Bob Kieckhefer

  • William Buick celebrates aboard Hawkbill after their Dubai Sheema Classic win at Meydan

    Godolphin Dominates Turf Races on World Cup Card

    Even before Thunder Snow (IRE) dominated the Dubai World Cup Sponsored by Emirates Airline (G1), the home team colors of Godolphin blue flashed home first in three of the four turf races on the program, including both of the $6 million events.

  • Mendelssohn trains ahead of the UAE Derby at Meydan Racecourse

    UAE Derby Has Big Implications for Louisville

    The band certainly won't be playing "My Old Kentucky Home" when an international field of 3-year-olds takes the track March 31 at Meydan for the UAE Derby (G2), but connections of several starters also are thinking about a trip to Louisville.

  • Estijaab (outside) edges Oohood in the Golden Slipper at Rosehill Gardens

    Fillies Dominate Golden Slipper

    Estijaab (AUS) overcame the outside gate to lead home an all-filly top-three finish March 24 in the Longines Golden Slipper (G1) at Rosehill Gardens—billed as the world's richest race for 2-year-olds.

  • Winx is guided to the winner's circle after the Chipping North Stakes

    Winx Aims for 24th Straight, Then Decision Awaits

    Nothing could totally overshadow the March 24 renewal of the Golden Slipper (G1) at Rosehill Gardens in Sydney, but Winx showing up two races earlier on the same card does provide the cherry atop one of Australia's best race days.

  • Nothingilikemore takes a trial race at Sha Tin Racecourse

    Hong Kong Locals Turn Out for Derby

    Despite the proliferation of group 1 races at Sha Tin Racecourse, the BMW Hong Kong Derby is the high point of the season for locals and sometimes a pathway to the top levels for upwardly mobile horses.

  • North America wins the Al Maktoum Challenge Round 3 at Meydan

    North America Turns Tables on Thunder Snow

    North America, a 6-year-old son of Dubawi, was among the most impressive on Super Saturday at Meydan March 10, as the locally based horses sorted themselves out in preparation for the big night three weeks away.

  • Winx after winning her third straight Cox Plate

    Winx Goes For 23 Straight in Chipping Norton

    With her jockey back from suspension and the prospect of a foreign tour in her future, Australia's mighty mare Winx (AUS) seeks her 23rd straight win in the TAB Chipping Norton Stakes (G1) March 3 at Royal Randwick.

  • Money Multiplier wins the 2017 Monmouth Stakes at Monmouth Park

    Money Multiplier Sharp for Emir's Trophy

    The $1 million H.H. The Emir's Trophy, Presented by Longines, a group 1 in Qatar, has attracted an international field for the Feb. 24 renewal at Al Rayyan Racecourse in Doha—a group locals see as formidable.

  • Gold Dream in Dubai ahead of his effort in the Dubai World Cup at Meydan Racecourse

    Gold Dream Heads February Stakes

    Japan's best dirt horse of 2017, Gold Dream (JPN), returns to action for his specialty in the Feb. 18 February Stakes (G1), a Breeders' Cup Challenge event that offers a guaranteed spot in the Nov. 3 Breeders' Cup Classic (G1) at Churchill Downs.

  • Hartnell (center, blue cap) wins the C.F. Orr Stakes at Caulfield Feb. 10

    Hartnell Wins C.F. Orr, Sets Sights on Winx

    Hartnell (GB) has never defeated Winx (AUS) in seven tries but, after his victory in the Ladbrokes C.F. Orr Stakes (G1) at Caulfield Feb. 10, his trainer thinks the planets may be aligned for the eighth time to be the charm.

  • Oh Susanna and her connections after her Sun Met victory at Kenilworth

    Oh Susanna Bests Elders to Take Sun Met

    Youth was served in the Sun Met Celebrated with G.H. Mumm (G1) at Kenilworth Jan. 27, as Oh Susanna, the only 3-year-old and the only filly in the 18-horse field, prevailed by a half-length.

  • Mr Stunning won the 2017 Hong Kong Sprint, the final race in last year's Global Sprint Challenge

    Global Sprint Challenge Suspended for 2018

    The Global Sprint Challenge has been suspended for 2018 because of recently imposed restrictions on horse movement between Australia, where the series was to start with the Black Caviar Lightning Stakes (G1) Feb. 17, and Hong Kong.

  • Koji Maeda campaigns Gendarme, a Kentucky-bred son of Kitten's Joy

    Kitten's Joy Colt Gendarme in Japan's Hopeful Stakes

    The final grade 1 event of the Japanese season, the Hopeful Stakes at Nakayama Dec. 28, is a 2,000-meter test for 2-year-old prospects for the 2018 Classics that has attracted Gendarme, by Kitten's Joy; and Lucas, a full brother to Maurice.

  • Kitasan Black wins the 2017 Arima Kinen

    Kitasan Black Goes Out a Winner in Arima Kinen

    In the final start of his stellar career, Kitasan Black (JPN) led from the first strides, was in control all the way, and won the Arima Kinen (G1) by a comfortable 1 1/2 lengths Dec. 24 to the delight of a roaring Nakayama Racecourse crowd.