Trainer Aidan O'Brien's Kentucky Derby hopefuls galloped over the muddy main track at Keeneland Race Course before an audience of media and other spectators.
The Aidan O'Brien-trained duo of Johannesburg and Castle Gandola will arrive in Lexington, Ky. around 5:10 p.m. (ET) Tuesday and will undergo quarantine for 48 hours at Keeneland Racecourse.
Champion and Breeders' Cup Juvenile winner Johannesburg suffered a shock defeat on his seasonal debut at The Curragh on Sunday, which must throw a serious doubt over his participation in the Kentucky Derby.
With the ground at the Curragh drying up after a several days of beautiful weather, plans for Johannesburg are now to run in the seven-furlong Gladness Stakes on Sunday, as originally planned.
There remains a chance Michael Tabor and Mrs. John Magnier's Johannesburg could make his 2002 debut on the grass at The Curragh in Ireland April 7 rather than at Lingfield the previous day, trainer Aidan O'Brien said April 2. A decision must be made by the evening of April 4, he said.
The new race at England's Lingfield Park in which champion Johannesburg will have his lone Kentucky Derby prep on April 6 will be sponsored by Australian brewer Foster's.
Johannesburg will supply the wing and trainer Aidan O'Brien the prayer. The Coolmore trainer said the keyword is hope in their quest to get last year's champion 2-year-old to the Kentucky Derby.
Johannesburg, who is scheduled to run in a one-mile dirt race at Lingfield on April 6 as his only prep for the Kentucky Derby, was shipped to England for a work over the track Tuesday and went 6 furlongs in 1:12, according to trainer Aidan O'Brien
The plans for Johannesburg have taken a turn, and the 2-year-old champion will now make his 2002 debut in a proposed one-mile dirt race at Lingfield on April 6, according to the Daily Telegraph's Internet site telegraph.co.
Yes, we have been here before. Two years ago, Japanese-owned Fusaichi Pegasus, trained by Neil Drysdale, broke his maiden sprinting in January, then won a 1 1/16-mile allowance race in February as a springboard to victories in the San Felipe, Wood Memorial, and the Kentucky Derby. Now, we have Japanese- owned Sunday Break, trained by Neil Drysdale, breaking his maiden sprinting in January, then winning a 1 1/16-mile allowance race in February.
For all you Johannesburg fans who have been picturing the son of Hennessy hibernating for the winter in a den somewhere in the bowels of Ballydoyle, fear not. Last year's Breeders' Cup Juvenile winner and likely 2-year-old champion has been cantering and doing as well as can be expected at this time of the year.
Trainer Aidan O'Brien, owners Michael Tabor and Sue Magnier, and jockey Michael Kinane, who combined together to have such a great flat season for the Coolmore team, dominated the 2001 Derby Awards, organized by the Horserace Writers and Photographers Association, The winners were announced Dec. 10 before 600 people in London, England.
Trainer Aidan O'Brien, who got his first Breeders' Cup win this year with Johannesburg in the Juvenile, continued his dominance over European racing when three horses from his stable ran 1-2-3 in Tuesday's Grand Criterium de Saint-Cloud (Fr-I) in Paris, France.
Johannesburg remains unbeaten in seven starts with a huge win in the Juvenile, trainer Aidan O'Brien's first Breeders' Cup victory
Say what's the word? Well at Belmont Park on Saturday, it was Johannesburg, who remained unbeaten when he won the Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I). Down to defeat went the Bob Baffert-trained Officer, who was on the rail in striking position but could not handle the pressure. Later, Baffert said Officer shut down after displacing his palate.
Aidan O'Brien said on a national teleconference Wednesday afternoon that plans to ship to Belmont Park early next week are still on go. O'Brien will be arriving next Tuesday with one of the most powerful European contingents in Breeders' Cup history. The Ballydoyle trainer has Galileo and Black Minnaloushe for the Classic, Milan for the Turf, Bach for the Mile, Mozart for the Sprint, Johannesburg for the Juvenile, and Sophisticat for the Juvenile Fillies.
If the over and under on the number of Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) runners who had their final prep in England or France was 25, you would probably take the under, wouldn't you? This writer would have. But, counting them up shows 27 Sprint starters have shipped in from France or England. And, not surprisingly, more have finished last -- six -- than first -- one.
In his final prep for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile, Michael Tabor and Susan Magnier's Johannesburg easily won his third group I race of the year in Thursday's Middle Park Stakes at Newmarket, England.
European Group I winners Black Minnaloushe and King Charlemagne are being considered for the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships.
