A record 194 horses were nominated to the 2003 Queen Plate, with Wando named the 7-2 winterbook favorite. The 1 1/4-mile race is set for June 22 at Woodbine.
Godolphin's Sulamani and Grandera head a list of outstanding runners entered for Dubai's inaugural Super Saturday at Nad Al Sheba, the preview for the Dubai World Cup meeting held three weeks later. Sulamani and Grandera are both entered in third round of the Al Maktoum Challenge (UAE-II) and are also entered in the two turf programs on the card.
Gay Smith's favored Thady Quill closed from midpack on the final turn to take the $110,000 Sandy Lane Barbados Gold Cup Saturday at Garrison Savannah Racetrack near Bridgetown, Barbados.
The 29th Asian Racing Conference in Auckland, New Zealand from March 1-6 is being staged to strengthen the Asian Racing Federation's position in global racing.
On March 29 Arlington Park will serve North and South America as the simulcast host for the Dubai World Cup, the world's richest race and the first of the 14-part International World Series Racing Championship.
John Kelly, patriarch of Australia's high-ranking Newhaven Park, died on Feb. 22 at age 86. A highly-respected figure in the Australian Thoroughbred breeding and racing industry, Kelly had been ill for several years.
Woodbine Entertainment Group announced a record stakes
schedule worth $19 million for its upcoming 2003 Woodbine Thoroughbred meet.
Irish-bred Moon Ballad, owned by the Godolphin racing stable and ridden by Frankie Dettori, won the Group III Sheikh Maktoum Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Challenge (Round II) at the United Arab Emirates' Nad Al Sheba Thursday.
Hong Kong champion Fairy King Prawn and Jeune King Prawn have been retired. Both champions raced for Philip S.H. Lau and were trained by Ivan Allen
Ipi Tombe, owned American-based Team Valor, Winstar Farm and Sunmark Partners, set a course record for 1 mile at Nad Al Sheba Thursday.
The William Inglis & Son sales company in Australia will waive its commission on horses which do not achieve their reserve at its upcoming auctions of broodmares and weanlings, May 23, 25, and 26.
Sunshine Millions Turf hero Adminniestrator is expected to make his next start in either the March 15 San Luis Rey Handicap (gr. IIT) at 1 ½ miles over Santa Anita's turf course, the nine-furlong Singapore Classic (gr. IIIT), which will be contested on March 7 at Singapore Racecourse, or the 10-furlong Singapore International Cup (gr. IT), which will be run at on May 17, according to trainer Paddy Gallagher.
The longest running of the two British horseracing television channels, the Racing Channel, closed Jan. 31 after more than seven years on the air.
A bronze statue of the Queen Mother is to be unveiled at Cheltenham Racecourse by Her Majesty the Queen on Tote Cheltenham Gold Cup Day, Thursday, March 13.
The three-day premier yearling sale conducted by New Zealand Bloodstock that ended today saw a decline in both gross and average from a year ago.
The Dubai World Cup committee has issued more than 80 invitations for the March 29 World Cup races at Nad Al Sheba Race Course in the United Arab Emirates. The second round of nominations closed Jan. 15 with 1,401 horses, representing 25 countries, being nominated to one of the seven World Cup series races.
Things slowed a bit today, the second day of the New Zealand premier yearling sale at Karaka, but the gross and average were both still ahead of last year's figures.
The gross and average were up sharply at the opening session Monday of the New Zealand National Yearling sale at Karaka.
Anthony Penfold, the racing and bloodstock manager to Fahd Salman for many years, has been appointed stud manager and bloodstock and racing adviser for Roger Baines's Britton House Stud, which is based in Somerset, England.
The Japanese owner-trainer team that attempted to win the 1999 Arc de Triomphe (Fr-I) with El Condor Pasa announced their intention to target the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) with Sushi Train, a Deputy Minister colt who has won his only two starts in Japan by a combined 19 lengths.
Elusive City was disqualified Wednesday from two British successes -- a maiden race at Lingfield on July 17 and the Gerrard Investment Management Richmond Stakes (Eng-II) at Goodwood on July 30. The ruling has a major impact in North America on the list for leading freshman sire by earnings.
Rock of Gibraltar, a finalist for Horse of the Year honors in the U.S. on the basis of a runner-up effort in the Breeders' Cup Mile, has been rated the top horse on the International Classifications released in London, England on Wednesday.
Be My Royal, winner of the one the biggest races of the National Hunt season to date, faces disqualification in connection with a rash of positive drug tests for traces of morphine in British and Irish races due to contaminated feed.
