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Exciting Summer Ahead for Toast and Judge

Trainer Jamie Osborne was forced to have to defend his horse, Toast of New York, recently after finishing in sixth place at the recent Belmont Derby Invitational Stakes.

The former UAE Derby winner skipped the Investec Derby, in Epsom, England, in order to take part in the event in New York. While trainer Jamie was not too disheartened at missing out on the £1.25 million prize, he did feel he had to come to the horse’s defense after coming sixth.

Reports have indicated that Toast of New York may have been harboring a lung infection. Osborne said: “Toast is OK but he did come back with a slight lung infection – that probably explains why he hit a wall in the straight.

“It’s not absolutely conclusive that he caught it on the way home and on the balance of probability, he probably had the early stages of it through the race. He probably caught it on the way over.”

The diagnosis comes after the controversial revelations in the run up to the race that Osborne was going to trial diuretic Lasix on his horse. The drug is used to reduce the chance of blood vessels bursting and is banned on race days in many countries including the United Kingdom, though it is allowed out of competition.

While it hasn’t been reported that the drug had any effect on Toast’s health, trainer Osborne has now set his sights for bigger things in August. The Pacific Classic will take place at the Del Mar racetrack in California on August 24th, and Osborne is confident that he will be back to full health and ready to race once again.

“We’ve cleaned him up and the plan remains to take him the Del Mar for the Pacific Classic on Polytrack on August 24th,” Osborne said.

Meanwhile, British trainer Charlie Hills has high hopes for his horse, Just the Judge, as he makes the trip over the pond to race at Arlington Park, Texas, this summer. While the thoroughbred has had a poor run lately, he remains confident that she will excel at the Beverly D race on August 16th.

“She’s been a little slow coming to herself; however, she pleased me last time in the Pretty Polly when third to Thistle Bird. She’s coming right back to her best and looks a million dollars.

“I’m very keen to stick to a mile and a quarter now and I’m considering the Beverly D at Arlington Park as her next target.”

Spectators from all over will be taking to sites like Sports Interaction to put their money on Just the Judge, who’s likely to please if her previous performance last season is anything to go by. At last year’s 1,000 Guineas event in Newmarket, England, she took first place – but whether or not she’s likely to fare well on US soil is anybody’s guess.

With so much talent coming from overseas this August, we’re in for an exciting racing summer.

The Injured Jockeys Fund to Be Official Charity at Olympia

Sam Thomas and William Buick (Photography – Matthew Joseph).

The Injured Jockeys Fund is to be the charity of the year at this year’s London International Horse Show at Olympia from 16-22 December 2014. Markel International, the specialist insurer, will sponsor a unique class on Friday 19th December. The Markel Champions Challenge for the Injured Jockeys Fund is set to be one of the highlights of the evening, featuring some of the UK’s best known flat and jump jockeys with the additional spice of top show jumpers.

A team of three flat jockeys and one top name show jumper will compete against three jump jockeys and one top name show jumper in a series of different challenges including jumps and pony club style games. The line-up of names is set to be announced early in the autumn and is likely to include Markel’s Ambassador jockeys, Sam Thomas and William Buick.

Lisa Hancock, Chief Executive of the Injured Jockeys Fund, says: “We are delighted to be the official charity of the London International Horse Show at Olympia in our 50th anniversary year. The Markel Champions Challenge for the Injured Jockeys Fund is sure to provide a fun – and highly competitive – spectacle for the crowd, plus will help raise awareness of the important work we do at the IJF in supporting injured jockeys and their families.”

Juliet Redfern, Markel’s UK Divisional Managing Director of Equine and Livestock, says: “We are thrilled to be announcing this exciting collaboration with the Injured Jockeys Fund at Olympia in December and hope that it raises lots of money for what is a fantastic charity.”

Simon Brooks-Ward, Show Director, The London International Horse Show Olympia, says: “We are very pleased to be supporting the Injured Jockeys Fund this year. It is a charity that does tremendous work for riders – not just in horseracing but across all equestrian sports. The Markel Champions Challenge for the Injured Jockeys Fund will see professional jockeys demonstrating their equine skills in the Olympia Exhibition Hall in an event which promises to be great fun. It will be a great spectacle which is sure to entertain the Olympia audience, as well as hopefully raising lots of money for a very worthy cause.”

