Category Archives: Horse Racing

Horse racing-Britain’s Jockey Club makes healthy profit in 2014 (Reuters)

The Jockey Club, which stages some of British horse racing’s most famous events including the Cheltenham Festival and the Grand National, announced record financial results on Monday. The group grew its commercial operations for a sixth consecutive year to achieve record turnover of 171.2 million pounds ($255.1 million), a rise of 5.1 percent on 2013. The combined reinvestment in British racing of 55.2 million pounds last year represented a rise of 21.7 million on 2013 figures. Overall, the Jockey Club generated a profit of 21.7 million pounds in 2014, its second largest ever.

Coming to the Kentucky Derby? Leave selfie sticks at home (The Associated Press)

For the 160,000 people crammed into Churchill Downs on Derby Day, picture-taking can run neck-and-neck with betting and sipping mint juleps amid a winning field of photo opportunities: sleek racehorses, daring fashion statements, celebrities and the twin spires. Joining a growing list of museums, music festivals and sports venues around the world, the iconic Louisville track hosting the 141st running of the Kentucky Derby on May 2 has banned the pole-like contraptions that grasp cellphones and allow people a longer reach to snap their self-portraits. Selfie sticks aren’t allowed inside Yankee Stadium. Churchill Downs encourages selfies and the avalanche of social media attention they can generate.

Longshot Yiannis wins San Pedro Stakes at Santa Anita (The Associated Press)

Yiannis won the $75,000 San Pedro Stakes for 2-year-olds by 1 1/4 lengths Sunday at Santa Anita, surviving a stewards’ inquiry after brushing with runner-up Serbian Syclone approaching the sixteenth pole. Ridden by Victor Espinoza, Yiannis ran six furlongs in 1:09.67 and paid $17.80, $7.60 and $3.60 at 7-1 odds. Serbian Syclone returned $11.20 and $4.40, while Kentuckian was another 2 1/4 lengths back in third and paid $2.40 to show as the 3-5 favorite. The victory, worth $47,400, increased Yiannis’ career earnings to $81,000, with one win in two starts.

Horse racing-McCoy steals Aintree spotlight again (Reuters)

By Ian Chadband LIVERPOOL, April 10 (Reuters) – Tony McCoy warmed up for his final Grand National by winning the big race at the Aintree festival meeting for the second day in succession on Friday. The 19-times champion jockey, who won the Aintree Hurdle on Jezki on Thursday, was a runaway winner of the Melling Chase, another Grade One race, as he steered 3-1 joint favourite Don Cossack to victory by 26 lengths.

McCoy farewell fever dominates National build-up (Reuters)

Horse Racing - Cheltenham Festival - Cheltenham Racecourse - 12/3/15<br />
Tony McCoy on Uxizandre celebrates after winning the 14:40 Ryanair Chase<br />
Action Images via Reuters / Matthew Childs Livepic

McCoy, the 40-year-old jump jockey from Northern Ireland who has broken seemingly every bone in his body as well as every record in the book, is favorite to win Saturday’s 168th edition of the race aboard Shutthefrontdoor in what will be his record 20th and final National ride. As the three-day race festival began on Thursday, Liverpool seemed to be swooning to McCoy-mania, with the great man’s image being projected across the Mersey, alongside the proclamation: “The Greatest Jockey, the Greatest Race.” On Thursday, before a mixed day which saw him win the day’s big prize, the Aintree Hurdle, on Jezki and then take a fall in a later race, he was inducted into the racecourse’s Hall of Fame as fans queued to scrawl their own tributes on a “Thank you A.P” signature wall.

American Pharoah heavy favorite for Arkansas Derby (The Associated Press)

Sara Jeffers, left, and Hilari Burns place the name of thoroughbred American Pharoah in the sixth position in the post position draw for Saturday's running of the $1 million Arkansas Derby horse race at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark., Wednesday, April 8, 2015. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)

American Pharoah is ready for his return to Oaklawn Park, as the heavy favorite for Saturday’s $1 million Arkansas Derby. One of trainer Bob Baffert’s two top Kentucky Derby contenders, American Pharoah was made the 1-2 morning-line choice and drew the No. 6 post in a field of eight 3-year-olds entered on Wednesday for the 1 1/8-mile race. American Pharoah already has a spot in the Derby field with 60 points, but could join Baffert’s other big horse Dortmund as the favorites for the Run for the Roses on May 2. American Pharoah, who will be ridden by Victor Espionoza, won the Rebel Stakes by 6 1/4 lengths during his last visit despite losing a shoe on a sloppy track.