One of England's top breeders has died.
Back-to-back winner of the Ascot Gold Cup (Eng-I). That title now belongs to Royal Rebel just as such past heroes as Drum Taps, LeMoss, and Ardross.
Johannesburg, last year's Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) winner and Eclipse Award recipient, heads a field of 16 to run Saturday in the Golden Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot.
Trainer Aidan O'Brien wins many group races in Europe, but for the second straight day at Royal Ascot, he was upset in one of the meeting's major stakes.
Irish champion jockey Pat Smullen waited as long as he could, then unleashed Irresistible Jewel for a late run to get up and take the Ribblesdale Stakes (Eng-II) at Royal Ascot Thursday.
Romantic Liason provided Pat Eddery with win number 4,493, the Queen Mary Stakes (Eng-III) win at Royal Ascot Wednesday equaling Lester Piggott's number of victories. Only Richard Gordon, with 4,870, has more among English riders.
Running back on just a few days rest, Just James won the Jersey Stakes (Eng-III) Wednesday during the Royal Ascot meeting.
Frankie Dettori rode Grandera to victory in the Prince of Wales Stakes (Eng-I) at Royal Ascot on Wednesday, giving trainer Saeed bin Suroor his third successive win in the race.
Trainer Michael Petro has added Fuzzy Star to the list of starters for Sunday's $1 million Queen's Plate at Woodbine. The addition of Fuzzy Star increases the field to 14 for Canada's most prestigious race.
Trainer Aidan O'Brien notched his first victory of this year's Royal Ascot meeting when favored Rock of Gibraltar scored a 1 3/4-length victory in the group I St. James's Palace Stakes.
Statue of Liberty, a $1.3 million son of leading American sire Storm Cat, scored a three-quarter-length win in the Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot on Tuesday. The Coventry is Britain's first group race for 2-year-olds.
Irish jockey Johnny Murtagh guided Maktoum Al Maktoum's No Excuses Needed to a head win in the group II Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot.
Cooperation and congratulation were the main themes of the British Horseracing Board's annual meeting in London June 13. A major new initiative is a "far-reaching and all-encompassing review of the way forward for British racing."
Total handle dropped 4% and attendance declined 13% for the 2001-02 Hong Kong racing season that ended June 16.
The probity of British racing has come under the spotlight following a series of allegations of corruption within the sport. On June 11, a national television investigative program, Kenyon Confronts, raised claims that the majority of horse races in Britain were "bent" because trainers were running their horses at the wrong distance, on the wrong surface, or when they were palpably unfit in order to trick handicappers into giving them a lower rating.
Scuderia Rencati's Falbrav stormed by Godolphin's Narrative in the stretch to win Sunday's Gran Premio di Milano (Ity-I) at San Siro in Milan, Italy.
Della Francesca, one of 10 horses nominated to the American Triple Crown this year by trainer Aidan O'Brien, posted his first stakes triumph Wednesday when he won the Gallinule Stakes (Ire-III) at Leopardstown.
Prized gained his second southern hemisphere group I winner when his 4-year-old daughter Prized Gem landed the $500,000 (Australian funds) Brisbane Cup (Aust-I) at Eagle Farm on June 10.
The 126th Queensland Derby (Aust-I) on June 8 will be remembered for its Danzig trifecta, provided by County Tyrone and the fillies Galroof and Miss Bussell. The winner was in effect rectifying things for Danewin, the first-crop Danehill son a close second in the more important Australian and Victoria Derbys.
Of the many horses selected to advance the breed, few make the transition in careers with the cheers of adulation still ringing in their ears. Signing-off your track career with a grand flourish is elusive, but 4-year-old Show a Heart managed it in the $1 million (Australian funds) Stradbroke Handicap (Aust-1) on June 10.
Gestut Hony-Hof's Salve Regina, a full sister of 2000 German Derby winner Samum, pressed the pace then drew clear in the final furlong to win Sunday's Osterman Preis der Diana -- Deutsches Stuten-Derby (Ger-I) by 2/12 lengths at Mulheim.
Though Prince Ahmed Salman's War Emblem is going for the Triple Crown at Belmont Park on Saturday, the Saudi owner is not in attendance. A spokesman for the prince's Thoroughbred Corp. confirmed Saturday afternoon that Salman was in Saudi Arabia and not in New York.
Aidan O'Brien first, the rest nowhere. We are getting used to this scenario by now and it has never been better illustrated than in the running of the 2002 Vodafone Epsom Derby (Eng-I) on June 8.
The course for Saturday's Vodafone (Epsom) Derby is listed as soft Friday night but with more rain possible, the course may become softer by post time, according to a track official.
German-bred Kazzia beat Quarter Moon by a half-length Friday to win the Vodafone (English) Oaks (Eng-I) at Epsom. Also on the card, German-bred Boreal, a 4-year-old son of Java Gold, took the Vodafone Coronation Cup (Eng-I) as favored Kutub was eased.
Champion mare Rose Of Kingston, whose Secretariat colt Kingston Rule won the 1990 Melbourne Cup (Aust-I), has died at her birthplace, Kingston Park Stud at Merricks, Victoria, Australia.
When the five day confirmation deadline passed at noon Monday, 13 horses remained in the running for Saturday's 223rd renewal of the £1,380,000 Vodafone Derby at England's Epsom Downs.
