With little more than a month before the June 3 Investec Derby (G1) at Epsom, Sandown Park Racecourse staged its first flat group races April 28. Heading the card was the group 3 bet365 Classic Trial for 3-year-olds going about 1 1/4 miles.
Japan's reigning Horse of the Year, Kitasan Black, will tackle a tough field April 30 in the Tenno Sho (Spring) (G1) at Kyoto Racecourse.
Todd Pletcher told officials at Ascot Racecourse that he is seriously considering the Queen Anne Stakes (G1) at Royal Ascot for American Patriot. The straight mile contest on turf is scheduled for June 20.
The past three winners of the Audemars Piguet Queen Elizabeth II Cup (G1) all will be looking for a repeat April 30 at Sha Tin against contenders from Japan, France, and Australia, and another pair from their own ranks.
The $500,000 bonus offered in the TVV Capital Iroquois Cheltenham Challenge is expected to be on the line at this year's Calvin Houghland Irorquois Hurdle Stakes May 13.
Sam-Son Farm's homebred Southern Ring, back home at Woodbine after a winter at Tampa Bay Downs, dug in to win the $125,000 Whimsical Stakes (G3) April 23 and spoiled the seasonal debut of 2016 Canadian Horse of the Year Caren.
From the breadth of the Queen’s smile in the winner’s enclosure following the race, she didn't care that the Call To Mind gift was a day tardy.
Cape Cross, a foundation sire of Godolphin and Darley's global breeding operation, has been euthanized due to the complications of old age. He was 23.
Robert Marzilli's Caren, recently honored as Canada's Horse of the Year, will make her return to the races in the $125,000 Whimsical Stakes (G3) at Woodbine April 23.
All This Time won in her first start April 17 by four lengths at Lion d'Angers.
Sent off as the favorite, Fan Dii Na was unable to maintain the lead she briefly gained while Al Ain prevailed by a neck over Persian Knight in the 2,000 meter (almost 1 1/4-mile) event at Nakayama Racecourse April 16.
The Jockey Club of Canada announced its 42nd Annual Sovereign Award winners April 14 at The Palais Royale in Toronto, Ontario, led by Canadian Horse of the Year Caren.
The only colt by Frankel to be offered at a British breeze-up sale in 2017 and the first juvenile by leading Japanese sire Deep Impact to ever be offered in Europe as a 2-year-old are among the 152 on offer for Tattersalls' Craven breeze-up sale.
Nominations for the second Thoroughbred Industry Employee Awards, principally sponsored by Godolphin, open May 8. They can be submitted until Aug. 1.
After his impressive performance in the Dubai World Cup Sponsored by Emirates Airline (G1), Arrogate (134 rating) finds himself alone atop the second edition of the Longines World's Best Racehorse Rankings for 2017.
Topped by a Kodiac colt sold for £360,000 ($447,782), the Goffs UK breeze-up sale at Doncaster soared to new levels April 12.
Breeders' Cup released its 2017 Breeders' Cup Challenge Series April 12. With 81 events listed, there are 62 grade/group 1 events in 13 countries.
Panels focusing on televised coverage of horse racing, the South American breeding and racing industry, and international integrity efforts will highlight the business sessions at the second Pan American Conference.
Tattersalls has cataloged 213 2-year-olds and 91 horses in training for its Guineas breeze-up and horses in training sale May 4-5.
Swear, the stakes-winning son of Redoute's Choice, and Hit It a Bomb, the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf (G1) winner by War Front, are new additions to the roster of five at Spendthrift Australia.
Two of the four group races on Chantilly's April 9 card might have unleashed a pair of serious contenders for the upcoming classics in Gold Luck and Graphite.
The offspring of Galileo belonging to the Coolmore/Ballydoyle connections finished on top April 8 Ballylinch Stud One Thousand Guineas and the Leopardstown Two Thousand Guineas Trial at Leopardstown.
Chris Waller trainee Foxplay (AUS) capped a huge day at Royal Randwick April 8 for the conditioner, who also sent out supermare Winx to her 17th straight win earlier on the card.
The wonder from down under put the latest exclamation point on her resume April 8 at Royal Randwick, cruising to a 5 1/4-length victory in the Longines Queen Elizabeth Stakes (G1) with the ease of a Saturday stroll.
The decision by William Inglis & Son to add a sale of breeding prospects to its auction calendar following its annual Easter yearling sale was validated April 7 when the inaugural Chairman’s Sale produced three horses sold for more than AU$1 million.
