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Young Jockeys Set to Star at Olympia

Another sensational Shetland Pony Grand National season will reach its climax at Olympia, The London International Horse Show, which takes place from 16-22 December 2019. A steppingstone for young up-and-coming jockeys, The Saracen Horse Feeds Shetland Pony Grand National will feature daily, showcasing the next generation of jockeys coming through the pony racing ranks.

The Saracen Horse Feeds Shetland Pony Grand National at Olympia is the pinnacle of the season for the runners and riders, following months of competing around the country, with the aim of being selected to compete at the prestigious Show. The 11 jockeys and their ponies have been chosen on merit based on their performances throughout the season, which included appearances at Newmarket’s infamous Rowley Mile Racecourse and Burghley Horse Trials.

There will be several familiar names taking centre stage at Olympia Grand this year, with five children of well-known racing families taking the spotlight from their famous fathers. Nine-year-old Lucas Murphy, son of Grand National-winning jockey Timmy Murphy, made a successful start to his Shetland Pony Grand National career in 2018 culminating in victory at Olympia last year, something he will be seeking to repeat in 2019. Wearing the famous colours worn by his father when winning the Grand National aboard Comply or Die in 2008, Lucas will be one to watch as he takes to the track on Mr D Shepherd’s Cranford Fantastic, the winning combination at the Burghley Horse Trials leg in September.

Another former Grand National winner, Leighton Aspell, who was victorious in the prestigious Aintree race in both 2014 and 2015, will be on the sidelines at Olympia as he makes way for daughters Niamh and Lucy, who will both be making a deserved return to the iconic venue and will be using their experience to navigate the miniature Grand National course to the best of their abilities.

Freddie Keighley, son of National Hunt trainer Martin Keighley, will be making his Olympia debut at this year’s Show. The eight-year-old is in his first year on the Shetland Pony Grand National circuit, which is for children between the ages of eight and 14 years old, who are under five feet tall.

Following his selection, Freddie said: “I can’t believe I’ve managed to be selected for Olympia in my first season on Blackie [Brewards Kerwen]. He’s improved so much and I’m so proud of him. My parents have been taking me and my brother Harry to Olympia specially to watch the Shetland Pony Grand National for years and I am so excited to now be riding in it. It’s a dream come true!”

Lily Phelan will also be representing a renowned National Hunt family as she returns to Olympia, this year with new ride Sedgehill Talisman, who has shown remarkable improvement throughout the season and will be coming to the Show in excellent form.

Bringing further illustrious racing links to Olympia Grand this year will be Zak Kent, who will be wearing the famous blue and white silks of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, colours carried to victory in more than 50 international Group One races including 14 European Classics, the Melbourne Cup, Breeders’ Cup Classic, and the Dubai World Cup. The 12-year-old was involved in one of the highlights of the season, when beating rival Lucas Murphy by a nose-length in a photo finish at Newmarket’s Cambridgeshire Meeting, holding off a late challenge from Murphy at the end of the two-and-a-half-furlong contest.

Show Director, Simon Brooks-Ward, said: “The Saracen Horse Feeds Shetland Pony Grand National is always a crowd pleaser at Olympia and it’s great to be able to provide a platform for the country’s next generation of jockeys to demonstrate their talents on the international stage.”

In addition to the competitive element of The Saracen Horse Feeds Shetland Pony Grand National, the young jockeys will be using the Show to raise funds and awareness for The Bob Champion Cancer Trust. The Trust was set up by Grand National-winning jockey, Bob Champion, who won the race aboard Aldaniti in 1981, having been diagnosed with cancer just two years previously. To date the children involved in the Shetland Pony Grand National 2019 series have raised over £70,000 for the charity and will continue with their fundraising efforts at Olympia.

To purchase tickets for Olympia, please visit www.olympiahorseshow.com or telephone the box office on 0871 230 5580.

For more information, please contact:
Gayle Jenkins / gjenkins@revolutionworld.com / +44 (0)203 176 0355

4 Breeders’ Cup 2019 Contenders to Make an Epic Comeback This Year

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Horse racing tournaments never get old as they are celebrated all year round. Each horse racing event happening in any part of the world needs a perfect venue for all horse racers to earn a considerable number of prizes. At the same time, bettors would find another opportunity to wage for their favorite entries and grow their bank roll.

Most horse racing fans are on their feet as one of the biggest horse racing in the world is about to commence in the last quarter of this year. The Breeders’ Cup 2019 is a two-day grand horse racing event that will take place on November 1 and 2, 2019. It will happen in Santa Anita Park, which stands as one of the most legendary horse racing fields in the world.

