- By Steve Haskin
Aidan O'Brien Eclipse worthy; Goldi's gift; track woes read blog
Aidan O'Brien Eclipse worthy; Goldi's gift; track woes read blog
We're still attempting to digest the bizarre fare that was fed us at the Nov. 4 and 5 Breeders' Cup smorgasbord that left so many people hungrier than when they went in. read blog
Eighteen-year-old Joseph O'Brien rode St Nicholas Abbey (by Montjeu) to a driving win in the Emirates Airline Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) Nov. 5 at Churchill Downs for his father, trainer Aidan O'Brien.
Wrote, owned by Mrs. John Magnier, Michael Tabor, and Derrick Smith, rallied strongly in the stretch and pulled away to easily win the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf (gr. IT) at one mile on grass Nov. 5.
Rain closes the turf course Nov. 3, hindering final BC Turf work for Sir Michael Stoute's Sea Moon.
Dean's Kitten overcame a compromised first year to claw his way to Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. I) contention.
Goldikova, Havre de Grace lead the charge for the 2011 Breeders' Cup World Championships. Eight of the 15 races are over-subscribed.
Ballydoyle, the racing arm of Coolmore, confirmed Oct. 24 that So You Think has been pre-entered in the Nov. 5 Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I).
Aidan O'Brien's Camelot lived up to all his pre-race hype with an easy 2 1/4 length victory in the $312,000 Racing Post Trophy (Eng-I) at Doncaster Oct. 22.
Coming right back off just seven days rest, European invader Together outlasted Marketing Mix to win the $400,000 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup (gr. IT) Oct. 15 at Keeneland.
Jason, Evan, and Tim Holland of TwinSpires.com handicap the Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup S. at Keeneland this week. watch video
Mrs. John Magnier, Michael Tabor, and Derrick Smith's Together, who rallied to finish second in the Oct. 8 First Lady (gr. IT), will remain at Keeneland this week for a run in the Oct. 15 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup.
Parish Hall held off the late charge of favored Power to win the $468,000 Dubai Dewhurst Stakes (Eng-I) by a half-length at Newmarket Oct. 8.
Longshot Crusade benefitted from a strong ride by jockey Seamie Heffernan as he charged between horses to capture the $234,000 Emaar Middle Park Stakes (Eng-I) at Newmarket Oct. 8.
Cape Blanco, who withstood a tenacious challenge for a game victory in the Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational (gr. IT) Oct. 1, has been retired due to an injury sustained in the race over yielding turf at Belmont Park.
Cape Blanco shipped across the pond from Ireland for third time to collect a grade I victory, barely outlasting a determined Dean's Kitten by a nose in the $500,000 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational (gr. IT) Oct. 1.
Australian superstar So You Think and defending champion Workforce appear set to clash once again as a field of 16 runners were declared for the $5,437,800 Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (Fr-I) Oct. 2.
Cape Blanco and Teaks North, both two-time grade I winners on turf this year, headline a star-studded six-horse field for the Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational (gr. IT).
Power held off the late challenge of Dragon Pulse to win the $269,000 Goffs National Stakes (Ire-I) by a half-length at the Curragh Sept. 10.
The Aidan O'Brien-trained So You Think beats five rivals going 10 furlongs at Leopardstown in the Red Mills Irish Champion Stakes Ire-I).
Maybe remained undefeated and left no doubt as to who the best juvenile filly in Ireland is with a decisive victory in the $302,500 Moyglare Stud Stakes (Ire-I) at the Curragh Aug. 28.
Blue Bunting repelled the late challenge of Vita Nova to win the $483,500 Darley Yorkshire Oaks (Eng-I) by three-quarters of a length at York Racecourse Aug. 18.
A yielding turf was just fine with favored Cape Blanco, who registered his second straight grade I score on North American turf in style for Irish trainer Aidan O'Brien in the Arlington Million (gr. IT) Aug. 13.
Making his United States debut, English-bred Treasure Beach gamely held off fellow European invader Ziyarid to post a neck victory in the $400,000 Secretariat Stakes (gr. IT) Aug. 13 at Arlington Park.
