horse capital of the world: Marion County, FL Wins the Race - 05/04/15 12:20 AM

The colt that received his early training by Marion County-based J.B. McKathan, has put Ocala horse racing on the map once again! 
 
This past Saturday, American Pharoah crossed the finish line, winning the $2.2 million 141st Kentucky Derby by a length. 
 
As the race favorite at 3-1 odds the Marion County-connected Thoroughbred pulled ahead to win in the last 100 yards.
 
 
Twelve of the 18 horses in the race had Marion County-area connections before launching racing careers that qualified them for one of the most prestigious races in the world.  
 
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horse capital of the world: How the Ocala/Marion County, FL Horse Industry Started with a Rose - 02/18/15 11:30 PM
The Ocala, FL Horse Industry Started with a Rose? 
Yes, it is true. 
We have a gentleman by the name of Carl Rose to thank for our thriving equine industry in Marion County, Florida.  In 1939, Carl Rose built Rosemere Farm on land that would eventually become home to the College of Central Florida and Paddock Mall.
I wonder he had a crystal ball to envision just how much the horse industry would mean to our area three-quarters of a century later?
$2.62 Billion Dollars- The yearly amount of  monetary impact the horse industry has on our "Horse Capital … (2 comments)

horse capital of the world: California Chrome Fails to Take Ocala's Crown! - 06/07/14 11:02 PM
California Chrome Fails to Take Ocala's Crown As Horse Capital of the World!
 
No crown for Chrome "Elmont, N.Y. — Marion County held onto its 36-year title as home to the reigning Triple Crown winner when Belmont Stakes favorite California Chrome’s hopes of sweeping all three classic races crumbled Saturday. Tonalist, at 9-1 odds, won the race.""
 
By Fred Hiers
Staff writer
 
Published: Saturday, June 7, 2014 at 7:45 p.m.  
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horse capital of the world: Ocala Horses Star in Hunger Games movie - 11/27/13 08:51 PM
Ocala Horses Star in Hunger Games movie  
Another feather in Ocala and Marion County's Horse Capital Cap!
"When Lionsgate Films contacted Tom Warriner almost two years ago about the herd of black Friesians he oversees at the Grand Oaks Resort and Museum in southern Marion County, he never thought two of them, Dieuwe and Tristan, would play prominent roles in the recent released film “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.”
 
The pair were among 17 Friesians used in the movie, but Dieuwe and Tristan were the two chosen to pull the chariot carrying the two main characters, Katniss Everdeen, played … (3 comments)

horse capital of the world: Disney World in Ocala? - 11/26/13 02:24 AM
Disney World in Ocala?
"Consider Disney World in Ocala, the Ocala Philharmonic Orchestra, or the Ocala Magic playing in the Ocala Amway Center this weekend.
How about Universal Studios theme park off State Road 200, and SeaWorld Ocala not much further out, with an international airport hauling in tourists by the thousands each year?
It could have been.
On Nov. 20, 1963, Walt Disney flew in his private plane to Tampa and drove to Ocala the next day to consider Marion County as the site of his next theme park: Disney World."
By Fred Hiers
Staff writer Published: Thursday, November 21, 2013 at … (6 comments)

horse capital of the world: Good day for Marion horses - 11/02/13 01:49 AM
Good day for Marion horses 2 wins, 1 third in 5 races!
 
"ARCADIA, Calif. — Friday was a good day at the track for Marion County-connected horses. Two wound up in the winner's circle and another took third place during the first of two days of Breeders' Cup racing at Santa Anita Park."
By Fred Hiers
Staff writer Published: Friday, November 1, 2013 at 9:22 p.m.  
 
See also:
Marion County Well Represented at Breeders' Cup
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horse capital of the world: The "New Ocala" Florida Yankees? - 10/25/13 09:50 PM
The "New Ocala" Florida Yankees?
 
Yankees talk on Tuesday, negotiated deal in hand  
"After announcing nearly a year ago it was in discussions with the New York Yankees about the possibility of relocating the Yankees' Class A Advanced affiliate minor league team to Ocala from Tampa, city staff will present an agreement it has negotiated with the Yankees to the City Council at Tuesday's workshop meeting for consideration."
 
 
By Susan Latham Carr
Staff writer  
Published: Friday, October 25, 2013 at 5:55 p.m. Horse Capital of the World with baseball?  We'll have to see!!
 
