Horse Racing Nation roots on Pierata in 'Climbing Everest'

Edited Press Release
September 11, 2019 11:00am
Horse Racing Nation roots on Pierata in 'Climbing Everest'
Photo: Steve Hart

A field of 12 Australian sprint racing stars will line up at Royal Randwick the evening of Friday, Oct. 18, for the third running of the $14 million TAB Everest going 6 furlongs. Creating further anticipation for the world's richest sprint race on turf is the "Climbing Everest" promotion, which was launched last year by Sky Racing Worldthe Louisville, Kentucky-based distributor of international horse racing content and subsidiary of Australian wagering operator Tabcorp.

For the second edition of the ‘Climbing Everest’ promotion, Sky Racing World will again donate $5,000 and invite 12 prominent industry personalities from North America to participate on behalf of their nominated charities. Last year’s promotion was won by TVG's Britney Eurton, who represented New Vocations and was paired with Australia’s best sprinter Redzel. Eurton will take part again this year along with a host of other returning names, including Horse Racing Nation editor Jonathan Lintner.

Redzel has won both editions of The Everest and this year pairs with TwinSpires, whose nominated charity is Kentucky Equine Adoption Center. Redzel showed he is back to his best and ready for a potential three-peat after winning his third consecutive Concorde Stakes (G3) at Randwick last Friday night. The tune-up race saw two other Everest entrants, Pierata and Sunlight, finish in second and fourth, respectively.

At present, eight of 12 horses have been confirmed for The Everest, with team Godolphin among those that has yet to announce who will represent its slot.

The horse pairings for the "Climbing Everest" promotion are determined via assigned slot holders, which refers to horse owners that purchase a spot in the race. Participants received their assignment from the slot holder draw along with a horse name related to their slot holder.

As was the case last year, ‘Climbing Everest’ has the potential to benefit a wide range of organizations dedicated to such causes as helping at-risk horses find second careers, including HRN's charity of choice, Old Friends Farm.

Below are the 12 slot holders, horse, along with the corresponding personality and charity.

 Melbourne Racing Club: Horse TBD, Candice Hare (TVG), LOPE
 Texas Racehorse Adoption

 Bon Ho & Caramel Size Racing: Classique Legend, Dan Tjordman (America’s Best Racing), Alzheimer's Association 

 The Star: Arcadia Queen, Donna Brothers (NBC Sports), Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance

 Coolmore: Horse TBD, Caton Bredar (Freelance TV Analyst), Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund 

 Aquis: Pierata, Jonathan Lintner (Horse Racing Nation), Old Friends Farm 

 Yu Long Investments: Redzel,, Kentucky Equine Adoption Center 

 Inglis: In Her Time, Michael Wrona, Glen Ellen Vocational Academy (GEVA)  

 Chris Waller Racing: Enticing Star, TVG, Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund 

 Max Whitby: Sunlight, Ray Paulick (Paulick Report), Edwin J. Gregson Foundation

 TAB: Santa Ana Lane, Steve Byk (At the Races Radio), Race Track Chaplaincy of America (RTCA) 

 James Harron Bloodstock: Horse TBD, FanDuel, Women's Sports Foundation

 Godolphin: Horse TBD, Britney Eurton (TVG), New Vocations

“We’re very excited for the second year of ‘Climbing Everest’ as well as the third year of the TAB Everest itself," said 
David Haslett, president and CEO at Sky Racing World. "It’s a privilege to be part of this great industry and find unique ways to give back to our rich community. TVG will again be broadcasting live from Royal Randwick on Everest day so that North American audiences can enjoy this showcase event."


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