Many races will take place during the Breeders’ Cup this year. Aside from that, it will come as the most exciting horse racing events this year as we might see a rematch of the mightiest horse racers who came not so strong in this year’s Triple Crown Series. Most of them have confirmed their appearances in Santa Anita Park.

The influx of horse racing fans and bettors are expected to fill in the Santa Anita racing field on the said day. Many bettors will surely wage huge amounts of money as this racing competition offers a big number of purse prizes. If you wish to look at the odds of each entry closely, you can visit the official Breeders’ Cup website or check TVG Odds for the latest listings and races each racer will partake in.

As we draw near to the 2019 Breeders’ Cup, inevitably, you can no longer contain your excitement in witnessing an action-packed show. To hype you up with this upcoming event, here are some of the contenders you can look forward to betting as they will make an epic comeback this year.

McKinzie

McKinzie is one of the most famous horse racers who’s going to seek a flying color in the Breeders’ Cup 2019. He was considered as one of the strongest contenders to win the U.S. Triple Crown Series; however, he wasn’t able to perform his goals. He suffered a leg injury early this March, which gave him a hard time to join said racing events.

Although McKinzie didn’t start the year as actively as other racing hopefuls, he was able to showcase his saddling skills in the middle of this year. He won the 2019 Whitney Stakes and placed second in the recently concluded Awesome Again S. race. He is confirming his ticket to the 2019 Breeders’ Cup and hopes to get the crown this year.

Code of Honor

Code of Honor is another famous horse to take a spot in the Breeders’ Cup this year. He is trained by Claude R. McGaughey, a Hall of Famer when it comes to producing successful horse racers. He was one of the most famous horse racers who took a winning spot of last year’s edition of Fountain of Youth Stakes and Florida Derby.

Code of Honor has also established reliable racing statistics this year. As of this time, he recorded around five wins already on some notable racing shows. His biggest victory was the Runhappy Travers Stakes on August 24, 2019 and the Jockey Club Gold Cup Stakes on September 28, 2019. This momentum is why Code of Honor is participating in this year’s 2019 Breeders’ Cup. This horse has the biggest chance of outlasting other horse racing contenders.

Omaha Beach

Although, he ended not joining the competition, Omaha Beach was a 2019 Kentucky Derby hopeful who gained so much popularity from the horse racing community. He was pulled out because of a severe throat infection, which affected his performance. Regardless of what this horse racer has gone through in the early months, he will return and try his luck yet again in the Santa Anita Park this year.

Richard Mandella, Omaha Beach’s trainer, had to make sure that Omaha Beach is in the best condition heading on to the Breeders’ Cup. He’s had an excellent racing record this year as he tallied four wins already. This horse was the winner of the 2019 Santa Anita Sprint Championship, which allowed him to gain confidence in winning the most coveted Breeders’ Cup crown.

Seeking the Soul

Seeking the Soul is considered as one of the wealthiest horse racers in history. He was the sire of Perfect Soul, who was also a horse racing superstar during his time. According to his trainer Dallas Stewart and Breeder Charles Fipke, his earnings are about to match what Perfect Soul had earned during his time.

The Breeders’ Cup 2019 is another horse racing event that Seeking the Soul will surely give an impressive fight. He might not have joined the Triple Crown Series, but he’s looking to show up in Santa Anita Park with a vengeance. He has an overwhelming seven recorded wins this year, where he won the 2019 Stephen Foster Stakes. He is one of the horse races to bet for the upcoming 2019 Breeders’ Cup.

Breeders’ Cup Santa Anita 2019

This year, California will be hosting the Breeders Cup at Santa Anita Park, Arcadia. Here is a guide that can take you through the key entries for Breeders Cup in this year’s edition. The 2019 Breeders’ Cup is held this year on November 1-2. Horse Racing betting is one of the only allowed online gambling options in California, so if you’re planning to get in on the action, check out this guide.

The Breeders’ Cup is held at different racetracks. In 2016, Santa Anita hosted the event for a record ninth time. Churchill Downs tied this record when hosting the 2018 renewal. Belmont Park hosted the series four times, and Gulfstream Park and Hollywood Park each hosted the meet three times. The 2019 race is being held again for the 10th time at Santa Anita Park.

The Breeders’ Cup World Championships is an annual series of Grade I Thoroughbred horse races, operated by Breeders’ Cup Limited, a company formed in 1982. From its inception in 1984 through 2006, it was a single-day event; starting in 2007, it expanded to two days. All sites have been in the United States, except in 1996, when the races were at the Woodbine Racetrack in Canada.

