The 2017 Magic Millions National Sale on the Gold Coast concluded June 8 with records for the 15-day auction that consisted of weanlings, broodmares, yearlings, and racehorses.
- By Lenny Shulman and Claire Novak
- Thoroughbred Racing, International, Triple Crown, Northeast Region
The status of Japanese contender Epicharis is in question for the June 10 Belmont Stakes Presented by NYRA Bets (G1) after the colt was treated with bute June 7 and did not go out to train June 8 at Belmont Park.
The War Front colt will travel to England June 13 for trainer Todd Pletcher, who confirmed Frankie Dettori will have the mount in the one-mile June 20 test.
Son of Redoute's Choice honored as Highveld Horse of the Year, champion sprinter, and champion older horse for the 2016-17 season.
Japanese-bred colt covered five furlongs in 1:06, but ran the last three in :37 on the Belmont Park training track.
In a release posted June 6 to Godolphin.com, it was announced that John Ferguson has stepped down from his position as chief executive and racing manager of Godolphin.
The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association and The Jockey Club of Canada are hosting an Ownership Seminar on Saturday, July 1 at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto.
Invincible Spirit passed two significant milestones June 3 when his 3-year-old son Inns of Court won the Prix du Palais-Royal (G3). The colt became both the 100th black-type winner and 50th graded/group winner for sire.
Trainer Wesley Ward sent out 11 workers in five separate groups the morning of June 5 on Keeneland's turf course, headed by European champion Lady Aurelia who is bound for Royal Ascot a second straight year.
Code Warrior dueled early and had more than enough left in the tank to take Hendrie Stakes (G3) June 4 at Woodbine.
Satono Aladdin captured the June 4 Yasuda Kinen at Tokyo Racecourse, his first grade 1 victory, over last year's winner Logotype.
Al Shaqab Racing and Gerard Augustin-Normand's Brametot added his name to the list of horses that won both the French Two Thousand Guineas and the French Derby in the final strides of the 10 1/2-furlong classic June 4.
Thomas Van Meter II and Scott Dilworth's Tower of Texas returned to the winner's circle for the first time in more than 23 months June 3 with the slightest of victories in the $175,000 Connaught Cup (G2T) at Woodbine.
Padraig Beggy made his first ride in the Investec Derby (G1) a winning one aboard 40-1 shot Wings Of Eagles to provide trainer Aidan O'Brien with his sixth victory in the 12-furlong classic.
Juddmonte Farms-homebred Enable, a filly from the first crop of Galileo's son Nathaniel, won the Investec Oaks (G1) over favorite Rhododendron for trainer John Gosden.
After excursions to California and New York in his last two starts Stephen, Chesney and Cory Hoffman's Calgary Cat will return to the location of his last victory June 3 in the $175,000 Connaught Cup Stakes (G2T) at Woodbine.
Carrot Farm's Japanese-bred multiple stakes winner Epicharis arrived at Belmont Park June 1 ahead of his North American debut in the $1.5 million Belmont Stakes presented by NYRA Bets (G1) June 10.
Hong Kong horsemen have not been shy about targeting rich races elsewhere in Asia and the June 4 Yasuda Kinen (G1) at Tokyo Racecourse is no exception.
Topped by the multiple group winner Gregers, Book 1 of the Magic Millions broodmare sale on Australia's Gold Coast concluded with a record gross and across-the-board increases.
The group 1 Treasury Brisbane Queensland Oaks is traditionally held at Eagle Farm, but will be run at Doomben June 3 because of the perilous condition of the Eagle Farm track surface.
Two mares in foal to Arrowfield Stud's leading sire Snitzel were the standouts during the May 31 second session of the 2017 Magic Millions national broodmare sale on Australia's Gold Coast.
Group 2 winner Nurse Kitchen topped a record-breaking first day of the 2017 Magic Millions national broodmare sale May 30 on the Gold Coast.
Keeneland-based trainer Wesley Ward sent out seven runners May 30, including European champion Lady Aurelia, for works over the turf course in preparation for stakes at Royal Ascot in England in June.
Gary Boulanger, one of Thoroughbred racing's most respected and resilient riders, has been named the 2017 recipient of the Avelino Gomez Memorial Award.
Continuing Lane's End's commitment to present the best in racing worldwide, the Versailles, Ky. farm announced today the acquisition of title sponsorship of all Royal Ascot programming on the NBC Sports Network.
Carillanca's 5-year-old Top Casablanca won the 11/4-mile Gran Premio Club Hipico Falabella (G1), earning a spot in the Breeders' Cup Mile (G1T).
