Racing

Santa Anita goes back to the future to avoid washouts

Santa Anita has gone back to the future as of Monday by installing a new surface at 90% sand and 10% clay. Its first test was a heavy rain Sunday night that kept horses from training on the inner 15 feet of the track. “I love what I’m seeing so far, especially after the rainfall […]

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Lane’s End Stakes back to Spiral Stakes with Vinery as sponsor

The biggest race on Turfway Park’s calendar, the Lane’s End Stakes has reverted back to its former name with a new sponsor. It will now be called the Vinery Racing Spiral Stakes. “Turfway was a pioneer in Thoroughbred race sponsorship, and the Spiral Stakes has had strong sponsorship support since 1982,” said Turfway President Bob […]

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Bye Bye Z

Alicia Wincze Hughes of the Lexington Herald-Leader reports that a crowd of about 1,200 visited Keeneland today to see Zenyatta for the last time before she  makes it to Lane’s End Farm where she will enjoy her retirement. “When you’re with her it’s just such joy so you don’t really think about much more than […]

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Hammersly: Blame will get my vote

In an act of consistency, Michael Hammersly will give his vote to Blame for Horse of the Year. This despite remaining convinced that “if Zenyatta and Blame raced such conditions 10 times Zenyatta would win the vast majority. Maybe Blame would beat her just once.” But last year, Hammersly gave his vote to Zenyatta because […]

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Delay of the Queen

According to a press release, the arrival of Zenyatta at Keeneland has been delayed by two hours with her arrival slated for after 6 pm. Due to the delay, she will be paraded in the lighted outdoor show ring at the back of the sales pavilion. Previously she was scheduled to be in the saddling […]

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Huffington Post: More pictures of the Queen’s goodbye

In what will surely not be the last Zenyatta tribute column, Liz O’Connell writing for the Huffington Post bids adieu to the powerful mare who was narrowly beaten in the Breeders’ Cup Classic at Churchill Downs. For those aching for more Zenyatta pictures, she has a nice portfolio taken from her goodbye to Hollywood Park. […]

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A Saturday Afternoon Horse: Thank you Zenyatta for the ultimate ride

The blog A Saturday Afternoon Horse reminisces about the career of Zenyatta from her first race to her eventual destination at Lane’s End Farm.

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Americain leads strong French contingent at Sha Tin

The Dec. 12 Hong Kong International Races meeting will have a certain French flair when 10 of their Thoroughbreds enter in three of the four international Group 1 races. The first French horse to win the Melbourne Cup this year, Americain has found a special place in the hearts of many Frenchmen and looks to […]

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Washington Bridge takes G2 Bayakoa at Hollywood

Three-year-old filly Washington Bridge exploded late to overtake pacesetter Sister Dawn and win the Grade 2, $150,000 Bayakoa Handicap at Hollywood Park Sunday. Under Rafael Bejarano, Washington Bridge was the only closer making ground on the leader in the stretch.  She won the 1 1/6 mile race by two lengths in a time of 1:44.25.  […]

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Zipse: The synthetic experiment should be over

California trainers will get to test out Santa Anita’s new dirt surface for the first time Monday. Blogger Zipse At The Track suggests this return to dirt should be the first of many for U.S. tracks with synthetic surfaces.

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