Captain’s Ransom Will Defend Paddock Stakes Crown
Snaith Racing have decided to run Equus Horse Of The Year Captain’s Ransom in the Grade 1 Cartier Paddock Stakes after she drew 17 out of 17 in the L’Ormarins King’s Plate.
The superstar Captain Al mare will therefore be defending her crown in the Paddock Stakes.
It is a pity about her defection from the King’s Plate, because a mile is probably her best distance.
She also likes to do just enough to win with her exhilarating late bursts and running against the boys in a weight for age mile would have shown exactly how good she is.
Richard Fourie will ride Captain’s Ransom in the Paddock Stakes.
Meanwhile, the two chief protagonists in the L’Ormarins King’s Plate, Charles Dickens and Jet Dark, have also drawn wide in positions 13 and 14 respectively.
The draw process done administratively is a hundred percent random and has been audited for fairness … nobody would seriously question it.
However, having the draws sprung on to the connections is a bit like having a bet on a race and then just looking at the result later, as opposed to watching the race live.
Staging draw ceremonies for the most important races should be looked in to.
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23 December 2022 – SIS (Sports Information Services), the leading multi-content supplier of 24/7 live betting services, has agreed a new partnership with innovative South African rights holder 4Racing.
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He said, “He seems to love me! Every way I ride him, whether its coming from the back or riding handy, works out.”
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Which big meeting in the USA used to have its opening day on Christmas Day?
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Picture: A Christmas Day meeting in the USA in the 1930s.
Despite the Great Depression, and despite it being the holiest of holy days, when Strub opened Santa Anita for business that Christmas, more than 30,000 fans streamed through the gates. Among the crowd of punters were some of the day’s biggest celebrities, including Al Jolson, Will Rogers and Clark Gable. They pumped more than a quarter of a million dollars through the betting windows that day. A filly named High Glee won the big race of the day, the $5,000-added Christmas Stakes. The bank was paid back without incident.
Santa Anita continued to open its meet on Christmas Day for several years. However, there was some criticism of the idea of horse racing on such an important religious holiday. Strub wrote off the naysayers, arguing that Christmas shouldn’t be a somber holiday and instead should be a day of celebration. What better way to celebrate, he figured, than a day at the track? To Strub and thousands of horse racing fans, the two things went hand in hand.
Eventually Strub and Santa Anita relented.
By 1949, Santa Anita moved opening day to Dec. 26, which has remained, with only a handful of exceptions, the traditional opening day ever since. In the end, there simply wasn’t enough room for more than one Santa on Christmas Day.