RIYADH: Saudi Arabia will host the world's richest horse race in Riyadh at the King Abdulaziz Racetrack next year, with a purse of US$20 million (£16.4 million) up for grabs, the Jockey Club of Saudi Arabia said on Thursday (Aug 8).The Saudi Cup, which will be run over nine furlongs (1800 metres) on dirt on Feb 29, will have a maximum 14 runners, with the winner set to land US$10 million.The prize money at the Saudi Cup will eclipse the US$16 million purse at the Pegasus World Cup Invitational in Florida last year."The introduction of the Saudi Cup as an international race is without doubt the most signiﬁcant event in the history of horse racing in Saudi Arabia," Prince Bandar bin Khalid Al Faisal said in a statement."We look forward to welcoming international horsemen and women, the media, racing enthusiasts and the public to Riyadh in 2020."Frankie Dettori, three-times British flat racing's champion jockey, is impressed by the track."Of all the dirt tracks I've … [Read more...] about Horse Racing: Saudi Arabia to host world’s richest race in 2020
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LOS ANGELES: Two horses died after a head-on collision during an early morning training run at Del Mar track in California, officials said on Thursday (Jul 18), sparking calls for an investigation by state regulators.Del Mar Thoroughbred Club spokesman Dan Smith said the two horses, three-year-old Carson Valley and two-year-old Charge a Bunch were killed after colliding at around 6:30am.The accident occurred when Charge a Bunch threw its jockey Giovanni Franco and bolted back down the track in the wrong direction.The horse then collided with Carson Valley, trained by legendary US trainer Bob Baffert, who was heading up the track.Carson Valley's rider Assael Espinoza was hospitalised complaining of lower back pain. Franco was uninjured in the collision.Triple Crown-winning trainer Baffert described the incident as a "freak accident"."This was a very unfortunate accident and it is a shock to everyone in the barn," Baffert said in a statement."We work every day to take the best care … [Read more...] about Two horses die in California collision
LOS ANGELES: The Breeders' Cup will be held as scheduled at Santa Anita Park in November despite the death of 30 horses at the track since December, the board overseeing the race said on Thursday.The idea of moving the race to Louisville's Churchill Downs had been floated recently but race officials said they were confident the owners of the Southern California track were taking the necessary steps to improve conditions."It is clear that meaningful and effective reforms and best practices have been implemented in recent months at Santa Anita," said Craig Fravel, president and CEO of the Breeders' Cup after the board's unanimous vote to move ahead."We fully embrace those reforms and will devote our time and energy in the coming months to further advance those efforts."In March the Stronach Group, which owns Santa Anita, banned drugs and whips in competitions after the death toll of horses rose to 21 - double that of the previous season.American Currency, a four-year-old gelding, last … [Read more...] about Breeders’ Cup to remain at Santa Anita despite horse deaths
Sport Sir Winston came from behind to win the 151st running of the US$1.5 million Belmont Stakes in Elmont, New York by a length on Saturday. 09 Jun 2019 08:10AM Bookmark REUTERS: Sir Winston came from behind to win the 151st running of the US$1.5 million Belmont Stakes in Elmont, New York by a length on Saturday.Favourite Tacitus, whose late charge came up short, was second and Joevia third around the sprawling, 1 1/2-mile dirt track on a warm, sunny day.Sir Winston came on strong late, moving from the rail to the outside down the stretch to overtake pace-setter Joevia and finish in a relatively slow two minutes, 28.30 seconds.While making his move, Sir Winston appeared to cut off Preakness Stakes winner War of Will, initially raising the prospect of a challenge similar to one that disqualified Maximum Security after it crossed the line first at this year's Kentucky Derby.Both Sir Winston and War of Will, however, are trained by Mark Casse and no protest was made."I said … [Read more...] about Horse racing: Sir Winston wins 151st Belmont Stakes in upset
FRANCE: In the four years since the last Women's World Cup in Canada, the competition and talent among female footballers has gotten stronger - and more global. The stage will be as big as ever when this year's tournament kicks off Jun 7 in Paris.In our latest ESPN FC Rank, we polled our experts to gauge which players will stand out in France.25. SHANICE VAN DE SANDENAnother from the Lyon dynasty, Shanice van de Sanden is best known for two things: her blazing speed and her trademark bright red lipstick. One of the fastest players in the women's game, Van de Sanden is an absolute handful to deal with on the right wing for opposing full-backs due to her pace and skill. A player who debuted for the Oranje at just 16, she was a key member of the Netherlands' victorious European Championship side in 2017 and will be appearing in her second World Cup this summer. Van de Sanden, now 26, has 15 goals in 63 caps for the Netherlands, but it is her ability to get in behind … [Read more...] about Who is the best player at the Women’s World Cup?