Monday, March 31, 2014
Sunday, March 30, 2014
A major event on the spring steeplechase calendar, the Carolina Cup was held on Saturday. Spring officially started last Thursday prior to the big race (and party), but for some Carolinians, spring doesn’t start until Carolina Day. And for many attending, the biggest thing on their minds was what to wear.
More than 60,000 people show up for the horse race each year in a sea of neon colors, floral patterns, bow ties and sun hats. It is the bellwether of spring fashion in South Carolina, known for its fashion as much as for its horses. Think of it as a modern-day Woodstock for the conservative minded.
For years now, the traditional outfit has been preppy – a Lilly Pulitzer dress (maybe a Stinger or Elephant Ears print), a pair of Jack Rogers sandals and a monogrammed sun hat to top it off. It is a classy look that will stick around. Guys have always kept it simple with a pastel button-up, a bow tie, a pair of khakis and a matching koozie.
But fashion evolves, and traditions stay the same, so what better place to see the clash of new and old than the Carolina Cup?
|Joy Hoffman, left, and Reta Whitten have fun at the 82nd Annual Carolina Cup at Springdale Race Course in Camden, SC.(Jeff Blake, The State)|
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Saturday, March 29, 2014
Ruler of The World, last year's Epsom Derby (England) victor, is the early favorite for the $10 million Emirates Dubai World Cup today at Meydan Racecourse in Dubai, UAE. Suffice to say that hats are part of the spectacle!
The son of Galileo, who will have his first race of the year, drew post 12 in the 16-horse field, the same berth from which Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom started en route to winning last year. He is tabbed as the 9-2 favorite on the morning line in the United States.
Ruler of The World had a 3-1-1 record from seven starts last season including his Derby win, and his campaign was capped by a third-place finish in the QIPCO Champion Stakes at Ascot. He arrived in Dubai March 26 and will clear quarantine March 28.
Ron the Greek, who now races in Saudi Arabia, drew terribly in the far outside post. He is 5-1 second choice on the U.S. morning line.
The Dubai World Cup card of eight Thoroughbred stakes will broadcast live by HRTV, beginning at 9 a.m. ET. Post time for the first Thoroughbred stakes, the $1 million Godolphin Mile is 9:10 a.m. Post time for the Dubai World Cup is approximately 2:05 p.m. and can be seen from 1:00 to 2:30 pm on Fox Sports 1.
British-based globetrotter Red Cadeaux, was a fast-flying second last year, two lengths behind Animal Kingdom . He will break from post 14.
(Photos by Francois Nel/Getty Images and Warren Little/Getty Images)
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George Baker riding Chain Of Events during The Betdaq Free 25 Bet No Lose Handicap Race at Kempton Park racecourse on March 27, 2014 in Sunbury, England. (Getty Images Europe)
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It’s that time of year when a series of events triggers Gold Cup Fever which this year is crossed with the highly infectious Cabin Fever which has been thrust on all of us by an unrelenting Old Man Winter who is clearly not pleased with Mother Nature. Jeez...enough already...!
That said, look around. The snow is melting, the NCAA basketball tournament gets underway tonight, MLB spring training is going on in Florida and Arizona and St. Patrick’s Day was just celebrated a few days back.
All are important, but St. Paddy’s day is close to our hearts and on a cosmic parallel with the big event the First Saturday In May.
In short, St Patrick's Day is an annual religious and cultural commemoration of the widely recognized patron saint of Ireland, Saint Patrick. March 17th, is a public holiday in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland but is celebrated in many countries around the world where Irish diaspora have settled.
And all this time, we thought it was about leprechauns and green beer…!
Point is it’s a celebration and a big party and loads of fun just like the annual Virginia Gold Cup and we all know the Irish love horse racing (especially jumpers) and a good party no matter the color of the beverage of choice.
So start getting ready. Clothes, tailgate, picnic, TICKETS, etc.
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Monday, March 17, 2014
|Brenton Morton is airborn off the third jump a Kristen House and Buck|
race down the straight during the world skijoring championships
in Whitefish, Montana. (Lido Vizzutti/Washington Post)
Skijoring comes our way via Montana…Big Sky Country's own exciting and unique Extreme Sport is here, with the most money, the largest field of competitors and for spectators, the biggest party on snow!
The World Ski Joring Championships are hallmarked by the largest cash purse on the entire skijoring race circuit, estimated at over $20,000 this year. There's a lot of money at stake and skiers & horsemen (and horsewomen) will all be racing for their share of it, in four separate classes, plus the Murdoch's Long Jump.
Modern skijoring combines Whitefish's signature ski racing heritage with Big Sky Country's cowboy roots into a wild, fast-paced and entertaining spectator event.
|Cinderella ridden by Mo Fingers pulls skier Lance Nelson |
during the world skijoring championships in Whitefish, Montana. (Lido Vizzutti/Washington Post)
Saturday, March 15, 2014
| Davy Russell
celebrates after riding Lord Windermere |
to victory in the Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup Chase.
(Andrew Redington/Getty Images Europe)
(Blood-Horse.com) Lord Windermere stormed through the field in the final stretch to win the prestigious Cheltenham Gold Cup in a photo finish before a sellout crowd of 67,500 March 14 on the final day of the Cheltenham Festival.
After two false starts and a tight finish, Lord Windermere, trained by Jim Culloty and ridden by Davy Russell, snatched the race by a short head from On His Own.
