Triple Crown: Smarty Jones, Real Quiet

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on January 2, 2015

Smarty Jones is generally the first horse that springs to most minds when it comes to recent near misses at the Belmont Stakes. Perhaps no horse since 1978 has captured the public's imagination as strongly as the little colt from Pennsylvania. Smarty’s road to the Kentucky Derby was a strange one. His original trainer was murdered by his own stepson the year Smarty was born. Then, as a 2-year-old, he was spooked when being trained for the starting gate and reared up, smashing his head against the roof...

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Triple Crown: Big Brown

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on December 18, 2014
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In June of 1978, Florida-trained thoroughbred Affirmed held off a late charge by Alydar and won the Belmont Stakes, securing the 11th Triple Crown in U.S. horse racing history. As Affirmed was the third Triple Crown winner in a six-year stretch, many horse racing enthusiasts had no reason to suspect that they wouldn't see another one in the near future. But over 33 years later, there has been no horse able to match Affirmed's perfect Triple Crown year...

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Synthetic Tracks Give Way to Dirt in U.S.

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on December 17, 2014
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The recent announcement by authorities at Keeneland Race Course that the horse racing venue will be replacing its synthetic track with a dirt track in time for the fall season in October, has highlighted the ongoing debate about which racetrack surfaces are safest for the horses that run on them. Statistics related to equine injuries released by the Jockey Club earlier this month revealed that, with a fatality rate in 2013 of 0.33 per 1,000 starts, Keeneland is one of the safest tracks in the United States, primarily due to the synthetic surface it installed in 2006. So, the decision to return to a dirt track, which statistically is more dangerous for horses, appears counter-intuitive...

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Featuring Pimlico Race Course and Aqueduct Racetrack

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on December 11, 2014
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Famous horse race tracks exist all over the world, and the mention of famous horse races immediately is correlated to the venues. For instance, the Melbourne Cup goes hand-n-hand with Flemington Racecourse. The Royal Ascot is a series of famous horse races held at Ascot Racecourse United Kingdom. Happy Valley Racecourse in Hong Kong is yet another...

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Excitement Mounts for Breeders’ Cup Weekend

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on October 27, 2014
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The 2014 Breeders' Cup events will be held at Santa Anita on October 31 and November 1, starting with the $1 million Juvenile Turf at 2:25 pm Friday, and concluding with the much anticipated $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic at 5:35 pm on Saturday. The Breeders' Cup weekend is widely considered to be the highlight of the year in horseracing circles and is the richest in North America, with $24.5 million in prize money distributed over thirteen races...

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Race-day Drug Use in USA Remains Controversial

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on October 13, 2014
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The use of drugs in North American horseracing was once again under the spotlight at the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA) conference held in Paris, France, recently. Keynote speaker, and chairman of the U.S. Jockey Club, Ogden "Dinny" Phipps, reiterated the theme addressed at the 2014 Jockey Club Round Table Conference regarding integrity and uniformity in racehorse drug testing and medication. Despite calls for a centralized regulatory body for horseracing in the United States, there are still 38 individual racing commissions, one for each state with horseracing under its jurisdiction...

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