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  2. I agree with the 'expertise' allusion. However times have generally been quick at Ricc, since the renovation in 1998. Good horses can really fly - but even moderate ones go fast as well, it may have something to do with layout, camber, incline, whatever, but the trouble is, it isn't consistent. And horses will cop a couple of runs on unforgiving ground, but most can't manage too many. Years ago, not long after renewal, I had a very average horse which posted a time of 1.10 for his 1200 mtrs. Fair go, he couldn't have run 1.10 downhill with a tail wind.
  3. A Breeders' Cup "Win & You're In" Challenge Race Qualifier, the winner of the 1 1/16-mile Chandelier will earn a fees-paid berth into the $2 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) Nov. 4 at Keeneland. View the full article
  4. Drafted will vie for his third graded victory of the year in the Oct. 8 $250,000 Vosburgh Stakes (G2), a seven-furlong main track sprint for 3-year-olds and up, at the Belmont at the Big A fall meet. View the full article
  5. When the New York Racing Association moved the Flower Bowl Stakes (G2T) from the Belmont Park fall meet to Saratoga Race Course, it created a void in the filly and mare turf division. View the full article
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  7. The Thoroughbred Education and Research Foundation (TERF) has awarded TAKE2 Second Career Thoroughbred Program Inc. with $4,000. TAKE2 Second Career Thoroughbred Program Inc., launched in 2012, promotes and develops second careers for racehorses that have retired from the track. In alignment with their mission to support and promote equine education by supporting organizations that are educating the public on the proper care of horses, TERF continues to offer their financial assistance in 2022. “Education is key to the success of Thoroughbred aftercare,” TAKE2 Executive Director Andy Belfio
  8. Keeneland opens its highly anticipated fall meet Friday with a trio of graded stakes that each provide the winners with a spot in the gate for the Breeders' Cup World Championships to be held in Lexington the first weekend of November. The highlight of the day will be the GI Darley Alcibiades S., a qualifier for the GI Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies. Ken McPeek and Brad Cox have taken turns the last few years, each winning two of the last four, and McPeek has the morning-line favorite in last-out GIII Pocahontas S. winner Fun and Feisty (Midshipman). McPeek also saddles longshot Stellar Lady
  9. The Jockey Club Thoroughbred Incentive Program (T.I.P.) Is hosting two championship shows in 2022, both held this month. The T.I.P. Championships & Eastern Dressage Championships are taking place Oct. 6-9 in Aiken, South Carolina, and the T.I.P. Western Championships & Central Dressage Championships are scheduled for Oct. 12-15 in Lexington, Kentucky, in conjunction with the Retired Racehorse Project's Thoroughbred Makeover. Nearly 350 Thoroughbreds are slated to compete in 38 divisions. Each division will be awarded $2,000 in prize money with awards through 10th place and special cla
  10. The Godolphin's Breeders' Cup team from Charlie Appleby's Moulton Paddocks will be led by multiple Grade I winner Modern Games (Ire) (Dubawi {Ire}). Already successful at the Breeders' Cup with a score in the GI Juvenile Turf at Del Mar last November, the chestnut returned to Europe in his seasonal bow and claimed the G1 French 2000 Guineas at ParisLongchamp on May 15. Third in the G1 French Derby in June, Modern Games was fifth in the G1 Prix Jean Prat on July 10 and rebounded to take second behind Baaeed (GB) (Sea The Stars {Ire}) in the G1 Sussex S. at Goodwood later that month. He made a s
  11. Whit Beckman would be the first to admit that his stable did not get off to the remarkably-fast start he had dreamed of when he first set out on his own last fall. Going into this summer, he had just two wins on his training record. But, the pieces have fallen into place in the past two months as Beckman has sent five horses to the winner's circle, including three in just the past two weeks. Sabalenka (Good Samaritan) leads the charge of recent winners for Beckman and now looks to add to her trainer's success as she makes her stakes debut on Friday in the GII JPMorgan Chase Jessamine S. on op
