Queen Elizabeth II rakes in whopping $9M racing her beloved horses – USA TODAY


Everybody knows (in Britain, at least) that Queen Elizabeth II is a keen judge of horses and loves — absolutely LOVES — the sport of kings, horse-racing. And she’s got more than nine million reasons why.

It turns out that in more than 30 years of racing, the elderly queen in sensible shoes has been a real winner: She’s claimed 452 race wins (out of a total of 2,834 races) for her horses, a winning percentage of 15.9%, according to data compiled by MyRacing.com, a British racing news-and-tips site that analyzed public records of the British Horseracing Authority.

The data were made public Tuesday, ahead of the popular Cheltenham Festival racing meet in Gloucestershire, where the prize money is second only to the Grand National steeplechase in Liverpool.

“The Queen has earned a total of $9,372,441 from her horses, her highest annual total being in 2016 when she earned a whopping $775,325,” according to a press release from a spokesman for the site, Dominic Celica.

He said the data were cross-referenced against data from the horse-racing authority for accuracy. 

Buckingham Palace did not respond to request for comment from USA TODAY. The palace rarely comments on the queen’s private interests.

Queen Elizabeth II receives the winning trophy from her second son, Prince Andrew Duke of York, after her horse Estimate won the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot June 20, 2013. (Photo: Alastair Grant, AP)

Based on her wins, Her Majesty placed 11th for 2017 in the list of owners whose horses have won the most during a season, Celica said. However, she has yet to win a race in 2018. 

The list of owners who have won the most in prize money, which go back to 1894, show the queen was first in winnings in two years, 1954 and 1957, and placed 23rd in 2017, the most recent year of data, Celica said.

Right about here we should point out there’s a reason horse-racing is called the sport of kings — because only kings and sheiks and billionaires can afford the wildly expensive pastime. Moreover, a figure south of $10 million is a drop in the bucket for the British monarch, one of the richest women in the world.  

So she’s not racing for the money. The queen, who turns 92 in April, is a lifelong lover of horses (and corgi dogs), respected for her knowledge of breeding and performance, famous for her morning perusal of The Racing Post, and for her near-religious attendance record at Royal Ascot, which she has rarely missed since her first one in 1945.

The five-day annual extravaganza, which brings out brightly-plumed royals and toffs alongside ordinary punters, is said to be her favorite. The queen’s first win there came two weeks after her 1953 coronation when her horse, Choir Boy, won the Hunt Cup.

In 2013, her horse Estimate won the Gold Cup race at Ascot, the first time in the two centuries of the race it has been won by a reigning monarch. She was delighted. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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IndyCar team Dale Coyne Racing adds Jimmy Vasser, James Sullivan to ownership team – Autoweek


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Dale Coyne Racing has just gotten stronger with the addition of former Verizon IndyCar Series team owners Jimmy Vasser and James ?Sully? Sullivan joining Dale Coyne.

Vasser and Sullivan were both part of KVSH Racing that included former Champ Car Series boss Kevin Kalkhoven, but that team closed up following the 2016 season.

The newly formed team also announced that SealMaster will be the primary sponsor for nine of the 17 races, including the Indianapolis 500, for the No. 18 Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan Honda driven by Sebastien Bourdais.?

?When Jimmy, Sully and I met to discuss creating this partnership, it was very enticing,? said Dale Coyne owner of Dale Coyne Racing, who will continue to run the No. 19 entry under the DCR banner. ?They?ve had a lot of success in their previous years in IndyCar, and I?m thrilled to have them as partners. It?s an opportunity I couldn?t turn down as we move forward with this program. The future is bright, and we?re excited to get the season going with SealMaster onboard as a co-primary sponsor. Hopefully we can continue the success Jimmy and Sulli have had and that we?ve had with Sebastien.?

After KVSH left the series when Kalkhoven stepped aside in 2016, Vasser and Sullivan had been looking for a way to form a new team. Instead, they have decided to partner with Coyne, a longtime independent team owner.



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?First, I want to acknowledge Kevin Kalkhoven, who gave both Sully and myself the forum to be where we are today,? said Vasser, the 1996 CART champion as a driver. ?After extensive talks, I am very pleased and proud to say that we will be continuing that legacy.

?I took a year off from competition for the first time in many years and realized how much I missed it. This is the next chapter in my racing career, so I want to say thank you to Sully, Dale, SealMaster, our sponsors and Sebastien. With their support, we are focused on re-creating our prior success and again challenging for wins in 2018.?

