Richard Griffiths

  • Jamie Spencer

    Leading Jockey Battle Ends in Tie

    Criticism that the turf flat season in Great Britain tends to end with a whimper rather than a bang looked somewhat misplaced at Doncaster Nov. 9 when the race for champion jockey ended in a tie for the first time in 84 years.

  • The versatile Purim faces a full field in the Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. 1T).

    Tom Proctor Relaxed for Purim's Mile Run

    If the relaxed confidence of trainer Tom Proctor could be passed on to his Netjets Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) candidate Purim, then the 5-year-old will have a major advantage over his rivals come the $2 million race at Monmouth Park Oct. 27.

  • Meehan Gives Red Rocks 'Fantastic Chance'

    It doesn't take long for trainer Brian Meehan to disabuse one of any notion that John Deere Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) candidate Red Rocks will arrive at Churchill Downs as a mere traveling companion for his more heralded, Classic-bound stablemate David Junior.

  • Decision Delayed on Shirocco's Turf Status

    A decision on whether Shirocco will attempt to defend his title in the John Deere Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) has been delayed "until the last possible moment," according to Paul Harley, racing manager to the 5-year-old's owner breeder Baron von Ullmann.

  • O'Brien Springs a Breeders' Cup Surprise; No Powerscourt in Turf

    Aidan O'Brien has sprung a surprise in announcing his team for the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships, with Powerscourt, the Arlington Million (gr. IT) winner, missing his intended assignment in the John Deere Turf (gr. IT), and 3-year-old Oratorio, winner of two prestigious group I races this season in the Coral Eclipse and Irish Champion Stakes, lining up for the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I).

  • Electrocutionist, left, en route to victory over Zenno Rob Roy.

    Electrocutionist Wins Close Juddmonte International

    In a blanket finish that could have been won by any one of five horses in the final furlong, the Italian-trained Electrocutionist pulled off a thrilling victory in Tuesday's Juddmonte International Stakes (Eng-I) at York to secure a first prize of £266,800 ($482,043).

  • Zenno Rob Roy, right, winning the Japan Cup.

    England's York Opener Will Have Japanese Flavor

    For once, hype can take a back seat at the three-day meeting at York, England which starts Tuesday. With the first four horses in the betting trained in Ireland, Italy, Japan, and England, the Juddmonte International (Eng-I) is a race that really does live up to its name.

  • Dettori's Return from Injury Delayed

    Leading British jockey Frankie Dettori has delayed his riding comeback from a broken collarbone by three weeks, while the favorite to succeed him as champion jockey, Robert Winston, has been sidelined for the rest of the season with a broken jaw.

  • Sprints Head Weekend Action in Europe

    Retrieval missions will be high on the agenda in some of the major races in Europe this weekend, when Whipper and Somnus both seek to return to winning ways in the Prix Maurice de Gheest (Fr-I) Sunday while Damson, Ireland's champion juvenile filly of last season, is dropped back to 6 furlongs for the Patrick P O'Leary Memorial Phoenix Stakes (Ire-III).

  • Always Hopeful Posts Richmond Stakes Upset

    Aidan O'Brien's exciting team of juveniles suffered a reversal for the second time in three days Friday when Amigoni finished out of the frame in the Sterling Insurance Richmond Stakes (Eng-II), which was won by Always Hopeful.

  • Proclamation Posts Mild Upset in Sussex Stakes

    Mick Kinane landed his second group 1 win within the space of five days when he helped Proclamation, the 3-1 second favorite, gain a tactical edge over 2-1 market leader and defending champion Soviet Song to land the one-mile Sussex Stakes Wednesday at Goodwood.

  • British Hunt Season Ends With Controversy

    Britain's National Hunt season for 2004/2005 ended in rancor April 23 when trainer Martin Pipe was accused of jeopardizing the welfare of his horses in his attempt to win a 10th successive trainers' championship.

  • Sore Shins Sideline Shamardal

    Shamardal, Godolphin Racing's chief Kentucky Derby (gr. I) hope before his disappointing run in the UAE Derby (UAE-II) at Nad Al Sheba on March 26, is almost certain to miss the American classic May 7 due to sore shins.

  • Tim Smith

    Racing's 'World Series' Recruits Tim Smith

    Tim Smith, chief executive of the Friends of New York Racing and former commissioner of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association, has been recruited to the World Series – the global racehorse championship – in an "advisory capacity".

  • Osborne Suggests Turf Race Be World Cup Highlight

    Michael Osborne, the man who helped organize the inaugural Dubai World Cup 10 years ago, has suggested that the Sheema Classic (UAE-I), a grass race on the card, should be made the highlight of the world's richest race meeting, instead of the World Cup (UAE-I) on dirt that has attracted American runners Roses In May, Congrats, Lundy's Liability, and Choctaw Nation at Nad Al Sheba racecourse Saturday.

  • Shamardal: Godolphin's Best Derby Hope to Date?

    Last year's European champion Shamardal, who is due to make his first start for Godolphin Saturday's UAE Derby (UAE-II), is considered his new owner's best ever Kentucky Derby (gr. I) prospect, according to Godolphin racing manager Simon Crisford.

  • Looking for the Upset in Dubai

    Such is the strength of the big two –- Pleasantly Perfect and Medaglia d'Oro -- in Saturday's Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) that Leandro Moro, supervising the preparation of Fleetstreet Dancer, has said he would be happy to finish in the first five.

  • Three Valleys was disqualified from this victory in the Shadwell Middle Park Stakes.

    Juddmonte Official to Meet With British Jockey Club

    A member of Khalid Abdullah's European racing team is to meet with The Jockey Club to discuss its drug testing procedures after two Juddmonte horses were disqualified from group I races for testing positive for clenbuterol, a treatment for viral respiratory conditions.

  • The Great Gatsby leads the field in Saturday's Epsom Derby, as eventual winner Kris Kin was far back (with black and yellow cap racing on rail in upper part of photo) before mounting his drive.

    Stoute-Trained Kris Kin Wins English Derby

    A massive public gamble was landed Saturday at Britain's Epsom Downs when Kris Kin came late to secure a decisive victory in the Vodafone Epsom Derby (Eng-I). Owner Saeed Suhail had paid £90,000 to supplement Kris Kin for the race, even though he had been entered originally as a yearling at a cost of only £310 and subsequently scratched last autumn.