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horse capital of the world: Ocala Ready to rock at City Hall - 07/20/13 03:07 AM

Ocala Ready to rock at City Hall  
"American Idol," "The X-Factor," "The Voice" and other TV singing contests feature talented people from all walks of life, from every corner of the country. But this little corner of the country also has its share of undiscovered singers and bands. Some of them will perform Friday, July 19, in downtown Ocala. The free show will not have the fanfare of Ryan Seacrest or the voting masses, but it will have original music and hundreds of local fans." By Keith Chartrand
Correspondent
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horse capital of the world: Three Firsts and a Triple Play for Marion! - 06/13/13 04:19 AM
Three Firsts and a Triple Play for Marion! Ok, Marion County, the Horse Capital of the World did not supply a Triple Crown winner.  But it did figure into the background and training of all three winners in the prestiges races that potentially make a Triple Crown. Palace Malice scores upset in Belmont Stakes "ELMONT, N.Y. -- A late bloomer took the third leg of the Triple Crown on Saturday when Marion County-connected Palace Malice won the Belmont Stakes — beating out two other horses that also have local ties."  
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horse capital of the world: Ocala, the Horse Capital of the World, Gears up for the Derby - 05/01/13 10:20 PM
Ocala, the Horse Capital of the World, Gears up for the Derby If Wikipedia says so; then it is so! Nickname(s): Horse Capital of the World https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ocala,_Florida
    Ok for real!   Ocala does have a derby coming up! Racers gear up for Ocala Soap Box Derby  
What/where is Ocala?
 
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horse capital of the world: Horsing event kicks off Thursday at Live Oak - 03/21/13 10:43 PM
Horsing event kicks off Thursday at Live Oak What: Live Oak International Equestrian Show
When: March 21st-24th
Where: Live Oak Plantation, 2215 SW 11th Ave. Ocala, Fl.
Who: Everyone and Anyone
Tickets: $10, $5 for children 12 and under
Who to Contact: Event Organizers 352-873-9407
Contact Information: www.liveoakinternational.com
 
 
 
 
    By Carlos E. Medina
Correspondent   Published: Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 11:38 a.m. Last Modified: Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 11:38 a.m.  
"When the first Live Oak International was held 21 years ago, Chester Weber was 16 years old and unable to compete because he was too young.   In the years since, … (2 comments)

horse capital of the world: Grab Your Piece of The Horse Capital of The World! - 11/19/12 11:23 PM
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horse capital of the world: Four of Nine Winners Marion County Bred - 11/05/12 07:58 PM
Four of Nine Winners Marion County Bred   Ocala and Marion County puts another stake in it's claim to be The Horse Capital of the World   Breeders' Cup winner Fort Larned was broken in Reddick   "Breeders' Cup horses that once called Marion County home paid off handsomely on the second day of the two-day Breeders' Cup. Marion horses won four of the nine races: the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic, the Breeders' Cup Turf, the Breeders' Cup Sprint and the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint."         … (2 comments)

horse capital of the world: Ocala Town Square and Farmers Market - 10/05/12 12:49 AM
Ocala Town Square and Farmers Market
Most towns seem to be adding farmers market. But only the Horse Capital of the World can blend the local town square, the horses, and a farmers market into the the experience offered in Ocala.
Ocala, FL is the Horse Capitol of the World, renowned for it's over 600 Thoroughbred farms.
This short video captures some of the excitement and charm.
 
 
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horse capital of the world: More News from Ocala, The Horse Capital of the World! - 09/06/12 08:12 PM
 More News from Ocala, The Horse Capital of the World!

 
 
More horse news from Ocala, The Horse Capital of the world..
 
 
To Honor and Serve, a colt owned by Ocala-based Live Oak Plantation, just won the Grade 1 Woodward Stakes at Saratoga last Saturday.

 
 
We are so proud of this local horse who has not had the easiest road to victory with a ligament injury and some close racing losses.

On the morning after To Honor and Serve's game neck victory over Mucho Macho Man in the $750,000 Woodward Sept. 1, the … (4 comments)

horse capital of the world: Preakness AND Kentucky Derby Winner from "The Horse Capital of the World" - 05/19/12 11:55 PM
Preakness AND Kentucky Derby Winner from "The Horse Capital of the World"
Some challenged, Ocala has long claimed to be "The Horse Capital of the World" and now I'll Have Another adds to that claim.
Kentucky Derby Winner from "The Horse Capital of the World"
But Ocala gets another stake in that claim!!!
I'll Have Another Wins the Preakness Stakes
 

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horse capital of the world: Kentucky Derby Winner from "The Horse Capital of the World" - 05/08/12 08:09 PM
Kentucky Derby Winner from "The Horse Capital of the World"
 
I'll Have Another Wins 2012 Kentucky Derby At Churchill Downs  
and Ocala, Florida claims another victory!  
Ocala has long claimed to be "The Horse Capital of the World" and now I'll Have Another adds to that claim.  
 
In fact, "At least 11 of the 20 horses running in today's Kentucky Derby once called the Ocala area home." Horse Captial of the World says Wikipedia!  
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horse capital of the world: What/where is Ocala? - 11/08/11 10:09 PM
Where/what is Ocala?
    Ocala, FL is the Horse Capitol of the World, renowned for it's over 600 Thoroughbred farms.
We're near the heart of central Florida, providing easy access to both coasts, and the airports in Orlando, Tampa, Jacksonville and let's not forget Gainesville, home of the Gators! It only takes a few minutes to travel north for an exciting football or basketball game.
We're proud to be the home of the world famous glass bottom boats at Silver Springs, and we're within driving distance of Rainbow Springs.     For those who enjoy water sports. Lake Weir and Lake Kerr provide … (5 comments)

 
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