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As jockey Sam Collett was thanking her lucky stars, favourite punters were cursing their misfortune.
Animal rights activists have called for an end to greyhound racing after the revelation 353 dogs were euthanised this year.
The subject of one of the most viewed harness racing photos in the world this year is eyeing up a race track comeback.
Horse racing junkies and animal welfare activists often clash, yet each proclaims to have the horses' best interests at heart, with love for the muscle-toned speedsters at the centre of all they do.
Police have laid a further 13 charges in relation to an unprecedented police inquiry into harness race-fixing and drug offending.
A driver and his horse appear to have escaped serious injury after a "phenomenally unlucky" crash at Addington Raceway in Christchurch.
Australian rugby league tough guy Paul Gallen admits he doesn't know much about racing, but he's enjoying beginner's luck.
Dual Group I winner Savvy Coup will remain in Australia after failing to fire in a two-start campaign in Melbourne and will join the Sydney stable of Chris Waller.
Winning driver Natalie Rasmussen was fined $2500 and handed a two-week suspension for excessive whip use on Thefixer near the finish of Tuesday's $800,000 New Zealand Trotting Cup.
Only a handful of races to go, including the NZ Trotting Cup, as punters soak up the festive atmosphere at Addington Raceway in Christchurch.
Tiger Tara and Australian driver Todd McCarthy looked as though they would spoil the Natalie Rasmussen and Mark Purdon party with a win in the $800,000 New Zealand Trotting Cup, only for Rasmussen and Thefixer to have the last say.
If you think applying the lippy and mascara for Cup Day is an effort, spare a thought for the competitive body artists.
Waikato student Elise Stables' decision to take a year off to travel will lead her on an adventure through the toughest horse race in the world.