Trainer James Chapman has remained busy this year travelling to Dubai and Singapore with Caller One and Western Pride and will saddle the both at the Royal Ascot meet in England in June. His stable recently added an international dimension as well with the acquisition of two formerly South American-based runners.
Light on experience but with a pedigree for the race, Sulamani takes the Prix du Jockey Club at Chantilly.
Trainer Aidan O'Brien entered four horses to run in Sunday's Prix du Jockey Club -- French Derby (Fr-I) at Chantilly, including Kentucky Derby (gr. I) participant Castle Gandolfo and Black Sam Bellamy, a full brother of Epsom and Irish Derby winner Galileo.
The third time proved lucky, and, at last unencumbered by traffic jams, Tanino Gimlet, got the chance to show his stuff--winning stuff--May 26 at Tokyo Racecourse.
Racing in the colors of Scudero Il Poggio for the final time, Rakti defeated Aidan O'Brien-trained Ballingarry by 1 1/2 lengths in Sunday's Derby Italiano (Ity-I) at the Capannelle.
Rebelline earned her third straight victory while turning the tables on the 1-2 finishers in her most recent defeat, winning Sunday's Tattersalls Gold Cup (Ire-I) by two lengths over Bach at The Curragh. Nayef, winner of last year's Dubai Champion Stakes (Eng-I) in which Rebelline finished eighth, came home 2 1/2 lengths farther back in third, with Champion Stakes runner-up Tobougg fifth of eight runners.
Rock of Gibraltar swept to the lead in the final furlong to easily win the Entenmann's Irish Two Thousand Guineas (Ire-I) Saturday at The Curragh, giving the Aidan O'Brien-trained horse a sweep of the English and Irish Guineas. O'Brien sent out the top three finishers in Saturday's race, giving the trainer an unprecedented sweep of this year's French, English, and Irish 2,000 Guineas.
Fight Your Corner, winner of the Chester Vase, will run in the Vodafone Epsom Derby. Sheikh Mohammed, who bought the colt to race in the colors of his son, Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed al Maktoum, made the decision to pay a £90,000 supplementary fee after consulting with Sheikh Hamdan and trainer Mark Johnston.
Dick Hern, who trained such outstanding runners as Nashwan, Brigadier Gerard, and Troy, is dead in England at the age of 81.
Based on pure chances, Aidan O'Brien has the best shot at winning the Vodafone Derby, with eight horses still eligible
Vodafone has renewed its sponsorship of the Epson Derby (Eng-I) for three years and has an option for a two-year extension.
Falvelon established himself as one of the best ever Australian sprinters with a successful defense of the Doomben 10,000 (Aust-I) in Brisbane on May 18.
Tully Thunder failed to parlay her Australasian Oaks victory (Aust-I) into success in the longer South Australian Oaks (Aust-I) at Morphettville on May 18. In the end, the Thunder Gulch filly was outstayed by She's Archie in the $250,000 (Australian funds) contest.
Best of the Bests rebounded from a seventh-place finish in the Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) to upset Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf (gr. IT) winner Banks Hill in the Prix d'Ispahan (Fr-I) on Sunday at Longchamp.
Aidan O'Brien has entered 13 horses, including his two classic winners so far this season, Rock Of Gibraltar and Landseer, for Europe's premier sprint, the Darley July Cup (Eng-I) at Newmarket on July 11. He has also entered the horse considered by most to be an unlucky loser of the Sagitta 2000 Guineas, Hawk Wing.
Moon Ballad, a 3-year-old chestnut son of Singspiel, earned his first stakes win in Wednesday's Dante Stakes (Eng-II) at York, England. Godolphin's Saeed bin Suroor trainee completed the extended 1 1/4 mile Epsom Derby (Eng-I) prep in 2:07.06 on good to firm ground.
The first southern generation of Pentire belatedly stepped up to center stage as Pantani collected the South Australian Derby (Aust-I) at Adelaide's Morphettville oval on May 11. It was close, the Danny Nikolic partnered Pantani hanging on by just a nose from Silver Baron, a son of former shuttler Defensive Play.
Khalid Abdullah's homebred filly Zenda led early, was headed midway through the mile race, then regrouped to win the Gainsborough Poule d'Essai des Pouliches--French One Thousand Guineas (Fr-I) by a length over Firth of Lorne (by Danehill) on Sunday at Longchamp. Sophisticat, a daughter of Storm Cat out of Serena's Song closed well to finish third.
The top three finishers from last months Prix de Fountainebleau (Fr-III) again filled the top three spots in Sunday's Gainsborough Poule d'Essai des Poulains--French Two Thousand Guineas (Fr-I), with Landseer winning the French classic by a length over Medecis. Bowman came home third.
Godolphin's Grandera made amends for a fifth-place finish in the Queen Elizabeth II Cup (HK-I) last month at Sha Tin with a win in the Singapore Airlines International Cup at Kranji Racecourse on Saturday.
Two North American horses, and one jockey, will compete Saturday in the international stakes races in Singapore.
The future racing career of Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) runner-up Milan remains uncertain after the 4-year-old suffered a fractured cannon bone during Monday's Peintre Celebre E.B.F. Mooresbridge Stakes at The Curragh.
Johannesburg and Castle Gandolfo, the respective eighth- and 12th-place finishers in Saturday's Kentucky Derby, left Churchill Downs early Sunday morning to be flown back to Ireland.
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