Vasser and Sullivan have achieved success in the past, including the 2013 Indianapolis 500 with driver Tony Kanaan and then won five more races over the next three years (2014-2016) with Bourdais behind the wheel.??

?First, it?s great to be back,? Vasser-Sullivan co-owner Sullivan said. ?We took a step back last year to evaluate and construct our next chapter, and both Jimmy and I, after many discussions with Dale, all came to the conclusion that this was the right time and opportunity to move this partnership forward.??



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?Most importantly, having SealMaster, a world-class brand, onboard to support the new team gives us big momentum out of the gate. With Sebastien (Bourdais) driving, the engineering staff and the crew that Dale has assembled, we are positioned for a banner year.???

Bourdais will be competing in his 13th?IndyCar season, third with Dale Coyne Racing and first under Dale Coyne Racing with the Vasser-Sullivan banner.?He is the only driver to win four consecutive IndyCar championships (2004-2007) tying him for second in all-time championships with Mario Andretti and Dario Franchitti. The 38-year-old from Le Mans, France, has made 171?career IndyCar starts, earning 36 wins (sixth all-time) and 33 poles (tied for seventh all-time).?

?I want to thank Dale Coyne, Jimmy Vasser and Sulli for the opportunity to move forward with this program that?s been in the works for over a year,? Bourdais said. ?Over the last few years, we?ve all captured poles and won races together. This is a team that started small, but what we needed, and now have collectively, is a consistent program, from top-to-bottom that can compete at the highest level and contend for a championship. I am very excited to get in this SealMaster car and represent such a great company.?















Matt Chapman's racing tips for ITV's racing from Haydock, Newmarket and Chester on Saturday, June 10 – The Sun


RACING TIPS

Get all the info to bash the bookies as ITV’s Matt Chapman runs you through a busy Saturday

It?s another busy Saturday on ITV Racing today with the ITV4 cameras at Haydock and Newmarket. I will be at the former track, hoping to bump into Johnny G!

The first race ITV show is the 2.20pm at Haydock, a 6f handicap. It looks a really tricky event, and the one I will risk each-way is AWESOME ALLAN, who will be suited by any rain that is likely to fall Saturday. He?s hard to keep out the frame after a good run at Windsor on Monday.

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There?s another nightmare looking 6f handicap at 2.55pm. I?ll have a few quid each-way here on ECCLESTON, who got going too late at Ripon last time for David O?Meara. If the rain comes seriously here he could come flying through late and it?s pretty testing in any case.

The 3.30 at Haydock is the Group 3 Pinnacle Stakes over nearly 1m4f. I want to back BATEEL in this. The French raider loves juice in the ground and stays the distance strong. He should give Richard Kingscote a great ride.

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Finally at Haydock, it?s the Group 3 John of Gaunt over 7f at 4.05pm. I like penalty carrying BRETON ROCK, who is not getting any better for David Simcock but has perfect conditions here to run?a big one under Andrea Atzeni.

Over at Newmarket, ITV4 show the 2.30pm, a 7f handicap. EJAABY has been a beaten favourite the last twice for Roger Varian, but he?s not been disgraced and all the conditions are right for a huge effort in this so hopefully he will at least hit the frame.


The 3.05pm is a 6f handicap, and I?ll have a few quid each-way here on GIRL IN THE INN, who is creeping up the handicap but ran really well over 7f last time. It might be Richard Fahey?s animal is better over 6f so hopefully Frankie Dettori will get a good run.

Matt Chapman’s TV Tips

  • 2.20 Haydock ? Awesome Allan
  • 2.30 Newmarket ? Ejaaby
  • 2.55 Haydock ? Eccleston
  • 3.05 Newmarket ? Girl In The Inn
  • 3.30 Haydock ? Bateel
  • 3.40 Newmarket ? Intense Tango
  • 4.05 Haydock ? Breton Rock

Finally at Newmarket, ITV4 have the 1m6f handicap at 3.40pm. Back INTENSE TANGO here each-way, a horse who stays well and is fully capable of winning a race like this if on top of his game. It?s a bit of a guess whether that will be here ? but hopefully!

So best of luck on a difficult day for getting winners. Hoping for some Yeeehaaas!

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Saturday highlights: all the news and big winners – Racing Post


Altior - Nico de Boinville

Altior put in a spectacular round of jumping to win at Newbury

? PICTURE: Mark Cranham (racingpost.com/photos) ?

?By?Mark Scully 6:00PM 11 FEB 2017?

With the Cheltenham Festival looming, a host of big guns were fired at Newbury and elsewhere on a day when the temperatures were freezing but the action was red hot. Here is how a fantastic afternoon of action unfolded.

