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.
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
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
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
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 Belfiore said. “There are so many resources available to owners and trainers, like our TAKE THE LEAD program, and we have to be sure they know all the options and are informed on how the retirement process works. We have to let racing fans and the public know that our industry cares and is deeply committed to our horses beyond the track. We have to engage with the sport horse community to inform them of the many organizations, such as TAKE2, that provide incentives for competing on Thoroughbreds. Thanks to the support of TERF, we can put together events like the Lunch and Learn on Aftercare at Saratoga and get the message out on aftercare.”
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