Māori horse-breeder’s second outing at Karaka Million sees two horses racing

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Following a lotto windfall, Lou Te Keeti was able
to fulfil a life-long dream of being in the horse racing
industry. As Whatitiri Te Wake reports, for the second time, he’s secured a spot
in the annual Karaka Million race. They’re sisters
and they’re racing in the Karakia Million race. Their owner, Lou Te Keeti, says he’s lucky to have even secured
a spot to race in this special race. They’ve both won; the older one has won
and the younger one as well. They’re strong. We’re lucky they’re in the race. The race has been running
for 94 years. This is the part of the tournament where horse owners choose
which barrier their horse runs from. Graeme Rogerson is a professional
at training horses. He says the horses are ready
for the big race tomorrow. In 2017, Te Keeti won Lotto
to the tune of 10 million dollars. He says it was the money
that enabled him to breed horses. My elders, they got into it. Now, it’s a passion of mine
and my wife to follow the horses and the races. The races are all set to go tomorrow
at the Ellerslie Racecourse, Auckland. Whatitiri Te Wake, Te Karere.


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