Lady O'Reilly's smart staying filly Voleuse De Coeurs trounced a field of accomplished runners in the GAIN Irish St. Leger (Ire-I) Sept. 15 at the Curragh.
Favored Grand Couturier got the soft going he appreciates and a solid pace to chase, helping him to his first win of the year in the $158,500 Bowling Green Handicap (gr. IIT) at Belmont Park Sept. 13.
Robert Ribaudo, the small-stable trainer of Grand Couturier, considers himself lucky in a sport of declining fortunes. One of his former owner got back into the racing game and now they have a solid contender in the Emirates Airline Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT).
Andrew and Marina Stone's Dalvina, entering off of a successful American debut, is the one to beat in the $200,000 La Prevoyante Handicap (gr. IIT) Dec. 15 at Calder Race Course.
The $500,000 Sword Dancer Invitational (gr. IT) was setting up perfectly for heavy favorite English Channel. After coming from well off the pace, the 5-year-old son of Smart Strike made his usual late kick, rallying under jockey John Velazquez to take the lead as they headed for home. The only problem was, Grand Couturier had a finishing kick that was too much even for one of America's top turf horses, as the 4-year-old English-bred colt came flying along the rail to take Saratoga's feature in dramatic fashion.
Illuminise gave Irish breds a sweep of Oak Tree's grass stakes for 3-year-olds this weekend when she captured the $100,000 Harold C. Ramser Sr. Handicap for 3-year-old fillies on Sunday at Santa Anita.
Hotel Grand, winner of the Spring Champion Stakes (Aust-I) at Randwick Oct 1, could attempt to emulate last year's winner, Savabeel, by taking the Cox Plate (Aust-I) at three.
A Grand Lodge colt sold for 700,000 euros ($849,730) to top the first two sessions of L'Agence Francaise's Deauville August yearling sale Sunday and Monday in France.
For the first time, there will only be one set of workouts prior to the April 14-15 Tattersalls Breeze-Up Sale in Newmarket, England.
Woodlands Stud in Australia announced that prominent stallion Grand Lodge was euthanized following a long battle to repair the left knee that was damaged in a paddock accident in September.
The death of Shogun Lodge, one of Australia's Thoroughbred heroes, cast a pall over the final day of the Flemington spring carnival on Nov. 8.
A Grand Lodge filly brought the top price of 500,000 euros Wednesday at the Goffs Orby yearling sale in Ireland.
After undergoing extensive knee surgery Sept. 5 at Scone Veterinary Clinic, Grand Lodge is recovering well.
Grand Lodge, sire of such European standouts as champions Grandera and Sinndar, will undergo surgery at Scone Veterinary Clinic after injuring a knee in a paddock accident at Woodlands Stud in New South Wales, Australia.
Frankies Dream, who has finished third in two group III events, brought the top price of 200,000 guineas (approximately $326,970) Wednesday during the third session of Tattersalls' Autumn horses in training sale in England.
Indian Lodge left Ellinthorpe Stud under-manned when he missed last month's shuttle. Grand Lodge's exciting miler wasn't running late but a slightly elevated temperature caused veterinary surgeons to revoke his ticket out of Ireland.
A colt by Grand Lodge brought the top price of $90,000 (approximately $48,060 in U.S. funds) on Sunday at San Miguel sires' produce yearling in Australia. James Bester Bloodstock purchased the colt from Riverslea Farm, agent.
Coolmore Stud will stand Spinning World at its Irish headquarters rather than at its North American satellite, Ashford Stud, near Versailles, Ky., for the 2002 breeding season.
European star Giant's Causeway, who will make his first U.S. appearance in the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I), will begin his stallion career for IR75,000 guineas (approximately $82,500) at John Magnier and partners' Coolmore Stud in Ireland.
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