European invader Cape Blanco, making his United States debut, denied champion Gio Ponti a third straight victory in the $600,000 Man o' War (gr. IT) when he held him off in the stretch to win by about two lengths July 9.
Watch out Breeders' Cup; O'Brien is loaded this year. Read Blog
So You Think wore down Workforce in the final yards to capture the $641,760 Coral-Eclipse Stakes (Eng-I) by a half-length at Sandown Park July 2.
Simon Burgess talks with winning trainer Aidan O'Brien. Watch Video
Treasure Beach just got up in the final strides to lead home an Aidan O'Brien sweep in the $1,772,850 Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby (Ire-I) at the Curragh June 26.
Simon Burgess talks with trainer Aidan O'Brien after Misty For Me's impressive win in the Pretty Polly at the Curragh. Watch Video
Misty For Me grabbed the lead from the start and never looked back, drawing off in the final furlong to win the $284,558 Stobart Ireland Pretty Polly Stakes (Ire-I) at the Curragh by six lengths over Midday June 25.
Fame And Glory took command with two furlongs left to run and rolled to an impressive three-length victory in the $407,388 Gold Cup (Eng-I) at Royal Ascot June 16.
Simon Burgess talks with Aidan O'Brien following So You Think's loss in the Prince of Wales's Stakes (Eng-I) at Royal Ascot June 15. Watch Video
Master of Hounds worked a quarter mile a day after coming out of quarantine in preparation for a run in the June 11 Belmont Stakes (gr. I).
It took St Nicholas Abbey several strides to get into gear, but once he did he was unstoppable as he stormed down the center of the course to deny Midday in the $408,633 Investec Coronation Cup (Eng-I) at Epsom June 3.
Misty For Me capped off an incredible weekend for trainer Aidan O'Brien with a three-quarter-length victory over stablemate Together in the $459,921 Etihad Airways Irish One Thousand Guineas (Ire-I) at the Curragh May 22.
Heavily-favored So You Think improved his European record to two-for-two with an easy 4 1/2-length victory in the $297,179 Tattersalls Gold Cup (Ire-I) at the Curragh May 22.
Roderic O'Conner took command at the start and never looked back as he galloped home an easy winner of the $463,587 Abu Dhabi Irish Two Thousand Guineas (Ire-I) at the Curragh May 21.
Master of Hounds is big mystery horse of the Derby. Read Blog
Two-time Eclipse Award-winning rider Garrett Gomez has been named to pilot Susan Magnier's Master of Hounds in the May 7 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
Assuming he works well at Ballydoyle over the next several days, Master of Hounds will ship to Churchill Downs early on Derby week, according to trainer Aidan O'Brien.
A spokesman for Coolmore Stud confirmed April 18 that Mrs. John Magnier's Master of Hounds is being pointed for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
UAE Derby runner-up Master of Hounds is still be considered for the Kentucky Derby
Trainer Aidan O'Brien said the UAE Derby (UAE-II) runner-up is a possibility for the Kentucky Derby Presented By Yum! Brands (gr. I).
The British Horseracing Authority has fined Irish trainer Aidan O'Brien in connection with an incident involving Cape Blanco at York racecourse in May.
Jockey Johnny Murtagh partnered Recital to an easy five-length victory in the Criterium de Saint-Cloud (Fr-I) Nov. 13.
Roderic O'Connor provided trainer Aidan O'Brien with consecutive wins in the Criterium International (Fr-I) when he held off Salto to claim the Saint-Cloud contest by 1 1/2 lengths Oct. 31.
Breeders' Cup hopeful Rip Van Winkle has been retired after suffering slight setback
Irish-bred Joshua Tree took the lead in mid-stretch and desperately held off the late charges of Mores Wells and favored Redwood to win the $2 million Pattison Canadian International (Can-IT) Oct. 16 at Woodbine.
Cape Blanco took the lead from the start and never looked back, pulling away in the stretch to capture the Tattersalls Millions Irish Champion Stakes (Ire-I) by 5 1/2 lengths at Leopardstown Sept. 4.