1.35
There is a mover in the Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle market as High Bridge extends his winning run to three with a win in Newbury’s Read Paul Nicholls Exclusively At Betfair Novices’ Hurdle. Betway shorten the Ben Pauling-trained six-year-old from 25-1 to a general 14-1.

1.50
The remarkable Tobefair wins again! It is now seven in a row for the seven-year-old as he battles back in the most likeable fashion after being headed late on by Morello Royale to win the Betfair Cash Out Handicap Hurdle at Newbury. Trainer Debra Hamer’s Cheltenham Festival dream looks like it is going to come true.

2.10
Richard Johnson goes down with the flu and so Aidan Coleman is handed the not insignificant task of partnering Native River in the Betfair Denman Chase. No pressure, Aidan.

Native River (Aidan Coleman)

Le Mercury (far side) was brave but was no match for Native River

? PICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos) ?

2.30 NO JOHNSON, NO PROBLEM
Native River is off to the Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup with an outstanding shot at glory after a fine victory in the Grade 2 Betfair Denman Chase at 11-10. Bristol De Mai, who went off the 10-11 favourite after late money, was soundly beaten, with Le Mercury running a big race in second. You will get no bigger than 9-2 for Native River in the Gold Cup markets now.

2.45
Willy Twiston-Davies must be wishing ITV could cover the racing every day – it’s another big televised winner for him as Flying Angel comes out on top in the Grade 2 Betway Kingmaker Novices’ Chase at Warwick.

Altior (Nico de Boinville)

Altior was nothing short of breathtaking at some of his obstacles

? PICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos) ?

3.05 FAR TOO GOOD
Altior steps out of novice company and pulverises his four rivals in the Grade 2 Betfair Exchange Chase at Newbury. A former Champion Chase winner was among those toiling in behind as Altior jumped spectacularly to ensure he heads to Cheltenham unbeaten over fences, following the same path as Sprinter Sacre – and comparisons between between the two sound increasingly less and less silly. At 1-3 favourite, the Racing Post Arkle is his for the taking.

3.25
Mark Walsh, Joseph O’Brien and JP McManus complete a double at Naas as Slowmotion wins the Listed BBA Ireland Limited Opera Hat Mares Chase. The three had earlier won the opener courtesy of Outspoken.

Nigel hugs his son Sam Twiston-Davies

Sam Twiston-Davies gets a hug from his father Nigel at Newbury

? PICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos) ?

3.40 BETFAIR TO BALLYANDY
Ballyandy, ridden by Sam Twiston-Davies and trained by his father Nigel, wins the Grade 3 Betfair Hurdle at 3-1 as he gets the better of a brilliant battle with fellow leading hopeful Movewiththetimes, who returns at 6-1. Clyne takes third, also at 6-1, and Song Light fills fourth spot at 14-1.

3.50
Where to at the Cheltenham Festival for Ballyandy? Paddy Power cut him to 8-1 from 16-1 for both the Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle and the Neptune Novices’ Hurdle – Sam Twiston-Davies tells reporters he would favour the latter.

4.50
Nicky Henderson completes a Newbury double as Daphne Du Clos wins the bumper at 15-8 under Sean Bowen, who earlier in the day rode a winner at Warwick. Bet365 make Daphne Du Clos a 7-1 shot for the Champion Bumper but you can get 12-1 with BetVictor.

4.55
Over at Meydan, Thunder Snow runs out a commanding winner of the UAE 2,000 Guineas under Christophe Soumillon for trainer Saeed bin Suroor and Godolphin.

5.05
Carter McKay could hardly be more impressive as he canters away with the concluding bumper at Naas for Willie Mullins. William Hill remain a stand-out 8-1 for the Champion Bumper but Coral go 7-2 about the exciting prospect.


Star performance

Altior was obviously sensational but to these eyes, a gutsy staying chaser blessed with a touch of class is what the game is all about. It is fitting then that in a race named after the ultimate example of that in Denman, Native River further advertised his Gold Cup credentials with an excellent win. With Thistlecrack’s reputation dented, he could well be said to be the one to beat in the Cheltenham showpiece.

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No point shirking a battle says Twiston-Davies – Racing Post Bloodstock


Nigel Twiston-Davies: runs a pair of aces at Newbury on Saturday

Nigel Twiston-Davies: runs a pair of aces at Newbury on Saturday

? PICTURE: Martin Lynch (racingpost.com/photos) ?

?By?Lee Mottershead 8:30PM 10 FEB 2017?

