Friday News & Notes

Some weeks, you just need your brain pulsed. Photo by Kate Samuels.

From the year that brought you six months of March, we now have the week of Tuesday. I believe today is the fourth Tuesday of November so far, and the weekend may be cancelled in light of more Tuesdays. However, I’m writing this at night, so I my predictions could be wrong and tomorrow could, in fact, be Saturday! Let’s all hope. I feel like we could really use a weekend right now.

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Full Moon Farms H.T.: [Website] [Entry Status] [Live Scores]

Majestic Oaks H.T.: [Website] [Entry Status] [Live Scores]

River Glen H.T.: [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times]

Texas Rose Horse Park Fall H.T.: [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

War Horse Event Series November H.T.: [Website] [Entry Status] [Live Scores]

Major International Events:

Pratoni International CCI4*L/CCI4*S: [Website] [Entries] [Live Scores]

News From Around the Globe:

The world said goodbye to Shane Rose’s five-star horse All Luck this week, as he died at home at the age of 26. Lucky was a racehorse in his first career, and then took Shane all the way to England in 2006 and finished 3rd at Burghley. The pair was also part of the silver medal team at the 2008 Hong Kong Olympics, producing the fastest cross country time of the day. [RIP All Luck]

The National Turf Writers And Broadcasters pledged $5,000 to the Lexington, Ky.-based Legacy Equine Academy Inc., a unique program that allows African American and racially diverse Middle and High School students the unique opportunity to build life skills while learning horsemanship through exposure to the many opportunities on farms and in the horse racing industry. Legacy Equine Academy recruits students who are then tagged as a “Legacy Leaders” at the Middle School level. Academy members then identify the targeted students interested in the equine industry and works to ensure their candidacy for Locust Trace multi-level curriculum during their High School years, creating a pipeline toward developing future farm and racing industry professionals. [NTWAB Pledges Money to Inclusive Middle School Program]

British Eventing funded a study into the effectiveness of air jackets in the event of a riding fall. The research calculated the risk of severe chest injury fell from 94 percent when wearing a standard BE body protector to 81 percent when wearing an air jacket. While this means the air jacket could reduce the likelihood of severe injury if a horse falls on a rider, BE stated there is still a “high probability” of riders incurring a severe injury. The study further concluded the air jacket is “unlikely” to prevent fatalities should a horse fall directly on a rider. [Air Jackets: Worth It?]

CNN projects Rhode Island voters have approved a measure that will strike “and Providence Plantations” from the state’s name: State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations. This year’s Question 1 ballot proposition asked voters whether to amend the state Constitution by trimming that name to simply State of Rhode Island.  “Nobody is trying to eradicate the history that has been in play,” Democratic state Rep. Anastasia Williams, who worked to get the question placed on the ballot this year following George Floyd’s death. “But we need to present the true and accurate history of it entirely, as opposed to just bits and pieces.” Williams added: “If you don’t believe that that word has a life, a real dark painful life, then you’re seriously mistaken.” [Rhode Island Votes to Remove Providence Plantations From State Name]
In preparation for Breeders Cup Week, the only Breeders Cup Classic that matters: