The American Horse Council has opposed the easing of the current 60-day U.S. Department of Agriculture import requirement on horses from Saudi Arabia.
Brian Kavanagh, chairman of the European Pattern Committee, called for international uniform medication rules during an address at the Asian Racing Conference in Hong Kong May 6.
Canadian Frontier, sire of grade I-winning fillies Hilda's Passion and No Such Word, has been sold to stand in Saudi Arabia.
Multiple grade I winner Ron the Greek, racing in Saudi Arabia under the name Wattani, continued his success with a powerful victory Feb. 15 at King Abdulaziz Racecourse in Riyadh.
Graded stakes performers Keyed Entry, Patriot Act, Roaring Fever, and Zavata have been sold to continue their stud careers in Saudi Arabia in deals brokered by Chad Schumer of Schumer Bloodstock.
Spanish Steps, sire of last year's Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. I) winner and Eclipse Award finalist Little Mike, has been sold to stand in Saudi Arabia in a deal brokered by Chad Schumer Bloodstock.
Full Mandate, sire of multiple grade I winner Ron the Greek, has been sold to stand in Saudi Arabia.
Schumer Bloodstock has purchased stallions Act of Duty and Will He Shine for export to Saudi Arabia.
Jockey Channing Hill, who has hung his tack at Arlington Park for the 2012 racing season, will ride in Saudi Arabia and Dubai for six months following the Sept. 8 weekend.
Grade I winner Bandini has been purchased to stand at a new farm owned by Shawahed Corp. near Riyadh in Saudi Arabia.
Chad Schumer's Schumer Bloodstock has purchased four North American stallions/stallion prospects for export to Saudi Arabia.
Young stallions Champali and Midas Eyes, both graded stakes winners, will be exported to Saudi Arabia.
Grade I winner Friends Lake has been sold to Saudi Arabian interests for stallion duty.
Beethoven, a grade II winner, has been sold to Saudi Arabian interests for stallion duty.
Soto, a grade II winner by Dehere, has been sold to Prince Sultan Al Kabeer's Nofa Equestrian Resort in Saudi Arabia.
Horse of the Year and Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner Alysheba is returning to the United States from Saudi Arabia. He will reside in the Hall of Champions at the Kentucky Horse Park.
Premium Tap, who races under the name Allam in Saudi Arabia, remained undefeated in that country, scoring a gutsy head victory over his arch rival, Brazilian-bred Impossible Ski, in the Crown Prince Cup at Al Janadriah Racecourse Dec. 7, a prep for the King's Cup, a race he won last year.
Making his second start in Saudi Arabia since a game runner-up effort to Invasor in the Dubai World Cup (UAE-I), Premium Tap crushed 16 rivals Nov. 2 in the 2,000-meter Ministry of Culture and Information Cup at Al Janadriah racecourse, winning by seven lengths in 2:01.66.
Premium Tap, who goes by the name Allam in Saudi Arabia, won his first start back since finishing a game second to Invasor in the Dubai World Cup (UAE-I). The son of Pleasant Tap captured the one-mile Almadinah Almonawarah Gov. Cup by 1 1/4 lengths on Sept. 14.
California-based stallions Souvenir Copy and High Demand have been sold to Nizar Anwar Abul Jadayel of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Souvenir Copy will be shipped later this year to stand in Saudi Arabia, while plans for High Demand, who could remain in the United States, have not yet been finalized.
TVG May 9 announced that it reached an agreement with Dubai Sports Channel to significantly increase international exposure for American Thoroughbred horseracing by making the programming available to more than eight million homes across the Arabian Peninsula.
A disappointed John Kimmel confirmed Wednesday that Premium Tap, runner-up to Invasor in the $6-million Dubai World Cup (UAE-I), will remain in Saudi Arabia to point for next year's King's Cup, which the colt won this year, and possibly another try at the World Cup.
Premium Taps won his first races in Saudi Arabia racing as Allam. He will now be pointed to the March 31 Dubai World Cup.
Judge T C, who was scheduled to stand at Joe and Anne McMahon's McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds near Saratoga Springs, N.Y., has been sold to Prince Sultan Mohammed Saud al Kabeer for stallion duty at Nofa Equestrian Resort in Saudi Arabia.
Richard Mulhall, racing manager for The Thoroughbred Corporation, has discounted a report in Thursday's New York Times stating that the Saudi royal family has considered donating Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner War Emblem to the families of the victims of last year's World Trade Center bombing.
Some of the horses who have made history on Breeders' Cup Championship Day were born and bred in the U.S., but now live elsewhere. Some were foaled in one country, raced in another, and now live somewhere completely different. Here are some of their stories.
- By Ray Paulick
By Ray Paulick -- Those who say sports and politics do not mix are either immune to reality or, quite possibly, unfamiliar with Thoroughbred racing. Can there be a stronger link between the two seemingly unrelated pastimes than there is between world leaders and the international sport of kings, queens, sheikhs, and princes?
Dogwood Stables' multiple grade III winner Early Warning has been sold to Prince Miteb bin Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, and will be shipped to that country to campaign in distance races
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