NIGEL TWISTON-DAVIES has questioned why more owners and trainers shy away from running in the sport’s big Saturday prizes after today’s two feature chases at Newbury attracted only eight runners in total.

A number of top trainers on Friday suggested the prospect of racing on soft ground a month before the Cheltenham Festival may have contributed to why only three horses contest the Betfair Denman Chase, with five in the Betfair-backed Game Spirit Chase.

Also suffering numerically is the ?155,000 Betfair Hurdle, which attracted just 20 horses at Monday’s forfeit stage, down on the race’s 24-horse limit even before the declaration stage, at which 16 were kept in Britain’s most valuable handicap hurdle.

“I can’t believe people are hanging on for Cheltenham,” said Twiston-Davies, who saddles Bristol De Mai in the Denman Chase before running Ballyandy and Ballyhill in the Betfair Hurdle.

“I can only imagine the fields are due to the soft ground. We can run in the Betfair Hurde and the County Hurdle. Maybe people just get nervous? I don’t know why. I love a battle.”

Champion trainer Paul Nicholls said: “It’s odd and I’ve been surprised at some of the fields. Cheltenham is five weeks away and not everyone is thinking of that. A lot of the horses I’m running tomorrow aren’t even going to go there.

“There have not been a lot of abandonments, but you can’t keep running horses, especially when the ground is bad. We’ve got loads of horses who are waiting for better ground.

“At least it’s good racing. Everyone wants to see good horses, even in small fields.”

Nicky Henderson argued “a lot of people are very reluctant” to take on star horses and also highlighted testing ground at Newbury, adding: “There are some small fields but it’s February and there are important things just around the corner.”

Oliver Sherwood agreed. He said: “A lot of people have their eyes on Cheltenham and sometimes on very heavy ground you can leave your race behind.”

Newbury’s head of communications Andy Clifton expressed no disappointment.

He said: “In an ideal world we’d have eight for each race but it’s unrealistic to expect trainers to run their horses against superstars when they have no chance of winning.

“Altior is a big draw and we have outstanding quality in both races. The Denman Chase is fascinating. I’m pretty happy with the fields.”

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Racing: Ron Quinton mourns his loss but wants to fight on – The Sydney Morning Herald


Former champion Sydney jockey Ron Quinton believes he’s slowly managing to put his life back together after the death last month of Margaret, his wife of more than four decades.

A respected Randwick trainer, Quinton admits that his “wife and friend” had left one of Australia’s best-known racing identities?”struggling like never before”.

“I think I am luckier?than most. I have these horses to look after and worry about so it’s such a valuable distraction, because if I don’t I will dwell on that terrible day,” Quinton said

Just two hours before leaving their Sydney home for a flight to the Gold Coast sales,?Margaret collapsed and died. Her death shocked the racing industry.

The pain for Quinton and his close-knit family is still raw but the horseman is determined not to stop working through the loss that they feel on a daily basis.

“My family have been a terrific back-up and support and the well-wishes from those across the industry have been wonderful. I want to talk about things like great horses as it is part of moving on,” he said..

When Fairfax Media approached Quinton about comparisons between the great Kingston Town and emerging star Winx, he welcomed the opportunity.

“It’s fine. In fact, I want to debate the two horses but I will say this, I would love to have her [Winx]?in my stable?any time, day or night.”

Quinton is a better authority than most on whether the champion mare can produce?another Cox Plate victory later this year.

He maintains that Winx, who is chasing a 14th straight win at?Randwick on Saturday,?”could be just as good” as another former Sydney champion Kingston Town, who he rode to victory in one of the horse’s three successes in Australia’s most important weight-for-age race.

Quinton, who rode the second of Kingston Town’s Cox Plates, believes that Winx has all of the armoury to not only win another Queen Elizabeth Stakes this autumn but a third Cox Plate.

“There are similarities and in Kingston Town’s case he won from 1200 metres up to 3200 metres but she [Winx]?won’t be asked to stretch her races out to 3200 metres like he had to.

“Boy, I’d love to have her in my stable. Either as a jockey or a trainer ? great, great mares like this are just a pleasure to ride or prepare for a race.

“As a jockey, if you get into a sticky situation, great horses have an enormous ability to get you out of it.

“What an amazing record she has and I’m pretty excited to watch her at Randwick on Saturday as she seems to be able to overcome any little setback. But I suppose that comes from being such a great mare,” Quinton said.

Quinton will also have Dixie Blossoms in the Triscay Stakes, a group 3 event that could bring some much-needed good news to his?stable.