A stewards' inquiry was held following the race because Lord Windermere had drifted into On His Own after they cleared the last fence. Although officials concluded there was a clear interference, they ruled it was not sufficient to amend the placings.
| Davy Russell and
Lord Windermere (far right).|
(Andrew Redington/Getty Images Europe)
Lord Windermere, an Irish-bred 8-year-old Oscar gelding owned by Dr. Ronan Lambe, finished the about 3 1/4-mile trip over 22 fences in 6:43.88 on good turf. Entering off a sixth-place finish in the Hennessy Gold Cup at Leopardstown Feb. 9, his record improved to 6-3-1 from 16 career starts.
"I'm obviously delighted and relieved. It was nerve-wracking," Russell said after the results were confirmed. "I knew I was under no pressure and I just took a chance of going down the inside and he's done it."
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Ruby Walsh's Cheltenham Festival came to a premature end after a crashing fall in the first race left him nursing a broken arm. The horse galloped off apparently no worse for the wear. (Andy Hopper/Daily Mail Photo)
Paul Carberry rides Very Wood to victory in the $199,500 Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle on Gold Cup day at the Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 14, 2014 in Cheltenham, England. (Andrew Redington/Getty Images Europe)
Friday, March 14, 2014
There are occasions on the world’s sporting calendar that call for festive hats. The Virginia Gold Cup, the Kentucky Derby, Royal Ascot, the Melbourne Cup, the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe and the Cheltenham Festival come to mind. This week the four day Cheltenham Festival included a hat extravaganza on Ladies Day on Wednesday. The racing was prime, but the hats and wardrobes were sublime... as usual in spite of it being March in England.
Window of the champagne bar at Cheltenham racecourse on March 12, 2014 in Cheltenham, England. (Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images Europe)
Jamie Moore riding Sire De Grugy after winning the $562,000 BetVictor Queen Mother Champion Chase G1 at Cheltenham racecourse on March 12, 2014 in Cheltenham, England. (Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images Europe)
Nico de Boinville riding Whisper (C) clear the last to win The Coral Cup at Cheltenham racecourse on March 12, 2014 in Cheltenham, England. (Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images Europe)
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Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Barry Geraghty celebrates after his hard-fought victory on Jezki in the Champion Hurdle G1 at Cheltenham on Tuesday. (Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)A horse and rider on the gallops at Cheltenham racecourse on March 10 2014 in Cheltenham, England. The Cheltenham Festival starts today and runs until Friday. (Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images Europe)
Monday, March 10, 2014
The Cheltenham Festival gets underway this week and climaxes with Friday’s Cheltenham Gold Cup.
A major fixture on Great Britain’s jump racing calendar, the Festival attracts crowds and media from all over Europe and some from the United States as well.
Cheltenham calls it “four days of atmosphere, anticipation and action, played out on a beautiful sporting arena that has no equal.”
Katie Walsh riding Foxrock make their way to the gallops at Cheltenham racecourse on March 09, 2014 in Cheltenham, England. (Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images Europe)
They continue, saying “The Festival features the best and the bravest horses and jockeys, nervous and excited trainers and owners, and a wide cast of human characters who come together every year determined to have the time of their lives. For racing's practitioners, Festival glory provides lifelong memories that will never fade and defines careers. Witness the sheer elation of winning connections as they return to the cheers of the crowd and you are seeing dreams fulfilled and years of planning and effort coming to fruition.
The Festival is one of those rare events that engages everyone who comes into contact with it, never failing to produce award-winning drama, enjoyment, camaraderie and sporting excellence in a cocktail for which no hangover cure is required. It truly is a life affirming four days.”
The calendar breaks down like this:
Tuesday, March 11th – Champions Day, the feature race is the Champion Hurdle, a prestigious Grade 1 stakes race with a purse of $695,000 (U.S.)
Wednesday, March 12th – Ladies Day, the feature race is the Queen Mother Champion Chase, a prestigious Grade 1 stakes race with a purse of $582,000 (U.S.)
Thursday, March 13th – St. Patrick’s Thursday, the feature races are the Ryanair Chase, a prestigious Grade 1 stakes race with a purse of $457,000 (U.S.) and the World Hurdle, a Grade 1 race also with a purse of $457,000 (U.S.).
Friday, March 14th – Cheltenham Gold Cup Day, the feature race is the Queen Mother Cheltenham Gold Cup Chase, a prestigious Grade 1 stakes race with a purse of $956,000 (U.S.)
Tune in the rest of the week for photos of the winners!
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A general view of runners at the two mile hurdle start at Wincanton racecourse on March 06, 2014 in Wincanton, England. (Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images Europe)
Hounds from the Royal Artillery parade at Sandown racecourse on March 07, 2014 in Esher, England. (Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images Europe)
Mark Du Plessis riding Vespa wins the Diamond Stakes during Diamond Day at the Ellerslie Racecourse on March 8, 2014 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Phil Walter/Getty Images AsiaPac)
Sam Twiston-Davies riding Pigeon Island clear the water jump in The Barbury International Supporting Greatwood Veterens' Handicap Steeple Chase at Newbury racecourse on March 01, 2014 in Newbury, England. (Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images Europe)
Capt Harry Wallace riding Fredo (R) clear the last to win The Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother Memorial Amateur Riders' Handicap Steeple Chase from Tafika at Sandown racecourse on March 07, 2014 in Esher, England. (Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images Europe)
Joshua Moore riding Brave Vic clear the last to win The EBF William Hill 'National Hunt' Novices' Handicap Hurdle Race Final at Sandown racecourse on March 08, 2014 in Esher, England. (Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images Europe)
Damien Oliver riding Fiorente after winning Race 7, the Darley Australian Cup during Australian Cup Day at Flemington Racecourse on March 8, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia. (Vince Caligiuri/Getty Images AsiaPac)
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