Star US galloper Cannonball

Dec 29, 2009
Garry Legg

Star US galloper Cannonball has arrived in Melbourne and is set to
become the first American trained horse to compete in Australia.
The widely travelled sprinter, who finished second in the Golden Jubilee
at Royal Ascot in June, before disappointing in Hong Kong is being aimed
at the opening leg of the 2010 Global Sprint Challenge, the $500,000
Lightning Stakes (1000m), at Flemington on January 30.
Cannonball is being looked after by former champion American jockey
Declan Murphy on his journey down under.
Murphy said Cannonball had a slight crack in a hoof when he contested

A GREAT DAY AT THE FORT -- The Life and Legend of Puss n Boots Lives On

September 11, 2009
Bill Galvin

A bumper Labour Day crowd converged on Fort Erie Race Track to see jockey Kirk Johnson celebrate in grand style with the traditional swim in Lake Puss n Boots following his heart-stopping victory in the annual running of the $27,885 Puss n Boots Cup on September 7th.

Under sunny skies and under a heady ride, Sandspit gave his backers some anxious moments as Johnson guided the 10-year-old gelding from 12th to first, charging from sixth spot at the head of the lane to gain victory over his 11 rivals in the 1 1/16th turf event.


September 2, 2009
International Horse Racing Digest

Gerard Bennett, who won with the first horse he ever saddled 33 years ago at the old Greenwood Race Track in Toronto, recorded the 3000th victory of his training career on August 28th. Bennett's Shegoestoeleven won in a photo finish in Presque Isle Downs eighth race.

Logi Universe wins the 76th Tokyo Yushun (Japanese Derby)

March 31, 2009
Horse Racing In Japan

Veteran jockey Norihiro Yokoyama won his first Derby when Logi Universe shot away to win the 76th running of the Tokyo Yushun (Japanese Derby) today on a soft track at Tokyo racecourse.

Vodka wins consecutive Yasuda Kinens!

June 7, 2009
Horse Racing In Japan

Champion Japanese mare Vodka was too good once again today, winning an action packed renewal of the final leg of the Asian Mile Challenge, the 59th running of the Yasuda Kinen (G1).

Hot To Trot

June 3, 2009
Deborah A. Little

EMPIRE City at Yonkers Raceway put their best hoof forward in its latest ad campaign. The innovative spots from ad agency DDB Worldwide features the one thing that sets Empire City apart from casinos in Connecticut or Atlantic City: world-class harness racing. The commercials feature a harness horse having conversations with patrons in different locales in the casino.

Roger Attfield - Training Champion Norcliffe at Baker’s Acres

April 20, 2009
Gerry Belanger

At Woodbine racetrack in the heart of Toronto there is a delightful creation fondly known to backstretch horse people as Baker’s Acres. Developed by Colonel Charles Baker during his tenure as Chairman of the Ontario Jockey Club, ‘The Acres’ is a half-mile meadow track of finely harrowed sand hidden in the far-west corner of the backside barn area. A charming little sand-track, twenty-feet wide and coloured like a painted postcard in the dusty browns and greens of a country farm and ringed by shady maple trees and a white painted fence. Young horses find it especially cool, a place where the training is fun.

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