Victoire Pisa, led by Marco Demuro, took home the top prize in the prestigious Dubai World Cup. While they celebrated, the Japanese team used shirts that displayed the word “Hope” and the Japanese flag, clearly sending a message to the devastated Asian country.
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Rachel Alexandra, who won the Horse of the Year title in 2009, was pronounced in foal this week. According to her connections, two different veterinarians confirmed the filly is expected to give birth on 1st February 2012. Rachel Alexandra was recently mated to Curlin, who was chosen as Horse of the Year in 2007 and 2008.
The First Lady of Racing on the track, Zenyatta, is being prepared to become a mother. Bernardini has been the chosen stallion after a team decision. His physical characteristics and they way the Bernardinis have been running were the main facts for the decision.
Big Buck’s next stop will be the Cheltenham Festival as informed today by trainer Paul Nicholls. The trainer also said the colt will not run in the Betfair Cleeve Hurdle because he wants him to rest before he goes to the Grade I Staying Hurdle Championship to try to win the race for the third time. Big Buck’s will run in the Ladbrokes World Hurdle event.
Since Noel Fehily has been ruled out to ride Master Minded at the Tingle Creek Chase that will take place at Cheltenham jockey Tony McCoy will take his place. McCoy lead the colt to win the same race in 2008 and the jockey is optimistic about getting a good result this time.
Zipping, the famous Australian colt, won the Sandown Classic for the third time straight and became a legend in the horse racing world in Australia. The nine-year-old horse is owned by Lloyd Williams who has not informed yet whether the horse will come back to the tracks next year or not. The truth is that he already is a legend.
Authorities at the Santa Anita horseracing track have announced the track will be closed until 6th December and will open just in time for the traditional winter/spring meeting. Currently, the synthetic surface in the main track is being replaced by a natural dirt surface.
Since Rachel Alexandra surprisingly lost last month in the Grade One Personal Ensign Stakes at Saratoga, speculations have arisen about her future and a possible near retirement. However, both trainer Steve Asmussen and majority owner Jess Jackson have decided to wait until the filly went to back to work and are not willing to talk about a retirement now.
Six-year-old mare Zenyatta has conquered horse racing fans with her fine racing style and her entertaining ways. Now, besides adding one win after the other, she has added a pre-race performance, which is a real treat for fans: prancing in the saddling paddock and shaking a front leg in the post parade. According to jockey Mike Smith, she loves entertaining.
Lately, the New York Racing Association has been struggling with financial problems. Aqueduct, Saratoga and Belmont, the three racetracks managed by the NYRA, have had problems to balance their books and, despite efforts, profits have continued decreasing. The solution for the NYRA finally came with a $25 million state loan.