Each Breeders’ Cup race presents four Breeders’ Cup trophies to the connections of the winner and a garland of flowers draped over the withers of the winning horse. Many Breeders’ Cup winners will go on to win the Eclipse Award in their respective division. For example, of the eleven flat racehorse categories, seven of the Eclipse winners in 2015 had also won a Breeders’ Cup race, while three others were in the money.

The event was created as a year-end championship for North American Thoroughbred racing, and also attracts top horses from other parts of the world, especially Europe. The idea for the Breeders’ Cup was proposed at the 1982 awards luncheon for the Kentucky Derby Festival by pet food heir John R. Gaines (1928–2005), a leading Thoroughbred owner and breeder who wanted to clean up the sport’s image. The Cup was initially faced with much skepticism in the racing community; however, with the vocal support of legendary trainer John Nerud and others, the Breeders’ Cup was carried out, and subsequently experienced tremendous popularity domestically and abroad.

From 2008 to 2014, the Breeders’ Cup was held at either Churchill Downs or Santa Anita Park, both major tracks with a demonstrated record of success in hosting the event. In 2015, however, Keeneland was selected as the host track for the first time, in large part because of Lexington’s position as the center of the North American thoroughbred breeding industry. Although concerns were raised over Keeneland’s limited amount of permanent seating, the 2015 event was considered a success, with record Friday attendance and a sell-out on Saturday.

2015 marked the first time a Triple Crown had been won since the inception of the Breeders’ Cup, and thus the first opportunity to win the so-called Grand Slam of Thoroughbred racing, consisting of the Triple Crown and Breeders’ Cup Classic. American Pharoah completed the feat in a decisive wire to wire victory.

In 2016, Santa Anita had the record upon hosting the Breeders’ Cup for a record ninth time. The 2017 event was held at Del Mar for the first time. The 2018 event was held at Churchill Downs. For the 2018 event, the Friday card was known as “Future Stars Friday” and featured five races for two-year-olds, including the new Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint. The Distaff moved back to the Saturday card. Additional Breeders’ Cup changes arrived with the Breeders’ Cup Future Wager, similar to the Kentucky Derby Future Wager, and the first time the Equestrian event which was intermingled with Breeders’ Cup and Churchill Downs activities.

Horses from around the globe will be qualifying for the 36th Breeders’ Cup World Championships to be held at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California on November 1-2. This year’s Championships consists of 14 races, 13 of which are Grade 1 events, with purses and awards totaling more than $30 million.

The Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series, now in its 13th year, will be held at many of the world’s premier racetracks in 11 countries: U.S., Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, England, France, Ireland, Japan, Peru, and South Africa.

As part of the enhanced benefits to horsemen competing in the series, Breeders’ Cup will pay the entry fees and guarantee a starting position in a corresponding Championships race for winners of all Challenge races. The Challenge winner must already be nominated to the Breeders’ Cup program or it must be nominated by the Championships’ pre-entry deadline of October 21 to receive the rewards.

In addition, Breeders’ Cup will provide a $40,000 travel stipend to the connections of all Championship starters from outside of North America and a $10,000 travel allowance for starters within North America that are stabled outside of California.

Sir Anthony McCoy and Bridget Andrews to Captain the Teams at Olympia’s Star Studded ‘Race Night’

Sir Anthony ‘AP’ McCoy OBE and Bridget Andrews have been confirmed as the team captains for the 2019 edition of the Markel Jockeys Jumping, in aid of the Injured Jockeys Fund, at Olympia, The London International Horse Show. Returning for another electrifying year, the legendary ‘Race Night’ will thrill the audience of Olympia Grand with two star-studded teams, including the world’s top jockeys. Taking place on Friday 20 December 2019, spectators of the Show can expect nail-biting action as the teams battle it out for the Champions’ Crown.

Now in its fifth year, the Markel Jockeys Jumping, in aid of the Injured Jockeys Fund, will see some of Britain’s world-class jockeys switch disciplines to compete in a relay show jumping competition, swapping the racetrack for the Olympia arena in front of a 7000 strong crowd. This year’s format will see an all girls’ team, captained by Bridget Andrews and including top names Bryony Frost and Hayley Turner, go head-to-head with an all boys’ team captained by 20-time champion jockey, Sir Anthony McCoy.

Bridget Andrews, who recorded her first Cheltenham Festival winner in 2018, is one of the best female jump jockeys in the UK. Joining her will be Bryony Frost, who earlier this year became the first woman to win a Grade One race over fences at the Cheltenham Festival. Hayley Turner OBE will also join the all girls’ team. Hayley is a multiple Group One-winning jockey with over 800 career wins, making her the most successful female flat jockey of all time in Britain. This year she became the first woman for 32 years to win a race at Royal Ascot.

