Sunday, December 13, 2009

Congratulations Hong Kong! (sport, horseracing)

It was a big weekend in sports in Hong Kong. As hosts of the East Asian Games this year, Hong Kong's football (soccer) team managed to pull off a huge upset to win the gold medal. To understand how big of a feat this was, I think they were underdogs just to make the semifinals. Just goes to show that home field advantage is always a factor in sports.

The other big sporting event of the weekend was the Hong Kong International Races (horseracing), truly the world turf championships. The sprint had one of the deepest horse racing fields ever assembled with multiple group 1 winners from a myriad of racing jurisdictions. In the end, Sacred Kingdom regained his crown as the world's best sprinter, beating three other Hong Kong horses as Hong Kong swept the superfecta. Hong Kong also showed its dominance in the Mile event, again having the first four home as Good Ba Ba won the event a historic third consecutive time. Collection also ran well for Hong Kong in the main event Cup, coming in second to probably the best mile and a quarter turf horse in training right now.

It's a great time to be a Hong Kong sports fan!

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