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Thu May 19, 2016 7:49 pm

I'm heading down to the border this weekend to see my first El Moro de Cumpas!

A QH race now, it's a really big deal in the Hispanic community. It started with a match race in 1957 between a "blueblood" from California (TB?) and a local horse (El Moro). The tradition evolved into races held yearly on the border - American horse on Douglas AZ side vs Mexican horse on the Agua Prieta (Mexican) side - just a plain wire fence on the border between them.

It was a big celebration. Reborn as the El Moro de Cumpas in the early 2000's, this may be the first time this official version has been held back in it's birthplace, Douglas (the history's a bit tough to nail down and mostly in Spanish). Here's a decent run down, and bonus... it's in English!

Douglas had shut down county fair racing after 2010, but is part of the rebirth of the county fair circuit in AZ (also back this year - Safford). More counties are trying to have racing next year or the year after, which will go a long way towards revitalizing racing in AZ.
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Thu Aug 04, 2016 4:57 pm

The Olympics are here and the US has a TB on their eventing team. :D
From the Paulick article:
This year, a growing number of people in Lexington's Thoroughbred community will be keeping their eyes on the equestrian competition, as one of their own is set to compete on the world's biggest stage.
Blackfoot Mystery, who along with rider Boyd Martin, will be competing for the U. S. Eventing Team in Rio beginning this weekend, has captured the interest and hearts of equestrians around the country. It's those that knew him in his formative years, however, who are as excited about his pending performances as they would be about a Grade 1 stakes race.

Read more: http://www.paulickreport.com/features/a ... pic-dream/

Cool stuff about Blackfoot Mystery's background and breeding, and the people who brought him to his new career.
The TV schedule, for those of us who want to cheer on our equestrian teams:

Olympic Equestrian Coverage:
Date...............Time.............Discipline................Network
Saturday, Aug. 6 3:00-4:00pm Eventing (Dressage) USA
Sunday, Aug. 7 4:15-4:45pm Eventing (Dressage) MSNBC
Monday, Aug. 8 9:00am-2:00pm Eventing (Cross Country) USA
Tuesday, Aug 9 9:00-11:00am; Eventing (Stadium Jumping) USA
1:00-1:55pm
Thursday, Aug. 11 3:45-4:30pm Team Dressage MSNBC
Sunday, Aug. 14 1:00-1:45pm Individual Show Jumping NBC
Monday, Aug. 15 10:30am-12:30pm Individual Dressage USA
Tuesday, Aug. 16 12:30-1:00pm Team Show Jumping NBC
Wednesday, Aug. 17 11:00-11:30am Team Show Jumping Final NBC
Friday, Aug. 19 10:00-10:40am Individual Show Jumping NBC
3:45-4:30pm

*Blackfoot Mystery and Boyd Martin will compete in Eventing (Dressage, Cross-Country and Stadium Jumping)
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Fri Aug 05, 2016 10:10 am

Bob Le Beau triumphs in A. P. Smithwick Memorial Steeplechase

The Fields Stable's Bob Le Beau, content to lag behind the field for much of the 2 1/16-mile steeplechase event, closed with a rush to capture the $125,000 A. P. Smithwick Memorial Steeplechase (NSA-G1) at Saratoga on Thursday.

http://www.twinspires.com/blog/2016/8/4 ... eeplechase
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Tue Aug 16, 2016 4:12 pm

Pocono: Big guns clash on Super Stakes Saturday card

A rematch of the Hambletonian and North America Cup highlight a Saturday card filled with over $2.2 million in stakes races at The Downs at Pocono.

http://www.drf.com/news/pocono-big-guns ... urday-card
PJMIII
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Sat Sep 17, 2016 10:16 am

Hanson: Gearing up for my first trip to the Little Brown Jug

Despite residing in central Kentucky for the better part of 20 years, It's rather odd that I've never made the three-hour excursion to Delaware, Ohio, for one of the biggest horse races held in the region -- the Little Brown Jug.

Although primarily a follower and bettor of the Thoroughbred game, exposure to harness racing at a young age three decades ago greatly enhanced my love of horse racing in general, thus I've retained some interest in what occurs on the Standardbred scene.


http://www.twinspires.com/blog/2016/9/1 ... -brown-jug
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Fri Sep 23, 2016 3:42 am

Entries for the Arabian race at Churchill on Saturday, which ridiculously is the 3rd graded stakes in as many weeks in 3 different states. Not ideal considering the small number of Arabians running in the US. :?

