340TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE BIRTH OF RACING IN AMERICA COMMEMORATED AT NEWMARKET THIS WEEK
Tomorrow (Friday) and Saturday, Newmarket will be commemorating the birth of racing in America, which began under the reign of Charles II at a course called Newmarket on what is now known as the Hempstead Plains on Long Island, New York.
At the same time as Charles was instituting the first race under written rules ever to be run in Britain, the Town Plate, at his beloved Newmarket in Suffolk in 1665, so the British Governor of New York, Richard Nicolls from Ampthill in Bedfordshire, was carrying out the King’s instructions to found a racecourse called Newmarket in America.
It is not known when racing at Newmarket, Long Island, ceased, but a plaque can be found in Garden City, Long Island, marking the site of the old track, which is just a few miles from the thriving racecourse of Belmont Park, where this year's Breeders’ Cup will take place on Saturday 29th October.
A race at Newmarket tomorrow (Friday) will commemorate the anniversary of racing in America, while on Champions’ Day on Saturday representatives from the New York Racing Association and the "I Love New York" tourist authority will present a commemorative plaque to the Managing Director of Newmarket Racecourses, Lisa Hancock.
This will be reciprocated at Belmont Park on 28th and 29th October. On Friday 28th, Belmont will be naming a race after the anniversary and Hancock will present a plaque to
the Americans, while a wreath will be placed at the site of the old Newmarket course.
On the following day, the Breeders' Cup Opening Ceremony will feature a re-enactment of the first race ever staged in America, a match race at Newmarket, including the use of period costume and royal music played by trumpeters and a fife & drum band.
Lisa Hancock said: “We had no idea until we were contacted by the New York Racing Association earlier this year that at the same time as Charles II was doing so much to advance horse racing in Newmarket, where he used to move his court each year and indulge his passion for the sport, he was also exporting racing and the name of Newmarket to America.
“It is remarkable to think that the town of Newmarket has been pivotal throughout the world of horseracing for nearly 350 years and, with its remarkable concentration of racehorses, training facilities, stud farms, associated industries and, of course, its two racecourses, it continues to be so today.
"It is also very appropriate that tomorrow (Friday) we are twinning with St Moritz in Switzerland, home of arguably the most dramatic racing in the world on a frozen lake. They also have a race named on Friday's card and it all goes to highlight the international significance of Newmarket as the "Home of Racing".”
WARREN BUYS INTO TRADE FAIR
Top bloodstock agent John Warren has purchased a significant stake in Trade Fair, who will begin covering at Tweenhills Farm and Stud in Gloucestershire next year for a fee of £4,000, October 1st terms.
By Zafonic out of the Danehill mare Danefair, Trade Fair won a Newbury two-year-old maiden by six lengths, before coming third in the Group 1 Darley Dewhurst Stakes. Despite having only run three times, he finished joint seventh in the 2002 International Classifications.
Trade Fair was a brilliant four-length winner of Newmarket's Group 3 Criterion Stakes at three, when he also won Newbury's Listed Dubai Duty Free Cup and the King Charles II Stakes at Newmarket.
He was second top three-year-old miler in the 2003 International Classifications above the likes of Refuse To Bend, Clodovil, Indian Haven, Russian Rhythm and Six Perfections. He added a further major success last season when winning the Group 3 Minstrel Stakes over seven furlongs at the Curragh.
David Redvers, owner of Tweenhills Farm and Stud, said today: “We have been overwhelmed by the interest in Trade Fair since it was announced that he would be coming to Tweenhills and we are delighted that such a respected figure as John Warren has shown his faith in the horse by taking a major share. The horse has now been fully syndicated.”
John Warren commented: "Having always admired the horse, I will be supporting Trade Fair because he is an outstanding looker who was a very good two-year-old. I also like the idea of Zafonic and Danehill for a sire of precocious two-year-olds."
Trade Fair can be seen at Tweenhills Farm and Stud and will be available for viewing at Wallhouse Stud near Newmarket during the Tattersalls December Sales.