$60 million thoroughbred horse track near New Hampshire state line?

Source:  Press Release

ROWLEY, Mass. (AP) — Three proposals are jockeying to return thoroughbred horse racing to Massachusetts.

The Massachusetts Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association says it’s working with an investment group to build a $60 million track on 280-acres in Rowley, near the New Hampshire state line.

John Grossi, who founded the Latitude Sports Club chain, is leading the Rowley Group’s proposal. The group is expected to pitch its plan to town officials later this month.

It’s the third proposal to emerge since Suffolk Downs hosted its last live races in June.

Sterling Suffolk Racecourse, which operated the historic Boston track, wants to refurbish the Great Barrington Fairgrounds in the Berkshires.

And the Notos Group, which is headed by developer Tom O’Connell, proposes a horse track, hotel and entertainment complex in Wareham.

The proposals all require legislative approval.

Aidan O’Brien’s Runners Aiming for Breeders’ Cup at Santa Anita

Aidan O'Brien's Arizona pointed at Santa Anita for Breeders' CupThe duo [of Arizona and Wichita] were beaten two lengths and two and three-quarter lengths respectively in the Group One heat, with Arizona notably closing the gap with the winner after trailing him by nine lengths in the National Stakes at the Curragh previously.

Trainer Aidan O’Brien was satisfied with their performances and could now look to Santa Anita on November 1 and 2 with the pair.

O’Brien said: “Arizona ran well, as we were worried about the ground for him. He’s a nice-moving horse.

“Arizona and Wichita are both possibles for the Breeders’ Cup, although Wichita might be a little bit more of a baby as he wasn’t out until later.”

The Ballydoyle handler also has Royal Lodge winner Royal Dornoch and Listed victor Fort Myers among his possible Santa Anita team.

He added: “Royal Dornoch is another possible for the Juvenile and Fort Myers who won in Dundalk is another that could go. We’ll see how they are in the next few weeks.”

QnA on Horse Racing, Omaha Beach, Santa Anita Drag and more

Q: So help me sort this out. Omaha Beach is gone for six months, returns and wins a sprint race, and now suddenly he’s back in the Breeders’ Cup picture again? I heard he was not under consideration for the Classic anymore, and now he is? I’m confused.

A: After his impressive victory in last weekend’s Santa Anita Sprint Championship, one in which he ran the 6 furlongs in an insane 1:08.79 over a track that has been playing extremely slow, trainer Richard Mandella said “anything is possible,” that the 3-year-old colt could run in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint, Dirt Mile or Classic. Word is the horse’s camp is leaning toward the Sprint because Mandella hasn’t had enough time to gear him up to run the Classic’s 1 1/4-mile distance. If he had time for one more prep race, I think they’d go in the Classic, but he doesn’t. Whatever decision Mandella makes, it will be the right one. He knows a heck of a lot more about horses than I do.

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$14M Everest this Friday Night ‘Down Under’

Source: Sky Racing World

The TAB Everest is the newest horse race in Australia and also the richest turf race in the world with a total of $14 million (AUD) in prize money. The 3rd running of The Everest will take place on Friday night, October 18 (US date/time), at Royal Randwick racecourse.

A weight-for-age sprint contested over 6 furlongs, The Everest is now the crown jewel of the Sydney Spring Racing Carnival and the $14 million prize pool sees it surpass the iconic Melbourne Cup ($6.2 million) as the richest Australian horse race.

Get the latest in 2019 Breeders’ Cup News here

The Everest is unlike any other race contested down under and entry into The Everest field comes at a cost of $600,000 to connections. The concept is similar to the Pegasus World Cup as horse owners buy a slot and The Everest field has a capacity of 12 starters.

Trainer Bob Baffert’s Key to Success?

Bob Baffert is one of the world’s most successful and prominent horse trainers. The Hall of Fame trainer has coached five Kentucky Derby winners as well as two Triple Crown victors. At the world’s largest horse sale, which takes place every September in Lexington, Kentucky, Baffert told Business Insider […]

The Hall of Fame trainer has coached two Triple Crown winners, Justify and American Pharoah, as well as three other Kentucky Derby winners. Baffert trains horses for owners that include the Sheikh Mohammed of Dubai and the Magnier family of Coolmore farm in Ireland, one of the world’s premier thoroughbred breeding farms. He was inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in 2009.

Throughout his 40-year thoroughbred training career, Baffert has trained horses that have earned more than $292 million in purse winnings, according to Equibase.

At the Keeneland September yearling sale in Lexington, Kentucky, where buyers from 26 countries dropped more than $360 million on 2,855 one-year-old horses, Baffert told Business Insider that he attributes some of his success to pure luck. But the rest of it comes down to the sheer time he puts into his work, he says.

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Track announcer Tom Durkin at UofL, talking horse racing’s issues

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) – Many horse racing fans were able to put a face to the voice at the University of Louisville [Equine Industry Program] on Wednesday night.

“It’s an important time in horse racing,” he said. “We’ve had our fair share of problems. We’re going to have to address part of that (including possibly putting the) federal government in charge of oversight, which would be a very big thing. There’s medication issues that have to be resolved. All things that have to be thought out carefully.”

