Miscellaneous

Ascot Hosts British Champions Day

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on October 3, 2011

Taking place at Ascot on 15 October 2011, the QIPCO British Champions Day is promoted as "Britain’s Richest Ever Raceday" and looks set to become a highlight on the British horseracing calendar of events. Launched on Saturday 30 April at Newmarket's Rowley Mile racecourse, the QIPCO is a new British horseracing series comprising of five championship categories – Sprint, Mile, Middle Distance, Long Distance, and Fillies & Mares. Featuring seven of the top races within the individual categories, the 28-day series aims to bring together some of the world's finest racehorses, their jockeys and trainers at leading British racecourses –Ascot, Epsom Downs, Doncaster, Goodwood, Newbury, Haydock Park and Newmarket.

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Keeneland Yearling Sale Ends Positively

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on September 26, 2011

Running from 11 to 24 September 2011, the Keeneland September Yearling Sale ended on Saturday with great gains and increases in all categories. Known as the world's largest Thoroughbred yearling auction, this year's event left consignors hopeful that the market was on the mend.

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International Museum of the Horse

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on August 22, 2011

The International Museum of the Horse has been in existence since 1978 and is dedicated to educating the public on the vital role these graceful animals have played in the lives of humans over the centuries. Preserving the history of horses and the relationship between horses and humans is the mission of the International Museum of the Horse, which is located in Kentucky. The museum covers an area of more than thirty-eight thousand square feet and offers permanent and temporary exhibitions, ensuring that the museum remains fascinating no matter how many times it is visited.

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Hall of Fame for Sky Beauty

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on August 11, 2011

Sky Beauty has been nominated for induction into the National Museum of Racing's Hall of Fame numerous times and has finally made it to be inducted. During the 1990s, Sky Beauty made a name for herself in the horse racing industry. After years of waiting, she will finally have her named carved into the history books of racing, along with numerous others before her. She is definitely most deserving of this honor, and trainer Allen Jerkens, who has been campaigning endlessly to see her inducted, said that he knew her day would eventually come.

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Viva Pataca Retires

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on June 9, 2011

For six years Viva Pataca was the Chinese racing sensation, and his racing career proves what a magnificent horse he is. He has had forty-four starts during his career, where he placed third in ten races, came in second five times and enjoyed thirteen victories. He has accumulated over HK$83 million for his owner Stanley Ho. After placing third in the Champions and Charter Cup, a Group One race that he has won three times previously, the decision was made to retire Viva Pataca, as it is the first season that he has not been able to clinch a victory after taking the racing industry in Hong Kong by storm.

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Protecting Your Investment

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on May 10, 2011

Whether you are buying additional breeding stock, a prized racing horse or just a barrel racing horse for your children, this will be an investment. Horses can be a large investment of time and money for anyone. This is not to mention the emotional value that some horse owners place on their animals. When you purchase a car or home you place insurance on these items. When you are buying a race horse you are not required to place insurance coverage on the animal. Many owners are unaware of the option of obtaining coverage. When you are spending $20,000 to $50,000 on your investment, why not consider protecting your asset with horse mortality or horse health insurance.

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Devil May Care Loses Her Battle

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on May 5, 2011

Foaled in 2007, Devil May Care seemed primed for racing, with her sire being Malibu Moon, and out of Kelli’s Ransom. Her Grandsire, A.P. Indy also made her a desirable thoroughbred. She was trained by the legendary Todd Pletcher. Her debut into the horse racing industry was astonishing, and all believed that the future for Devil May Care looked bright and would lead to her becoming one of the iconic fillies of the racecourse, as she most certainly had inherited the feisty and determined spirit of her sire.

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Incredible Win for Punter

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on March 10, 2011

When Steve Whiteley, a heating engineer from North Tawton, Devon, stepped on a bus to head towards Exeter Racecourse, he was looking forward to a day at the races. He had no idea that the 8th of March 2011 would change his life forever. Not having much money to spend, he had to scrap his first ticket, as he chose two horses in each race, and the £32 price attached to that ticket was too rich for his pocket. So Steve Whiteley rather opted for picking six possible winners, which cost him £2. Little did he know that he would be right in the choices he had made.

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Champions Australian Racing Museum

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on December 30, 2010

As horse racing is such a huge part of the culture in Australia, visitors to the country are encouraged to visit the Champions Australian Racing Museum in Melbourne. The museum, which is also home to the Racing Hall of Fame, settled into their new premises in the National Sports Museum in October 2010, and the displays available for viewing are nothing short of breathtaking. Here, the history and world of horse racing in Australia can be explored through documents, items and memorabilia of some of the country's racing greats.

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Equine Hydrotherapy

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on December 27, 2010

It is no secret that the ocean is one of the best therapies and treatments for horses with leg injuries and even various diseases. The legendary Red Rum, winner of three Grand Nationals, was exercised along the beach every day of his racing career, as the cold sea water has anti-inflammatory properties for tissue and assists with swelling. Unfortunately, not all horses are able to get to the beach on a regular basis, so after approximately a hundred and fifty years of patenting equipment and developing new technology, horses are now able to benefit from equine hydrotherapy, no matter where they are.

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