Alberto Giacometti, a group I winner in Europe, worked on the Hollywood Park turf course for the first time Friday in preparation for his U.S. debut in the $600,000 Hollywood Derby (gr. IT) on Nov. 30.
Coolmore freshman stallion Fasliyev, who is on the verge of becoming the all-time leader by number of 2-year-old winners in a single year, has his fee upped from 20,000 euros (approximately $23,000) to 75,000 euros ($87,000) for 2004.
By Dan Liebman -- The Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships is a day for celebration. But this year it also left pedigree lovers feeling a twinge of sadness. Of the nine winners on the day, four are by sires now deceased.
Charles Fipke's Shadwell Turf Mile (gr. IT) winner Perfect Soul (Ire) stretched his legs on the Keeneland grass Tuesday morning in his final preparation for the NetJets Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) to be run at Santa Anita Park on Saturday.
Irish fans got a glimpse of the early favorite for next year's Vodafone Derby when Yeats won his career debut for trainer Aidan O'Brien at The Curragh Sunday.
Polish Summer survived an inquiry to win last year's Grand Prix de Deauville Lucien Barriere (Fr-I) at Deauville, but he wasn't so lucky Sunday.
The August yearling sale conducted by Agence Francaise in Deauville, France showed modest gains, in part because of a smaller catalog. The sale ended Aug. 27 after five days of selling.
Islington, last year's highweighted 3-year-old filly in England from 9 1/2 to 11 furlongs and from 11 to 14 furlongs, won the Aston Upthorpe Yorkshire Oaks (Eng-I) for the second year in a row Wednesday afternoon at the Ebor-at-York meeting in England.
Moyglare Stud Farm's Refuse to Bend, winner of the 2,000 Guineas (Ire-I) and a possible starter in the Breeders' Cup Mile, returned from a summer break with a romping three-length victory in the one-mile Desmond Stakes (Ire-III) at Leopardstown Sunday.
Michael Tabor's High Chaparral signaled his readiness for an autumn campaign with a three-quarters length victory in Sunday's Royal Whip Stakes (Ire-II) at The Curragh.
Ballingarry split horses at the top of the stretch and held off a late rally from Dr. Brendler to win the $219,200 Stars and Stripes Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IIIT)by a half length Saturday at Arlington Park.
Black Sam Bellamy, who won the Tattersalls Gold Cup (Ire-I) on May 25, has been sold by Michael Tabor and Susan Magnier to the German stud operation Gestut Farhof, owned by Andreas Jacobs.
For the second time in three weeks, French trainer Pascal Bary's outstanding filly Six Perfections was unable to overcome a troubled trip, losing Sunday to Susan Magnier's Yesterday by a short head in the Entenmann's Irish One Thousand Guineas at The Curragh.
A Sadler's Wells filly sold for 150,000 guineas Thursday to top the second and final session of the Tattersalls breeze-up sale in England The price was a European breeze-up record for a filly.
Irish-bred Ballingarry makes his first start since the Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) in Sunday's $150,000 Arcadia Handicap (gr. IIT) at 1 1/8 mile at Santa Anita, but the Canadian International (gr. IT) winner drew a tough spot for his return.
Columbine Stable's Sligo Bay, with the venerable Laffit Pincay Jr. riding, caught front-running Grammarian in the stretch and went on to a one-length win in the $250,000 Hollywood Turf Cup (gr. IT) at 1 1/2 mile Saturday.
Given a long break during the summer, Sligo Bay returns to score a convincing victory in the Hollywood Turf Cup.
Yesterday's victory in Sunday's listed Eyrefield Stakes at Leopardstown clinched Michael Kinane's 12th Irish jockey's championship. Kinane finished with three winners and three seconds in the year's final season.
As North America looks toward the Oct. 26 Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships, fans of Australian racing are preparing for three of the country's biggest group I events.
Timmy Hyde's Camas Park Stud consigned the top lot of the first day of the Goffs Orby Yealing Sale in Ireland, a Sadler's Wells colt out of the Shirley Heights mare Puck's Castle, who was sold for 825,000 euros ($808,335) to Demi O'Byrne, acting for the Michael Tabor/John Magnier partnership.
Tattersalls' Houghton sale ended its two-day run in England Thursday with small increases in both its average and median, reversing a downward trend that has been seen at other select yearling auctions this year.
Three-year-old Ballingarry crosses the Atlantic to land the Canadian International.
This is the weekend we've been waiting for: the three major North American preps for the NetJets Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT).