Joining Sir Anthony McCoy will be former flat champion jockeys, Ryan Moore and Jim Crowley. Harry Skelton will also be returning in hope of defending his title in rather less dramatic circumstances, following a bridle malfunction in the 2018 event. The final line-up of remaining members will be announced at a later date.

Captain of the boys’ team, AP McCoy, said: “The atmosphere at ‘Race Night’ is electric and I love being a part of the Markel Jockeys Jumping. I’m looking forward to once again showing the girls how it’s done! In addition to all the fun, it shines a light on all the great work the Injured Jockeys Fund do in both the racing world and across the wider equestrian community.”

Juliet Redfern, Head of Equine Insurance at Markel, said: “Markel is delighted to be continuing its support of this fabulous event, which just seems to get more popular every year. The Injured Jockeys Fund is a wonderful charity, that looks after its own so well, and we couldn’t be happier to be returning to Olympia for a fifth year!”

Taking place in the iconic Olympia Grand this Christmas (16-22 December), Olympia, The London International Horse Show is a highly anticipated equestrian event which attracts the best riders and drivers from around the world. The week of equestrian action will see many of the world’s best athletes travel to the iconic Olympia venue, as the Show hosts three FEI World Cup™ competitions in Dressage, Carriage Driving, and Show Jumping.

Spectators can also look forward to entertainment from The Shetland Pony Grand National, Kennel Club Dog Agility, and the festive extraordinaire: the Christmas Finale. The 2019 edition of the event will open its doors to two international displays including the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment, performing its Musical Ride at this year’s Show. Made up of 28 horses and 36 mounted ceremonial service members – who also serve as fighting soldiers – the Musical Ride is unique across the globe, as it demonstrates exceptional horsemanship and the very best of British military tradition. Horse Whisperer, Jean-François Pignon, will be debuting his ‘Black and White’ display for the first time in front of a UK audience. Adding to an already impressive line-up of displays, Pignon’s performance, which comprises six white and two black mares, is bound to be a crowd pleaser as he wows the crowds with his unique skills.

To purchase tickets for Olympia, please visit www.olympiahorseshow.com or telephone the box office on 0871 230 5580.

For more information, please contact:
Gayle Jenkins / gjenkins@revolutionworld.com / +44 (0)203 176 0355

Why Colin Tizzard Is One of the Most Respected Trainers in UK Horse Racing

Colin Tizzard’s stable has hit a rich vein of form. Photo by Anthony Harrison, CC BY-SA 2.0.

Since 1998, Colin Tizzard has been training race horses, specialising in National Hunt events. The Somerset born and bred trainer has enjoyed something of a rich vein of form this decade, nurturing a host of headline Group 1 victories in National Hunt racing. Born into a family of dairy farmers, Tizzard has certainly milked the prize money in some of Britain’s biggest National Hunt races of late, including one of the most memorable Gold Cup victories. Tizzard’s training yard has certainly come a long way in a short space of time, with Joe Mister One the yard’s first decent jumper back in the early 2000s, giving the family yard hope of better times ahead – and better times there certainly were.

Back in 2015, just months after Cue Card’s impressive victory in the Ryanair Chase at the 2014 Cheltenham Festival, Tizzard took the decision to move his stable away from the family’s dairy farm at Venn, moving them into a state-of-the-art, purpose-built yard at the top of the hill. Tizzard said in a candid interview with the Telegraph that although the new yard offers the same “food,” “water,” and “gallops,” it was a “beautiful environment” for him and the horses to work in.

Cue Card was Tizzard’s golden ticket to developing a winning yard

In fact, it wouldn’t be an exaggeration to state that Cue Card is one of the main reasons why Colin Tizzard’s yard has managed to develop and grow from strength to strength. After nine Grade 1 wins, his illustrious career has helped Tizzard to reinvest heavily in his yard, overlooking Blackmore Vale. Cue Card romped to victory in the 2015 King George VI Chase at Cheltenham, which helped put the Tizzard yard firmly on the map. Colin freely admits that the only reason he initially secured a licence to train horses back in 1998 was to give his son, Joe, some competitive rides and enhance his jockey career. Yet two decades later, we’re sitting here talking about some of the most impressive National Hunt thoroughbreds in recent memory.

Thistlecrack proved that Cue Card was no fluke for the Tizzard yard

Thistlecrack was the next off the Tizzard conveyor belt of talent, following up Cue Card’s back-to-back years of success at the Cheltenham Festival by winning the World Hurdle in 2016. Most pundits and punters alike were taken aback by the ease with which Thistlecrack ate up the ground and effortlessly glided over the fences, eventually winning by seven clear lengths ahead of Alpha Des Obeaux. Tizzard was starting to be mentioned in the same company as other leading trainers like Tom Scudamore, such was his emerging track record of nurturing staying hurdlers.