Durkin said he makes it back to Churchill Downs often. He was a part owner of My Boy Jack, who finished fifth in the 2018 Kentucky Derby, and also was part owner of Always Dreaming, who won it the year before.

Breeders’ Cup Contender Omaha Beach Impressive in Return

You can’t say enough about Omaha Beach’s return to racing in the Grade 1 $300,000 Santa Anita Sprint Championship, a qualifier for the Breeders’ Cup Sprint. He stayed off the pace and then came firing on the inside to win by a head over heavy favorite Shancelot.

Mandella was in a good mood after winning Saturday’s race.

“I’m just very relieved to have him back,” Mandella said. “At the eighth pole, I thought we were [going to be] clear, but it took some race riding.…This horse has a heart of gold and he’s got the greatest personality of any horse I’ve ever had. I would say anything’s possible.”

Winning the race gave Omaha Beach a free pass into the Breeders’ Cup Sprint, which may not be the race he wants to run in.

“I want to enjoy this one, but the [Breeders’ Cup] Sprint, the Mile and the mile-and-a-quarter (Classic) are all possible,” Mandella said. “We’re gonna run in the Breeders’ Cup. For now, I’ll just drink that big bottle of champagne and think it over.”

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The 5 Best Horse Jockeys of All Time

Horse racing is known as the sport of kings… A great jockey can make the difference between a champion and a mere contender. Let’s take a look at […]


With 40,298 mounts over a career lasting from 1973-2005, Pat Day’s career total was 8,803 victories (a winning percentage of 21.30%). He saw nearly unparalleled success in the Breeders’ Cup and Triple Crown races.

In fact, at retirement, Day was the leading money-winner in Breeders’ Cup history with $23 million over 12 Breeders’ Cups. He won this race in 1984 on Wild Again, 1990 on Unbridled, 1998 on Awesome Again, and 1999 on Cat Thief. The legendary jockey was also successful at the Triple Crown, winning each race at least once:

The Premier UK Horse Racing Days for Remainder of Year

Below are the best UK horse racing events for the remainder of this year:

Saturday 12th October: Dubai Future Champions Day (Newmarket)

Another event to pen on your horse racing events schedule is the Dubai Future Champions Day. It showcases emerging stars from the British horse racing world that are two years old.

It’s an important day because, for some horses and jockeys, reputations get forged. Previous champions include Frankel – now considered the most exceptional racehorse of all time!

Horse racing tips site RacingBetter reckons that the Godolphin-owned “Earthlight” will do well. The Darley Dewhurst Stakes has a £500,000 prize fund; this is the race where you should look out for Earthlight…

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5 Tips to Make Your Horsetail Shine

Make your horse coat shiny with these tips. Whether you are getting ready for a competition or just want to give your horse the best look, a shiny coat is sure to turn heads.

Flemington Australia racetrackMany of the people make sure that their horse equine will shine like a rich tail. The horses in the races are well trained and groomed as well. Most of the people are waiting for the Melbourne Cup to hold in 2019. Get a complete guide for the Melbourne cup offers and tips on the race for Australia’s biggest horse race.

Lift dirt and oil with a cloth

As part of your daily grooming routine, pour some boiling water into the bucket, adding cold water to make sure it is Luke-warm. Then apply a dash of skin wash, such as NAF Love the Skin He’s in and Mix. Dip a cloth in the solution and squeeze out any excess. To remove dirt and oil, glide the cloth in the direction of your horse’s hair, leaving a shiny shine.

Use a fleece soil to dust and scrape.

Get into the habit of pampering your horse with a ‘polish’ every day. Once it is rinsed with a cloth, use flick wool mitts in the direction of your coat to remove any crust or dust left behind. It is fleeting in a way that is also great at events to give your horse coat a last-minute polish.

An extra shine with a baby wipe

Competitions use one of the best and cheapest means of trade – baby wipes. These are great for giving your horse’s face a quick wipe to create a glow that will catch the light. Wipe under your horseshoe and around his eyes and nose. Wipes are good for bringing shine to any black dots on your feet.

Discover the secrets of vinegar

Whenever your horse has done a sweat job, a dash of cider apple vinegar in the water will help remove the sweat stain and add a glow back to his coat. Common sense suggests that a shiny, healthy-looking coat starts with a balanced diet and flaxseed oil; in particular, it helps in the condition of the skin and coat due to omega-3 fatty acids just add a sprinkle of apple cider vinegar to the hot water in a wash bucket, and wipe the mixture on its coat with a sponge. Afterward, don’t forget to put a cooler rug to help take away any moisture.

Condition his muscles

Grab a tea towel, bend it into a square the size of an arm, then hold it and apply pressure firmly. Build up to a maximum of 20 times on your horse’s neck, shoulders, and quarters. Build up to a maximum of 20 times on each area on each side as part of your daily routine. Applying 30 ml flaxseed oil to your horse’s feed in the morning and night may not cure it quickly, but has great results in the long run. Along with adding shine, it helps position your horse’s muscles as it tenses and relaxes.