When Royal Ascot ended its five-day meet, there was a sense of sadness, as if something beautiful, yet comforting, was taken away after filling four and a half hours each morning with a kaleidoscope of images and colors and unbridled emotion.
Idaho emerged from the shadow of his older brother Highland Reel (IRE) to win the Hardwicke Stakes (G2) on the final day of Royal Ascot June 24, providing Coolmore a powerful 1-2 punch for the remainder of the season worldwide.
The Coolmore team from Ireland ruled the fourth day of Royal Ascot, where it won both group 1 events and gave a boost to Caravaggio, one of the most promising sons of the late sire Scat Daddy.
The Royal Ascot heavyweights are poised to square off in the first of two group 1 events on the second-last day of Royal Ascot.
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.
A sport as unpredictable as Thoroughbred racing does not fall into a rut often, but every once in awhile the results become a little predictable.
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.
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.
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.
Multiple group 1 winner Fame And Glory (GB) passed away the morning of Feb. 13 after suffering a suspected heart attack while covering a mare, Coolmore Stud announced via social media. The son of Montjeu (IRE) was 11.
The Hong Kong International Races offer trainer Aidan O'Brien further opportunities to add to his remarkable season, when Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) hero Highland Reel attempts to defend his crown in the Dec. 11 Longines Hong Kong Vase (HK-I).
- By Steve Haskin
I am going to really push the envelope by comparing Arrogate to Dallas Cowboys rookie quarterback Dak Prescott, who I’m sure a great deal of you have never even heard of. For those of you still with me, let's look at these two remarkable athletes.
Hit It a Bomb, a son of War Front and winner of last year's Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf (gr. IT), has been retired and will stand in 2017 at B. Wayne Hughes' Spendthrift Farm near Lexington. He will be part of the 'Share the Upside' program.
Minding, a five-time group one winner in 2016, was named the Cartier Horse of the Year Nov. 8 at the 26th annual Cartier Racing Awards.
Highland Reel set a stiff pace and was never seriously challenged en route to a win in the $4 million Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT).
An already career year for trainer Chad Brown continued during the Nov. 4 card of the Breeders' Cup World Championships when New Money Honey collared pacesetter Lull in midstretch to take the $1 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (gr. IT).
The Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (gr. IT) kicks off the 2016 World Championships at Santa Anita Park Nov. 4. Since joining the Breeders’ Cup lineup in 2007, the one-mile race has been won by European-based horses six out of its nine runnings.
In the world of Thoroughbred racing, Aidan O'Brien can be called the modern day Alexander the Great and his four-legged Ballydoyle bruisers the Macedonian army.
Trainer Aidan O'Brien said Oct. 23 that Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (Fr-I) winner Found could make her first start on dirt against the likes of California Chrome, Arrogate, and Frosted in the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I).
Found could be aimed for a repeat bid in the Longines Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) following her runner-up finish to Almanzor in the QIPCO Champion Stakes (Eng-I) Oct. 15 on British Champions Day at Ascot.
Filly phenom Minding tallied a seventh top-level win Oct. 15 when holding off Ribchester by a half length in the £1.2 million Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (Eng-I) on British Champions Day at Ascot.
Trainer Aidan O'Brien said his Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (Fr-I) victress Found is "the most genuine horse I've ever seen," as the filly heads to QIPCO Champion Stakes (Eng-I) Oct. 15 at Ascot.
Queen Elizabeth II will not be at Woodbine Oct. 16, but will be represented by her first Canadian runner with Dartmouth entered in the $1 million Pattison Canadian International (Can-IT).
Trainer Aidan O'Brien goes after another grade/group I win Oct. 16 in Woodbine's E.P. Taylor Presented by HPIBet (Can-IT) with Best In The World (by Galileo). The 3-year-old filly catches a pair of runners each from Chad Brown and Bill Mott.
After breaking a string of runner-up finishes in most spectacular fashion, Found (IRE) will try for a second straight group I win Oct. 15, when she faces up to 18 rivals in the $1,586,000 QIPCO Champion Stakes (Eng-I) at Ascot.
Coolmore and partners' Churchill extended his win streak to five Oct. 8 in the Dubai Dewhurst Stakes (Eng-I) for 2-year-olds at Newmarket as Aidan O'Brien-trained runners again dominated the finish in another top race.
Four-year-old filly Found, last year's Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) winner, led a sensational 1-2-3 finish for trainer Aidan O'Brien when taking the Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (Fr-I), Europe's premier race, Oct. 2 at Chantilly.