The unbeatable and magnificent Native River who secured Tizzard’s maiden Gold Cup. Photo by Carine06, CC BY-SA 2.0.

Gold Cup success eclipses Tizzard’s “biggest dreams”

Nevertheless, Tizzard’s most prestigious win of all time came in March 2018, again at the Cheltenham Festival. Tizzard trained Native River for inclusion in the headline Cheltenham Gold Cup race, which is one that has huge significance to punters. In fact, one lucky guy managed to turn a $2 wager on Native River into a €3,000 package for an exclusive poker tournament. Native River was given an excellent jockey booking in the shape of Richard Johnson, who was searching for his second Gold Cup victory after his maiden success back in 2000. Native River and 2017’s King George VI Chase winner, Might Bite, ended up pulling clear and leading from the front, going toe-to-toe over the 22 fences. However, it was Native River who had enough left in the tank to break clear up the famous Cheltenham hill to secure a victory that Tizzard himself admitted “means everything to everyone’s life”.

In total, Colin and his family have nurtured more than 660 winners, with at least 29 of them coming in Group 1 company. There’s no doubt that success breeds success in horse racing. Few people would be silly enough to bet against the Tizzards’ family-run operation not churning out many more prized hurdlers in the years to come.

Join the Old Friends Royal Excursion Tour

GEORGETOWN, KY – SEPTEMBER 18, 2019 – This October, you’re invited to a Kentucky Royal Excursion experience featuring Old Friends Farm.

On October 1st, 8th, 15th, and 22nd (four consecutive Tuesdays) a small group of guests will board a luxury shuttle and take a guided tour of Keeneland Racecourse, Old Friends Farm, and the stately Kentucky Castle.

Keeneland Racecourse is a celebrated national landmark in Lexington with timeless beauty. Here tour guests will get a unique look at the sport of Thoroughbred Racing, including a track-side view of horses in their morning workouts.

From Keeneland, travel to Old Friends Farm, a Thoroughbred Retirement Facility based in Georgetown that cares for over 200 retired horses. Experience a tour led by founder Michael Blowen to meet Kentucky Derby-Preakness winners Silver Charm and War Emblem, and many other equine champions.

From there you will enjoy a scenic drive to the Kentucky Castle, a boutique hotel set in a medieval-style castle on scenic grounds featuring landscaped gardens. End the day with a guided Castle tour, and a three-course seasonal lunch in the Grand Ballroom.

Tours begin at 9 am at the Kentucky Castle, 230 Pisgah Pike, Versailles, KY, and will be offered on Tuesday October 1st, 8th, 15th, and 22nd.

Tickets are $85 per person and include all transportation and a luxury lunch.

Tickets can be reserved online by visiting the Kentucky Castle, using the EVENTS tab, and choosing your preferred date, or CLICK HERE.

For more information, visit www.oldfriendsequine.org.

MEDIA CONTACT: Cynthia Grisolia, (502) 863-1775, cindy@oldfriendsequine.org; or Barbara Fossum, (502) 863-1775, barbara@oldfriendsequine.org

Melbourne Cup Horse Race 2019

The 2019 VRC Melbourne Cup is a Group I handicap race and it is Australia’s most famous annual Thoroughbred horse race. It is a 1.988 mile race for three-year-olds and over, conducted by the Victoria Racing Club on the Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne, Victoria as part of the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival. It is the richest “two-mile” handicap in the world, and one of the richest turf races. The event starts at 3pm on the first Tuesday in November and is known locally as “the race that stops a nation”.

The Melbourne Cup field typically comprises a star-studded array of both local and international horse racing champions. The horses that compete in the Melbourne Cup are chosen according to a range of parameters. Inferior racehorses are balloted out based on a range of metrics, such as handicap weight and performance in certain races. If you love horse racing betting, claim the TVG promo code! You can get money back when you place your first bet.

Balloting conditions are that the race directors retain the absolute discretion to exclude any horse from the race, or exempt any horse from the ballot on the race, but in order to reduce the field to the safety limit of 24, horses are balloted out based on a number of factors which include

1000 in prize money earned in the previous two years, 9 wins or placings in certain lead-up races and 3 allocated handicap weight.

Betting on the Melbourne Cup is one of the most Australian things you can do and millions of people have a flutter every year in an attempt to snare the win. The ultimate test of stamina and staying power, the Melbourne Cup is raced over a punishing distance of 3,200 metres (1.988 miles). More grueling than any other major event in Melbourne’s Spring Racing Carnival, the prestigious race places extraordinary demands on the contestants, and bestows exceptional glory upon the winners.

