Race favorite George Washington struggled with the heavy going at The Curragh as Araafa rolled to an impressive victory in the Boylesport Irish Two Thousand Guineas (Ire-I) on Saturday.
John LeBlanc, who rode La Prevoyante, 1972 Canadian Horse of the Year, and Angle Light, Secretariat's entrymate in the 1973 Kentucky Derby (gr. I), was named the 2006 recipient of the Avelino Gomez Memorial Award May 25.
Top Irish jockey Paul Carberry was sentenced to two months in jail May 24 for setting fire to a newspaper aboard a flight from Spain to Dublin.
Ascot, Britain's highest-profile racecourse, resumes racing on Saturday, May 27 after a bold 200-million pounds redevelopment which has involved building a massive new main grandstand and much more.
Britain's Levy Board has committed 1,780,000 pounds over the next three years to veterinary research projects, including new studies into a greater understanding of the causes of joint injuries and fractures.
Laverock withstood the late charge of Manduro to land the Prix d'Ispahan (Fr-I) by a short neck Sunday at Longchamp.
Champion trainer Sir Michael Stoute's horses have been winning at an impressive 40% rate during the month of May. On Saturday at Newbury, Peeress added to that total, with an impressive 1 ¾-length victory in the Juddmonte Lockinge Stakes (Eng-I).
The Andre Fabre-trained Visindar heads 33 horses going forward for the £1,250,000 Vodafone Derby, run at Epsom Downs on Saturday, June 3, following Friday's forfeit stage.
The Gainsborough Poule d'Essai des Pouliches (Fr-I) yielded a dramatic finish Sunday, with the filly Tie Black being awarded the race in the stewards' room.
Aussie Rules gave trainer Aidan O'Brien, jockey Kieren Fallon, and the Ballydoyle team a second Guineas victory in eight days when he captured the Gainsborough Poule d'Essai des Poulains (Fr-I) at Longchamp on Sunday.
Royal Power, ridden by Chris Catlin, grabbed the lead two furlongs from home and dug in late to defeat the closing Aspecutus by a head in the Mehl-Mulhens-Rennen (German Two Thousand Guineas) (Ger-II) at Cologne Sunday.
Derrick Wiid, who was involved in many aspects of South African horseracing, died in a car accident in Johannesburg on Wednesday evening.
It was a long way from Louisville, Ky., but Vinery enjoyed a big day out on South Australian Derby day at Adelaide's Morphettville May 7.
In an effort remarkably similar to last year, Bullish Luck registered a track-equaling record run while defeating stablemate Silent Witness in the US$1 million Champions Mile (HK-I), the third leg of the Asian Mile Challenge, at Sha Tin on Sunday.
Shirocco made many believers in the States last fall with his impressive win in the John Deere Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) at Belmont Park. But after the 5-year-old Andre Fabre trainee's easy win in his first race of the 2006 season, the Jockey Club Stakes (Eng-II) at Newmarket Sunday, it is possible that he could be the next big thing in European racing.
Speciosa won the English One Thousand Guineas (Eng-I) for 3-year-old fillies on Sunday by 2 1/2 lengths to give small-time trainer Pam Sly and jockey Michael Fenton their first classic triumphs.
George Washington won the Two Thousand Guineas (Eng-I) on Saturday by 2 1/2 lengths from Sir Percy and Olympian Odyssey.
Irish-based stallion Montjeu began 2006 the same way he ended it -- with another Group 1 winner. This time, it was the lightly raced Corre Caminos who rolled to a five-length victory in the Prix Ganay-Grand Prix Air Mauritius (Fr-I) at Longchamp.
Marju Snip, a daughter of a former shuttling son of Last Tycoon, collected the biggest southern success for her sire in taking the Australasian Oaks (Aust-I) at Morphettville April 29.
Deep Impact, Japan's 2005 Horse of the Year, justified his 1-10 price with a record-smashing win in the Tenno Sho (Spring) (Jpn-I) at 3,200 meters (1.98 miles) at Kyoto racecourse Sunday.
Rob Roy, a disappointment last year in the 3-year-old Classics, returned to action as a winner for Michael Stoute when favored in the Betfred.com Mile (Eng-II) at Sandown Saturday.
Eremein, a belated southern advertisement for his sire, Timber Country, took his earnings past $4 million (Australian funds) in winning the $800,000 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (Aust-I) at Randwick April 22.
Team Valor's South African champion Irridescence took the lead at the start and had enough left in the tank to hold off a determined Ouija Board in the HK$14 million Audemars Piguet Queen Elizabeth II Cup (HK-I) over 10 furlongs at Sha Tin on Sunday.
Serenade Rose completed her domination of Australasia's 3-year-old filly stayers with a decisive victory in the Australian Oaks (Aust-I) at Randwick April 19.
At the Inglis Australian Easter Sale, on Wednesday 19 April, a son of Redoute's Choice from the mare Deja Slew (by Slew O' Gold) broke the all-time Australian yearling record when he reached a bid of AUS$3 million (US$2.4 million).