For more information please contact:
Injured Jockeys Fund: Liz Ampairee, liz.ampairee@racingpost.biz 0773 333 1945
Markel International: Michael Henman, michael.henman@markelintl.com 0207 953 6000
Olympia, The London International Horse Show: Hannah Grissell, hannah@revolutionsports.co.uk 0207 592 1207

The Injured Jockeys Fund:
The Injured Jockeys Fund was founded in 1964 following the devastating accidents to Tim Brookshaw, and then Paddy Farrell in the 1964 Grand National. The Fund has since spent over £17m in helping over 1000 jockeys whose injuries have forced some of them to give up riding. The aim of the IJF is to maintain this ethos with continuing support for existing beneficiaries and to provide immediate and effective help to all newly injured jockeys in whatever way is appropriate to ensure a reasonable quality of life for them and their families. The IJF has two respite and rehabilitation centres, Oaksey House in Berkshire, opened by Patron HRH The Princess Royal in 2009, and Jack Berry House in Yorkshire, set to open in the Spring of 2015. www.ijf.org.uk

Markel International:
The Markel name and reputation are unsurpassed in the field of equine insurance. For over 50 years, Markel has provided uninterrupted coverage for horses and horse-related risks. Coverage is available for the widest range of needs from individual horse owners up to the largest global Thoroughbred breeding and racing operations, through to disciplines such as dressage, showjumping, reining, trotters and Arabians. www.markelinternational.com/equine

Olympia, The London International Horse Show:
The first international horse show took place in the Olympia halls in 1907. Olympia, The London International Horse Show, the event we see today, was started by Raymond Brooks-Ward in 1971. This year’s show takes place on 16-22 December 2014 in the Olympia Exhibition Hall, located in West Kensington London. The show will play host to a packed timetable of all things equestrian and is expected to welcome over 90,000 visitors. It is regarded as one of Europe’s oldest and most prestigious equine competitions. The show mixes top class equestrian action, including FEI World Cup™ Jumping, Dressage and Driving with family entertainment, such as the Osborne Refrigerators Shetland Pony Grand National which raises money for Great Ormond Street Hospital and The Kennel Club Dog Agility. The show’s official charity for 2014 is The Injured Jockeys Fund.

Various Types of Horse Racing

Horse racing is a sport which has jockeys riding the horses over a set of distance for a competition. The sport is considered as one of the most ancient ones. Here the fastest horse or the one which covers most of the distance is considered as the winner. Horse racing traditions are different and vary according to different countries. Every country has its own traditions and norms of horse racing.

As mentioned before horse racing has various types but some of the basic and the most common type include Jump Racing, Flat Racing, Endurance Racing and Harness Racing.

Jump Racing – Such kind of Horse racing is common and popular in Great Britain and Ireland and is also known as the National Hunt Racing. Here the horse along with the jockey has to jump over various types of hurdles. Such a type can be further classified in to hurdling and steeple chasing which are the types or sizes of hurdles. Steeple chasing can be referred to any kind of jump race and is common in United States. When the horses grow older they are able to get through bigger obstacles and go longer distances. For instance, the horses might begin in the National Hunt as a beginner and then it can move on to hurdling after a year of practice or racing. If the horse becomes even more capable it might even progress to steeple chasing.

Endurance Racing – As the name suggests, endurance race tests the actual endurance of the horse and are mostly of long distances. The distance in different races can vary. Some can be up to ten miles while others can be up to one hundred miles. There are also a few races which can be even longer which lasts up to multiple days. Endurance race can be further classified in to non-competitive trail rides, pleasure rides, competitive trail rides, endurance rides and progressive trail rides.

Flat Racing – Flat racing is considered as one of the most common types of racing. Racing tracks for such kind of racing is typically oval in shape and are generally practiced in Great Britain and Ireland. The flat races are run over the distances from 440 yards to two and a half miles. In such races the horses are allocated the same weight to maintain fairness.

Allowance race – Allowance racing is meant for the younger horses and is a non-claiming race. These races are mostly limited to the non-winners and the entries are limited to the ones who have not won, one, two or three stake races.

Handicap races – This is a race where horses with different disabilities are brought together for a race. Such a race can be made fairer by allotting handicaps or specified weights and this depends on their abilities. The horse is declared as handicapped on its official rating and its previous achievements. Horses which have high rates get the top weights and the lower ranked get comparatively lighter weights.

Harness racing – Harness racing is also known as trotting. It is a form of race where the horses compete at a specific pace. Here every horse pulls two-wheeled bodiless cart which is called as ‘sulky’ on which the jockey sits.