$100,000 President of the UAE Cup (G1)
http://www.equibase.com/static/entry/CD ... 0-EQB.html
1. PADDYS DAY (Burning Sand x AK Loretta, by Virgule al Maury) 8/5
2. CV LILY DE CARDONNE (Nivour de Cardonne x CV Rocha Lily, by Susdal) 15/1
3. CHNDAKASEXPRESS (Chndaka x Grand Masquerade, by Monarch AH) 15/1
4. LADY HAHA (Norphe x Hilaritie, by Tiki Tork Ku) 5/1
5. THESS IS AWESOME (Dahess x In Awe, by Monarch AH) 8/1
6. SAND VICTOR (Burning Sand x Vague de Gemme, by Baco du Cassou) 2/1
7. RB MADYMOISELLE (Majd Al Arab x Frynch, by Dormane) 4/1
8. F SIXTEEN (Thoroughbred x Dixies Valentine, by Nivour de Cardonne) 8/1
9. SERGEANT PEPPER MHF (Amazing Son x Shippey Lane, by Haffir el Rimal) 20/1

Sand Victor upset Paddys Day last weekend at Los Al.
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Tue Sep 27, 2016 3:58 pm

Once in a lifetime chance to market a superstar

Harness racing has a star and they don’t know what to do about it.

It’s been a common theme for years. Consistently, the harness racing industry has marketed within its own borders, using excuses, typically costs, when discussing limitations in being able to expose its product to those outside of its own sport.


http://www.drf.com/news/zoccali-once-li ... -superstar
BaroqueAgain1
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Sat Oct 15, 2016 8:11 pm

A visit to the Colonies paid off pretty well for Irish jockey Ruby Walsh. :D

Irish jockey Ruby Walsh scores with Rawnaq in Grand National
Owner Irv Naylor and trainer Cyril Murphy had to find a new jockey for star jumper Rawnaq after regular rider Jack Doyle sustained multiple injuries in a spill during the running of the Grade 1 Lonesome Glory at Belmont Park on Sept. 22.
“It was very hard to replace the jockey,” Naylor said of Doyle, the leader on the National Steeplechase Association circuit this season with 11 wins and $500,200 in purse earnings. “He’s the best there is. We cast a very wide net.”
Naylor and Murphy wound up making a deal to bring Ruby Walsh, the 10-time champion Irish jump jockey, to come to America just to ride Rawnaq in the Grade 1, $350,000 Grand National at Far Hills, N.J.
“I didn’t have to be asked twice,” Walsh said. “Rawnaq is the best steeplechase horse in America. It was really a no-brainer.”
The long trip was worthwhile as Walsh rode Rawnaq to a three-quarter-length victory over Scorpiancer in the Grand National, the richest steeplechase event in North America. He completed 2 5/8 miles over a firm course in 4:50.
Scorpiancer, who became a Grade 1 winner in the Lonesome Glory, was easily second-best. Sharp Rise, one of two European imports in the field, contested the early pace with Rawnaq before fading to third.
Naylor and Murphy also teamed up to win last year’s Grand National with Dawalan, but the Eclipse Award champion was injured early this season, leaving Rawnaq as the stable’s capable replacement.

http://www.drf.com/news/irish-jockey-ru ... d-national
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Sat Oct 15, 2016 10:27 pm

BaroqueAgain1 wrote:A visit to the Colonies paid off pretty well for Irish jockey Ruby Walsh. :D

Irish jockey Ruby Walsh scores with Rawnaq in Grand National
Owner Irv Naylor and trainer Cyril Murphy had to find a new jockey for star jumper Rawnaq after regular rider Jack Doyle sustained multiple injuries in a spill during the running of the Grade 1 Lonesome Glory at Belmont Park on Sept. 22.
“It was very hard to replace the jockey,” Naylor said of Doyle, the leader on the National Steeplechase Association circuit this season with 11 wins and $500,200 in purse earnings. “He’s the best there is. We cast a very wide net.”
Naylor and Murphy wound up making a deal to bring Ruby Walsh, the 10-time champion Irish jump jockey, to come to America just to ride Rawnaq in the Grade 1, $350,000 Grand National at Far Hills, N.J.
“I didn’t have to be asked twice,” Walsh said. “Rawnaq is the best steeplechase horse in America. It was really a no-brainer.”
The long trip was worthwhile as Walsh rode Rawnaq to a three-quarter-length victory over Scorpiancer in the Grand National, the richest steeplechase event in North America. He completed 2 5/8 miles over a firm course in 4:50.
Scorpiancer, who became a Grade 1 winner in the Lonesome Glory, was easily second-best. Sharp Rise, one of two European imports in the field, contested the early pace with Rawnaq before fading to third.
Naylor and Murphy also teamed up to win last year’s Grand National with Dawalan, but the Eclipse Award champion was injured early this season, leaving Rawnaq as the stable’s capable replacement.