A successful senior business person, with an extensive record in running high-profile companies and a strong interest in horses and breeding, is being sought to be the new chairman of Britain's National Stud which occupies 500 acres in Newmarket, England.
The outgoing chairman of Britain's Thoroughbred Breeders' Association has recommended that a "supervisory board" should be implemented to establish broad policy and monitor the work of British Horseracing Board and the Jockey Club.
The JRA has announced its list of 2002 champions, with American-bred Symboli Kris S. taking top honors as Japan's Horse of the Year.
Forty Niner left behind more than just memories of his dominating racing days before heading to Japan to continue his stallion career. The champion son of Mr. Prospector left behind a slew of sons who are making a mark on North America's sire lists. Four of the top 20 first-crop stallions by progeny earnings in 2002, including the runner-up, Distorted Humor, are sons of Forty Niner.
English apprentice jockey Philip Greally died Friday after he was kicked in the head by a horse in a freak accident.
Breeders' prizes in Britain will be worth 30% more in 2003 after the Levy Board decided to allocate £2,400,000, an increase of £565,000 over the amount budgeted for this year.
The relative strengths of the breeding industries in the main European countries can be partially gauged by looking at the level of stallion contributions to the European Breeders' Fund in 2002.
Sheikh Mohammed's hard-hitting speech at the Gimcrack dinner at York Racecourse, England, on December 10 was broadly welcomed by those in British racing.
Sheikh Mohammed's involvement in Japanese racing is to be stepped up next year, with six 2-year-old colts set to race for Darley Japan, probably based at Funabashi Racecourse.
For the third consecutive year, a member of the Danehill line brought a record-breaking price on Friday at the Hong Kong International Sale.
Citing delay in organizational restructuring, the racing director of the British Horseracing Board resigned one year after taking up his post.
Hong Kong-based horses win three races on the International card.
Peter Nugent, a former director of Tattersalls in England and Ireland, died at age 83.
Seven sons of the wildly successful and popular stallion Danehill top a list of 37 horses that will be offered Friday night at the fifth annual Hong Kong International Sale.
South African Douglas Whyte earned points in all three races Wednesday night at Happy Valley Racecourse to become the first Hong Kong-based rider to win the International Jockeys' Championship.
In a speech delivered on his behalf by Michael Osborne in York, England, on Tuesday, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum called for increased purses in British racing, with the ultimate goal being improved pay and working conditions for stable employees.
With no Triple Crown winner and no dominant performer in the turf or handicap divisions, the 2002 Canadian Horse of the Year title was anybody's race, with the honor going to Wake at Noon.
Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) winner Domedriver was scratched from Sunday's Hong Kong Mile (HK-I) at Sha Tin after veterinarians discovered he was lame in his right hind leg. Trainer Pascal Barry said the lameness was due to an abcess in his right hind leg.
By Ray Paulick -- The battle between Elusive Quality and Distorted Humor to be leading freshman sire in North America could be decided in a hearing room of the Jockey Club of England next month.
The regulatory bodies for racing in England and Ireland said in a joint statement they are "gravely concerned" over 20 test samples that screened positive for morphine taken from horses racing in those two countries in recent days.
The latest in the series of end-of-year awards ceremonies in Britain was held on Monday, December 9, 2002. This time it was the 36th Derby Awards luncheon at the Royal Lancaster Hotel in London.
Ireland's tax exemption on stallion income remains unchanged, despite pressure from opposition parties.
The stallion Selkirk and Prince Khalid Abdullah's Juddmonte Farms are among the British Thoroughbred Breeders' Association award winners for 2002.
Tattersalls' returned a second-best annual turnover of 134,682,000 guineas as the December Sales reached its conclusion in Newmarket on Thursday night. A total of 3,842 head were sold during 2002 at an average price of 35,055 guineas.
Australian trainer Steve Wolfe was suspended for two years for improperly administering a drug to the horse that collapsed and killed the brother of champion jockey Damien Oliver.
The major breeding stock reduction of the late Prince Fahd Salman's Newgate Stud brought 4,213,000 guineas for 16 head sold at Wednesday's penultimate session of the Tattersalls December Sales.
Klaus Jacobs' Newsells Park Stud, one of the leading purchasers at breeding stock sales in recent years, took home the top lot at the Tattersalls December Sales when buying the twice classic- placed filly Midnight Angel (Acatenango) for 500,000 guineas from Union Stud in Germany.
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