Turf racing – Such races are flat races which are run on the grass surface. The turf race in Britain begins during early spring season and runs throughout summer and autumn. Some of the most common courses in turf races include new market, Ascot and Epsom Downs.

Different races use different breeds of horses over different obstacles, distances and tract surfaces. Some races are purely for sport purpose but there are also races where gambling is associated.

Breeders’ Cup Announces Keeneland as the Host of the 2015 Breeders’ Cup World Championships

Announcement marks the debut of the Breeders’ Cup at Keeneland

Lexington, KY (June 24, 2014) – The Breeders’ Cup, one of Thoroughbred racing’s most prestigious international events, has today announced Keeneland Race Course, in Lexington, KY, as the host site of the 2015 Breeders’ Cup World Championships. This is the first time that Keeneland, one of the most iconic tracks in the country, will play host to the Breeders’ Cup. The event will be held on October 30-31, 2015.

The announcement marks the second time in the event’s history and the first time since 1993 that the Breeders’ Cup has revealed on the same day more than one future host site for the World Championships. In addition to Keeneland, the brand’s multi-year location strategy includes bringing the event to Santa Anita Park, in Arcadia, CA for the 2016 Breeders’ Cup World Championships and Del Mar, near San Diego, CA in 2017.

“As part of our strategic three-year host site plan we are very pleased to announce Keeneland as the host venue for the 2015 Breeders’ Cup World Championships,” said Breeders’ Cup Chairman Bill Farish. “Throughout its storied history, Keeneland has developed an extraordinary reputation for delivering a first-class racing and hospitality product. We are excited to bring the Breeders’ Cup home to Lexington and are energized by the support from the local community and the breeders of Central Kentucky who have been such a vital part of our program since its inception.”

Located in the heart of Central Kentucky’s Bluegrass Region, Keeneland plays a unique role in both Thoroughbred racing and breeding. Each April and October, the top owners, trainers and jockeys converge at Keeneland to compete for some of the nation’s richest purse money. As the world’s premier Thoroughbred auction house, Keeneland attracts a global clientele to its four annual sales. Sale graduates include 77 horses that have won 83 Breeders’ Cup races.

“The Breeders’ Cup at Keeneland is a homecoming for many of these great champions who were foaled and raised at Central Kentucky farms, and often sold at Keeneland,” said Keeneland President and CEO Bill Thomason. “The Keeneland team feels that sense of connection and history with the Breeders’ Cup, and we look forward to offering fans an extraordinary racing and entertainment experience.”

The multi-year host site decision is part of Breeders’ Cup larger, forward-thinking growth strategy to showcase the best of what Thoroughbred racing has to offer and is an extension of the brand’s “The Best Is Yet To Come” campaign which promises a curated Thoroughbred racing experience that will attract the best horses, the best owners and the best marketing partners.

Like Keeneland, which will be the site of next year’s event on October 30 and 31, Del Mar will be hosting the Breeders’ Cup for the first time in the event’s 30-year history with the 2017 Breeders’ Cup on November 3 and 4. In between these years, Breeders’ Cup will return to Santa Anita, which will host the 2016 event on November 4 and 5 and represents the ninth time the track hosts the Breeders’ Cup. All event dates are pending approval by the tracks’ respective states.

About Breeders’ Cup
The Breeders’ Cup administers the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, Thoroughbred racing’s year-end Championships. The Breeders’ Cup also administers the Breeders’ Cup Challenge qualifying series, which provides automatic starting positions into the Championships races. The 2014 Breeders’ Cup World Championships, consisting of 13 races and purses totaling $26 million will be held October 31-Nov. 1 at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif., and will be televised live by the NBC Sports Group. Breeders’ Cup press releases appear on the Breeders’ Cup Web site, www.breederscup.com. You can also follow the Breeders’ Cup on social media platforms Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

About Keeneland
For more than 75 years, the Keeneland Association has devoted itself to the health and vibrancy of the Thoroughbred industry. As the world’s largest Thoroughbred auction company, Keeneland conducts sales every January, April, September and November. Its sales graduates dominate racing across the globe at every level. In April and October, Keeneland offers some of the highest caliber and richest Thoroughbred racing in the world. Uniquely structured, Keeneland is a private, for-profit corporation that returns its earnings back to the industry and the community in the form of higher purses, as well as millions of dollars in charitable contributions for education, research and health and human services throughout Central Kentucky. To learn more about Keeneland, visit us online at www.keeneland.com.

