Criterion willingly took to the front entering the Royal Randwick stretch in the AUS$4 million Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (Aus-I) and shot clear to best an international field on April 11, Day 2 of The Championships.
Gary Barber's Lexie Lou was named Canada's 2014 Horse of the Year the evening of April 10 during Sovereign Award presentations at Woodbine near Toronto.
Hong Kong Horse of the Year Designs On Rome will bid for a repeat victory in the HK$20 million Audemars Piguet Queen Elizabeth II Cup (HK-I) April 26 at Sha Tin Racecourse.
Longines will enter the in-race horse tracking business Saturday, April 11, when its technology is used for the Longines Queen Elizabeth Stakes (Aus-I) day of racing.
A filly by sale leading sire Fastnet Rock brought the highest price of $1 million (US$769,872) from Victorian-based trainer John Sadler on the final day of the Inglis Australian Easter yearling sale April 9.
After continuing to impress in March, Able Friend joins Shared Belief atop the second edition of the Longines World's Best Racehorse Rankings for 2015.
Top of the market buyers continued to spend on day two of the Inglis Australian Easter yearling sale April 8 as six horses each broke the seven-figure mark, led by a son of Snitzel for $2.2 million (US$1,695,391).
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Ten horses and people have been elected to the Hall of Fame this year, with half coming on the Thoroughbred side. The Thoroughbred inductees are Mine That Bird, Bob Anderson, Jim Bannon, Stewart Elliott, and Roger Laurin.
B. Wayne Hughes' Spendthrift Farm has acquired Yallambee Stud in Victoria, Australia, to be the home of its new Australian Thoroughbred operation.
The Inglis Australian Easter yearling sale opened is three-day run April 7 topped by a Fastnet Rock filly sold to Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa al Maktoum for $1.6 million (US$1,223,665).
Able Friend was expected to brush aside his seven rivals April 7 in the Chairman's Trophy, a local group II race, at Hong Kong's Sha Tin Racecourse, and he did not disappoint, albeit not at his impressive best.
Sea The Moon, 11-length winner of the Deutsches Derby (Ger-I) to cap a four-race unbeaten streak, was announced as Germany's Horse of the Year of 2014 during a ceremony at Hoppegarten racecourse April 5, Racing Post reports.
Pride Of Dubai prevailed in a tight finish, with a dead heat for second in the AUS$1 million Inglis Sires (Aus-I) April 6 on The Championships Day 1 card at Royal Randwick.
Chinese-owned Mongolian Khan prevailed in a titanic three-way battle down the stretch and won the Aus$2 million Australian Derby (Aus-I) by three-quarters of a length April 6 on a drenched course Royal Randwick.
Terravista edged out the world's top-rated sprinter Lankan Rupee for favoritism in the AUS$2.5mil T. J. Smith Stakes (Aus-I) but both were upstaged by late-running Chautauqua.
Kermadec burst through down the center of the track late to win the $3 million The Star Doncaster Mile (Aus-I) April 6, Day 1 of The Championships at Royal Randwick.
The determined mare Diademe stormed to a track record-setting victory in the Fiber Fresh New Zealand Thoroughbred Breeders' Stakes (NZ-I) April 4 at Te Aroha, earning her first win at the highest level.
Australia's Championships Day 1, which carded two Breeders' Cup Challenge races among four group I stakes, was canceled April 4 at Royal Randwick due to adverse weather and rescheduled for Monday, April 6.
Thirty-six entries, among them U.S. Horse of the Year California Chrome and 2014 Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) victor Karakontie, have been received for the Al Shaqab Lockinge Stakes (Eng-I) May 16 at Newbury.
Coolmore has announced their purchase of controlling interest in unbeaten Golden Slipper Stakes (Aus-I) winner Vancouver. The colt's current owners will remain involved in his racing and stud career as well.
Two automatic starting positions in the Breeders' Cup World Championships will be on the line April 4 at Royal Randwick in Sydney, Australia, through the Breeders' Cup Challenge series.
Musabah Al Muhairi, the United Arab Emirates champion trainer for the 2014-15 season, and stable jockey Silvestre de Sousa won the Chengdu Dubai International Cup with Special Fighter April 4 in China.
California Chrome arrived in Newmarket April 1 and is settling in at the yard of trainer Rae Guest, who will supervise the U.S. Horse of the Year's preparations for a tilt at Royal Ascot.
A statement from Perry Martin, majority owner of Horse of the Year California Chrome, regarding a decision to send the 4-year-old colt to compete at Royal Ascot following his runner-up finish in the Dubai World Cup (UAE-I).
