Bob Kieckhefer

  • Lucky Lilac after her score in the Hanshin Juvenile Fillies at Hanshin Dec. 10

    Lucky Lilac Takes Hanshin Juvenile Fillies

    Lucky Lilac (JPN) circled the leaders into the stretch run in the Hanshin Juvenile Fillies (G1) Dec. 10, grabbed the lead and held off Lily Noble (JPN) by three-quarters of a length, giving her sire, Orfevre (JPN), his first grade 1 winner.

  • Highland Reel wins the Hong Kong Vase, the seventh top-level win of his racing career

    Highland Reel Goes Out a Winner in Hong Kong Vase

    Making the final start of his globetrotting career, Highland Reel reversed the order of finish from the Longines Breeders' Cup Turf (G1T) a month earlier, defeating Talismanic in the Longines Hong Kong Vase (G1) Dec. 10 at Sha Tin by 1 3/4 lengths.

  • Ruggero wins the 2017 Cattleya Sho at Tokyo Racecourse

    Ruggero Takes Cattleya Sho at Tokyo

    Ruggero, a grandson of Sunday Silence, won the first of three races comprising the "Japan Road to the Kentucky Derby" Nov. 25 at Tokyo Racecourse and his trainer says he could be a candidate for the first Saturday in May in Louisville.

  • Redzel takes the Darley Classic at Flemington

    Redzel Rolls Again in Darley Classic

    Redzel followed up his victory in the TAB Everest Stakes by taking command early in the Darley Classic (G1) at Flemington Nov. 11 and holding off longshot Terravista for his sixth straight win.

  • Ace High wins the Victoria Derby at Flemington

    Ace High Trumps Rivals in Victoria Derby

    Ace High went to the post a solid favorite in the AAMI Victoria Derby at Flemington Nov. 4 and, despite some early concerns, justified his backers' faith, winning by two lengths with an impressive show of stamina.

  • Entrance to the parade ring at Saint Cloud was blocked for horses entering by protesters as connections of runners stood by

    Saint-Cloud Cancels Card due to Protest

    The Oct. 29 race meeting at Saint-Cloud, including a pair of group 1 juvenile events featuring prominent cross-Channel runners, was abandoned after the first race because of a protest over cuts in funding.

  • Trainer Aidan O’Brien celebrates his 25th group 1 win in a single season, tying the record set by the late Bobby Frankel

    O'Brien Abundance Spills Over Into France

    The impressive depth of the Aidan O'Brien stable will be on display this weekend when the trainer, who is enjoying a memorable year even by his high standards, unleashes a promising group of juveniles first at Doncaster then Oct. 29 in France.

  • Ryan Moore has opted for Saxon Warrior in the Racing Post Trophy Stakes

    O'Brien Pair Among Racing Post Trophy Favorites

    Irish trainer Adian O'Brien has two of the favorites for the final group 1 race of the English flat season, the Oct. 28 Racing Post Trophy for 2-year-olds at Doncaster—a key early steppingstone to the Investec Derby (G1).

  • Kitasan Black (JPN) wins the 2017 Tenno Sho Spring (G1)

    Kitasan Black Faces Tough Field in Tenno Sho (Autumn)

    Japan's reigning Horse of the Year, Kitasan Black (JPN), starts his race toward retirement in the Tenno Sho (Autumn) (G1) at Tokyo Racecourse Oct. 29—a 2,000-meter test where all but a handful of the nominees also are winners of graded stakes.

  • Kiseki and Mirco Demuro win the Kikuka Sho

    Kiseki Lands Japanese St. Leger

    Kiseki overcame a downpour from an approaching typhoon, soft turf, and 17 rivals to land his first top-level win in the Kikuka Sho (G1) or Japanese St. Leger Oct. 22 at Kyoto Racecourse.

  • Cracksman wins the QIPCO Champion Stakes at Ascot

    Cracksman Superb in Champion Stakes Romp

    Cracksman surged to the lead early in the stretch run in the QIPCO British Champion Stakes (G1) Oct. 21 at Ascot and kicked away smartly to a seven-length victory, earning his first top-level win.

  • Aidan O'Brien's four starters ran out a 1-2-3-4 finish in the Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket

    O'Brien Sweeps to Victory in Dewhurst Stakes

    U S Navy Flag flew home in the Darley Dewhurst Stakes (G1) at Newmarket Oct. 14, leading trainer Aidan O'Brien's four starters to a 1-2-3-4 finish and moving the conditioner to within one of Bobby Frankel's record of 25 top-level winners.

  • Laurens (right) holds off September to win the grade 1 bet365 Fillies' Mile at Newmarket

    Laurens Denies O'Brien at Newmarket

    A desperate nose in the Oct. 13 bet365 Fillies' Mile (G1) at Newmarket prevented Irish trainer Aidan O'Brien from edging within one of the late Bobby Frankel's record of 25 top-level wins in a single year, as Laurens prevailed.

  • Roly Poly wins the Kingdom of Bahrain Sun Chariot Stakes at Newmarket

    Roly Poly Rolls in Sun Chariot

    Roly Poly continued a monumental roll by Coolmore 3-year-old fillies and trainer Aidan O'Brien, winning the Kingdom of Bahrain Sun Chariot Stakes (G1) at Newmarket Oct. 7 by 1 1/4 lengths over main rival Persuasive.

  • Happily and jockey Ryan Moore win the Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere at Chantilly

    Fillies Have a Big Day at Chantilly

    Coolmore's fillies Rhododendron and Hydrangea were impressive in the Prix de l'Opera Longines, while their 2-year-old filly Happily upstaged colts in the Qatar Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere at Chantilly Oct. 1.

  • Enable cruises to victory in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe

    Enable Storms Home to Take Arc

    Enable swept to the easiest of victories in the Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (G1) at Chantilly Oct. 1, as she brushed aside a top-quality field to post her fifth straight win at the highest level.

  • Roaring Lion is led into the winner's enclosure after the Juddmonte Royal Lodge Stakes

    Roaring Lion Pounces in Royal Lodge

    The Irish connections of Aidan O'Brien and Coolmore won both group 1 events on the card but came up a neck short in the lone Breeders' Cup Challenge heat, the Juddmonte Royal Lodge Stakes (G2) for colts and geldings.

  • Enable, with jockey Frankie Dettori and trainer John Gosden (right) after the Yorkshire Oaks in August

    Enable Holds the Power in Arc

    It's Enable vs. the world in the Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (G1) Oct. 1 at Chantilly and, to all appearances, the world has some catching up to do.