Coolmore and partners' Alice Springs fought off a determined Always Smile inside the final furlong and posted her third group I victory of the year in the Kingdom of Bahrain Sun Chariot Stakes Oct. 1 at Newmarket.
Evelyn Stockwell's homebred Brave Anna upset five other juvenile fillies Sept. 24 in the £102,078 ($132,701) Connolly's Red Mills Cheveley Park Stakes (Eng-I) at Newmarket.
Travel proved no problem for French classic winner Almanzor, as he finished well to secure a three-quarter-length victory over top filly Found in a particularly strong edition of the QIPCO Irish Champion Stakes (Ire-I) Sept. 10 at Leopardstown.
Central Kentucky sire War Front, currently the leading sire of juveniles in England and Ireland, and second on the U.S. list, got his 50th black-type winner Aug. 31 when Intelligence Cross captured the Round Tower Stakes (Ire-III) at the Curragh.
A furlong from the wire the Yorkshire Oaks (Eng-I) appeared to be anyone's race, but that's when Seventh Heaven unleashed a late run none of her 11 filly and mare rivals could match as she registered a 2 3/4-length victory.
For a race that saw no order change in the top two finishers after a decisive move at the top of the stretch, Postponed's victory in the £546,542.62 ($710,505) Juddmonte International (Eng-I) supplied a heaping dose of late intrigue.
A showdown between Scat Daddy's star juveniles Caravaggio and Lady Aurelia in the Darley Prix Morny (Fr-I) Aug. 21 at Deauville will likely not take place as Caravaggio is being aimed instead toward a race in September, Racing Post reports.
De Coronado, a 3-year-old full brother of superstar mare Zenyatta, drastically cut back in distance and broke his maiden Aug. 14 at Dundalk in Ireland.
Classic-placed Cherry Wine will return to grass racing Saturday, Aug. 13 as one of nine 3-year-olds entered in the Secretariat Stakes (gr. IT) at Arlington International Racecourse.
Caravaggio stayed unbeaten in winning the Keeneland Phoenix Stakes (Ire-I) Aug. 7 at the Curragh, in an effortless performance some observers said was no more than glorified workout for the Kentucky-bred Scat Daddy colt.
Burden of Proof, a multiple group winner in Europe and a leading sire in India, died Aug. 2 at the age of 24 at Dr. Vijay Mallya's Kunigal Stud where he stood at stud, the farm announced via Twitter.
Trainer Aidan O'Brien's brilliant juvenile, Kentucky-bred Caravaggio, the early favorite for next year's Two Thousand Guineas (Ire-I), is among the 10 entries for the €250,000 Keeneland Phoenix Stakes (Ire-I) at the Curragh.
Minding showed her class to tally her sixth win at the top level July 30 at Goodwood when she took the Qatar Nassau Stakes (Eng-I), Europe's richest race for fillies and mares, by 1 1/4 lengths from Queen's Trust.
Dual English classic winner Minding headlines 10 confirmations for the £600,000 Qatar Nassau Stakes (Eng-I), Europe's most valuable race for fillies and mares, July 30, the final day of the Qatar Goodwood Festival.
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.
In his first U.S. start, Deauville held off a late charge from Highland Sky to win the the $1.25 million Belmont Derby Invitational Stakes (gr. IT) Saturday, July 9 at Belmont Park.
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.
Thoroughbreds from Ireland, Great Britain, and France will be traveling to Belmont Park to face some of the top 3-year-old turf colts and fillies in the United States in the Belmont Derby (gr. IT) and the Belmont Oaks (gr. IT) July 9.
Trainer Aidan O'Brien looks to have four runners for the Duty Free Irish Derby (Ire-I), with Investec Epsom Derby (Eng-I) second- and third-place finishers Us Army Ranger and Idaho spearheading the quartet for the classic June 25 at the Curragh.
Former Irish champion jockey Joseph O'Brien saddled four winners from seven starters June 6 at two racecourses in Ireland to formally launch his training career.
Minding overcame traffic trouble in the early stretch and won the £475,000 Investec Epsom Oaks (Eng-I) June 3, giving trainer Aidan O'Brien a sixth triumph in the English filly classic.
Trainer Aidan O'Brien will have five of the 16 horses scheduled to run in the £1,545,000 ($2.2 million) Investec Derby (Eng-I) June 4 at Epsom Downs.
Derrick Smith, Susan Magnier, and Michael Tabor's Minding led a top-three finish for the ownership team, trainer Aidan O'Brien, and the stallion Galileo in the QIPCO One Thousand Guineas (Eng-I) for 3-year-old fillies May 1 at Newmarket.
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