For additional information, contact Niki Heichelbech at enh@visitlex.com.

Racing to Heaven, by Harriet Tramer

Cleveland, OH – June 19th, 2014 – Emotions, particularly in adolescents, can run very strong. A new book asks how much does it take for these sentiments to run out of control and command our lives along destructive paths?

“The book is what might be called magical realism,” said Harriet Tramer, the author. “It is very realistic in that many of the emotions the narrator describes are one we have all experienced on one level or another. Yet it is magical because you are not certain if she is imagining things or if they are really happening to her.”

The horses in this book seem to be cantering endlessly through the life of the woman who narrates her story. But are they really flesh and blood figures speeding along from place to place? Or are they simply something she imagines because of the turmoil in her mind? Read this book and then decide for yourself.

About the Author
Harriet Tramer has worked as both a journalist and a college instructor. And although the links between these two professions might not be immediately obvious, Ms. Tramer has learned that they have much in common: they both demand highly-developed communication skills. People in these two lines of work must not only learn to express themselves well (either verbally or through written words). They must also become adept at listening.

In writing Rounding the Circle of Love: Growing Up as She Grows Old, Ms. Tramer called into play everything she learned during her more than thirty years as a journalist/teacher. Her experience guided her as she interviewed experts in various fields – the law, medicine, exercise therapy – enabling her to present technical information in an approachable manner.

Ms. Tramer graduated with a Bachelor’s degree from Chatham College in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. And she has Master’s Degrees in Communication and Urban Studies from Cleveland State University. She has written for a variety of newspapers – “The Cleveland Press,” “The Cleveland Plain Dealer,” Crain’s Cleveland Business – and has taught both at Cleveland State University and the New School (in New York City).

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Royal Ascot Odds

With the celebrations gearing up for the centrepiece of Britain’s festivities, the Royal Ascot has been raising its head amidst the gloom and happiness throughout the world, with thousands, and more people looking forward to the royal gathering. With the Royal Ascot being termed as one of Europe’s most famous and one of the oldest celebrations dating back to 1711, the expectations are quite obvious.

Although the press and media are overwhelmed by the news of get-ups of people of different classes on this occasion, the horse race still remains to be the central part of this glorious ceremony, with all the celebrations revolving around the same.

With the delight of having a chance to look at the stunning pageantry with the Queen and carriage, and the lush lawns, the Royal Ascot week remains filled with activities around the time of the year the festivities are hosted. With about eighteen races to be conducted in groups, Royal Ascot will stand witness to a huge prize pot of almost 4 million pounds! Along with these festivities, one of the major attractions of these week-long celebrations is the betting, on the lines of the Royal Ascot odds. With the descent of four year old horses on the racetracks, with all experienced riders exhibiting their finest skills on their horsebacks, the saddles will be a sight worth looking at!

With a vast array of wealth exhibited by the jewels of the royals, the festivities will express richness in all terms of heritage, merit and sportsmanship spirit. All these things make the series of activities worth looking at, and should be attended by everyone once in a lifetime, which would be an experience for life.

However, for bookmarkers, this event is going to be quite special. The week long celebrations in mid-June has been estimated to witness bets worth 400 million pounds, hundred times more than the prize pot itself! With competitions being quite close, most of the bets will be placed online. In this glorious ceremony, one must know how to place a bet, and know something about the royal ascot odds to start off!

Some will win; some will lose, whereas everyone will get away with an experience of a lifetime, on the lush green racetracks of the course. At last, there will be one winner of the Ascot Gold Cup, and a few winners on their bets.

The odds will be decided mainly on the horses taking part, and even the racetrack plays a major role. With a downhill gradient at the beginning, the course takes gentle changes with some right turns, and the track gains an uphill gradient at Swinley Bottom, the lowest part of the track. The course makes conditions unforeseeable, and most of the odds of win-lose will depend on the conditions of the course.

It is always a no-no for a drawing in the middle course, and slightly positive odds are in favour of drawing low. The Brown Panther and some other horses still remain to be favourites, with their riders looking forward to winning the prestigious occasion and award of a lifetime.

However, Royal Ascot will still favour the riders with past experience on the triangular racetrack with right turns, and there is always a point to ponder: there have been variable results of draws on the straight course after it was laid back in the year 2006.

With these eventful days coming up, bookmarkers as well as commons will look forward to bring the best odds of the most looked-at ceremony, with the Queen Anne Stakes, Gold Cup and Diamond Jubilee Stakes being an attraction.

