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  • Glorious Goodwood 2014 Round Up

    There were plenty of highlights at this year's Glorious Goodwood race event. Among them were the group races, two-year old races, the Magnolia Cup, the QIPCO Sussex Stakes, the 27 horse charge, and the Stewards' Cup. The Wannabe Yours and the Sterling Insurance Race took place earlier in the week, as well...
  • Arlington Victory for Hardest Core

    When Hardest Core left the starting gates in Saturday's 32nd running of the Arlington Million, no one seriously expected the four-year-old gelding to cross the finish line in first place. Running at 11-1 with jockey Eriluis Vaz at the reigns, Hardest Core made his way to first place in the field of seven to beat 9-5 favorite Magician to the winning post by a length, covering the 1 ¼ distance in 2:01 and claiming his first graded stakes victory. Considering the story behind this plucky horse makes his Arlington Million win all the more amazing...
  • Santa Anita's Season Starts on New Track

    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...
  • 2014 Melbourne Cup - Three European raiders set to flourish at Flemington

    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....
  • Excitement Mounts for Breeders' Cup Weekend

    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...
  • Race-day Drug Use in USA Remains Controversial

    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...
  • California Chrome's Royal Debut

    "Impossible," was Rae Guest’s reply when he was asked about California Chrome's chances at his Royal Ascot debut this June 17th.

    Don't you just love those one-worded replies? So definitive, like a stake being driven through the coffin where the dream’s been placed.

    It's not that Guest is a bad guy who doesn't think our boy is a fine racehorse. He seems like a decent enough chap. Some people just don’t like the view from the clouds. Call them realists or call them doubters, Guest knows how challenging the task at hand is, and how much it is to ask of a horse.

  • Triple Crown Dreams

    If the Kentucky Derby is where every horseman's dreams are made, then the Belmont Stakes is where it is often dashed. A grueling schedule, fresh horses, and freak accidents are just some of the challenges horse and rider so often face.

    Nonetheless, as the first two jewels in the crown are won, onlookers cheer, and dare to join in the speculation, "Will this be the year we've finally achieved another Triple Crown?"