Moyglare Stud Farm's Refuse to Bend captured the Group I Aga Khan's Studs National Stakes for 2-year-olds at The Curragh on Sunday, coming from behind to catch Van Nistelrooy in the final 75 yards and post a 3/4-length victory.
Islington captured her second straight group I win Wednesday with an outstanding performance in the Ashton Upthorpe Yorkshire Oaks at York.
Four European-based invaders will face five American-based Thoroughbreds in the 20th running of the Arlington Million (gr. I) at Arlington Park on Saturday.
By Christy Grassick -- It has been both a pleasure and a privilege to have been involved with Sadler's Wells. He is without doubt the best sire Europe has ever seen. The fact he has sired 200 stakes winners is proof enough of that.
A colt by Japan's perennial leading sire, Sunday Silence, topped the first session of the Japan Racing Horse Association's select foal sale Monday, bringing a bid of 205 million yen (approximately $1,708,333).
Aidan O'Brien saddles first three and Sadler's Wells sires the first four as High Chaparral becomes 15th Epsom/Irish Derby winner.
Sheikh Mohammed's Morozov wins Prix du Lys while setting a record for his sire.
Sheikh Mohammed's Morozov wins Prix du Lys while setting a record for his sire.
Based on pure chances, Aidan O'Brien has the best shot at winning the Vodafone Derby, with eight horses still eligible
The Tattersalls December mares sale continued its strong run during its second session on Tuesday, recording increases in gross revenue, average price, and median price. The 202 horses sold grossed 13,308,500 guineas and averaged 65,883 guineas. The median was 30,000 guineas. The gross and average were up by 15.8% and 16.3%, respectively from the comparable session in 2000. The median was up by 20.0%. Last year during the second session, 203 horses were sold for a gross of 11,497,500 guineas, an average of 56,637 guineas, and a median of 25,000 guineas.
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.
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.
Irish stallion Sadler's Wells became racing all-time leader by number of stakes winners when his 3-year-old son Roman Saddle won the July 21 Prix Berteux (Fr-III) to become stakes winner No. 177.
Central Kentucky stallion Woodman and Irish stallion Sadler's Wells reached new levels in mid-July.
Trainer Aidan O'Brien sends out Imagine and Galileo to win the Epsom Oaks and Derby.
Irish stallion Sadler's Wells continues to put some distance between himself and former leader Sir Tristram in the category of group/grade I winners. Sadler's Wells came up with No. 48 when his son Galileo captured Saturday's Epsom Derby (Eng-I) for the Coolmore connection of Sue Magnier and Michael Tabor.
Trainer Aidan O'Brien, who recently swept both the Irish One Thousand (Ire-I) and Two Thousand Guineas (Ire-I), completed another classic double at Epsom Saturday when Galileo gave him his first Vodafone Epsom Derby (Eng-I) victory. Galileo's win also completed a classic sweep for sire Sadler's Wells, who also sired Friday's Epsom Oaks (Eng-I) winner, the O'Brien-trained Imagine.
About five hours before Saturday's Belmont Stakes (gr. I), England will know the results of its Vodafone Epsom Derby (Eng-I). Fourteen horses are entered for the 12-furlong race, and four trainers have multiple entries, including a foursome scheduled to run for Barry Hills.
Don't blink now because Sadler's Wells might have caught Mr. Prospector as you are reading this. The Irish stallion chalked up stakes winner No. 171 on May 20, when his son Sligo Bay captured the Cinema Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Hollywood Park.
For the ninth consecutive year and the 10th time overall, Sadler's Wells topped the English/Irish sire list by progeny earnings, and in the process, surpassed 19th Century English great St. Simon as the No. 1 sire by number of titles.
The top two buyers at Keeneland's recently completed September yearling sale are already topping the board at another auction. Demi O'Byrne, who spent $18,750,000 at Keeneland, bought the highest-priced horse at Tuesday's session of Tattersalls Houghton yearling sale.
Michael Tabor's Montjeu heads a field of eight entered in Saturday's King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes (Eng-I) at Ascot, England. The 1 1/2-mile race is the second leg of the Emirates World Series Racing Championship.
Michael Tabor's Montjeu rallied to a five-length win over Daring Miss in the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud Sunday.
Beat Hollow rebounded from a third-place finish in the Vodafone (Epsom) Derby (Eng-I) earlier this month to win Sunday's Grand Prix de Paris (Fr-I) at Longchamp.
Irish stallion Sadler's Wells, who ranks as England/Ireland's all-time leader by number of pattern wins and by number of stakes winners, recently reached two more historic milestones.
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