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How Lewis Hamilton is helping make racing greener

How Lewis Hamilton is helping make racing greener

Science
Lewis Hamilton isn't just the world's most successful Formula One driver ever, he's also a key backer of a new off-road electric vehicle racing series called Extreme E. The plan is that super-powered electric cars will race in some of the most remote locations on earth in an effort to - the organisers say - promote sustainability and encourage the take-up of electric vehicles.Our chief environment correspondent Justin Rowlatt has been sizing up the new series.Let's block ads! (Why?) BBC News - Science & Environment
Prep races for the Arc, Breeders’ Cup dominate weekend horse racing

Prep races for the Arc, Breeders’ Cup dominate weekend horse racing

Sports
Sept. 14 (UPI) -- A fascinating weekend of ups and downs included six "Win and You're In" races for the November Breeders' Cup World Championships and the long-feared announcement the event will be run Nov. 6-7 without fans in the stands at Keeneland. The qualifying races ran from France to Ireland to Kentucky Downs with at least a few of the Irish winners likely to accept the Breeders' Cup bids. In France, the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe was much more center stage in contenders planning -- but you never know. Advertisement Also, Barney Roy won in Germany, things started heating up in Japan, Hong Kong and Australia. The no-fans announcement was downer for fans, Keeneland, Lexington and Breeders' Cup but tempered at least for horsemen by a commitment to maintain the 2019 purse level of $ 31 ...
Met Mile, Los Alamitos Derby, top turf races at Belmont in weekend U.S. horse racing

Met Mile, Los Alamitos Derby, top turf races at Belmont in weekend U.S. horse racing

Sports
July 3 (UPI) -- The Met Mile and some magnificent turf races at Belmont Park, last-chance hopes for some Kentucky Derby hopefuls at Los Alamitos and the return of Delaware Park top weekend horse racing in North America. Bellafina is back in action at Los Al, exactly two years after she started her career on that track. Advertisement Let's hop to it: The Road to the Roses Five-time Kentucky Derby-winning trainer Bob Baffert's once bountiful supply of 2020 Derby contenders has dwindled sharply in the past month, thanks to injuries and retirements. So Thousand Words get another chance in a field of just five for Saturday's $ 150,000 Grade III Los Alamitos Derby. Thousand Words, a Pioneerof the Nile colt, won his first three starts, including the Grade II Los Alamitos Futurity in December ...
Pandemic creates action-packed weekend in European horse racing

Pandemic creates action-packed weekend in European horse racing

Sports
July 3 (UPI) -- A weekend like no other -- ever -- awaits horse racing fans in Europe and the U.K., as schedule changes forced by the COVID-19 pandemic find the Investec Derby and Oaks both run on Saturday on Epsom Downs and the French equivalents following just a day later across the Channel at Chantilly. And, for icing on the cake, two-time Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe winner Enable -- denied a triple in the iconic race last year -- kicks off her return campaign Sunday in the Coral-Eclipse at Sandown. Advertisement The pandemic truly has created havoc in racing and the Derby for the first time will be run with no spectators in the stands, or even on the adjacent hill, long popular with racegoers. But these two days of racing will be something to remember. Here's a look: The Derby Th...
Big guns return to the track in weekend horse racing

Big guns return to the track in weekend horse racing

Sports
June 5 (UPI) -- Some big guns return to the track this weekend as horse racing really breaks out of the pandemic shutdown with the likes of McKinzie, Improbable, Higher Power, Code of Honor and Firenze Fire back in action from coast to coast. We've got the results of the French 2,000 and 1,000 Guineas equivalents and a look at the British versions coming Saturday and Sunday. Advertisement There's also a heavyweight showdown in the Coronation Cup in England, and Almond Eye is back in action in Japan. The Santa Anita Derby and Oaks renew the long slog toward the big races in Louisville at the start of September. With the sudden burst of excitement as racing returns, look for handicapping help to all-around expert Jude Feld, whose entertaining and informative ruminations reside at popejude....