Littlemore wins really big
His name might be Chris Littlemore, but the retired auto worker cruised his way to an enormous $800,000 prize at the National Horseplayers Championships awards. The man from Canada also bagged an Eclipse Award, which is the Horseplayer of the year. Littlemore was awarded with the award and the prize money at the 19th National Horseplayers Championship held at Las Vegas. This also marked the second time a Canadian won this award, as Ray Arsenaultof from Ontario bagged the honors last year. Adding to the wins, Chris Littlemore also received the annual subscription to STATS Race Lens and also an exclusive entry to the NHC finals for next year. Littlemore also booked his entry to the Pegasus World Cup betting championship and Breeders’ Cup betting challenge. The 58 year old from Toronto garnered a winning total of $348.3 in the three day challenge. Littlemore started off day three as the leader but he did not feel confident enough to pull off a win. He said that he did not like his chances as the day went on but fortunately he picked the right horse at the end for the win. Texas man Keith Fenton came in second with a grand prize of a quarter million dollars.
Horse racing to permeate F1 type series
Horse racing has taken a page from the Formula 1 book and started its own series with teams and jockeys. Championship Horse Racing unveiled the first look called “The Series” which will start in 2019. Much like the formula 1 championships, a 12 man team of jockey and horse will compete for points and prize money at Group 1 race courses in Britain. The teams can win up to 100,000 pounds per race. The teams will be owned by top brands and companies from all around the world. Each team will comprise of 30 horses and four jockeys and the competition will be held over eight weeks. Chief Executive of the Championship Horse racing, Jeremy Wray has expressed this as a wonderful way to change how people watch horse racing. Race days will be every Thursday, with six handicap flat races and the teams will choose one single runner for every race. The competition will feature 48 races and tabulated on a point system.
Kanthaka wins the San Vicente
Kanthaka showed some serious pace to win the $200,000 Grade 2 San Vicente stakes by 3 ¾ lengths. Kanthaka who won last on December 26th completed the Santa Anita Park course in a minute and twenty two seconds. Jockey Flavien Prat was impressed with the speed of the horse and said that Kanthaka should run better from now on.