Winter / 2015

In this brand new winter issue, you can read about Lucky Baldwin and his not so quiet life, how the UAE turned sand into gold all thanks to horse racing, three of the world’s most popular horses: Treve, Golden Horn and American Pharoah, jockey Michelle Payne who is going into the record books and much more.

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  • How the UAE turned sand into GOLD

    Twenty-five years ago, the United Arab Emirates was like a desert flower in the sand waiting patiently for the rain to make it blossom. In 1996, the wait ended. This is the story of how horse racing helped create a metropolis.


    To say that Elias “Lucky” Baldwin, the founder of the original Santa Anita Park, was a lucky man is clearly an understatement. This is a depiction of his not so quiet life—from being ambushed by Native Americans to bringing Japanese acrobats to the United States to success during the Gold Rush—and, of course, his love for horse racing… and women.


    In its 155-year history, the Melbourne Cup has been won by female owners, trainers and horses. And now, finally, by a female jockey. When a 100-1 shot wins one of the biggest races in the world, usually the horse’s name is what becomes legendary. However, with all due respect to Prince of Penzance’s gallant effort, it is his jockey Michelle Payne who is going into the record books after the pair took the AU$6.2 million Melbourne Cup.

    Winter racing in Sweden

    The Täby Racetrack in Stockholm, Sweden, is one of the most northern of its kind. Temperatures regularly drop to -10°C (14°F) in the winter, but the show goes on.
    “Winters are tough, but so are we,” says Swedish champion jockey Per-Anders Gråberg. Se Magnus Östh’s spectacular photos of racing in a different climate