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O'Brien Fined for 'Rock' Scratch from QE II

Aidan O'Brien was fined by stewards after the non-appearance of Rock of Gibraltar in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes yesterday. This is the statutory penalty in such circumstances – 1% of the total prize money fund.

Rock of Gibraltar May Wait For BC Classic

Trainer Aidan O'Brien said Monday night that Rock of Gibraltar, winner of seven consecutive group I stakes, would be withdrawn from Saturday's Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot if the ground remains firm and could close out his career in the Breeders' Cup Classic.

Bandari Heads St. Leger

Bandari, trained by Mark Johnston for Sheikh Hamdan al Maktoum, will be bidding to become the first winner of the Rothmans Royals St Leger for 29 years trained in that county -- since Peleid in 1973 -- when he takes on nine rivals in the final classic of the British season at Doncaster Saturday.

O'Brien Trained Colts Post Group Wins at Curragh

Thomas L. Nichols' Century City, a 3-year-old Danzig colt produced from Canadian Horse of the Year Alywow, took a narrow lead with three-sixteenths of a mile remaining and continued on for a neck victory over U.S.-bred Common World in Saturday's Goffs International Stakes (Ire-II) at Curragh racecourse in Ireland.

Danzig Colt Wins Irish Group III

Della Francesca, one of 10 horses nominated to the American Triple Crown this year by trainer Aidan O'Brien, posted his first stakes triumph Wednesday when he won the Gallinule Stakes (Ire-III) at Leopardstown.

Even Dozen to Go in Vodafone Epsom Derby

Twelve 3-year-old colts were entered Thursday morning for the 223rd Vodafone Epsom Derby (Eng-I) which will be run June 8. The only defection from the five-day confirmations is Dubai Destination, owned by Godolphin and trained by Saeed bin Suroor, the team which is still represented by two runners: Naheef and Moon Ballad.

Epsom Oaks: 27 Eligible for June 7 Classic

One of the most competitive renewals of the Vodafone Epsom Oaks (Eng-I) for years is in prospect at Epsom Downs, following today's forfeit stage in which 27 fillies--four more than at this time last year --remained in the £350,000 classic.

Steve Haskin's Derby Report (2/25): Deja Vu-saichi

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.

Johannesburg Cantering; No Decisions Until Spring

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.

Tip of the Derby to Coolmore Team

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.

O'Brien Continues Domination In Europe

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.

Officer Displaced Palate in Juvenile Loss to Johannesburg

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.

Galileo, Other O'Brien Horses Set to Arrive Tuesday

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.

Sprint Report--10/17/2001

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.

O'Brien Horses Out at Newbury

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 Team Pledges 10 Percent of Earnings To NTRA Relief Fund

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.

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