Santa Anita Derby (G1) Day - Saturday at Santa Anita, Justify turned back a challenge by Bolt d'Oro to win the Santa Anita Derby (G1) by 3 lengths with Core Beliefs third. Also on the card, Midnight Bisou won the Santa Anita Oaks (G1), Fatale Bere won the Providencia Stakes (G3), Beau Recall won the Royal Heroine Stakes (G2), Spiced Perfection won the Evening Jewel Stakes, Heck Yeah won the Echo Eddie Stakes, and Quick Sand AA won the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Stakes (G1) for Arabians. Get the results, charts, and photos here.
Benter’s model required his undivided attention. It monitored only about 20 inputs—just a fraction of the infinite factors that influence a horse’s performance, from wind speed to what it ate for breakfast. In pursuit of mathematical perfection, he became convinced that horses raced differently according to temperature, and when he learned that British meteorologists kept an archive of Hong Kong weather data in southwest England, he traveled there by plane and rail. A bemused archivist led him to a dusty library basement, where Benter copied years of figures into his notebook. When he got back to Hong Kong, he entered the data into his computers—and found it had no effect whatsoever on race outcomes. Such was the scientific process.
Chariot racing was one of the most popular ancient Greek, Roman and Byzantine sports. Both chariot and mounted horse racing were events in the ancient Greek Olympics by 648 BC and were important in the other Panhellenic Games. It continued although chariot racing was often dangerous to both driver and horse, which frequently suffered serious injury and even death. In the Roman Empire, chariot and mounted horse racing were major industries. From the mid-fifteenth century until 1882, spring carnival in Rome closed with a horse race. Fifteen to 20 riderless horses, originally imported from the Barbary Coast of North Africa, were set loose to run the length of the Via del Corso, a long, straight city street; their time was about 2½ minutes.