In addition to the huge Australian audience that drops everything each November to follow the race, the Melbourne Cup has also captured the imaginations of countless international racing fans.

With close to half of the field for the 2017 Melbourne Cup being raiders trained outside of Australia and New Zealand, the event has blossomed into a truly global affair. Australia does not have a reputation for breeding genuine stayers so, each year, the Melbourne Cup field features more and more internationally bred and trained horses. In recent years, international horses have dominated Melbourne Cup races.

The total prize money for the 2019 race is $8,000,000, plus trophies valued at $250,000. The first 12 past the post receive prize money, with the winner Cross Counter being paid $4 million, second $1 million, third $500,000, fourth $250,000, fifth $175,000, with sixth through twelfth place earning $150,000.

Prize money is distributed to the connections of each horse in the ratio of 85 percent to the owner, 10 percent to the trainer, and 5 percent to the jockey.

For thoroughbred racehorses, the prestigious Melbourne Cup is the world’s richest handicap. The competitive landscape has changed considerably in Australia in recent times, leaving the Melbourne Cup as one of few authentic, two-mile horse races. The Andrew Ramsden Stakes at Flemington Racecourse and the Sydney Cup in NSW are the only other 3,200 metre Group 1 races on Australian shores.

The Melbourne Cup has a long tradition, with the first race held in 1861. It was originally over two miles (3.219 km) but was shortened to 3,200 metres (1.988 mi) in 1972 when Australia adopted the metric system. This reduced the distance by 18.688 metres (61.312 ft), and Rain Lover’s 1968 race record of 3:19.1 was accordingly adjusted to 3:17.9. The present record holder is the 1990 winner Kingston Rule with a time of 3:16.3.

Lasting for approximately three and a half minutes, the Melbourne Cup is the ultimate test of strength, speed, and endurance. A Bart Cummings-trained horse Kingston Rule famously obliterated the competition back in 1990 to set an all-time record of 3:16.30 minutes.

Breeders’ Cup World Championships 2018 Race Results

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A sport that undertakes a lot of pride, horse racing, continues its legacy to become a well-known sports event in today’s time. Individuals gather yearly to witness the event’s calendar of activities.

While there are people who went to the race to witness and cheer for their favorites and to have fun, most of the individuals who are attending horse racing events are going for the sole reason of betting.

Among the famous horse racing events in the world are the Triple Crown Races; Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes, and the Belmont Stakes. Others are the Dubai World Cup, Epsom Derby, and the Breeders’ Cup which will happen this upcoming November 2 & 3, 2019.

The Breeders’ Cup World Championships is a yearly event of horse races for Grade I Thoroughbred racehorses. The venue in which the sport is partaking varies each year. Thus, the attendance differs depending primarily on the host track’s ability to hold a lot of people.

However, the horse racing is held in two days, having a series of races that caters a lot of racehorses depending upon their potentials. The Breeders’ Cup Classes, has a total of $6 million purses. This thing makes every individual feel wanting to join the event.

2018’s Breeders’ Cup has a unique flow of events. Held at Churchill Downs, and for the very first time, Juvenile races happened on the first day of the championships, and “Future Stars Friday” was the theme of the program. As it celebrates its 35 years in the horse racing industry, a new set of notable winners are known and commended.

Breeders’ Cup Classic

Despite the difficulty of loading and breaking the 14th position, Accelerate made his way to win the Breeders’ Cup Classic race.  With a time of 2:02.93, Accelerate contained the one ¼ mile track. The horse’s victory gave his trainer John Sadler’s first win in the Breeders’ Cup, while his jockey Joel Rosario his ninth time to win.

Winning the race, it was Accelerate’s fourth time finishing a race first at a distance of 1 ¼ mile in 2018.

Longines Turf

The two-time Arc heroine Enable fended off famous horse Magical to win the Breeders’ Cup Turf. Enable was drawn around the six or seven turns as both horses made a close fight reaching the finish line.

Frankie Dettori, jockey of Enable, had a hard time making position because all others are competitive enough to win the race. Thus, as Dettori found the perfect pacing, he then did correctly guide Enable to finishing the race first.

Big Ass Fans Dirt Mile

In 1:33.83, the City of Light, trained by Michael McCarthy and guided by Javier Castellano, completed the one-turn mile on a fast track.

City of Light as a 4-year-old picked up his third Grade 1 win out of his ten career starts. It was the third time for the racehorse to win a horse racing event.