http://www.drf.com/news/irish-jockey-ru ... d-national
Any word on Rudyard K, the horse that Jack Doyle had been riding in that 9/22 spill? The chart mentioned that he had jumped the preceding two jumps awkwardly before falling over the 10th fence and being vanned off after the finish.
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Sat Oct 15, 2016 10:31 pm

Catalina wrote: Any word on Rudyard K, the horse that Jack Doyle had been riding in that 9/22 spill?
Rudyard K was not seriously injured in the fall and was back with trainer Todd Wyatt in Maryland Thursday night.

http://thisishorseracing.com/news/index ... er-surgery
its the very last line in the article.
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Sat Oct 15, 2016 10:35 pm

Thanks, Flanders. It's good to hear that the horse escaped serious injury.
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Sun Nov 13, 2016 8:16 pm

The richest Arabian race in the world was run tonight in Abu Dhabi, the €1.2 million Sheikh Zayed Jewel Crown. There were 3 US-based horses in the field but it wasn't their night. Paddys Day and Calvin Borel finished 8th, Sand Victor was 12th, and Thess Is Awesome faded to 16th and last after pressing the pace early. But the race was won by an American-bred horse, RB Burn (Majd Al Arab x Burnie Gee PW, by Burning Sand), bred in Florida by Rosebrook Farm and owned by Al Asayl Racing. Among the horses he beat were the highest ranked Arabian in the world, Al Mourtajez (winner of the Arabian World Cup on Arc day), Kahayla Classic winner Af Mathmoon, and defending champ Kalino.

RB Burn, who broke his maiden at Sam Houston before being exported. His dam was a stakes winner at Delaware and Retama.

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Sun Nov 20, 2016 9:18 am

Top Striker rolls past Rawnaq in Colonial Cup

Top Striker pulled off a minor upset of divisional leader Rawnaq in Saturday's $150,000 Colonial Cup (G1) in Camden, South Carolina, the final Grade 1 hurdle of the 2016 season.

http://www.twinspires.com/blog/2016/11/ ... lonial-cup
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Sat Dec 17, 2016 9:56 am

Meadowlands: Brett Miller ties track record with eight wins on the Friday card

Brett Miller drove himself into the record book on Friday night at The Meadowlands when he steered eight winners across the wire first to tie the all-time mark for victories on one program at the New Jersey oval.

http://www.drf.com/news/meadowlands-bre ... riday-card
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Wed Jan 25, 2017 9:04 am

Champion Steeplechaser Rawnaq to Miss 2017 Season

An injury will keep Irv Naylor's reigning Eclipse Award winner Rawnaq from taking a shot at a lucrative bonus in the Sun Bets Stayers' Hurdle at Cheltenham.

http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/ ... 017-season
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Wed Jan 25, 2017 9:42 pm

PJMIII wrote:Champion Steeplechaser Rawnaq to Miss 2017 Season

An injury will keep Irv Naylor's reigning Eclipse Award winner Rawnaq from taking a shot at a lucrative bonus in the Sun Bets Stayers' Hurdle at Cheltenham.

http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/ ... 017-season
Aw man. Was looking forward to watching him try Cheltenham.
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Sun Feb 05, 2017 6:44 pm

National Steeplechase Association spring schedule offers record purses

A record total of nearly $2.6 million in purses will be offered during the spring portion of the National Steeplechase Association’s 2017 season.

The organization dedicated to jump racing announced this week a revised spring schedule of 18 stops that includes two new locations. The purse money represents an increase of 6.7 percent from 2016.


http://www.drf.com/news/national-steepl ... ord-purses

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Mon Feb 06, 2017 1:32 am

I'm not sure it's been mentioned here what Hialeah Park plans to do beginning this summer. Absolutely disgraceful, given the history and aura of that venue.

