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International Horse Racing Digest Issue Two

Month Published: 
Sept / Oct 2009
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International Horse Racing Digest

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Racer's Edge - Give Yourself An Instant Advantage By Advance Handicapping

Month Published: 
July/August, 2009
By: 
Larry Simpson

“I just loved that three horse. He couldn’t lose! I wheeled it in the exactor! I told you he was going to win!”

The Infamous Words Of Mr. Expert Handicapper! You know the type! Usually they have an opinion on everything and make sure that you and the racing fans at the other end of the track hear them!

The Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby

Month Published: 
July/August, 2009
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Curragh Racecourse

The Irish Derby is a Group I flat horse race in Ireland which is open to three-year-old Thoroughbred colts and fillies. It is run at the Curragh over a distance of 1 mile and 4 furlongs (2,414 metres), and it is scheduled to take place each year in late June or early July. It is the Irish version of the Derby Stakes, and it is currently held three weeks after the English event.

The first Irish Derby Took place in 1866 at Curragh Racecourse, and has ever since then always been run at the same track. Last years winner was Frozen Fire. This year’s winner was Fame and Glory.

Thoroughbred History - Phar Lap

Month Published: 
July/August, 2009
By: 
Liz Edwards

It was a time of sadness, economic confusion, uncertainty and self doubt that out of the shadows purged this wondrous entity, called by many “Australia’s Wonder horse.” Phar Lap was a giant chestnut Thoroughbred and is considered by many to be Australia and New Zealand’s greatest racehorse. This loved Australian national icon was born and bred in New Zealand. Sired by Night Raid and mothered by Entreaty, he was foaled in Timaru in 1926.

The 2009 Triple Crown Series Analysis

Month Published: 
July/August, 2009
By: 
Eric Vaughn Floyd

There exists a sect of extremely optimistic horseplayers who declare that only one of two things will ultimately occur when a wager is placed: You will win or you will learn. Patrons who frequent the racetrack to gamble hard earned cash strive for the title of genius but may very well attain nincompoop status instead. We have all lived the session where visiting the teller’s window to collect financial reward after a brilliant bout of handicapping is followed by a fit of rage due to our incompetence just twenty minutes later.

Peter Brette - Life After Barbaro

Month Published: 
July/August, 2009
By: 
Cynthia Grisolia

It would be unfair to say that for Peter Brette life began at Delaware Park on October 4, 2005, the day an unassuming two-year-old named Barbaro won his inaugural start and made his first long, electrifying stride toward legend. After all, the UK-born Brette, 43, is a racing veteran. He was a top jockey in Europe as well as a champion rider and respected trainer in Dubai for many years before coming to the U.S.

People In Horse Racing

Month Published: 
July/August, 2009
By: 
International Horse Racing Digest

NHL Legend Official Draw master For This Years Queen’s Plate

Hockey Hall of Famer Gordie Howe was a recent visitor to Woodbine, participating in last months draw for the 150th edition of the Queen’s Plate. ‘Mr. Hockey’ made his selection for this year’s classic event- obviously Number 9, Active Duty, who unfortunately for his followers finished 12th in the 13-horse field.

Pop Star Eddie Money Creates New Label For The Old Friends/Chrisman Mill “Artist Signature” Wine Series

Cover Story - Melanie Pinto

Month Published: 
July/August, 2009
By: 
Larry Simpson

Have you been to Fort Erie Racetrack lately? If so, you may have noticed that an apprentice jockey with a contagious smile by the name of Melanie Pinto, has become quite the frequent visitor to the track’s Winners’ Circle this year. In fact, the 28 year-old beauty has been keeping an industrious schedule of late, as besides riding at the ‘Fort’s’ three day a week schedule, and leading all apprentice jockeys there in wins, Melanie continues to make the most of her now frequent visits to Woodbine, where ‘business’ is starting to pick up.

Dave Cotey - Post Kentucky Derby Reminising

Month Published: 
July/August, 2009
By: 
Larry Simpson

One could excuse the loud cheers emanating from Woodbine based trainer Dave Cotey, as he watched with eyes glued to a television monitor as Mine That Bird splashed his way to victory in this years Kentucky Derby. Not only is Dave a fan of the racing game, especially ‘The Greatest Two Minutes In Sport’, but this year’s Derby was different, as the three-year-old romping winner that was dismissed by almost everyone at the betting windows, provided him with more than a rooting interest.

The Ballad Of Bill The Reverend

Month Published: 
July/August, 2009
By: 
Bill Galvin

There’s a story that needs telling, it concerns the racetrack breed,
’Bout a gyp name Bill the Reverend and St. Gregory, his steed.
‘Twas winter at the Dufferin and things looked mighty tough,
For ‘Reverend’ and a big bay horse he’d purchased on the cuff.

Bill scurried in the mornings to make a buck or two,
By mucking stalls and walking hots, like all the hustlers do.
But jobs were few and dollars too, and so, alas it fell
The ‘Reverend’ thought of stealing oats for his equine pal.

And all the time St. Gregory just stood there munching hay,

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