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New Replay Technology For Champions Day

A new HD replay system for British stewards will be used for the first time on British Champions Day at Ascot on Saturday. The system, which has been used by officials on the British and Irish Lions Tour of New Zealand and at the Super Bowl, facilitates multiple screen views of continually synchronised content from up to 16 HD cameras. The playback footage is controlled via a touchscreen system. The system has been developed by Belgian company EVS and will gradually be rolled out at all of Britain's 59 racecourses...

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Zhukova, Intricately Slated For Tattersalls

Group 1 winners Zhukova (Ire) (Fastnet Rock {Aus}) and Intricately (Ire) (Fastnet Rock {Aus}), as well as Group 3 winner Only Mine (Ire) (Pour Moi {Ire}), will be offered at the Tattersalls December Mares Sale on Dec. 4 to 7. All three mares are owned and raced by John Murrell and Chantal Regalado-Gonzalez and will be offered through The Castlebridge Consignment. Zhukova and Intricately are catalogued as out of training, and Only Mine is catalogued as in training. "John Murrell and Chantal Regalado-Gonzalez have been wonderful supporters of Tattersalls for...

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Internationals Key To Caulfield Cup

With a field of 17 declared for Saturday's A$3-million G1 Caulfield Cup (2400m), it appears likely that the international raiders are the ones to take note of this year. After a slashing first-up run in Australia when beaten narrowly by Gailo Chop (Fr) (Deportivo {GB}) in the G1 Caulfield S. on Oct. 14, race favourite Johannes Vermeer (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) is out to give trainer Aidan O'Brien his first success in the staying contest. A Group 1 winner over 1400m as a juvenile in the Saint-Cloud Criterium International, the Ben...

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Fact Of The Week: Triple Threats

It's surely a remarkable feat to sire the first three home in a Group 1 race. But it's been happening relatively frequently in recent years to warrant a closer look: three times in 2016 and on three occasions again in 2017. The latest sire to join this exalted club is Dubawi, who sired the first three home--Bateel, Journey and Left Hand--in the Prix Vermeille this September. Prior to that it was Galileo in the Prince of Wales's S. at Royal Ascot, where Highland Reel defeated subsequent Group 1 winners Decorated...

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Olczyk Liking His Odds

Eddie Olczyk is used to playing the odds as a horseplayer and handicapper, and now the popular broadcaster and former NHL center affectionately known as Edzo is giving himself a good chance to beat cancer. Olczyk, who does horse racing and hockey broadcasts for NBC Sports, has done three of 12 rounds of chemotherapy as part of treatment since he was diagnosed with colon cancer earlier this year and subsequently underwent surgery. "Conferring with my doctors, I would go ahead and put some money on my nose," the 51-year-old Chicago...

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Gun Runner Stud Plans to be Decided After Breeders’ Cup

Winchell Thoroughbreds and Three Chimneys Farm announced in a press release Wednesday evening that stud plans for Gun Runner (Candy Ride {Arg}) will be determined after the GI Breeders' Cup Classic, for which the Steve Asmussen trainee is expected to vie for favoritism. Gun Runner is likely to compete in the $16-million GI Pegasus World Cup in January. He will enter the Nov. 4 Classic off of three-straight victories at the highest level, most recently by 10 1/4 lengths in Saratoga's GI Woodward S. Sept. 2.

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Observations on the European Racing Scene for Thursday, Oct. 19

Observations on the European Racing Scene turns the spotlight on the best European races of the day, highlighting well-pedigreed horses early in their careers, horses of note returning to action and young runners that achieved notable results in the sales ring. Thursday's Insights features a son of G1 Prix Vermeille heroine Galikova (Fr) (Galileo {Ire}). 2.20 Deauville, Debutantes, €27,000, 2yo, f, 9 1/2f (AWT) AJAYEB (IRE) (Frankel {GB}) makes her debut for Al Shaqab Racing, who purchased her GI American Oaks and GI Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup-winning dam Harmonious...

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Mr. Big to Harris Farms

Mr. Big (Dynaformer--Fashion Delight, by Fappiano), sire of this year's GIII Transylvania S. winner Big Score, will relocate to John Harris's Harris Farms near Coalinga, CA for the 2018 breeding season. "I am delighted to stand this very nice stallion at Harris Farms," said John Harris. "He has sired several top horses already, and his best crops will run in the next few years. I have always liked to see Turn To on a stallion page, as well as Roberto and like stallions from those lines. He is a nice...

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NTRA Radio Campaign Inducted Into Clio Hall of Fame

A radio campaign created by the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) has been inducted into the Clio Awards Hall of Fame. The NTRA campaign, entitled, "And They're Off," was produced by the New York city-based agency DeVito/Verdi and first aired in 2002. The Clio Awards recognize and honor creativity and innovation in advertising. The organization's judges honored two specific ads within the NTRA "And They're Off" campaign. The commercials that comprised the NTRA campaign all followed a similar approach: a fast-talking announcer provides running play-by-play of an everyday outing or...

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Smiling Tiger Filly Tops Barretts Fall Sale

Smiling Diamond (hip 94), a yearling filly by Smiling Tiger, topped Tuesday's Barrets Fall Yearlings and Horses of Racing Age Sale when selling to Steve Gasparrelli of Slugo Racing for $220,000. Gasparrelli also bought last year's sale topper, a colt by Smiling Tiger now named Tigre Di Slugo. "We bought the Smiling Tiger colt last year and he is doing well," Gasparrelli said. "I was very impressed with all the Smiling Tigers I have seen run. I think Smiling Tiger is going to be a good California stallion. I was...

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