Horse Racing News

Replacement Track for Santa Anita

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on October 14, 2010

Injuries during horse racing events became a major concern, leading to many racing tracks around the world substituting conventional dirt surfaces for synthetic tracks. Claims were made in regard to the easy maintenance and safety of synthetic tracks, and Santa Anita was one of the racecourses that opted for a synthetic track surface in the hope that the surface would be able to reduce injuries and promote horse safety. But by Monday, 11 October 2010, the paddocks had grown quiet, the stables emptied and the staff were ready for the arrival of the heavy equipment to remove the synthetic surface of their main track.

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Double Loss for Racing Industry

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on September 30, 2010

The 28th of September 2010 will remain a date few members of the horse racing industry will ever forget. Two breathtaking careers came to a sudden end, and while one legend will continue to live out her life as a brood mare, the other will be lost to the racing world forever. With such magnificent racing careers to look back on, it was announced with great sadness that Rachel Alexandra had retired from horse racing, and that Real Quiet passed away on 27 September 2010. Their contributions to horse racing will always be remembered.

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Tribute to Noble Threewit

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on September 21, 2010

Santa Anita Park has been missing the presence of a beloved figure in their barns since 2007, and is now mourning the loss of a dear friend, loyal supporter and successful trainer. Noble Threewit passed away on Friday, 17 September 2010, leaving behind a legacy that he can be proud of. He will remain a part of the history of the racecourse for many years to come. Threewit owned a number of horses during his years in the racing industry and has been a part of the Santa Anita Park community since their doors first opened.

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Mel Lawson Honored

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on August 19, 2010

Since its inauguration in 1976, the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame has paid tribute to horse trainers, horse racing industry builders, standardbred horses, thoroughbred horses, jockeys and sulky drivers every year. It has made its home at the Woodbine Racetrack. This year, inductees to the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame will be honored at a ceremony at the Mississauga Convention Center, with the master of ceremonies being Jim Bannon. And the time has also come for Mel Lawson to be inducted as a builder into the hall of fame.

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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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