Sharp Humor, runner-up in the 2006 Florida Derby (gr. I) won by Barbaro, has died in South Korea as a result of an accident at Let's Run Stud Farm on Jeju Island.
Trainer Art Sherman didn't exactly give the decision to send California Chrome to England a ringing endorsement the morning of March 29.
Video Coverage of Sole Power's victory in the Al Quoz Sprint from the parade ring to the race to comments from winning Jockey Richard Hughes and Trainer Edward Lynham. Courtesy of the Dubai Racing Club Watch Video
Video Coverage of Brown Panther's victory in the Dubai Gold Cup from the parade ring to the race to the celebration afterwards, and comments from winning jockey Richard Kingscote. Courtesy of the Dubai Racing Club Watch Video
Video Coverage of Prince Bishop's victory in the Dubai World Cup from the parade ring to the race and comments from jockey William Buick and trainer Saeed Bin Suroor. Courtesy of the Dubai Racing Club Watch Video
California Chrome will race at Royal Ascot next and will ship to England directly from Dubai, the Sacramento Bee reports.
Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum's Prince Bishop overpowered rivals California Chrome and Lea and opened up in the stretch to take the $10 million Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) on Saturday, March 28 at Meydan.
Mubtaahij drew off to an easy victory in the $2 million Saeed & Mohammed Al Naboodah Group UAE Derby (UAE-II) Saturday, March 28 at Meydan and punch his ticket to the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
Trainer Sean Tarry dominated racing at Turffontein on Classic Day on Saturday, March 28, saddling four group winners on the 11-race card.
Godolphin's Hartnell caused a sensation prior to the start of The BMW (Aus-I) March 28 at Rosehill Gardens, but eventually proved a decisive winner over Japanese raider and favorite To the World.
Coverage of Tamarkuz's victory in the Godolphin Mile from the Parade Ring to the race, and interviews with the connections. Courtesy of the Dubai Racing Club Watch Video
The 4-year-old filly Dolniya beat the boys March 28, taking the $6 million Dubai Sheema Classic Presented by Longines (UAE-I) at Meydan over Flintshire while American champion Main Sequence finished seventh.
French runner Solow was all alone at the line in the $6 million Dubai Turf Sponsored by DP World (UAE-I) March 28. The 5-year-old covered the 1,800 meters in 1:47.76 to give trainer Freddy Head his first win in Dubai.
Brown Panther overcame his wide draw soon after the start and kicked away to an impressive victory in the $1 million Al Tayer Motors Dubai Gold Cup (UAE-II) March 28 at Meydan.
Secret Circle powered home March 28 in the $2 million Dubai Golden Shaheen Sponsored by Gulf News (UAE-I), holding off the late-closing Super Jockey after running down a determined Rich Tapestry.
Irish-trained Sole Power ran down Peniaphobia and won the $1 million IPIC Al Quoz Sprint (UAE-I) by about a half length March 28 at Meydan.
Sheikh Hamdan's Tamarkuz fought out the finish with Sloane Avenue and won the $2 million Meydan Sobha $1 million Godolphin Mile (UAE-II) March 28 at Meydan.
Horses on track at Meydan preparing for the March 28 Dubai World Cup races, including Prayer for Relief (Blue #10), Lea (White #5), Rich Tapestry (Gold #2), My Johnny Be Good (Pink #5), and Salutos Amigos (Gold #5). Watch Video
Following is the March 27 update on some of the horses preparing for races on the $30 million Dubai World Cup card, to be run March 28 at Meydan.
Bill and Susan Casner won the 2009 Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) with WinStar Farm's Well Armed and will send out My Johnny Be Good for the S & M Al Naboodah Group UAE Derby (UAE-II) March 28.
The decision to replace the all-weather Tapeta Footings surface at Meydan with dirt has had an impact on the 2015 World Cup races, not least in the regeneration of interest among American trainers.
California Chrome, the 2014 Horse of the Year, drew the outside gate in a field of nine for the $10 million Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) March 28, and co-owner Steve Coburn said he loves that spot.
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Florida Derby (gr. I), Louisiana Derby (gr. II), and Dubai World Cup (UAE-I). read blog
Victor Espinoza talks about California Chrome and the Dubai World Cup. Courtesy of the Dubai Racing Club Watch Video
Tattersalls has appointed established bloodstock agent John Fulton to be its representative in South America in a role that will complement that of Samir Abujamra who will continue to represent Tattersalls in Brazil.
Trainer Graham Motion talks about being back in Dubai and how Main Sequence is coming into the race. Courtesy of the Dubai Racing Club. Watch Video
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