The quarter horse meet would typically be running at this time of year. Not this time. Brunetti lost so much money with the quarter horses he severed ties with the main quarter horse association. Hialeah plans to run bogus races this summer to fulfill the vague requirement that horse racing must be staged to have a casino in operation on the premises.

Three other venues in Florida have been doing that in recent years. Brunetti ripped the establishments in recent years and called them Mickey Mouse races, before deciding to join them. There will be so-called doubleheaders crammed within a few weeks, to fulfill the state requirements at the bare minimum and at the last minute. I doubt there will be wagering on the races and probably nobody watching them, although Hialeah does claim they will use a starting gate, unlike the other three venues. Probably two horses in the gate. Last year there was a "race" at one of those "tracks" with a horse requiring 14 minutes to cover 100 yards or so.
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Mon Feb 06, 2017 9:15 pm

Paulick picked up the story.

Florida’s ‘Sham’ Continues: ‘Fake’ Horse Racing On Its Way To Hialeah Park
Tired of hearing about “fake” news?

Well, for a change of pace, get ready for some “fake” horse racing at Hialeah Park, a South Florida track that once was synonymous with class and elegance in Thoroughbred racing.

Hialeah Park's automated phone answering machine says “the world's most beautiful race course is now also a state of the art casino/simo-center.”

It is soon to be home of fake horse racing, the kind that allowed some slick businessmen to get licensed for card rooms and simulcasting in several central and north Florida counties. If the Florida Supreme Court rules in their favor in a case that's been in front of the court for nearly a year, they'll get slot machines, too.
http://www.paulickreport.com/news/ray-s ... leah-park/
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Fri Feb 24, 2017 3:48 pm

Not really sure where to put this because it has thoroughbred racing info in it too.

Al Shaqab Showcases Arabian Roots
DOHA, Qatar–On a picture-perfect Friday morning in Qatar, international guests in town for the HH The Emir’s Sword Festival gathered at Al Shaqab’s Emiri Stable for breakfast, an introduction to Arabian horses and, of course, some good-natured banter ahead of Saturday’s featured card of the three-day racing festival.

Readers of this publication will be well-familiar with the name Al Shaqab as it relates to Sheikh Joaan’s Thoroughbred operations in Europe, based at Haras de Bouquetot in France, as well as his successful racing stables in America, but the focal point of Al Shaqab in Qatar is the Purebred Arabian. This was literally the case at the breakfast event, with a band of near-white Arabians grazing in the stable courtyard surrounding the tables.

The parade of Al Shaqab’s Arabian stallions was certainly an eye-opening event for the Thoroughbred crowd present. Whereas Thoroughbred stallions are, of course, expected to stand and walk calmly during inspection, the Arabians were encouraged to prance, rear, shout, and generally show off their athleticism.
The Al Shaqab colours will be carried by the likes of the Richard Hannon-trained Ghayyar (Ire) (Power {GB}) in Saturday’s Al Biddah Mile, a local Group 2 contest, but the most exciting horse in the grey and gold colours this week will be the Purebred Arabian Al Mourtajez (Fr) (Dahess), who goes for the Arabian Triple Crown in Saturday’s final race of the festival, the $1-million G1 HH The Emir’s Sword. Al Mourtajez won the first two legs, the Qatar International S. at Goodwood and the Qatar Arabian World Cup at Chantilly, last year for trainer Thomas Fourcy.
Two-time GI Kentucky Derby-winning trainer Doug O’Neill is in town to saddle the first-ever American-trained runner at the meeting, Royal Albert Hall (GB) (Royal Applause {GB}) in the HH The Emir’s Trophy, and he reflected on his experience thus far, saying, “It’s been fantastic. The hospitality has been unbelievable and hopefully this is the first of many trips back here.” Of the 5-year-old gelding Royal Albert Hall, the trainer added, “He looks phenomenal. His coat looks great, his energy level is great. Alan Garcia is here to ride him and he got on him this morning and got along great with him. He’s got a really good mind, this horse. He’s going the other way than what he’s used to but it doesn’t seem to bother him at all, and we’re expecting a big effort.”
http://www.thoroughbreddailynews.com/al ... ian-roots/
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