Rey de Oro settled briefly behind a slow pace in the May 28 Tokyo Yushun (G1), or Japanese Derby, moved up when jockey Christophe Lemaire realized action was required and powered through deep stretch to win by three-quarters of a length.
Live Oak Plantation's homebred Souper Tapit seized control as the field of the Marine Stakes (G3) headed for home and widened his advantage down the lane at Woodbine May 28.
Winter, with Moore in the saddle, delivered an even more impressive performance on the yielding Curragh turf in the Irish One Thousand Guineas May 28.
Werther answered the distance question with authority in the final group 1 event of Hong Kong's season, kicking away from his main rival, Blazing Speed, to win the May 28 Standard Chartered Champions & Chater Cup by three lengths.
Trainer Mark Casse gratefully reported Sunday that Canadian champion Catch a Glimpse had eaten up and was in good order in the hours after and the morning following her collapse during the Nassau Stakes (G2T) at Woodbine May 27.
A tale of two emotions played out during the $175,000 Nassau Stakes (G2T) at Woodbine May 27, as the ascent of former claimer Starship Jubilee was juxtaposed against concern for the well-being of 2015 Canadian Horse of the Year Catch a Glimpse.
Only eight 3-year-olds have won both the English 2,000 Guineas and the Irish 2,000 Guineas. On May 27 Coolmore owned/Ballydoyle trained Churchill became number nine.
For her latest turn on the worktab, trainer Graham Motion gave Miss Temple City a little taste of some race-day atmosphere when he worked her on the turf at Fair Hill Training Center May 27 just prior to the Saturday's slate of steeplechase events.
- By BloodHorse Staff
- Thoroughbred Racing, International, Midwest Region, Southwest Region, West Region, Kentucky
Consider this your weekly guide to the best stakes races in North America. This week a pair of grade 1 races at Santa Anita Park and graded stakes at six other racetracks.
Intello, winner of the 2013 Prix du Jockey Club (French Derby, G1) and a freshman sire, got his first winner with his first starter May 25 when his daughter Sonjeu took a maiden race by 2 1/2 lengths at Tarbes Racecourse.
Tweenhills Farm & Stud's freshman sire Havana Gold garnered his first black-type winner May 25 when his son Havana Grey won the Better Odds With Matchbook National Stakes by a length at Sandown Park in England.
Hong Kong champion Able Friend has been retired from racing. He will parade in front of his fans after the third race on the May 28 card at Sha Tin during a farewell ceremony to honor his outstanding career.
Gelded son of Hidden Truth won the Gran Premio 25 de Mayo (G1) in Argentina for the third time in the past four years.
Carrot Farm's UAE Derby Sponsored by the Saeed & Mohammed Al Naboodah Group (G2) runner-up Epicharis is one step closer to his bid in the Belmont Stakes (G1) June 10, as he emerged from a May 24 breeze in good order and entered isolation in Japan.
After finishing a close third as the favorite in last year's Standard Chartered Champions & Chater Cup (G1) on the Sha Tin turf, Hong Kong Horse of the Year Werther is likely to be favored for a second straight year May 28.
Louisiana freshman sire Flashpoint's first runner eventually become his first winner when Flashy Coop took a five-furlong maiden claimer May 19 at Hipodromo de las Americas in Mexico City.
European champion Lady Aurelia, based at Keeneland with trainer Wesley Ward, worked five furlongs in 1:02 3/5 on a firm turf course the morning of May 23 at the Lexington oval as she continues training toward a start in the June 20 King's Stand (G1).
The Irish Two Thousand Guineas is the first start for Thunder Snow start since his balk in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1).
Freshman sires Espoir City and Lethal Force get their first winners, while second-crop sire Bated Breath gets his first black-type stakes winner.
In her fourth start in North America, Merriebelle Stable and Anna Doyle's Grizzel earned her first graded stakes victory when she edged favorite Enstone in the final furlong of the $125,000 Selene Stakes (G3).
Trainer Mark Casse looks to invade and score at Royal Ascot again this year with John Oxley's multiple graded stakes winner La Coronel in the one-mile Coronation Stakes (G1).
Soul Stirring solidified her place among the top fillies in Japan after taking the grade 1 Yushun Himba (Japanese Oaks) for 3-year-old fillies May 21 at Hanshin Race Course while also giving her sire his first classic winner.
Godolphin's 4-year-old mile specialist Ribchester returned to the home base of trainer Richard Fahey, who unleashed the son of Iffraaj for his European campaign in the Al Shaqab Lockinge Stakes (G1) at Newbury May 20.
Sense Of Occasion flew home to take the grade 1 Hardy Brothers Doomben Cup, run clockwise at over 2,000 meters (about 1 1/4 miles), in thrilling style at Doomben May 20.
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