Are you a visitor to the Royal Ascot festivities? If not, you should try at least once, and grab the experience of a lifetime!

Go behind the Gates of a Horse Race

Horse racing starts at the gate, and how a racehorse departs from the gate can have a big effect on his performance. Journal photo.

Trainer Russell Harris shares his inside secrets for creating a good gate horse

Working the horse-racing gates can be a dangerous job, but renowned trainer Russell Harris works with his young racehorses to make the process a little safer.

Gate training begins with familiarizing the horse with the gate.

This includes letting the horse have a good look at the gate, then walking him through repeatedly.

Russell says his key to creating a good gate horse is patience.

He keeps these seven steps in mind when training young horses to start on the racetrack:

  1. Russell ensures that his horses are thoroughly conditioned to the gate before they start in a race.
  2. He also takes the process slowly. Russell lets a solid month go by before he begins shutting the horses in the stalls.
  3. Once his horses are comfortable with that, he opens the gates by hand and lets the horse walk out.
  4. Additionally, he never tries to force his horses to break out of the gate. Instead, he teaches them to follow the doors.
  5. Russell never uses a whip to get a horse out of the gate. Instead, he and his assistants will work on the gate more often until the horse is following those doors.
  6. If Russell has an older horse with gate anxiety, he’ll start at square one.
  7. Typically, Russell says he doesn’t use flipping halters on his horses, unless he gets a horse from somebody else that he doesn’t have enough time to fix before the horse has to hit the racetrack again.

And once the horse is trained for his job and ready to go, the gate crew is ready and waiting to help the horse do his best.

“Those guys do a good job, and if you have a problem, say, from the last time he ran, or he has got a little history, you’ll refresh the starter’s memory or he’ll refresh yours,” Russell says. “Most of them are real good about working with you – you’re going up there as a team, trying to figure it out.”

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Georgia Horse Racing Coalition Finds an Old Friend

ATLANTA, Ga. – April 14, 2014 – The Georgia Horse Racing Coalition, a group of leading business and civic leaders who are dedicated to bringing first-class horse racing to Georgia, announced today a partnership with Old Friends, one of the nation’s leading Thoroughbred rescue and aftercare organizations.

Old Friends, the non-profit Thoroughbred Retirement Center in Georgetown, Ky., cares for more than 125 horses representing some of the finest bloodlines in American racing, including Bluesthestandard, a multiple graded stakes winner who was bred in Georgia.

“The Georgia Horse Racing Coalition supports efforts to help find all racehorses – once their racing careers are over – a new home and a new job,” says Dean Reeves, Coalition president and owner of 2013 Breeder’s Cup Classic winner, Mucho Macho Man, whose earnings are $5.580 million. “Financial support of these retired athletes will be an integral part of our legislative efforts to bring racing to Georgia. Partnering with Old Friends is an important first step in our commitment to this standard of care for horses after they leave the track.”

“Our partnership with the Georgia Horse Race Coalition will help us in our mission to spread the word about the necessity for dignified retirement and second careers for these great horses,” says Old Friends founder Michael Blowen. “By promoting these celebrated horses at Old Friends through a campaign of education and tourism, we draw attention to all retired Thoroughbreds and all equines in need, and we appreciate the support of GHRC.”

Old Friends is considered a “living history museum of horse racing,” attracting nearly 20,000 tourists annually to see such stars of the turf as Breeders’ Cup Champion Gulch, multiple stakes winners Rail Trip and Commentator, and the losing-est horse in the history of racing, Zippy Chippy. Learn more about Old Friends at www.oldfriendsequine.org.

The Georgia Horse Racing Coalition is a non-profit 501 C (6) organization whose mission is to educate Georgians about the value that horse racing will bring to our state by generating jobs, tax revenues and tourism.  The Coalition is working with state leaders to pass legislation allowing parimutuel wagering in Georgia in order to encourage and support a statewide racing industry, including a state-of-the-art entertainment complex. Learn more at www.gahorseracing.org.

Media Contact:
Steve Crayne, Executive Director
(770) 853-0318

About Old Friends

Old Friends is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization that cares for more than 110 retired racehorses. Its Dream Chase Farm, located in Georgetown, KY, is open to tourists daily by appointment. Old Friends also has a satellite facility in Greenfield Center, New York, Old Friends at Cabin Creek: The Bobby Frankel Division, which is also open to visitors. For more information on tours or to make a donation, contact the main farm at (502) 863-1775 or see their website at www.oldfriendsequine.org.