  12. Owner/breeder Charles E. Fipke, a Canadian geologist and diamond prospector who has made an impact on the sport on both sides of the border, will be inducted as part of the 2022 class in the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame. The other Thoroughbred inductees include jockey Eurico Rosa Da Silva, as well as horses Court Vision (Gulch) and Alydeed (Shadeed). Fipke has been involved in Thoroughbreds for over 40 years. His Sovereign Award winners are all homebreds: Not Bourbon (Not Impossible {Ire}), Impossible Time (Not Impossible {Ire}), Perfect Soul (Ire) (Sadler's Wells), and Lady Speightspea
  13. Three-time Group 1 winner Highfield Princess (Fr) (Night Of Thunder {Ire}) is still pointing toward a start in the GI Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint at Keeneland in November, according to trainer John Quinn. They bay has enjoyed a busy campaign, but has reached a new level as of late summer, with three consecutive Group 1 victories in August and September: the Prix Maurice de Gheest, York's Nunthorpe S. and the Curragh's Flying Five S. on Longines Irish Champions Weekend. “All being well, she goes to the Breeders' Cup,” said Quinn. “We are happy with her, so fingers crossed, that's where we intend
  14. The nine-week Dubai World Cup Carnival programme was revealed by Dubai Racing Club on Thursday. Beginning on Friday, Jan. 6, 2023 with the G2 Al Maktoum Challenge, the G2 Al Fahidi Fort, the G3 Dubawi S. and the Listed Ertijaal Dubai Dash, the 2023 DWCC also features additional enhancements. Several new races have joined the lineup, including the 2000-metre Thunder Snow Challenge, and the 1400m Ipi Tombe S. for fillies and mares. In total, there are 21 group races for Thoroughbreds and Purebred Arabians, as well as 20 handicaps–10 dirt and 10 turf–complementing the Pattern races. The Jumeirah
  15. Tavistock filly Pretty Tavi (NZ) belied her pedigree by comprehensively leading throughout to win her 1200-metre Mornington three-year-old fillies’ maiden by 4.5 lengths on Thursday. The Anthony and Sam Freedman-trained Pretty Tavi ($5) burst from the inside barrier and provided rider Jamie Kah with little concern around the tight-turning circuit. “She was very professional today and well-educated and made my job pretty easy,” Kah said. “Sam (Freedman) said for a Tavistock she’s quite fast out of the gate and she’s got a good turn of foot. “She wasn’t fierce (in the lead), she was just qui
  16. Tavistock filly Pretty Tavi (NZ) belied her pedigree by comprehensively leading throughout to win her 1200-metre Mornington three-year-old fillies’ maiden by 4.5 lengths on Thursday. The Anthony and Sam Freedman-trained Pretty Tavi ($5) burst from the inside barrier and provided rider Jamie Kah with little concern around the tight-turning circuit. “She was very professional today and well-educated and made my job pretty easy,” Kah said. “Sam (Freedman) said for a Tavistock she’s quite fast out of the gate and she’s got a good turn of foot. “She wasn’t fierce (in the lead), she was just qui
  17. As President of the Victorian Jockeys’ Association, you would think Stephen Baster would be clued in as to the timing of Group 1 races. Before retiring in November 2019, Baster rode 14 Group 1 winners and had his finger on the pulse, but nowadays he is selling real estate on the Mornington Peninsula while also helping his jockey brethren. Baster has dipped his toe into horse ownership with a small share in Callsign Mav who runs in the Group 1 Toorak Handicap (1600m) at Caulfield on Saturday. Callsign Mav is aiming to become the first horse since Trust In A Gust (2014) to win the Group 1 dou
  18. The New Zealand Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association, in partnership with the Keith and Faith Taylor Equine Scholarship Trust, are offering the opportunity of a lifetime for one young industry participant. Applications are now open for the Irish National Stud Scholarship, which supports the successful candidate to attend the renowned establishment to complete the internationally recognised National Stud Diploma course, beginning in January 2023. The recipient then returns to New Zealand to complete a six-month tenure at Trelawney Stud, known as one of the best producers of quality thoroughbred