Fire the Groom, a grade 1 winner who became the producer of group 1 winner Stravinsky, died April 5 at the Hubbard family's Crystal Springs Farm in New Mexico at the age of 30
Stakes at Royal Randwick is a Breeders' Cup Challenge "Win and You're in" event to the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf (G1T).
Award-winning author Milton Toby was named recipient of a national writing award presented annually by the ASJA for "Taking Shergar: Horse Racing's Most Famous Cold Case." The long-form story ran at Bloodhorse.com.
Topped by a colt by leading Australian sire Redoute's Choice sold for AU$2.5 million (about US$1,892,850), the William Inglis & Son Easter sale concluded on a high note April 6 in Sydney.
The trend of high-powered owners partnering up continued April 5 in Australia, where a group formed at the last minute went to AU$2.4 million to buy a Medaglia d’Oro colt at the William Inglis & Son Easter sale.
The Stronach Group announced April 5 plans to raise the purse of the Pegasus World Cup Invitational Stakes (G1) to $16 million for 2018, further enhancing its status as the world's richest Thoroughbred race.
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Eugene Melnyk, who has earned two Sovereign Awards as Canada's outstanding owner and one as outstanding breeder, is among five inductees on the Thoroughbred side selected for the 2017 Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame.
In 2018 Ascot Race Course will launch its own pari-mutuel betting operation, AscotBet.
Bolstered by a diverse group of buyers, the annual Australian Easter sale conducted by William Inglis & Son began on a strong note April 4 at the Newmarket paddocks in Sydney.
Godolphin has officially launched Round Two of the Godolphin Fantasy Stable League, a pioneering interactive online gaming competition designed specifically for fans of horse racing.
McCraken closed as the narrow 5-1 favorite over Always Dreaming.
Trainer Wesley Ward said Keeneland's listed Giant's Causeway Stakes, at 5 1/2 furlongs on turf April 15, is scheduled to mark the 2017 debut of Stonestreet Farm, George Bolton, Peter Leidel's Lady Aurelia, Europe's 2016 champion 2-year-old filly.
With top-level wins April 1 at Royal Randwick, R & C Legh Racing and GPI Racing's 6-year-old gelding Chautauqua (AUS) and Godolphin's It's Somewhat earned automatic berths into the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint (G1T) and the Breeders' Cup Mile (G1T).
The 2014 Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint (G1T) winner Bobby's Kitten will shuttle to Twin Hills Stud in New South Wales from Kirsten Rausing's Lanwades Stud in Newmarket, England, it was announced March 31.
Australian bloodstock agent Andrew Williams has been named Fasig-Tipton's representative in Australia and New Zealand, beginning immediately.
Two automatic entries in the Breeders' Cup World Championships will be on the line April 1 at Royal Randwick in Sydney through the Breeders' Cup Challenge series.
Gun Runner lost the battle to Arrogate in the Dubai World Cup (G1), but connections of the son of Candy Ride are already planning for at least one rematch in the Breeders' Cup Classic (G1) Nov. 4 at Del Mar.
In an interview with CNN Sport March 25 at Meydan Racecourse, Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum stated his intention to raise the purse of the $10 million Dubai World Cup Sponsored by Emirates Airline (G1).
The International Aftercare Forum will be held in conjunction with the Pan American Conference in Washington, D.C.
The Al Quoz Sprint (G1) may not be the last time the son of 2004 Florida Derby (G1) runner-up Value Plus meets the world's top turf sprinters on a straight course. His big performance now opens the door to even more prestigious events.
Tumblebrutus, a grade 2-placed full brother to Giant's Causeway, got his 25th black-type stakes winner March 24 when Chilean-bred Vinocrata won the listed Luis Subercaseaux E. Stakes at Club Hipico de Santiago.
The president and CEO of The Stronach Group will address racing's challenges and opportunities domestically and internationally at the Pan American Conference May 17-20 in Washington, D.C.
Comments from trainer Bob Baffert and jockey Mike Smith after Arrogate's victory in the Dubai World Cup. Courtesy Dubai Racing Club
Comments from the connections of Vivlos, including trainer Yasuo Tomomichi and jockey Joao Moreira, after her victory in the Dubai Turf Courtesy Dubai Racing Club
Comments from trainer John Gosden, who explains that Jack Hobbs is a bit of a dreamer, and jockey William Buick after Jack Hobbs' victory in the Longines Dubai Sheema Classic. Courtesy Dubai Racing Club
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