Michele MacDonald

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  • Dice Flavor

    Dice Flavor Hits Meydan Track After Illness

    El Camino Real Derby (gr. III) winner Dice Flavor visited Meydan Racecourse's all-weather track for the first time on March 24 following a check-up at the local equine hospital after his long travel from California to Dubai.

  • Dullahan's first track visit at Meydan in Dubai.

    Little Mike, Dullahan Jog at Meydan

    America's Super Saturday contenders, Breeders' Cup Turf winner Little Mike and multiple grade I winner Dullahan, were released from quarantine and visited Meydan's all-weather track for the first time on March 4.

  • Game On Dude

    American Horses Land Safely in Dubai

    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.

  • Royal Delta will compete in the Dubai World Cup.

    World Cup Fields Loaded With Elite Runners

    At least 48 grade/group I winners and more than 20 champions or classic winners are expected to meet in what will be the world's richest day of racing, the $27 million Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) program at Meydan March 31.

  • 2011 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf winner Wrote is one the Coolmore horses headed to Dubai.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D9750687%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Strong Coolmore Team Headed to Dubai

    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.

  • Sweet Ducky

    Sweet Ducky to Race for Chechen President

    Holy Bull Stakes (gr. III) runner-up Sweet Ducky is expected to race in the silks of Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov when he starts in the $2-million UAE Derby (UAE-II) on the Dubai World Cup program March 26 at Meydan.

  • Game On Dude in the Santa Anita Handicap.

    No Dubai World Cup for Game On Dude

    Although Bob Baffert's request for a Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) invitation for his Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I) winner Game On Dude was duly delivered by the Dubai Racing Club, the gelding will be staying in his stall.

  • Calvin Borel

    Borel will ride in Dubai's Meydan Masters

    Calvin Borel, who won an unprecedented third Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) in four years while aboard Super Saver in 2010, will represent the United States in the Meydan Masters jockey competition in Dubai,

  • Take the Points will run in the Dubai Duty Free on the Meydan Racecourse turf.

    Take the Points to Run in Dubai Duty Free

    In one of several changes involving horses slated to run on the March 27 Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) program, Starlight Partners' dual grade I winner Take the Points has been given a new target, the Dubai Duty Free (UAE-I).

  • Vale of York captured the 2009 Breeders' Cup Juvenile championship at Santa Anita.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D8610300%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Vale of York Entered March 4 at Meydan

    Godolphin's Vale of York is set to return to competition on March 4 in the $250,000 Al Bastakiya, the middle jewel of the United Arab Emirates Triple Crown and one of six lucrative stakes at Meydan.

  • Vodka

    Japanese Mare on All-Time Earnings Quest

    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.

  • Pam Blatz-Murff

    BC Eliminates Post of Senior VP Blatz-Murff

    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.

  • Racetrack Veterans Look for Luck in Odd Customs and Beliefs

    <P>In the modern world of speed figures, tracking devices, and sheets handicapping, just about any racetracker will tell you making it into the hallowed ground of the winner's circle might depend more on cats, birds, bugs, peanuts, popcorn, and pennies. <P>And those are just a few icons of a virtual pantheon of superstitions that many owners, trainers, ...

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    Raven's Pass to Greet First U.S. Mares

    The first wave of up to 30 American mares booked to Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) winner Raven's Pass is scheduled to reach Ireland on Dec. 20, with two other groups slated to begin quarantine soon prior to their trips.

  • Hip 423 was the July 16 session&#39;s highest price at the JHRA Select sale.

    Japanese Market Gets Reality Check

    Even as Deep Impact continued to set a lively pace with many of his foals selling strongly during the final session of the Japan Racing Horse Association select sale on July 16, a hard reality emerged from beneath the flashy headlines.

  • A Deep Impact colt out of champion Biwa Heidi, drew $2,056,074 bid from Takaya Shimakawa to top the first day of the JHRA sale.

    Japan Sale: Young Sire Has Deep Impact

    The electric popularity of Japanese Triple Crown winner and two-time Horse of the Year Deep Impact generated enough voltage on July 15 to lift the Japan Racing Horse Association select sale out of what could have been a dark malaise induced by the nation's sputtering economy.

  • Japan May Allow Foreign Owners' Licenses

    Spurred to take action by a troubled economy and the need for more investment in horse racing, leaders of the sport in Japan are seriously discussing opening up the world's most lucrative racing program to foreign-based owners.

  • Casino Drive training prior to the June 7 Belmont Stakes (gr. I)

    Casino Drive's Journey to Cup Begins

    Casino Drive, the Japanese-trained colt whose bruised foot prevented him from trying to follow in the hoofprints of his two Belmont Stakes (gr. I)-winning siblings, has entered quarantine in Japan as the first step to returning to the United States.

  • The JHRA yearling sales topper, a son of Agnes Tachyon.

    Japan Sale Has Foreign Flavor

    Even before the Japan Racing Horse Association select sale hummed into action on July 14 with the sing-song chant of the auctioneer, a new era in the Japanese bloodstock market had officially begun.

  • The bay colt by Deep Impact, out of 1995 champion Japanese juvenile filly Biwa Heidi, could top the JRHA sale.

    JRHA Select Sale Set to Begin

    A classic good news/bad news scenario loomed a day before Japan's key bloodstock market was to open, leaving both buyers and sellers alike wondering how the Japan Racing Horse Association's three-day select sale would unfold.

  • War Emblem at Shadai Stallion Station in Japan

    War Emblem Making Progress

    Moved to a tranquil area away from other stallions and shielded from most visitors, temperamental champion and dual classic winner War Emblem now spends his days in a quiet grassy paddock over looking fields containing grazing mares and foals.

  • Curlin winning the Dubai World Cup (UAE-I).

    Curlin Back to Work after Dubai Trip

    Nearly two weeks after returning to the United States following his record victory in the $6 million Dubai World Cup (UAE-I), reigning Horse of the Year Curlin resumed work April 21 with a short breeze at Keeneland through a thick curtain of fog.