Longines Distaff

Winning the $2 million Longines Breeders’ Cup, Monomoy Girl capped an almost perfect season. A distance of 1 ⅛ mile raced by the horse at a time of 1:49.79.

The racehorse once again demonstrated to be the top of her class, beating inferior mares and fillies to win the Churchill Downs Breeders’ Cup Distaff.

Mile

The Breeders’ Cup Mile seemed to have four various horses in the stretch with a full potential winning the race, but Expert Eye rallied won and fought the outside win.

Thus, unleashing a powerful late show under Frankie Dettori, Expert Eye (GB) claimed the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Mile last November 3, 2018.

TwinSpires Sprint

Racehorse Roy H drew away to win the Breeders’ Cup Sprint, becoming the second repeat champion of the day.

Moreover, Roy H made his title defense look like a casual jog in the park on November 3 in the $2 million worth TwinSpires Breeders’ Cup Sprint. It was the racehorse’s third win in five starts in the year 2018, and ninth since his racing career started.

Maker’s Mark Filly & Mare Turf

Sistercharlie, who began her horse racing career in France, went down with pneumonia after coming second in her U.S debut in July 2017.

Despite the situation, the racehorse demonstrated her core in every race in 2018. She bravely ran in the one ⅜ mile racetrack, racing against a lot of competitive horses. Thus, it was the racehorse’s third consecutive Grade 1 win.

Turf Sprint

Stormy Liberal asserted a transcendent fight in repeating his Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint victory. The horse ran down a lot of driven racehorses, including the pacesetter World of Trouble.

For two consecutive years, Stormy Liberal raced through the event, and fortunately, it was also his second time winning the competition. Furthermore, in the year 2018, the racehorse received the Eclipse Award Champion Male Turf Horse.

Filly & Mare Sprint

Shamrock Rose, trained by Mark Casse and ridden by Irad Ortiz Jr, covered the seven furlongs on a significant fast track in 1;23.13 finishing time.

For the improving racehorse, winning the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint was the horse’s fourth consecutive victory.

Among the Juvenile races, here are the winning racehorses who ranked first in each of the events:

  • Sentient Jet Juvenile – Game Winner, trained by Bob Baffert and guided by jockey Joel Rosario.
  • Juvenile Fillies – Jaywalk, score handed by trainer John Servis and escorted again by famous rider Joel Rosario.
  • Juvenile Fillies Turf – Newspaperofrecord (IRE), having Irad Ortiz Jr. as the jockey.
  • Juvenile Turf – It was Line of Duty who won, ridden by William Buick and upskilled by Charles Appleby.
  • Juvenile Turf Sprint – Won by Bulletin, trained by Todd Pletcher and guided by jockey Javier Castellano.

Breeders’ Cup World Championships/Melbourne Cup

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The Breeders’ Cup World Championships is an annual series of Grade I Thoroughbred horse races, operated by Breeders’ Cup Limited, a company formed in 1982. The host track for the two-day event typically rotates to varying tracks each year. Most recent notable tracks are Santa Anita, Del Mar, Keeneland, and Churchill Downs. In 2019, the Breeders’ Cup will be held at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif. on Friday, November 1 and Saturday, November 2, and for a record-breaking 10th time following Breeders’ Cup’s most recent appearance at the track in 2016. An exclusive pre-sale will take place prior to the public ticket sale launch on March 4.

Concurrently on another hemisphere, you have the 2019 VRC Melbourne Cup group I handicap race in Australia – its most famous annual Thoroughbred horse race. It is a 1.988 mile race for three-year-olds and over, conducted by the Victoria Racing Club on the Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne, Victoria as part of the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival. It is the richest “two-mile” handicap in the world, and one of the richest turf races. The event starts at 3pm on the first Tuesday in November and is known locally as “the race that stops a nation.”

Melbourne Cup 2019 promises to yet again be an unrivaled racing spectacle! Year after year the event continues to grow in popularity and attracts new fans worldwide. If you want to join in on the hype for the race that stops a nation, learn about Melbourne Cup favorites and get the latest Melbourne Cup tips all you need to do is read through our comprehensive guide.

The Melbourne Cup field typically comprises a star-studded array of both local and international horse racing champions. The horses that compete in the Melbourne Cup are chosen according to a range of parameters. Inferior racehorses are balloted out based on a range of metrics, such as handicap weight and performance in certain races.

Balloting conditions are that the race directors retain the absolute discretion to exclude any horse from the race, or exempt any horse from the ballot on the race, but in order to reduce the field to the safety limit of 24, horses are balloted out based on a number of factors which include 1000 in prize money earned in the previous two years, 9 wins or placings in certain lead-up races and 3 allocated handicap weight.  Betting on the Melbourne Cup is one of the most Australian things you can do and millions of people have a flutter every year in an attempt to snare the win.