MEDIA CONTACT: Michael Blowen, (502) 863-1775, michael@oldfriendsequine.org

Mardi Gras Doubleheader at Louisiana Downs

American Quarter Horse Association, March 13, 2014 – The 2014 futurity season starts Saturday with fastest-qualifier Dynastys Jumpn racing in the $281,514 Mardi Gras Futurity (RG2). The Louisiana Downs’ card also offers Brock Broussard’s Heza Fast Rogue racing for his third-straight win in the $84,686 Mardi Gras Derby (RG2).

Each of the stakes is for Louisiana-breds.

Luis Miguel Albores-Gleason’s Dynastys Jumpn (Jumpn-Dynasty by Check Him Out) romped in the fourth of 15 trials to the Mardi Gras Futurity. The Wendy Garcia-trained filly humbled her rivals when she quickly sprinted to a daylight lead and then rolled to a 2-length win with the top time of :15.642 for the 300 yards.

The Noe Sanchez-owned and -trained Party With Braxton (Swingin Jess-Holy Effort by Special Effort) came through with the second-fastest time when he scored a 14-1 upset in :15.760. He won by one-half length over fourth-fastest qualifier Zoies Treeshaker (Oak Tree Special-Most Women Will by Dashin Bye).

James Magnon’s homebred Jess For Ron (Swingin Jess-Presumptuous (TB) by Hennessy) raced to an even larger upset, at 20-1, when he won his trial with the third-fastest time of :15.798. The Justin Dehart-trained gelding drew away for the length win.

In the Mardi Gras Derby at 400 yards, Brock Broussard’s Heza Fast Rogue (Heza Fast Dash-Miss Jess Rogue by Mr Jess Perry) kept his hot streak alive in the trial with his second win from as many starts during the Louisiana Downs season. He won the $35,000 Billy Montgomery Stakes (R) by three-quarters of a length as the 7-10 choice and returned to win his Mardi Gras Derby trial as the even-money choice by three-parts of a length with the top time of :20.008 from two trials.

Heza Fast Rogue won four of 10 starts as a juvenile with his best stakes performance a close third-place finish as the 3-2 choice in the $286,560 LQHBA Sale Futurity (RG1) for trainer Kevin Broussard.

Two The Max Investments LLC’s homebred Dashn To The Back (Fast Prize Dash-Backs To The Wall by Royal Quick Dash) was second behind Heza Fast Rogue in their trial with the second-fastest qualifying time of :20.140. The Vann Haywood-trained filly was second by a head in the $40,000 LQHBA Invitational (R) back in November.

The consistent Dashn To The Back has finished on the board in each of her six previous starts and has not been beaten by more than three quarters of a length in her five previous starts.

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Charal Kid Is AQHA Supreme Racehorse

American Quarter Horse Association, February 27, 2014 – The newest member of the elite group of AQHA Supreme Racehorses earned his award the hard way.

Charal Kid becomes the 33rd horse to earn the award since it was created in 2002. A homebred racing for Juan Jose Cordoba’s Malinche Cattle Co. of San Antonio, the 8-year-old gelding by Streakin La Jolla is the 104th horse to earn the award in total.

Charal Kid made 50 starts from his maiden start in February 2009 through his most recent in September 2013. In those, he won 17 races, finished second 14 times and was third four times for earnings of $502,660. His 13 stakes wins include the 2009 Dash For Cash Derby (G1) and 2012 Refrigerator Handicap (G1).

The Supreme Racehorse award recognizes a racing American Quarter Horse who during his or her career earns $500,000 or more, wins two or more open Grade 1 stakes races and at least 10 races.

Charal Kid edged above the earnings mark in his most recent start, a third-place finish in the Refrigerator Handicap (G1) on September 28, 2013.

Charal Kid becomes one of the most frequently raced of the Supreme Racehorses. Only A Long Goodbye (67 starts), Sign Of Lanty (65), Griswold (64), Town Policy (64), Kool Kue Baby (64), Easy Conversation (62), Sgt Pepper Feature (62), Chingaderos (57), The Black Alliance (52), Catchmeinyourdreams (51), Flare For Toby (51), Heza Ramblin Man (51) and Rylees Boy (51) have more starts.

The sorrel gelding by Streakin La Jolla is out of the Strawfly Special mare The Special Feature.

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