Craig Williams, who steered the great Australian Miss Finland to over $4 million in prize money before sensationally and publicly sacked from riding her two weeks back, was smiling broadly half way down the stretch in the group I Futurity Stakes at Caulfield March 1.
Saturday's listed AJC Gimcrack Stakes for 2-year-old fillies at Royal Randwick in Australia on Saturday will be sponsored by the Keeneland Association.
The Breeders' Cup World Championships should be run in Britain, British Horseracing Authority chairman Paul Roy reiterated Feb. 25 and, if that is not possible, then the country should stage its own world championship event.
Vengeance of Rain may be retired but there will be no respite for his intended Dubai Sheema Classic opposition, with Viva Pataca's dominating victory in the HK$8 million Citi Hong Kong Gold Cup (2,000m) Feb. 23 proving he's ripe and ready for the world stage.
Favored Vermilion, Japan's champion dirt horse last year, dominated the field in his debut for 2008 with a 1 3/4-length win in the February Stakes (Jpn-I) at Tokyo racecourse Feb. 24 before a crowd of 53,029.
The AUS$1 million Arrowfield Blue Diamond Stakes (Aus-I) at Caulfield on Feb. 23, the first of three mega juvenile races in Australia over the next four weeks, was taken out by a familar combination in jockey Dwayne Dunn along with trainer David Hayes.
Despite being the baby of the field and having not raced for four months, Weekend Hussler easily won the Oakleigh Plate (Aus-I) over 5 1/2 furlongs at Caulfield in Australia on Feb. 23.
Sun Classique overcame a troubled trip to post a gutsy neck victory over Many Colours in the listed Balanchine Stakes at Nad al Sheba Feb. 22.
Archipenko provided yet another stakes win for the powerhouse Mike de Kock racing stable as he rolled to an impressive two-length victory in the Al Fahidi Fort (UAE-II) at Nad al Sheba Feb. 21.
Horse of the Year Curlin looked in great shape Feb. 20 when he took his first look at the main dirt track of Nad Al Sheba, home to his main target, the $6million Dubai World Cup (UAE-I), sponsored by Emirates Airline.
With entries for the William Inglis & Son Easter broodmare sale closing Feb. 22, Inglis confirmed the auction will feature the complete unreserved dispersal of the Swettenham Stud broodmare band.
Alec Wildenstein, co-owner of a prominent racing stable with his brother, Guy, died Feb. 18 in Paris after a long illness.
Argentine classic winner Joe Louis surged past a tiring Premium Tap and won Saudi Arabia's most prestigious race, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Cup, for Prince Sultan bin Mohammed bin Saud Al Kabeer on Feb. 15 at Al Janadriah racecourse.
Apache Cat, the most popular racehorse in Australia, added not only to his growing bag of group I wins, but pretty much convinced his connections a trip to England is now a viable option after he blew away a top class field in the six-furlong Australia Stakes at Moonee Valley on Saturday, Feb. 16.
Stonestreet Stables' Curlin shipped into Gulfstream Park Feb. 15 and will spend the evening in the barn of trainer Steve Asmussen before flying to Dubai Feb. 16.
The 2008 Goffs' February Sale concluded Thursday with steep declines in total and average prices when compared with the same sale in 2007.
Honour Devil provided trainer Mike de Kock with a perfect birthday gift as he gamely held off stablemate Royal Vintage by a half-length to capture the UAE 2000 Guineas (UAE-III) Feb. 14.
Hope continues to spring in abundance, if perhaps not eternally, at the Shadai Stallion Station in Japan that War Emblem will overcome his mysterious disdain for breeding.
Champion Ouija Board is said to be "doing fine" after giving birth to her first foal, a bay colt by Kingmambo.
Traditionally a brilliant stallion making race, this year's rivetting rendition boasted nine previous group I winners, and the remaining seven runners had all placed at group I level.
Cocoa Beach rolled to an impressive 5 1/4-length win in the listed UAE 1000 Guineas on the fifth night of the Dubai International Racing Carnival at Nad al Sheba Feb. 8. The victory highlighted a four-win evening for trainer Saeed bin Suroor.
European top jockey Kieran Fallon, banned from racing for 18 months by the French racing authority, was denied his appeal of the sentence which was issued after a failed drugs test, the Racing Post reported Feb. 8.
Trainer Mike de Kock and jockey Kevin Shea teamed up to capture the two stakes races that highlighted the fourth evening of the Dubai Racing Carnival at Nad al Sheba Feb. 7.
House In Wood (Fr), dam of the grade I Garden City Stakes winner Alexander Tango (Ire), topped yesterday's one-day Tattersalls February Sale in Newmarket.
Bloodstock legend Sir Philip Payne-Gallwey, a lynchpin in the success of the Niarchos family's racing and breeding operation, died Feb. 3 at his home in Newbury, England.