Back to United States, there are a maximum of 14 starters are allowed in each of the Breeders’ Cup Championships races (depending on track dimensions, some races such as the Turf Sprint or Dirt Mile may be limited to 12 starters). Breeders’ Cup Limited has adopted a field selection system to select runners in the event fields are oversubscribed. Winners of the “Win and You’re In” Breeders’ Cup Challenge races automatically qualify. Other pre-entries are ranked by (1) a point system for graded stakes performance during the year, and (2) the judgment of a panel of racing experts. After pre-entries are taken approximately two weeks before the Breeders’ Cup, the ranking determines eligibility in oversubscribed races. After pre-entry, any vacancies in the fields are filled by horses in order of panel preference.

In 2018, there were 14 races in total, all but one of which were Grade 1. The Breeders’ Cup typically marks the end of the North American horse racing season, even though a few grades I events take place in late November and in December. The Breeders’ Cup is two full days of events that you can place bets on. There is a lot to cover but follow this guide for breeders cup entries to give you some highlights of horses that Breeders’ Cup betting participants staked their money on. It’s always important to thoroughly research your bets, especially during Breeders’ Cup betting season. Use our guide as a good starting point. In addition, you will find out the best Breeders’ Cup live stream places to watch.

From 2008 to 2014, the Breeders’ Cup was held at either Churchill Downs or Santa Anita Park, both major tracks with a demonstrated record of success in hosting the event. In 2015, however, Keeneland was selected as the host track for the first time, in large part because of Lexington’s position as the center of the North American thoroughbred breeding industry. Although concerns were raised over Keeneland’s limited amount of permanent seating, the 2015 event was considered a success, with record Friday attendance and a sell-out on Saturday.

2015 marked the first time a Triple Crown had been won since the inception of the Breeders’ Cup, and thus the first opportunity to win the so-called Grand Slam of Thoroughbred racing, consisting of the Triple Crown and Breeders’ Cup Classic. American Pharoah completed the feat in a decisive wire to wire victory. In 2016, Santa Anita had the record upon hosting the Breeders’ Cup for a record ninth time. The 2017 event was held at Del Mar for the first time.

The 2018 event was held at Churchill Downs. For the 2018 event, the Friday card was known as “Future Stars Friday” and featured five races for two-year-olds, including the new Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint. The Distaff moved back to the Saturday card. Additional Breeders’ Cup changes arrived with the Breeders’ Cup Future Wager, similar to the Kentucky Derby Future Wager, and the first time the Equestrian event which was intermingled with Breeders’ Cup and Churchill Downs activities.

Mike Smith Awarded 2019 ESPY Best Jockey Award

Mike Smith and Justify. Photo by Adam Coglianese.

Gilbert, AZ – July 16, 2019 – On Wednesday, July 10, top athletes around the globe gathered together to be awarded some of the most prestigious awards in sports. When it came time for the jockeys to step into the spotlight, it was American Equus Chosen Rider Mike Smith who was handed the 2019 ESPY Best Jockey Award at the event Presented by Capital One.

Kicking off the tradition of hosting the ESPY Awards annually in 1993, ESPN gives out awards to the best individual athletes, teams, and sports moments in Los Angeles, California. The awards occur on one of the two days that no games from any of the four major pro sports are held and benefit the V Foundation for Cancer Research in memory of Jim Valvano, a college basketball coach and analyst.

Among one of the four nominated athletes, Smith was given the top honors this year over jockeys Florent Geroux, Irad Ortiz Jr., and Jose Ortiz, who was the 2018 winner. Both Irad Ortiz Jr. and Florent Geroux share the title of American Equus Chosen Rider with Smith, but the celebrated 2018 Triple Crown winner was the one to hold the ESPY Best Jockey trophy this year for the first time since 1994.

“We are incredibly proud to have a legendary jockey like Mike Smith representing American Equus so well,” said David Shano, Founder and CEO of American Equus. “He has continued to make history throughout his career, most recently with his Triple Crown win last year to become the 13th winner. He is a wonderful example of what being a Chosen Rider means-his passion for the sport and the horses he shares the track with is truly inspiring.”

The Racing Hall of Famer has garnered incredible results with his top horses of the year, Midnight Bisou and McKinzie, accumulating earnings over $5.7 million so far. Now 53 years of age, Smith is showing no signs of slowing down following his 5,527 career wins and earnings close to $324 million. At the top of his game, he is focused on continuing to pilot some of the most talented thoroughbreds in racing to victory after victory.

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