A handful of runners trained by Aidan O'Brien, including last year's most expensive public auction yearling and a full brother to Galileo, have been withdrawn from Friday's racing at Newbury
Coolmore principal John Magnier and fellow Thoroughbred owner Michael Tabor are following the lead of fellow owner Tracy Farmer with a pledge to contribute a percentage of any of their horses' winnings from the Oct. 27 Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships at New York's Belmont Park to the NTRA Charities -- New York Heroes Fund. The fund will assist the spouses and children of the New York City firefighters, police, emergency service personnel, and other victims of the World Trade Center disaster on Sept. 11.
Trainer Aidan O'Brien collected his 15th group I race of the season when Milan was an easy winner of the Rothmans Royals St. Leger (Eng-I) on Sept. 15. Number 16 would come the following day from Hawk Wing in the Curragh's National Stakes (Ire-I).
It's round two for Galileo and Fantastic Light when they clash in Saturday's Ireland The Food Island Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown, where there will be more than the £825,000 prize money at stake.
Michael Tabor and Mrs. Susan Magnier's Mozart came from just off the pace to score a two-length victory in the five-furlong Victor Chandler Nunthorpe Stakes (Eng-I) on Thursday at the York meeting in Britain.
Trainer Aidan O'Brien continues his winning ways, scoring two more group I victories.
Lailani wins the Kildangan Stud Irish Oaks; Mozart scores in the Darley July Cup
Michael Tabor and Mrs. John Magnier's Mozart beat older horses when he rolled to a 3 1/2-length triumph in Newmarket's Darley July Cup (Eng-I) on Thursday.
Fantastic Light, Frankie Dettori, Johnny Murtagh, and Aidan O'Brien shine at star-studded Royal Ascot
Flamboyant jockey Frankie Dettori was in the spotlight at Royal Ascot on Wednesday, with his three victories including the featured Prince of Wales's Stakes (Eng-I) aboard Godolphin's Fantastic Light.
The St. James's Palace Stakes (Eng-I) on the opening day of the Royal Ascot meet in England lived up to its billing as two classic were 1-2 in an exciting finish. The winner was Black Minnaloushe, a 3-year-old Kentucky-bred son of Storm Cat who was driven to the wire by jockey Johnny Murtaugh for a neck victory over Noverre.
Imagine completed a classic double when she won the Epsom Oaks Friday in England. On May 27, the Sadler's Wells filly won the Irish One Thousand Guineas at the Curragh.
Irish trainer Aidan O'Brien, who almost pulled off the Breeders' Cup Classic last year with Giant's Causeway, is considering running Michael Tabor's Mozart in the Kentucky Derby. O'Brien said in The Racing Post if any of his 3-year-olds will be sent to Churchill Downs it will be the son of Danehill.
A total of 149 horses remain in the 2001 Vodafone Derby, run at Epsom on Saturday, June 9, after the first forfeit stage. They include 32 trained in Ireland, 19 currently stabled in Dubai and six from France. The number of entries at this stage has been bettered only once in the last four years.
Trainer of Giant's Causeway has 21 horses under consideration for this year's Triple Crown events.
Nominees to the five Fall Meet stakes races scheduled for Breeders' Cup Week at Churchill Downs feature top American runners, plus a strong representation of European-based horses. A total of 245 horses were nominated to the five races in the opening six days of the Fall Meet, Oct. 29-Nov. 25.
Trainer Aidan O'Brien confirmed Saturday that Giant's Causeway likely will make his next start in the 1 1/4-mile Champion Stakes at Newmarket Oct. 14 as a prep for the Breeders' Cup Classic. O'Brien had considered sending the son of Storm Cat to Belmont for the Jockey Club Gold Cup, but decided to keep him at home.
Michael Tabor and Mrs. John Magnier's Minardi moved to the lead with an about an eighth of a mile remaining for a 1 1/2-length triumph over Endless Summer in the Middle Park Stakes (Eng-I) at Newmarket, England.
Michael Tabor and Mrs. John Magnier’s Giant’s Causeway won a duel with the Aga Khan’s Kalanisi to win the Juddmonte International Stakes (Eng-I) at York, England, on Tuesday.
Midway through the stretch, jockey Jerry Bailey looked to be en route to his third grade I win on the day at Arlington International aboard 3-5 favorite King Cugat before Ciro, under Mick Kinane, rallied on the outside for a length victory in the $400,000 Secretariat Stakes (gr. IT) Saturday at the Chicago area track.
Making his second career start, Michael Tabor's 2-year-old colt Tinardi earned his first career win by beating nine other juveniles in the Independent Heinz 57 Phoenix Stakes (Ire-I) Sunday at Leopardstown.
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