  19. No trainer was more affected by the abandonment of racing at Hastings last Saturday and the subsequent transfer of the meeting’s two feature races to Matamata this weekend than John Bary, but he is taking the decision in his stride. The Hastings horseman is set to travel north to Matamata with four runners on Saturday, with Spring Tide (NZ) (Darci Brahma) set to contest the Gr.1 Arrowfield Stud Plate (1600m), while Te Awa Bay (NZ) (Darci Brahma) and Best Seller (NZ) (Wrote) will line-up in the Gr.2 AHD Hawke’s Bay Guineas (1400m), and promising three-year-old filly Sequoia Star (NZ) (Redwood)
  20. Opie Bosson will turn the clock back on Saturday with a dozen mounts at Matamata, including three in black type events and an unexpected opportunity to add to his Group One tally. Eleven of his 12 mounts on the extended card will be in his role as retained rider for Te Akau trainer Mark Walker with star mare Imperatriz (I Am Invincible) to potentially provide the highlight for the pair. The daughter of I Am Invincible wasn’t originally in the field for the Gr.1 Arrowfield Stud Plate (1600m) at Hastings last weekend, but the abandonment of that meeting and rescheduled change of venue has her
  21. TDN Rising Star Sakheer (Ire) (Zoffany {Ire}) will be forced to miss Saturday's G1 Darley Dewhurst S. at Newmarket after trainer Roger Varian revealed that the G2 Mill Reef S. winner has scoped dirty. Having been supplemented for the seven-furlong feature on Monday, KHK Racing's emerging luminary will now wait until 2023 to test his Classic credentials. “This is of course very frustrating and disappointing and I am very sorry for owners KHK Racing and everyone connected with the horse,” Varian posted on Twitter on Thursday. “He will be put away now for the season and we look forward to him ret
  22. The clock is ticking… Yes, the ‘Countdown to the Group 1 Sportsbet Melbourne Cup’ has commenced. And tonight’s $15,250 Sportsbet Melbourne Cup Launch Special Event (515m) – Race 8, 8.58pm – is a taste of things to come! A crackerjack field will compete for a $10,000 first prize, including the three major players – Paddy Wants Pats ($3.00), McInerney ($3.50) and El Dorado ($3.80) – according to the fixed odds market on sportsbet.com.au. Prepared at Freshwater Creek by Kelly Bravo, Paddy Wants Pats (Box 3) has won 17 races from 43 starts – including five from 10, with a slick 29.17sec
  23. Within two lots and just 40 minutes into the final Book 1 session of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale two colts by Frankel (GB) sold for 1.9 millions gns and 2 million gns, respectively. The first, lot 379 from Luca and Sara Cumani's Fittocks Stud, is out of the winning Pivotal (GB) mare Blue Waltz (GB) from the family of champion 2-year-old filly Blue Duster (Danzig) and was bought by MV Magnier of Coolmore. . # This colt by Frankel @JuddmonteFarms was consigned by @saracumani and the winning bidder was M V Magnier and White Birch Farm. pic.twitter.com/mMhXlWfV9w — TDN (@theTDN)
  24. Yes they get 1% of turnover and a small share of profits from betting on the sport
  25. Hotheaded Belgian is paying the price for elbowing a fellow rider last week, but the racing world will move on and Hong Kong could be the perfect place for him to re-enter the fold View the full article
  26. Classic Series suspect aims to repair his damaged reputation in card-closing Class Two Swan Handicap (1,400m) View the full article
  27. Is that right? Well the two year old I mentioned(Thunder Bay) twice ran up against - and finished second to - a fair two year old of the time (and on the first occasion ran a tick over 33s and the second well under 33s for her last 600). That fair two year old(who went a lot faster than her each time) went on to win multiple group ones and $2.1m - its name was Avantage So twice running on 'concrete' did not appear to do her any harm.
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