Doncaster Bloodstock Sales, Britain's second biggest bloodstock auctioneers, has at last, after five frustrating years, been able to finalize plans for its future in the town of the same name.
Bargains are relative, of course, but the Australian Easter yearling sale which starts April 18 gained a wonderful 'hook' on its eve when Racing to Win landed the $2 million (Australian funds) Doncaster Handicap (Aust-I) at nearby Randwick.
Shuttle and former shuttle stallions achieved a 75% success rate in group I races in Australia April 16, accounting for three of the four winners.
Danzig grandson Headturner proved himself the best 3-year-old stayer in the country April 15 with a decisive win in the Australian Derby (Aust-I).
Australian hurdler Karasi became the second runner to win back-to-back runnings of the world's richest steeplechase event when he captured the $1.4 million Nakayama Grand Jump (JPN-I) Saturday in Japan.
Trainer Aidan O'Brien's 3-year-old filly Kamarinskaya broke her maiden in the Dimitrova One Thousand Guineas Trial (Ire-III) at Leopardstown Saturday to become part of Ballydoyle's Classic mix this season.
Miss Finland, the 50th winner of the Golden Slipper (Aust-I), is a legacy of an arrangement between Arrowfield Stud principal John Messara and the late Sheikh Maktoum.
Churchill Downs Inc., Magna Entertainment Corp., and Racing UK announced April 7 that the three organizations have reached agreement to partner in a subscription television channel that will broadcast races from CDI and MEC racetracks, as well as other North American and international racetracks, into the United Kingdom and Ireland.
Trainer David Hayes followed in his famous father's footsteps when Miss Finland took out the $3 million Golden Slipper (AUS-I) at Rosehill Gardens Saturday.
Hurricane Run, the winner of the 2005 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe Lucien Barriere (Fr-I), continues to head the list of "World's Leading Horses, compiled by the World Rankings Supervisory Committee under the International Federation of Racing Authorities.
Team Valor's Irridescence, who was withdrawn from the recent Dubai Duty Free (UAE-I) after a paddock accident at Nad al Sheba March 25, has recovered from the incident and will make her next start on April 23 in Hong Kong.
British horseracing entered a new era Monday, April 3 when the Horseracing Regulatory Authority assumed control of the regulation of the sport from the Jockey Club.
Geneticists have disclosed the findings of a six-year study which, as well as discovering discrepancies in the stud book, for the first time details a direct correlation between specific genes and aspects of racing performance in Thoroughbreds.
Britain's only pari-mutuel operator, the tote, has had its future thrown into doubt once again, this time by the European Commission which looks set to rule that the proposed sale of the organization to a racing trust for a discounted price breaches state aid rules.
It was an American sweep led by California breds in Saturday night's $2-million Dubai Golden Shaheen (UAE-I) at Nad Al Sheba Racecourse, with Proud Tower Too showing the way.
David Junior, trained by Brian Meehan and ridden by Jamie Spencer, landed the $5 million Dubai Duty Free (UAE-I) over 1,777 meters (about 1 1/8 miles) on the Nad Al Sheba turf by 3 1/2 lengths over the pacesetting The Tin Man.
Heart's Cry, partnered by Christophe Lemaire and trained by Kojiro Hashiguchi, gave Japan its second win of the Dubai World Cup meeting, leading all the way to capture the $5 million Dubai Sheema Classic (UAE-I) over 2,400 meters (about 1 1/2 miles) on the Nad Al Sheba turf Saturday night.
Utopia made all under jockey Yutaka Take to claim the $1 million Godolphin Mile (UAE-II) by four lengths for Japan Saturday night at Nad Al Sheba.
Rumplestiltskin, champion juvenile filly in 2005, heads 84 entries for the Vodafone Oaks (Eng-I), the premier fillies classic that is run on Vodafone Ladies Day, June 2, at Epsom Downs.
Trainer Todd Pletcher has earned back-to-back Eclipse awards as leading trainer and has won tons of grade I races, but Saturday at Nad Al Sheba he will be gunning for his first win in the Dubai World Cup.
A life-size statute honoring Dubai World Cup winner, Dubai Millennium, was unveiled Thursday, just three days before the running of the Dubai World Cup program, inside the Godolphin Gallery at Nad Al Sheba Racecourse. The Godolphin Gallery is open to visitors at the racecourse.
Well Armed has raced in England and Dubai but the future of the 3-year-old son of Tiznow could be in America following his start in Saturday's $2-million UAE Derby (UAE-II) at Nad Al Sheba Racecourse.
After sending seven starters to the Dubai World Cup program without a win, trainer Julio Canani is ready to visit the winner's circle. The Southern California-based trainer will be looking for his first win when he saddles Island Fashion in Saturday's $1-million Godolphin Mile (UAE-II).
Gaff is looking to increase his win streak from three to four with a win in Saturday's $2-million Golden Shaheen (UAE-I) at Nad Al Sheba Racecourse.
Peruvian champion Dominguin will look to his keep record unblemished when he takes the gate for the $2-million UAE Derby (UAE-II) at Nad Al Sheba Racecourse.
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