The European Pattern Committee implemented a five-year ban on downgrading any group race of 13 furlongs or more.
Lauded as a "game changer" by organizers from Racing NSW and the Australian Turf Club, the 1,200-meter (six-furlong) race offers the same shareholder buy-in concept pioneered by The Stronach Group, which organized the Pegasus.
A deep international buying bench helped boost the aggregate and hold the average price steady at the two-day premier yearling sale held by New Zealand Bloodstock in Karaka, New Zealand.
Keeneland director of sales operations Geoffrey Russell was honored with the Irish Thoroughbred Breeders' Association's (ITBA) 2016 Wild Geese Award at its National Breeding and Racing Awards ceremony on Jan. 28 at The Heritage Killenard.
New owner also purchased Pomeroy and Flashy Bull
Color the Meydan winner's circle blue, Godolphin blue precisely, as Sheikh Mohammed's racing pipeline provided a steady supply of horses to win five of the six Thoroughbred races on the Jan. 26 card.
Breeders' Cup and Qatar Racing and Equestrian Club announced Jan. 25 the Thoroughbred horse racing brands will exchange presenting sponsor titles at their respective championship races.
The Jockey Club of Canada on Jan. 24 announced the 2016 Sovereign Award Finalists for the 42nd annual Sovereign Awards Ceremony to honor Canada’s racing champions of 2016 and Canada’s 2016 Horse of the Year April 13 in Toronto.
Trainer Bob Baffert is on hand in London to collect the 2016 Longines World's Best Racehorse prize on behalf of Juddmonte Farms.
In advance of the Longines World’s Best Racehorse Rankings Jan. 24 in London, BloodHorse’s European correspondent Julian Muscat was able to sit down with Teddy Grimthorpe, Juddmonte Farms’ racing manager in Europe.
With his impressive victory in the Breeders' Cup Classic (G1), Arrogate secured the title of 2016 Longines World's Best Racehorse, just edging California Chrome.
The Longines World's Best Racehorse Rankings is horse racing's equivalent to world rankings by other major sporting organizations such as ATP Tennis Rankings or World Golf Rankings.
- By Lenny Shulman
- Thoroughbred Racing, Thoroughbred Breeding, International, Kentucky, Southeast Region
Prince Khalid Abdullah’s Juddmonte Farms enjoyed an excellent 2016 North American season, earning the boutique stable outstanding owner honors for the year.
The English Jockey Club announced Jan. 20 the appointment of Tim Lane to join The National Stud as its new stud manager.
The upper echelon of horse racing purses has come a long way in 100 years, but the entrepreneurial spirit and promotional creativity of those tasked with putting on the sport's biggest races continues.
The first foal by Breeders' Cup Classic (G1) winner Bayern was born Jan. 16 at Longview Farm near Ashton, Ontario.
Veteran Jockey Gerry Olguin, who counts a Canadian classic among his 105 black-type stakes wins, earned the 2,000th victory of his career Jan. 15 at Golden Gate Fields.
A Fastnet Rock filly bred in Australia by Barbara Banke's Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings was sold to Coolmore Stud's Tom Magnier for Aus$1.2 million to top the final Book 1 session of the Magic Millions Gold Coast yearling sale Jan. 14.
Reynaldothewizard might be an 11-year-old (by some calculations that's 37.5 human years), but he doesn't know it and his races sure don't show it.
For the past couple of years, Sam-Son Farm has found success with a relatively small consignment at the Keeneland January horses of all ages sale—and this season was no different.
Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) Jan. 11 announced HPItv will shut down its multi-track channel and accompanying odds channel effective Saturday, April 11, 2017.
A shipment of 76 horses last week is the largest between Ireland and China.
The Tattersalls Ireland Cheltenham January Sale has been rescheduled to 1:30 p.m. local time, Thursday, Feb. 16 at Cheltenham racecourse.
Legal Eagle successfully defended his L'Ormarins Queen's Plate (G1) title Jan. 7 at Kenilworth Racecourse in South Africa earned a berth for the Breeders' Cup Mile (G1T), while Bela-Bela won a spot in the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf (G1T).
When trainer Paulo Lobo enters a horse with a "BRZ" or an "URU" or an "ARG" next to its name for the first time in a Southern California race, how that horse will run isn't just a mystery to the betting public. Often it's a mystery to Lobo, too.
