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  • Dubious Scratching Can Hurt Horse Racing

    Every move which hurts a horse racing punter’s handicapping, deserves strict censure. Scratching horses from events of flimsy grounds belongs to this area, because the nature of the competition has so much to do with sporting bets in horse racing. There can be genuine reasons to withdraw a horse from a race, but one has to guard against this provision being abused.

  • A Filly to Watch

    Sunday, March 12 2006 will be more memorable than most days for top trainer David Hofmans and for owners John and Jerry Amerman as well. The beautiful and spirited Balance, daughter of Thunder Gulch, made a distinctive statement on this day at the Santa Anita Oaks, with a great win over 8 eminent rivals including top contender Wild Fit: kudos to Victor Espinoza for superb judgment and handling, especially on the far turn. The 2 and a 1/2 length victory margin could have been even bigger had Espinoza and Balance not been forced 4 lanes wide throughout the race. Balance was through the fast main track in an impressive 1:42:99.

  • Please send your prayers and good wishes

    Todd Cummings and Ralph Leogrande lie in a Pittsburgh hospital with broken ribs, collar and shoulder bones, and a collapsed lung between them as well. Cummings is from Buffalo, NY, and has moved to Pennsylvania of late out of a passion for harness racing. Ralph Leogrande participates in many events at the Meadows.

  • Maryland Horse Racing in a Crisis!

    West Virginia and Delaware are set to take away much of the sport betting business of neighboring Maryland. Charles Town in West Virginia is a typical example, lengthening its horse racing season and putting in new slot machines at race courses. Punters and people who enjoy quality recreation are moving their business from Maryland to places such as Charles Town.

  • Too many questions in Kentucky Derby - Horse Racing

    With the 132nd running of the Kentucky Derby (Gr.-1) looming just less than three weeks away there are far more questions than answers that fans and bettors alike must take into consideration. The first question that I have for this year's running is this; what is going to happen in the first half of the race?

  • Top Horse Racing At Limerick

    Horse racing and the Irish are almost inseparable and when you add fine food, drink and music to the occasion, it ends up as a memorable day at the races. Limerick Race Course is the venue for flat, hurdle and steeplechase horse racing and is home to the famous Munster Grand National. The curious thing is that the race course has changed its venue to a brand new place while retaining its original name.

  • Curragh - The Home of Irish Horse Racing

    The Curragh Racecourse in Kildare is synonymous with Irish horse racing. The very first race in Ireland took place here in 1741 and it has remained the head quarters of horse racing in Ireland and one of the country's premier sporting venues. Curragh means place of the running horse and even before horse racing started here, the area where the racecourse stands today was used for chariot racing way back in the third century. Located less than an hour from Dublin, The Curragh horse racing season runs from March to October. Considered to be the best venue for flat races in the country, the major races run here include all five Classic Races featuring the Boylesports Irish 1000 and 2000 Guineas, Budweiser Irish Derby, Darley Irish Oaks and Irish Field St. Leger. The first Irish Derby took place here in 1866.

  • How Barbaro's Injury Marks a New Beginning for Horse Racing

    Horse racing is an ancient sport with a dedicated following across the globe. However, it also has a band of detractors who argue against the evils of sports gambling and animal rights. The horse racing industry in the United States has been most responsive to public concerns, and strives to improve matters to the extent possible.

  • Doomben: Racing to the Future - Horse Racing

    The Brisbane Amateur Turf Club is one of the leading horse racing clubs in the southern hemisphere. It was created in 1923 on a swampy marsh, which had a creek running through, earning it the nickname, The Creek. In the early days its main attraction was the historic Albion Park horse racing course which is now a trotting venue. Since 1997, the Club has been known as the Brisbane Turf Club (BTC). Albion Park was originally established as a venue for horse racing in the mid 1880's. The race track then measured only about three and a half furlongs. In the 1890s the circumference was increased to six furlongs. The ownership of this lovely horse racing track, Albion Park changed hands many times but eventually it was taken over in 1933 by the Brisbane Amateur Turf Club.

  • Zero Put Downs Due to Horse Racing Accidents

    Complicated words such as euthanasia do little to take away the consummate and heart-rending tragedy of watching an injured animal put down after a sudden horse racing accident. Such adverse incidents are also grist for the mills of opposition to the noble and ancient sport of horse racing. It is really quite needless in the 21st century world of critical care and emergency medicine. Race track owners should provide for the following costs when planning race track ventures: