Juddmonte Farms' unbeaten champion Frankel reached an important milestone as a freshman sire July 23 when his daughter Fair Eva won the Princess Margaret Juddmonte Stakes (Eng-III) at Ascot, providing him with his first stakes winner.
The six rivals facing Highland Reel in the King George and Queen Elizabeth Stakes (Eng-I) July 23 at Ascot had no answer for his early speed, and the 4-year-old son of Galileo led every step to score a clear victory.
The simple sentence posted at 10:50 a.m. July 17 on the Alberta Downs Facebook page was not especially surprising to anyone following the twists and turns of the small track this summer: "There will be no racing today at Alberta Downs."
The top three finishers in the Queen's Plate Stakes--Sir Dudley Digges, Amis Gizmo, and All On Red--are set to face off in the $500,000 Prince of Wales Stakes July 26 at Fort Erie.
A trio of 6-year-olds that have been trending the wrong way will try to recall their glory days in the nine-furlong Nijinsky at Woodbine
Sheikh Mohammed Obaid Al Maktoum’s Postponed will miss the opportunity to defend his title in the group I King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes sponsored by Qipco July 23 due to a respiratory infection.
Wings of Desire is among nine runners confirmed for the 66th running of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes (Eng-I) July 23 at Ascot.
Longshot Midnight Miley made quick work of eight overmatched opponents in the Ontario Matron (Can-III) as she romped gate-to-wire to a open-lengths win July 17 at Woodbine.
Following the recent win of their The Conglomerate in the Vodacom Durban July (SAf-I), trainer Joey Ramsden and owners Markus and Ingrid Jooste teamed up July 16 to win another Kwa-Zulu group I feature, the Mercury Sprint, with Red Ray.
Seventh Heaven came back from a drubbing in the Epsom Oaks (Eng-I) last time out and defeated Oaks runner-up Architecture in the Irish equivalent July 17 at the Curragh.
After winning the Mohegan Sun Metropolitan Handicap (gr. I) by 14 1/4 lengths, Frosted finds himself as co-second-highest rated horse in the world and is the biggest mover in the fifth edition of the Longines World's Best Racehorse Rankings for 2016.
Horse Racing Ireland July 14 reported generally positive economic indicators for the industry in the first half of 2016.
Grade I winner Stormy Lucy, who topped the Fasig-Tipton July selected horses of racing age sale July 11 when she sold for $575,000, will be bred to Frankel on Southern Hemisphere breeding time this year.
A pair of foals by Deep Impact each sold for $2,718,447, the overall highest price of the two-day JRHA select sale, which closed July 12 with records in overall gross and average price.
Deep Impact offspring dominated the top of the market at the yearling session of the JRHA select sale July 11 with eight in the top 10 highest prices, including the first six best sellers that were topped by a colt out of champion Awesome Feather.
Robert Marzilli's Caren went gate to wire to capture $250,000 Bison City Stakes, second leg of the filly Triple Tiara, July 10 at Woodbine.
With Gregory Benoist riding hands and heels through the final furlong, Al Shaqab Racing's Zelzal displayed an impressive turn of foot to win the Prix Jean Prat (Fr-I) in course-record time at Chantilly July 10.
Limato found the firm going at Newmarket to his liking and unleashed a devastating rally, although drifting badly, to win the Darley July Cup (Eng-I) by two lengths July 9 at Newmarket.
The third and final day of the Tattersalls July sale saw trade continue in robust fashion, pushing the turnover for the sale past the previous record set 10 years ago.
Coolmore's Galileo added to his stellar sire record when Alice Springs won the Tattersalls 250th Year Falmouth Stakes (Eng-I) in course-record time at Newmarket July 8.
Sun Jewellery, Peniaphobia, Blazing Speed, Mr Stunning, and Fabulous One also picked up Hong Kong racing honors.
Prize money for the 2016-17 Hong Kong racing season will extend to another record level while purses for two of the Hong Kong Jockey Club's three spring group I features, the Champions Mile and Chairman's Sprint Prize, will be increased.
Last week, it was reported that King Glorious had died in Japan at the age of 30, having been pensioned since 2010 due to declining fertility.
The penultimate session of the Tattersalls July sale concluded July 7 with all three six-figure offerings on the day purchased by Qatar interests.
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The Tattersalls July Sale registered a spectacular start with a record-breaking session that saw turnover better all previous sessions at the midsummer fixture, reaching 7,208,629 guineas ($9,764,088) for the 234 lots sold.
The Korea Racing Authority and Keeneland Association July 6 announced the inaugural Keeneland Korea Cup, which will offer a purse of 1 billion Korean won (approximately $855,000) at Seoul Racecourse.
Euro Charline, the first 3-year-old to capture the Beverly D. Stakes (gr. IT) for fillies and mares in 2014 at Arlington, has been retired from racing and will be entered in the Tattersalls December sale, owner Team Valor International said July 6.
Trainer Wesley Ward is favoring the Prix Morny (Fr-I) in France for his star juvenile filly Lady Aurelia, one of the most impressive winners at Royal Ascot in June, and hopes to work her at Keeneland in the next 10 days.
Revisit the Queen's Plate trip of Sir Dudley Digges.
The Racing Australia Board July 4 announced controversial new rules for the registration of Thoroughbred foals and their owners that bring them under the Australian Rules of Racing, despite an outcry from breeders.
Woodbine reported its July 3 Queen's Plate program produced pari-mutuel wagering records and the second-highest attendance in the 157-year history of the race.
Jockey Kieren Fallon, a six-time champion in Great Britain who career was often marred by controversy, has retired from race riding after battling deep depression for nearly three years.
Classic winner Animal Kingdom will get a rest in Kentucky for the second half of 2016 rather than heading to Australia for the Southern Hemisphere breeding season.
Gary Barber’s Lexie Lou set rapid fractions, was collared by two other mares at the top of the stretch, and fought back for a game victory in the $200,000 Dance Smartly Stakes (Can-IIT) July 3 at Woodbine.
Charles Fipke's homebred Canadian classic winner Danish Dynaformer found success with some class relief in the $150,000 Singspiel Stakes (Can-IIIT) July 3 at Woodbine.
After a third-place run in the Plate Trial June 12, an extra furlong seemed to suit Sir Dudley Digges July 3 in the $1 million Queen's Plate at Woodbine.
A well-beaten third in the Prix d'Ispahan (Fr-I) last time out, Silverwave was much the best July 3 when he sprung a surprise the Prix du Saint-Cloud (Fr-I).
Benjamin Hutzel's homebred colt Passion for Action rallied from off the pace in a six-horse field to win the $173,777 Highlander Stakes (Can-IIT) July 3 at Woodbine for his third stakes win in four starts this year.
Ingrid and Markus Jooste's The Conglomerate caused a 20-1 surprise when holding on to win the R4.25 million Vodacom Durban July (SAf-I) July 2 at Greyville.
Rallying toward the center of the course, Dimension scored an upset victory in the $200,000 King Edward Stakes (Can-II) July 2 at Woodbine.
King Glorious, a California-bred multiple grade I winner and successful sire, passed away at the age of 30 in Japan, Kate Hunter of Paca Paca Farms shared via Twitter July 2.
North America's leading turf sire Kitten's Joy got his first European group I winner July 2 when Kentucky-bred Hawkbill edged favorite The Gurkha by a half length in the Coral Eclipse Stakes at Sandown.
Stephen Chesney and Cory Hoffman's Melmich returned to the familiar Woodbine winner's circle July 1 in the $150,000 Dominion Day Stakes (Can-III).
A winning Mastercraftsman colt named Dance of Life was bought for a sale record €400,000 (US$445,061) July 1, the final day of the Arqana summer sale, which closed with record sales.
Gulfstream Park will host the 2017 Clasico Internacional del Caribe, the Caribbean's premier Thoroughbred race, the Confederation of Caribbean Racetracks announced July 1 at its mid-year meeting at the South Florida track.
Ivan Dalos' homebred Gamble's Ghost, the tough-luck second-place finisher last time out in the Woodbine Oaks June 12, will take on males for the first time in her career as the only filly in the field for the $1 million Queen's Plate July 3.
Also entered are graded stakes winners Danish Dynaformer and Ami's Holiday.
Horse Racing Radio Network announced it will broadcast live from Woodbine Racetrack this weekend to provide coverage of the Queen’s Plate, Canada’s oldest and most prestigious Thoroughbred race and longest continuously run race in North America.
After scoring a clear victory in his Woodbine debut in last year's Dominion Day Stakes (Can-III), Red Rifle will try to defend that title Friday, July 1 in the 1 1/4-mile main-track race.
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