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
HRjennywilson

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
HR_betting

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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Santa Anita’s Season Starts on New Track

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on September 29, 2014
HR_weekendhussler

When the 25-day autumn meet began at Santa Anita on September 26, it was with a brand new dirt track consisting of El Segundo sand excavated from construction sites at Los Angeles International Airport. Due to the sand's uniformity and ability to drain quickly it is anticipated that the track will be safer for equine athletes than the previous sand and clay track which it replaced...

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2014 Melbourne Cup – Three European raiders set to flourish at Flemington

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on September 19, 2014

The countdown to the 2014 Melbourne Cup continues and this year’s race has attracted a number of European raiders who will be seeking success in the famous contest. The excitement is growing ahead of 'the race that stops a nation' and punters all over the world will be keeping a close eye on the international horses that will be making the trip to Flemington on Tuesday 4th November....

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