Summer/ 2012

Gallop Magazine 2/2012

We give you the story about racing in Kenya, tell the story about Frankel and how Frankie Dettori made the bookies cry, we explain what Black Type is all about and show you racing on the snow in White Turf.

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  • WHITE TURF RACING ON SNOW FOR 100 YEARS

    The Swiss town of St. Moritz is perhaps the most prestigious winter sports resort in the world. Here, horse racing lovers have gathered for more than 100 years to race on the snow and ice of the frozen lake in an event that is as unique as it is fascinating.
    The term White Turf is spot on – to say the least.
    We give you a guide to the spectacular winter weeks.

    BLACK TYPE AND GROUP RACES – ALL YOU WANTED TO KNOW BUT WHERE AFRAID TO ASK

    Horse racing is full of its own special words and expressions. Sometimes it’s hard to get the idea or the meaning. What does ”Group Races”mean? And what is a ”Black Type Pedigree”? Now you can stop wondering, Gallop Magazine will sort out the big race terminology for you.

    LET’S HEAR IT FOR THE GELDINGS!

    Derby and ’Arc’ winners normally have short careers, and are soon forgotten – but there are some top class flat horses out there that one can call the real ambassdors for the sport; namely the best geldings. They tend to become more international than any colts or fillies. Because they stick around, and because they ship around. (As the Hong Kong fans of Silent Witness show in the photo above.)

    Gallop Magazines Geir Stabell has taken a look at some of the best known geldings to have graced the turf.

    BREEDER’S CUP

    The biggest race weekend in North America is becoming a transatlantic battleground.
    In 2013 we will give you the complete guide to ”The Thoroughbred World Championships”, but meanwhile—enjoy Mathea Kelleys photos

    AN AMERICAN IN PARIS

    Kentucky has many great things. Even a “Paris”.
    But one thing it does not have is a “Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe”. That is why we sent our Kentucky based editor Amanda Duckworth across the Atlantic to get a transatlantic feel of “The Arc”. Here is her story.

    THE DAY THE BOOKIES CRIED

    When Milan-born jockey Lanfranco Dettori arrived at Ascot racecourse on 28 September 1996, he was quite well known in the British domestic racing scene and had been Anglicized to the more familiar ‘Frankie.’ Nevertheless, on the international racing stage he was still merely in consideration for a minor role.

    Until that Saturday, that is. By the end of the day, he was making headlines all over the world. And the bookmakers cried…
    Jörgen Nilsson tells the story of a strange day in racing.

    WE KISSED FRANKEL GOODBYE!

    When you decide to name a racehorse in honor of someone, you better pick the right animal. The folks behind Prince Khalid Abdullah’s Juddmonte Farms got it right in spades when they picked out a young colt with four white socks to bear the name of late Hall of Fame trainer Bobby Frankel. Of course, no one would know for years that not only did they pick a winner, they picked one of the greatest racehorses of all time.

    Gallop Magazines Amanda Duckworth and Mathea Kelly was there for his Grand Finale at Ascot.

    RACING IN KENYA

    The sport of horse racing knows no borders. Does not relate to GNP or religion. Where there are people and horses, there is horse racing. It’s as simple as that. Swedish writer and photographer Ardina Strüwer takes us to a racing scene that is so different. Yet – so similar.

    Welcome to Kenya!