Category Archives: Horse Racing

Quechua wins Singapore Gold Cup (Reuters)

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Argentine-bred stayer Quechua won the $1.35 million (US$1.08 million) Singapore Gold Cup on Sunday, denying War Admiral his chance of completing the city-state’s elusive Triple Crown. Ridden by Australian jockey Corey Brown, Quechua dashed clear of his rivals in the straight to win the 2,200 meter Group One event at Kranji Racecourse. Emperor’s Banquet finished second, one and half lengths behind the winner, to give South African trainer Patrick Shaw his second one-two finish in the race, which dates back to 1924. …

Melbourne Cup favorite died of acute heart failure (Reuters)

Zac Purton rides Admire Rakti during the Melbourne Cup at Flemington Racecourse, November 4, 2014. REUTERS/Brandon Malone

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Japanese stayer Admire Rakti, the pre-race favorite for the Melbourne Cup, died of acute heart failure though the cause may be unknown until the full results from a post-mortem, the Racing Victoria Racing’s chief steward has said. The 6-year-old collapsed after the handicap 3,200 meter race on Tuesday after he faded badly and finished in a distant last place behind German raider Protectionist. A post-mortem was conducted at Melbourne University on Tuesday. …

Cavalryman withdrawal leaves Melbourne Cup with 22 runners (Reuters)

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – The Melbourne Cup was left with 22 runners early on Tuesday after Cavalryman became the second horse to withdraw from the 154th version of the A$6.2 million ($5.38 million) race. The 20-1 chance was scratched on the orders of the Racing Victoria stewards just a few hours before the start of the 3200 meter handicap (0400 GMT) because of a swollen foreleg, local media reported. That follows the withdrawal of rank outsider Sea Moon from the 24-strong field because of a high temperature on Monday. …

Bayern in controversial win on day of upsets (Reuters)

November 1, 2014; Santa Anita , CA, USA; Martin Garcia, jockey of Bayern celebrates victory of race twelve following the 2014 Breeders Cup Championships at Santa Anita Park. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

By Mark Lamport-Stokes ARCADIA California (Reuters) – Upsets were the order of the day at the Breeders’ Cup on Saturday with the favourites denied in all nine races while Bayern commanded the spotlight in controversial style by winning the showpiece $5 million Classic. Bayern, a 6-1 choice, survived a lengthy stewards’ inquiry before being confirmed as the winner of North America’s richest horse race by a nose after holding off Toast of New York at Santa Anita Park. …

Breeders’ joy for Untapable, pregnant jockey (Reuters)

October 31, 2014; Santa Anita , CA, USA; Rosie Napravnik aboard Untapable following victory of race nine of the 2014 Breeders Cup Championships at Santa Anita Park. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

By Mark Lamport-Stokes ARCADIA California (Reuters) – The 2014 Breeders’ Cup opened its $26 million programme on Friday with a superb win by Untapable, a disappointing run by the well backed Close Hatches and a stunning pregnant pause by jockey Rosie Napravnik. Favourite Untapable, expertly piloted by Napravnik, took the honours in the feature race, the $2 million Distaff, with a commanding performance down the stretch but Close Hatches, a 3-1 choice, faded badly to finish last in a field of 11. …

Breeders’ joy for Untapable, pregnant jockey (Reuters)

October 31, 2014; Santa Anita , CA, USA; Rosie Napravnik aboard Untapable following victory of race nine of the 2014 Breeders Cup Championships at Santa Anita Park. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

By Mark Lamport-Stokes ARCADIA California (Reuters) – The 2014 Breeders’ Cup opened its $26 million programme on Friday with a superb win by Untapable, a disappointing run by the well backed Close Hatches and a stunning pregnant pause by jockey Rosie Napravnik. Favourite Untapable, expertly piloted by Napravnik, took the honours in the feature race, the $2 million Distaff, with a commanding performance down the stretch but Close Hatches, a 3-1 choice, faded badly to finish last in a field of 11. …

Breeders’ joy for Untapable, pregnant jockey (Reuters)

October 31, 2014; Santa Anita , CA, USA; Rosie Napravnik aboard Untapable following victory of race nine of the 2014 Breeders Cup Championships at Santa Anita Park. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

By Mark Lamport-Stokes ARCADIA California (Reuters) – The 2014 Breeders’ Cup opened its $26 million programme on Friday with a superb win by Untapable, a disappointing run by the well backed Close Hatches and a stunning pregnant pause by jockey Rosie Napravnik. Favourite Untapable, expertly piloted by Napravnik, took the honours in the feature race, the $2 million Distaff, with a commanding performance down the stretch but Close Hatches, a 3-1 choice, faded badly to finish last in a field of 11. …

Untapable, Napravnik team up for Breeders’ Cup (The Associated Press)

An exercise rider takes Prayer for Relief for a morning workout ahead of the Breeders' Cup Classic horse race at Santa Anita Park Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014, in Arcadia, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Untapable and jockey Rosie Napravnik can close out a stellar year with a victory in the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Distaff. ”We’re expecting a big race out of her,” said trainer Steve Asmussen, whose best finish in the Distaff was second with My Miss Aurelia two years ago. Untapable and Napravnik have been together for all but two of the 3-year-old filly’s 10 career starts. ”This is as good as she’s been and I feel really good because she’s run some strong races this year.” Napravnik has just one Breeders’ Cup victory in her career, winning the Juvenile two years ago with Shanghai Bobby.

Churchill plans suites for owners of Derby horses (The Associated Press)

Churchill Downs says it will develop new trackside suites for the owners of horses running in the Kentucky Derby. The Louisville track said Wednesday the $4.2 million project will include 20 private, open-air Winner’s Circle Suites. Churchill says it will also triple the number of complimentary tickets for all participating owners in the Derby and Kentucky Oaks.