Jockey Johnny Murtagh is "really looking forward" to his new role as retained rider to the powerful triumvirate of John Magnier, Michael Tabor, and Derrick Smith -- the main owners involved in the Coolmore breeding and trainer operation.
The racing career of Australia's iron maiden, multiple group I winner Gold Edition, is over after she resumed from a spell in the group I Lightning Stakes on 2 February at Flemington and failed to run a place.
And so the record setting continues. As the fourth day of the New Zealand National Yearling Sale at Karaka ended, bringing down the curtain on day two of the Select portion of the sale, records fell in all categories yet again. Leading the charge was the top price paid for a colt by freshman sire Scaredee Cat, a troubled but powerful sprinter on his day who won in Australia up to group 11 level, who now stands at Waikato Stud.
A Redoute's Choice yearling colt brings seven-figure price in New Zealand.
A filly by One Cool Cat sells for NZ$925,000.
Saeed Bin Suroor will be the new trainer of group II winner Happy Boy, following his purchase by Sheikh Hamdan.
Heavy favorite Asiatic Boy powered to an impressive 1 1/4-length victory in the Al Shindagha Sprint (UAE-III) at Nad al Sheba Jan. 24.
Diabolical, winner of the Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap (gr. II) at Saratoga in 2007, will make his debut in the Godolphin silks Jan. 24 in the Al Shindagha Sprint (UAE-III).
Tattersalls purchased the share in William Inglis and Son that was owned by Reg Inglis, former chief executive officer.
The upcoming years in Australia will be effected in many ways following the devastation that was equine influenza, in particular on the racetracks. For instance, while Victoria remained, astonishingly, EI free for the duration of the crisis in Australia, broodmare owners in Victoria had no option but to send their mares to Victorian based stallions. As a result we now have a set of statistics that defy belief.
Mainland China authorities are reportedly paving the way for the reintroduction of horse racing with legal betting, with the city of Wuhan to host a test run after the Beijing Olympics. Xinhua news agency reported Thursday that the central government had approved the establishment of regular horse racing at the Orient Lucky City racecourse in the capital of Hubei province this past September, and was considering the introduction of gambling on the races next year.
Graeme Rogerson became the most successful horse trainer in New Zealand after he notched win number 1,878 in New Zealand when Minno Noir won at Tauherenikau yesterday.
The interstate shipping of horses in Eastern Australia is just beginning again, four months after an equine influenza outbreak shutdown racing and delayed the breeding season in New South Wales and Queensland. The horses were mostly yearlings entered in the Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearing sale
Only 114 days following the discovery of equine influenza (EI) at Centennial Park in Sydney, Australia, 66 sale horses from New South Wales will make the journey across the Murray River into Victoria on Monday.
Sealy Hill, by Point Given, dominated the 33rd Sovereign Awards Dec. 14, walking away with three awards, including Canada's Horse of the Year honors.
Incredible figures were returned at Tattersalls December Mare Sale in Newmarket, England, over four days, December 3 to 6.
The 2007 Thoroughbred Breeders? Association (TBA) annual awards acknowledge the notable achievements of a diverse selection of British breeders, and 13 of the 15 were announced on Dec 9.
A partnership assembled by bloodstock agent Ben McElroy has purchased grade I winner Gun Salute and intends to send the 5-year-old son of Military to compete in the 2008 Dubai International Racing Carnival.
The Tattersalls December Breeding Stock sale lost considerable momentum on Wednesday, when gross sales fell 47% but overall the sale is still quite strong.
Douglas Whyte aimed for a record and stole a title in a remarkable night of action at Happy Valley Racecourse Dec. 5, with an adoring public roaring their approval for the new Cathay Pacific International Jockeys Championship hero.
An electric day's trade in Newmarket at the December Sale yesterday produced an aggregate of over 36 million gns ($70,718,740), the highest turnover ever seen in a day at a European bloodstock auction with no less than three lots making 3 million gns ($5.89 million) or more.
John Ferguson purchased a quartet of 3-year-olds for a total of 10.1 million gns ($19,840,540) on a lively opening breeding stock session of the Tattersalls December Sale in Newmarket yesterday. He also set a new European record for a filly when he bought Satwa Queen for 3.4 millin gns (nearly $6.7 million).
Host, a grade I winner for owner Eugene Melnyk, has been bought by an Australian group that will stand him at stud.
There was no black type involved and the race was only worth $100,000, but the clash of group I sprinting Australian icons Takeover Target and Dance Hero over six furlongs at Royal Randwick on Saturday was as good an advertisement for horse racing as could be.
Jim Fleming, a former chairman of the Sydney Turf Club and an influential Australian owner-breeder, died on Saturday after a short illness. He was 75.
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