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'A remarkable steed': Nature Strip retires following Concorde loss

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The moment arrived as the field surged up the renowned Royal Randwick incline. Just when it was anticipated that Nature Strip would unleash his iconic burst of speed and seize control of the Concorde Stakes, he began to encounter difficulties. According to trainer Chris Waller, the champion lacked his usual "acceleration or spark." Nature Strip's performance waned, resulting in a sixth-place finish, trailing Remarque by nearly six lengths. Waller had reached a conclusion. He promptly convened a press conference and publicly declared that Nature Strip had concluded his racing career. This was an elegant manner to announce the retirement of the esteemed sprinter. A simpler choice could have involved retaining Nature Strip for training, enabling him to occasionally triumph in races and accumulate winnings here and there. However, witnessing a champion struggle is undesirable, particularly when considering a talent as remarkable as Nature Strip.

Kentucky derby next edition on 4th May 2024

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Kentucky derby horse racing next and upcoming events to be held on 4th May 2024 date. are you ready for it

Rugby World cup online

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Get ready to witness the clash of titans as the Rugby World Cup 2023 is just around the corner! This prestigious tournament brings together nations from all corners of the globe, showcasing their skill, strength, and passion for this thrilling sport.

The Golden Gate Fields Racetrack located in Northern California is set to shut down this autumn

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The Stronach Group, the owner of the track, has announced its intention to shift its focus to Santa Anita in Southern California and San Luis Rey Downs for racing and training activities. Following the conclusion of the Golden Gate Fields meet, the company plans to relocate horses from the Bay Area to Arcadia with the aim of improving field sizes and introducing a fourth day of racing at Santa Anita starting in January. Belinda Stronach, the CEO and president of The Stronach Group, expressed the company's unwavering commitment to racing in California. In a statement, she emphasized the significance of Santa Anita Park and San Luis Rey Downs as state-of-the-art facilities that offer superior racing and training opportunities. The strategic decision is intended to enhance program quality, expand race days, provide increased wagering opportunities, and deliver premier hospitality and entertainment experiences. This approach is crucial for sustaining California's racing industry and enabling it to thrive on a national scale. Recognizing the profound impact that the closure of the Bay Area track will have on employees, owners, trainers, jockeys, and stable workers, Stronach affirmed the company's dedication to fulfilling labor obligations. While the closure of Golden Gate Fields is undoubtedly a significant change, The Stronach Group aims to support those affected by the transition and ensure a smooth process. By consolidating resources and focusing on Santa Anita and San Luis Rey Downs, The Stronach Group aims to strengthen the racing landscape in California and uphold its commitment to the sport, while also creating new opportunities and experiences for racing enthusiasts and participants.

As Churchill Downs suspends its racing operations, the 'Kentucky Derby' seeks a new venue

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Due to a series of unusual incidents, Churchill Downs has decided to suspend all racing operations, resulting in the iconic Kentucky Derby, renowned as one of the world's most prestigious horse racing events, being relocated. This news has left fans of horse racing feeling disheartened.

The horse racing community is devastated after the death of prominent jockey Dean Holland, who passed away following a fall during a race.

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Dean Holland, a renowned jockey, has died at the age of 34 after suffering serious injuries in a fall at the Donald racecourse in Western Victoria. Despite being airlifted to a hospital in Melbourne, he could not be saved and was declared dead at the scene, despite the efforts of paramedics. Victoria Police have confirmed the tragic news.

The Punt Acca: Liam Headd's three horse racing tips for Ascot and Haydock on ITV

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The consistent Ashtown Lad has handled most things thrown his way throughout his career and he has another opportunity to add more big-race success to his record. The nine-year-old spent the majority of last season over fences but has demonstrated versatility with striking performances over hurdles. He travelled well before a mistake proved costly at Warwick last month, but he has finished inside the top three in five of his nine starts over hurdles.

Cortina wins 17th Italian title

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"Everyone in the highlands and the whole of Veneto are celebrating the hockey championship won by Sportivi Ghiaccio Cortina," Veneto regional president Luca Zaia said in an official statement. "This is a true triumph that brings the national title back to the ‘Queen of the Dolomites’ after 16 years. I express my congratulations to the whole team and join in the joy of the many fans."

The "Wildest, Richest Rodeo in the West," is back!

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The "Wildest, Richest Rodeo in the West," is back! The 2022 Reno Rodeo will be held on Wednesday, June 15 – Saturday, June 25 in Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center, Reno, Nevada. The annual event features a variety of animals, all judges and weighed.

DRF's Horse Racing Playbook for Friday, February 17, 2023

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Daily Racing Form has served as the most trusted source of news and information about the sport since 1894, and moving forward we have decided to provide a free daily playbook – something that both hardcore horseplayers and casual observers can reference to get informed of each day’s action.