Other Racing: Quarters, Harness, Jumps

Catalina
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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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tranquilo
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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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PJMIII
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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
PJMIII
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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
PJMIII
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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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Sparrow Castle
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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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Starine
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Fri Feb 24, 2017 8:51 pm

Any suggestions for Facebook pages or Twitter accounts to follow regarding Arabian racing? My interest is especially piqued since I've got into endurance riding, and so many of those horses competing are from racing lines.
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Sparrow Castle
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Fri Feb 24, 2017 9:10 pm

Starine wrote:Any suggestions for Facebook pages or Twitter accounts to follow regarding Arabian racing? My interest is especially piqued since I've got into endurance riding, and so many of those horses competing are from racing lines.
This one shows up on my Twitter feed every so often because of common Followers. It has a Facebook page too. It's based in the UK.
https://twitter.com/ARO_Racing
https://www.facebook.com/ARORacing/
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Sat Feb 25, 2017 12:13 am

Thanks, you two! :)
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Sparrow Castle
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Wed Mar 15, 2017 11:22 pm

I guess this loosely fits here.

Officials expect Fair Hill bond bill to pass
NNAPOLIS — A bond bill funding race course improvements at Fair Hill, which would help pave the way for the site to host a world-class equestrian event, is expected to pass the state legislature.

State Sen. Wayne Norman (R-Harford/Cecil) said a hearing for the bill “went particularly well” and that he expects the bill to pass.

The bill, which has been a top priority for Cecil County’s state representatives in the House of Delegates and the Maryland Senate, would fund engineering designs for significant upgrades to the site’s race course.

Gov. Larry Hogan included the funding in his proposed capital budget, but the bond requires passage by both houses.

Fair Hill is on the short list to host a four-star horse eventing competition — an event on par with the Olympics in magnitude — in 2019, and this bond bill is paramount for Fair Hill being selected. Without the bond, Fair Hill’s facility may not be adequate to host an event of this scale.

Cecil County officials have estimated that the economic impact of an annual four-star event could grow to $30 million annually.

Four-star events are the pinnacle of horse eventing and draw the top competitors from around the world. Horse eventing has been described as a triathlon for horses, testing their strength and stamina as they navigate grueling courses.

Proposed improvements to the course include building a new grandstand, widening the course and constructing an irrigation system to soften the course. The latter two improvements are aimed at reducing the risk of injuries for horses and riders.

If passed, the Maryland Board of Public Works would be authorized to buy a $250,000 bond, which would require a local match of $250,000, raising a total of $500,000 for the designs. Funds would be allocated to the National Steeple Chase Foundation, a nonprofit raising money on behalf of the Fair Hill Foundation.

There was no opposition at the bill’s hearing, Norman said.
More: http://www.cecildaily.com/news/state_ne ... user-share
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tranquilo
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Sat Apr 01, 2017 4:37 pm

Field for the Darley Awards Stakes (G1) for Arabians today at Santa Anita. Victor Espinoza is riding favorite Paddys Day, who was awarded 2016 Horse of the Year last night:

1. Easter Man (Edwin Maldonado)
2. Ivory Shores (Chantal Sutherland)
3. Twice Rich (Rosie Higgins)
4. Lil Dude AA (Brayan Pena)
5. Paddys Day (Victor Espinoza)
6. Big Girls Are Better (Mario Chavez)
7. Quick And Rich (Kirsten Swan)
8. Sand Victor (Hugo Herrera)
9. Miss Paradise (Chad Lindsay)
10. Raineing Sand (Gallyn Vick Mitchell)
11. Thess Is Awesome (Travis Wales)
12. Dream Pearl (Pablo Flores)
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Thu Apr 20, 2017 3:44 pm

‘60 Minutes’ to Feature American Steeplechase Racing on Sunday Broadcast
This Sunday’s edition of CBS’s “60 Minutes” will include a segment featuring the Timber Races steeplechase events, held in several Mid-Atlantic states. “60 Minutes” correspondent and “CBS This Morning” co-host Charlie Rose reports on the prestige and competition of the Timber Races, which culminate in the Maryland Hunt Cup event on April 29.

The “60 Minutes” segment will include strategically placed cameras that capture the athleticism and excitement of steeplechase racing from a rider’s perspective. The Timber Races, named for the wooden fences that horses and riders must jump over and navigate through, harken back to steeplechase racing’s origins in Ireland over 250 years ago.
https://www.americasbestracing.net/life ... -broadcast
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Fri Apr 21, 2017 8:07 pm

Steeplechase Preview & Picks: April 22
April 21, 2017
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Mr. Hot Stuff returns to action in Saturday's Temple Gwathmey at Middleburg. Tod Marks photo
Fourth race. $50,000 Temple Gwathmey hurdle stakes going 2 1/2 miles.
The 2017 race drew six runners, including four from the Fisher barn – Mr. Hot Stuff, Schoodic, Scorpiancer and Hinterland. Ricky Hendriks (off to a great start this year) sends out Swansea Mile while Voss counters with Portrade. Several are prepping for the Grade 1 Iroquois in Nashville, Tenn. May 13. Mr. Hot Stuff won the 2015 Gwathmey and was beaten a neck in that year’s Iroquois. The former Kentucky Derby starter has won five over jumps and will be difficult to handle. His stablemate Scorpiancer battled Rawnaq all last year (including a second in the Gwathmey) and shoulders high weight of 158 (up to 20 more than his rivals). Good race. How soft will the ground be?

Joe: Mr. Hot Stuff, Scorpiancer, Swansea Mile.
Sean: Scorpiancer, Mr. Hot Stuff, Portrade.
Tom: Mr. Hot Stuff, Hinterland, Scorpiancer.
http://thisishorseracing.com/news/index ... Itemid=312
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Sparrow Castle
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Mon Apr 24, 2017 7:58 pm

Sparrow Castle wrote:‘60 Minutes’ to Feature American Steeplechase Racing on Sunday Broadcast
This Sunday’s edition of CBS’s “60 Minutes” will include a segment featuring the Timber Races steeplechase events, held in several Mid-Atlantic states. “60 Minutes” correspondent and “CBS This Morning” co-host Charlie Rose reports on the prestige and competition of the Timber Races, which culminate in the Maryland Hunt Cup event on April 29.

The “60 Minutes” segment will include strategically placed cameras that capture the athleticism and excitement of steeplechase racing from a rider’s perspective. The Timber Races, named for the wooden fences that horses and riders must jump over and navigate through, harken back to steeplechase racing’s origins in Ireland over 250 years ago.
https://www.americasbestracing.net/life ... -broadcast
It'd be great to see another piece like this about flat racing. The filming is superb, for example, they placed the jockey's cam on their more stationary chest instead of the head.
http://www.cbsnews.com/videos/americas-steeplechase/
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/meet-60-min ... orsewoman/
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