Life doesn't always follow the path of hopes and dreams. read blog
For Royal Delta, a big part of her daily routine revolves around eating. And she approaches her meals with the same kind of enthusiasm that she has for running. read blog
From the time she zipped through three furlongs down the stretch as a light sharpener for the world's richest race until post positions were drawn more than eight hours later, trainer Bill Mott wouldn't have changed a thing. read blog
With her bid for history in the Dubai World Cup (UAE-gr. I) only four days away, Royal Delta is feeling, as trainer Bill Mott put it with a delighted grin, 'sassy.' read blog
Royal Delta galloped around Meydan Racecourse just after sunrise on March 25 and then returned to school in the paddock as the last rays of daylight tickled the towers of Dubai's emphatic skyline read blog
Even in the dim half light between night and morning, there was no mistaking her. read blog
Chantal Sutherland knows all about the historical barriers she will shatter when Bob Baffert gives her a leg up on Game On Dude in the $10 million Dubai World Cup (UAE-I).
America's contenders for the $27 million Dubai World Cup program, including champion Royal Delta and multiple grade I winner Game On Dude, have landed safely in Dubai and are in good health after the long flight from Florida.
Trainer Bob Baffert gave high marks to Game On Dude following a bullet seven-furlong work at Santa Anita March 16 in preparation for the $10 million Dubai World Cup (UAE-I).
Vinery Stables' Regally Ready took his first tour of the vast Meydan Racecourse on March 1 after clearing quarantine following his arrival in Dubai on Feb. 27 for a two-race campaign.
One of the strongest international racing teams ever assembled is poised to leave Coolmore's Ballydoyle training center in Ireland this month for a raid on the rich prizes offered by the Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) program.
Kinsale King will be ridden by Rafael Bejarano when he attempts to defend his title in the $2 million Dubai Golden Shaheen (UAE-I) March 26.
Trainer Rick Dutrow Jr. is hoping to send I Want Revenge and Stradivinsky to Dubai for next month's World Cup night.
WinStar Farm's 2010 Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winner Drosselmeyer, who has been working strongly toward his 4-year-old debut, is being pointed to the $10 million Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) at Meydan March 26.
Ken and Sarah Ramsey will aim to make international history on March 27 when their Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (gr. I) winner Furthest Land competes in the $10-million Dubai World Cup (UAE-I).
The connections of Life Is Sweet, who unleashed a powerful stretch run to win the Breeders' Cup Ladies Classic (gr. I), have accepted an invitation to take on males in the Dubai World Cup.
Already the leading female by earnings in Thoroughbred racing history, Japan's back-to-back Horse of the Year Vodka is in Dubai with a mission to capture the coveted crown as the sport's all-time leading money earner.
Breeders' Cup has eliminated the job of the 27-year employee who has been chiefly responsible for coordinating domestic and international nominations, entries, and horsemen's services for the racing championship event.
Together, trainer Steve Asmussen, jockey Robby Albarado and owner Jess Jackson have won more than 8,000 races -- but none even remotely like the Dubai World Cup (UAE-I).
Horse of the Year Curlin seems to have it all, and his racing record more than backs up that assessment. But what is he like to be around every day? What kind of an individual is this sculpted specimen with the fiery red hair?
No American knows more about the Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) from personal experience than Jim Cornes. The Dubai Racing Club official and former assistant to four-time Dubai champion trainer Kiaran McLaughlin has witnessed all but one of the previous 12 runnings of the world's richest race and will be there Saturday to see if Curlin can join the elite group of winners.
As racing fans and participants from around the world gathered at Nad Al Sheba Racecourse on Thursday for "Breakfast with the Stars," there was one name that seemed to be on everyone's lips: Curlin. People from Australia to Europe to South America to Asia all wanted to see the American Horse of the Year with their own eyes, to gauge how good he might really be before he races for the $6 million Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) on Saturday.
American Horse of the Year Curlin was standing in the wash rack in his barn in the quarantine area of Nad Al Sheba Racecourse when the unmistakable sound of an explosion split the air. "We were lucky he was in the wash rack because we could have had a problem if I was walking him," assistant trainer Scott Blasi said of the startling noise.
A day after his last workout for the Dubai World Cup (UAE-I), Curlin was ready to do more, said Scott Blasi, who has spent the last month tending only to Curlin, satisfying the colt's every need and keeping him focused on the task that lies ahead.
The connections of Horse of the Year Curlin are determined to give the prepossessing chestnut a chance to create his own legend in racing. His quest for such glory begins this year in Dubai, where he will try to win the world's richest race, the $6 million Dubai World Cup (UAE-I), as a leap toward shattering Cigar's career earnings record of $9,999,815. Michele MacDonald -- who is covering her 10th consecutive Dubai World Cup -- shares the most intimate moments of this Middle Eastern sojourn, focusing on the people closest to Curlin and the exceptional colt himself, as well as offering a magic carpet ride through the land of Dubai.
Okada is hoping Roses in May will follow in the steps of another blackish American horse, Sunday Silence. He recruited 198 mares for the stallion's first season at stud in 2006, following with 153 this year.
With the Japanese industry continuing to wait for a dominant successor to perennial leading sire Sunday Silence, who died in 2002, much of their hope seems to have fallen on Deep Impact's bay shoulders.
Japanese breeders and consignors celebrated the tenth anniversary of the Japan Racing Horse Association select sale with collective jumps in the air while clapping their hands on Sunday night at the urging of JRHA Vice Chairman Teruya Yoshida.
After five frustrating years of trying to coax dual American classic winner War Emblem into performing regular breeding duties, Shadai Stallion Station officials may be reaching the limit of their patience with the horse they purchased for about $17 million as a stallion prospect.
The Tin Man, who has compiled the best seasonal record of his career with two grade I wins at the age of eight in 2006, will miss what would have been his third effort in the John Deere Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT).
Cigar created an enduring link between the Breeders' Cup Classic and the Dubai World Cup by winning both races, a feat attempted by many but matched only by Pleasantly Perfect.
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