SANTA ANITA-BASED STORM THE COURT IS NAMED 2-YEAR-OLD ECLIPSE CHAMPION MALE; SCHEDULED TO MAKE HIS 3-YEAR-OLD DEBUT IN THE GRADE II, $200,000 SAN VICENTE STAKES SUNDAY, FEB. 9

first_imgSANTA ANITA-BASED STORM THE COURT IS NAMED 2-YEAR-OLD ECLIPSE CHAMPION MALE; COLT BY COURT VISION IS SCHEDULED TO MAKE HIS 3-YEAR-OLD DEBUT IN THE GRADE II, $200,000 SAN VICENTE STAKES SUNDAY, FEB. 9ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 24, 2020)–A longshot no more, trainer Peter Eurton’s Santa Anita-based Storm the Court was an overwhelming 147-51 selection as the nation’s Eclipse Champion 2-year-old Male, as was announced last night at the 49th annual Eclipse Awards gala held at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale, Florida.By Court Vision, out of the Tejano Run mare My Tejana Storm, Storm the Court, who finished 96 votes clear of runner-up Structor, won his Eclipse on the strength of his gutty gate to wire triumph in the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Juvenile here on Nov. 1, a race in which he prevailed by a head and paid $93.80 to win.“We had no idea on how the vote would go, so we’re obviously elated,” said Eurton, who returned early this morning from Gulfstream.  “We weren’t about to count our chickens before they hatched, but it is very gratifying and we’re excited about running in the San Vicente.“He’s a late foal (May 5, 2017), so he’s still growing.  He’s filled out some since the Breeders’ Cup and he’s training well.”A well beaten third in Santa Anita’s Grade I American Pharoah Stakes on Sept. 27, Storm the Court’s connections were undeterred and the colt responded with his Breeders’ Cup triumph at odds of 45-1.  With the winner’s share of $1.1 million, Storm the Court now has total earnings of $1,172,951–not bad for a horse that was purchased for $60,000 at the Ocala Breeders April 2-year-old in Training Sale.“This is definitely a once in a lifetime deal,” said part owner Dan Hudock, who resides in nearby Glendora with his wife Rosalyn.  “I told my wife this is a million to one shot, if you think we can do this twice, you’re crazy!  I’m really a nobody, but I’ve been doing this for 35 years and for 32 of those, I was dealing with claiming horses.“I’ve done the math and a $20,000 claimer costs just as much to maintain as Storm the Court.  We’ve been with Pete for three years now and with this horse, we don’t see a vet bill, he gets shoes, Lasix for workouts and a couple carrots!  We had no idea if we’d win.  We stayed home and watched the whole thing…My phone was ringing all night.”With two wins from four starts at age two, Storm the Court, who has been ridden in all of his races by Flavien Prat, worked five furlongs this past Sunday and is scheduled to make his 3-year-old debut in Santa Anita’s Grade II, $200,000 San Vicente Stakes at seven furlongs on Feb. 9.“A couple more works will tighten the screws up a little bit,” said Eurton following the work, which was completed in 1:00.30 in tandem with Prat.  “I’ve got pictures of Flavien pulling up with a smile on his face.  He’s very pleased and that makes me happy.”last_img read more

A record of 579 billion dollars overnight spend

A record of 579 billion dollars overnight spend

first_imgA record of 57.9 billion dollars overnight spendAustralia’s domestic visitor economy continues to set new records with the latest figures for 2015 revealing strong growth in overnight trips, nights and expenditure said the Tourism & Transport Forum Australia (TTF).The National Visitor Survey released today by Tourism Research Australia has confirmed that in the year ending December 2015, there were 87.1 million overnights trips (up 7 per cent), 322 million visitor nights (up 4 per cent) and $57.9 billion in overnight expenditure (up 6 per cent).Daytrip expenditure rose by six per cent to $19 billion for the year, alongside a nine percent increase in daytrips to 179.6 million.“This is another fantastic result for Australia’s domestic visitor economy and just goes to show that the Australian love affair with seeing and experiencing the delights of our own island nation is only growing,” said Margy Osmond, TTF CEO.“NSW continues to lead the charge with $16.1 billion in overnight visitor expenditure followed closely by Queensland ($14.5 billion) and Victoria ($12.1 billion).“The ACT (25 per cent) and Tasmania (20 per cent) have seen double digit growth in overnight visitor expenditure in the past 12 months – a great result for these two markets that highlights the value of investing in the visitor economy. Tasmania is a standout with double digit growth in all three indicators.“Western Australia ($6.7 billion), South Australia ($3.5 billion) and the Northern Territory ($1.5 billion) are performing very strongly with at least 6 per cent growth in visitor expenditure over the past year.“Together with the strong performance in Australia’s international visitor market, total overnight visitor expenditure reached a record $94.5 billion meaning our nation’s visitor economy is well positioned to be a job and economic growth generator for years to come.“Today’s figures only serve to emphasise why Government should back the visitor economy as one of the pillars of Australia’s future economy.“A strong partnership between Government and industry is the approach we need to take the visitor economy to the next level, by encouraging more Australians to explore their homeland and attracting more international visitors to our shores, through cutting the cost of visas and improving the visitor experience.” Tourism & Transport ForumSource = Tourism & Transport Forum Australialast_img read more