An incentive program aimed at improving the size and quality of the broodmare and racehorse populations in Ontario has been unveiled just in time for the first mixed sales of 2017.
The 2017 Breeders' Cup Challenge begins this Saturday at Kenilworth Racecourse in South Africa with two outstanding Group 1 turf events.
Trainer Graham Motion said Jan. 4 that if Ring Weekend runs well in the San Gabriel (G2T), a freshening could be ahead with plans to ship to England for the Queen Anne Stakes (GIT) at Royal Ascot in June.
The anticipated retirement of multiple Japanese champion Maurice came this week with an announcement that the son of Screen Hero will stand at Shadai Stallion Station.
Oscietra, the first foal of Australia's champion racemare Black Caviar, did well in her Flemington Racecourse debut Jan. 1, although fading to third after setting the pace in the 1,000-meter (about five-furlong) New Year Plate.
The Latin American Organization for the Promotion of Thoroughbred Racing announced Dec. 29 that Uruguay has adopted new anti-doping regulations.
Bob McCreery, breeder of a pair of European classic winners, died Dec. 24, reported Racing Post. He was 86.
Beginning Jan. 1, BloodHorse will update its style for reporting group and graded stakes to conform with the International Cataloguing Standards.
Dual grade I winner Wild Dude is now under the care of Irish conditioner Michael Halford and could start next at Meydan Racecourse in the Dubai World Cup Carnival meet, according to The National.
Bluff, a gelded son of Tapit who finished sixth in the 2015 Risen Star Stakes (gr. II) for former owner Fox Hill Farm, could be bound for the Jebel Ali Stakes after winning a test over 1,950 meters at Jebel Ali Racecourse in Dubai Dec. 23.
- By BloodHorse Staff
- Thoroughbred Racing, International, Thoroughbred Breeding, Industry Press Releases, Breeders' Cup
Powered by victories from Highland Reel (IRE) in the Longines Breeders' Cup Turf (G1), Coolmore Stud has won the John Deere Award as outstanding breeders of the 2016 Breeders' Cup Challenge Series and the Breeders' Cup World Championships.
James McIngavle, owner of one of the slots for the $12 million Pegasus World Cup Stakes (gr. I), has purchased a three-time group I-winning Argentine-bred horse with hopes of running in the Jan. 28 race at Gulfstream Park.
The new rule specifically addresses the problem of "secret commissions" or kick-backs with any buying or selling of a Thoroughbred.
Hurricane Run, winner of the 2005 Lucien Barriere Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (Fr-I) and Cartier Horse of the Year, has died at the age of 14.
Walter Swinburn, who rode Shergar to victory in the 1981 Epsom Derby (Eng-I), died Dec. 12, according to reports. He was 55.
Soul Stirring solidified her place atop Japanese racing with a 1 1/4-length score in the Dec. 11 Hanshin Juvenile Fillies (Jpn-I) and became her sire's first grade I winner.
Japanese superstar Maurice (JPN) rolled to a dramatic, stretch-running victory Dec. 11 in the Longines Hong Kong Cup (HK-I), capping a day that saw Japan and Hong Kong sweep the honors on the Sha Tin Racecourse turf.
Thewayyouare, sire of 2014 Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) runner-up Toast of New York, has moved from Coolmore Stud to Haras de Corlay for the 2017 breeding season.
Pure Sensation, the only American entry in the Dec. 11 Longines Hong Kong International Races, returned to the Sha Tin all-weather track for a light jog Dec. 10 but was declared a non-runner for Sunday's Longines Hong Kong Sprint (HK-I).
Able Friend tries to overcome a frustrating series of misfortunes to return to glory in the Hong Kong Mile (HK-I).
Pure Sensation, the only American entry in the Dec. 11 Longines Hong Kong International Races, is a questionable starter due to problems with both his left hind leg and left fore foot, local stewards said Dec. 9.
Woodbine Entertainment Group announced wagering on Woodbine's 2016 live Thoroughbred racing season, which concluded Dec. 4, rose sharply over the 2015 meet.
The Longines Hong Kong International Races at Sha Tin Dec. 11 feature intriguing matchups of defending champions including reigning Longines Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) winner Highland Reel.
Executives from around the world documented how new, fan-friendly wagers are helping them find new customers and keep them engaged in horse racing.
Australian Hugh Bowman won Wednesday night's Longines International Jockeys' Championship at Happy Valley in Hong Kong as the sole American contestant, Florent Geroux, finished off the board.
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