Archives for March 6, 2019

Update on Santa Anita Park Nightmare: Track Cancelled Indefinitely

Arcadia, CA – March 5, 2019 – The Stronach Group announced the closure of Santa Anita Park for live racing and training effective immediately while the one-mile main track undergoes additional extensive testing.

All stakes races scheduled for this upcoming weekend, including the Grade I Santa Anita Handicap, the Grade II San Felipe and the Grade II San Carlos will be rescheduled.

“The safety, health and welfare of the horses and jockeys is our top priority,” said Tim Ritvo, Chief Operating Officer, The Stronach Group. “While we are confident further testing will confirm the soundness of the track, the decision to close is the right thing to do at this time.”

The Stronach Group has been in constant communication with the California Horse Racing Board and numerous key industry stakeholders who are in full agreement with the decision to suspend racing and training.

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The additional testing of the track will be lead by veteran Trackman Dennis Moore, expanding on the ground radar testing conducted earlier this week by the University of Kentucky’s Dr. Mick Peterson. Measures will include utilizing an Orono Biomechanical Surface Tester, a device that mimics the impacts of a horse running at full gallop allowing engineers to see how the track holds up. These test results will be evaluated to ensure track consistency and uniformity for both training and racing.

Further, The Stronach Group will be conducting a comprehensive evaluation of all existing safety measures and current protocols.

The Stronach Group is North America’s leading Thoroughbred racetrack owner/operator. The Stronach Group racetracks include Santa Anita Park, Gulfstream Park & Casino, home of the Pegasus World Cup Invitational, Golden Gate Fields, Portland Meadows, Laurel Park and Pimlico Race Course, home of the world-famous Preakness. The company owns and operates the Palm Meadows Training Center in Florida, and is one of North America’s top race horse breeders through its award-winning Adena Springs operation. The Stronach Group is one of the world’s largest suppliers of pari-mutuel wagering systems, technologies and services. Its companies include AmTote, a global leader in wagering technology; XpressBet, an Internet and telephone account wagering service; and Monarch Content Management, which acts as a simulcast purchase and sales agent of horseracing content for numerous North American racetracks and wagering outlets. The Stronach Group is also a leading producer of social media content for the horseracing industry.

Horses to Watch in the 2019 Cheltenham Festival

Everything could be all set up for the 2019 Cheltenham Festival only to be disrupted by the weather. From our experience with the weather as human beings, we know that the situation can even get to a point that no race will be conducted. It is for this reason that the weather forecast for the 4 days the Cheltenham event will take place is gaining popularity across the internet. As of Tuesday, the first day, you can expect a windy day with light showers and an average temperature of 90C. There is also a 50-50 chance that there will be rain. On Wednesday, it is expected that it will be partly cloudy during the day as is the expectation for Thursday and the average temperatures for the two days will be 90C and 100C respectively. The likelihood for rain on the Gold Cup Day is sixty percent and the average temperature is expected to be 110C. As of now, there haven’t been any indications of any weather hazards dangerous enough to disrupt the activities planned across the four competition days.

Steeplechase scene black whiteIf you have been updating yourself in the build-up to the Cheltenham Festival this year, you might have heard that Harry Skelton had taken a few days off race-riding. He is expected to participate in the Ultima Handicap Chase on the back of Crucial Role, the Novice’s Hurdle while on Beakstown and the Pertemps Final while on the back of Notwhatiam. Skelton had suffered a series of falls but after that break, he says he feels fine and he intends to go back to riding on Thursday. His last performance was on Saturday at Newbury where he fell off Falcon Sun in a handicap hurdle while at just the third-last flight. He says that given the resources that they channel towards preparation for Cheltenham, he intends on lifting their banner up high one hundred and ten percent. In the jump jockeys’ championship, Skelton is ranked second from Richard Johnson with just 33 wins between them.

If you are on the Internet looking for the best tips to bet on cheltenham festival, you are completely in the right place. To begin with, Apple’s Jade is one of the best bets for the Champion hurdle with an odd of 2/1 on Betfair. For the Queen Mother Champion Chase on Wednesday, Altior is leading the market with an odd of 5/2 while Supasundae is the number one favorite in the Stayers’ Hurdle on Thursday with an odd of 7/1. As for the Gold Cup on Friday, the results are usually highly unpredictable but the horse leading the market is Presenting Percy with an odd of 7/2. To place these bets and many others, you can consider several bookies depending on what kind of offers you are looking for. At Coral, in the first race of every day, all winnings will be doubled if the conditions provided are met. You can also consider Bet365, which is giving new customers bet credit of up to £100 for every £5 deposit. Perhaps the most interesting offer is from RaceBets, which is giving a free bet of £10 if you place a bet any day from the 4th of March to the 11th, which is the week before the festival kicks off.

For those attending the event, you may want to pay attention to what you are going to wear especially given the weather forecast given above. The condition is going to be wintry and thus heavy dressing is recommended. Fancy dressing has always been prohibited in the Club Enclosure throughout the festival and this year will not be any different. Nevertheless, you will be allowed to rock your fancy dress in Tattersalls if Cheltenham does not find it offensive. For the others, you can watch the games via ITV, stream them online or follow the results on the Internet.

Magic Wand Heading to Dubai World Cup card

2019 Dubai World Cup updates


Dubai World Cup 2019: Magic Wand headed to Dubai Turf or Sheema Classic

A daughter of Galileo, she was last seen running a fine race to be second in the Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitationalat Gulfrstream Park in January.

O’Brien said: “Magic Wand did a bit of work with a lead horse and we are thinking of going to Dubai with her.

“She will either go over nine furlongs (Turf) or a mile and a half (Sheema Classic).”