse Awards Nominations

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on January 8, 2010

The Beverly Wilshire Hotel, located in Beverly Hills, California, will be the venue for the prestigious Eclipse Awards Ceremony on 18 January 2010. It will be the 39th celebration of horse racing hosted by the Eclipse Foundation, and will again bring recognition to those who have contributed to the industry in the last year. Creating a great sensation however, are two equally deserving nominations, namely Zenyatta and Rachel Alexandra. Everyone in the horse racing community will be holding their breath to find out who will reign superior at the awards.

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Cartier Racing Award Celebrations

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on November 19, 2009

On 17 November 2009, the nineteenth Cartier Racing Awards ceremony took place at the Claridge Hotel, Mayfair. This prestigious event awards those in the horse racing industry for outstanding performances, and for contributions made to the sport. The awards, to recognize achievements, are allocated through a points system, where racing journalists and readers, have the opportunity to vote for the horses and community members they believe, deserve to be distinguished from the rest. It was a night of celebration and honor, as the winners of the 2009 Cartier Racing Awards were read.

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Tranquil Sea Takes Paddy Power Gold Cup

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on November 16, 2009

Held in Britain, every November, the Paddy Power Gold Cup is a National Hunt Chase event, for four year old horses and older. This Grade 3 meeting is hosted by Cheltenham, the Old Course, and features fifteen fences throughout the race. It was inaugurated in 1960 and has become a popular horse racing event. This year, the Irish walked away with the title, as racing sensation Tranquil Sea crossed the finish line in first place, and surprised the entire horse racing community.

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