Five U.S.-based Dubai World Cup contenders are preparing for March 26 race.
Common Hope, the dam of ill-fated Shared Belief, produced a full brother to the 2013 champion 2-year-old male on March 19 at Sancal Racing at Elmendorf Farm near Lexington.
Leading Australian trainer must serve six-month ban for unintentional overage.
Footage of morning training at Meydan on Monday March 21, 2016 in the lead-up to the Dubai World Cup. watch video
Land of Enchantment day Nov. 23 will again serve as centerpiece of meet.
Interview with trainer Dhruba Selvaratnam at Meydan March 21. Dhruba discusses MORAWIJ (GB). Courtesy of the Dubai Racing Club
Interview with trainer Doug Watson on March 21, 2016. Doug discusses Candy Boy, Cool Cowboy, One Man Band (IRE), Faulkner (GB), Basateen (IRE), Polar River, and Meadow Creek (GB). Courtesy of the Dubai Racing Club
B-Roll footage of morning training at Meydan on Monday March 21, 2016 in the lead-up to the Dubai World Cup. Courtesy of the Dubai Racing Club MSHAWISH (USA) (White # 9) - FRANK CONVERSATION (USA) (Pink # 4) - HOPPERTUNITY (USA) (White # 7) - KEEN ICE (USA) (White # 2) - GUN PIT (HK)(White # 10) - PENIAPHOBIA (IRE) (Black # 1) - BUFFERING (AUS) (Black # 6) - CERTERACH (IRE) (Red # 9) - DARIYAN (FR) (Green # 4) - VADAMOS (FR) (White # 12) - MAHESS DU SOLEIL (GB) (Grey # 9) - VAZIRABAD (FR) (Red # 1)
Interview with trainer Robert Heathcote on March 21, 2016. Robert talks about contender Buffering (AUS). Courtesy of the Dubai Racing Club
Interview with trainer Satish Seemar on March 21, 2016. Satish discusses REYNALDOTHEWIZARD (USA), GOLD CITY (IRE), and FARRIER (USA). Courtesy of the Dubai Racing Club
Interview with Erwin Charpy, connection of Buffering (AUS), on March 21, 2016. Courtesy of the Dubai Racing Club
Jockey Santiago Gonzalez will be sidelined for six weeks because of a broken jaw, agent Craig Stephen said March 21.
Ex-claimer Chocolate Ride will be seeking to defend his title in the $300,000 Muniz Memorial Handicap (gr. IIT) March 26 at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots as the son of Candy Ride has been assigned top weight of 124 pounds.
Hussonet, sire of 30 grade I or group I winners and 20 champions, died from a stroke the morning of March 21 at Cornerstone Stud in Angaston, South Australia.
Iron Rob, an added entry to the $75,000 San Pedro Stakes after it was washed away by a rainstorm March 11, upset heavily favored Denman's Call in the six-furlong sprint March 20.
Speedway Stable's Collected powered wire to wire and won the $415,000 Sunland Park Festival of Racing Stakes for 3-year-old males March 20 at Sunland Park.
Reschedules first post time to accommodate 14-race card.
Kaleem Shah's Fantastic Style returned from a more than eight month layoff in style, easily scoring in the $100,000 Las Flores (gr. III) March 20 at Santa Anita Park.
Gallant Stable's grade I winner Majestic Harbor will go for his second consecutive graded stakes victory of the Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots meet in the $400,000 New Orleans Handicap (gr. II) Mar. 26.
Team O'Neill's Frank Conversation worked at Meydan March 19. He is pointed towards the UAE Derby. Courtesy of the Dubai Racing Club
California Chrome tuns in his final work for the Dubai World Cup. Courtesy of the Dubai Racing Club
Trailing slow fractions racing last in a short field of five, Stonestreet Stables' Tara's Tango was still able to rally past rivals late to win the $500,000 Santa Margarita Stakes (gr. I) March 19 at Santa Anita Park.
For the sixth time in seven years, Bob Baffert sent out the winner of the $900,000 Rebel Stakes (gr. II) when Cupid scored in the 1 1/16-mile race March 19 at Oaklawn Park.
Battling wide in the lane, Upstart completed a long drive to edge away from Domain's Rap and others for a one-length win in the $350,000 Razorback Handicap (gr. III) March 19 at Oaklawn Park.
Stoneway Farm's Stonetastic took charge soon after the start and never relinquished her lead en route to a commanding victory in the $200,000 Inside Information Stakes (gr. II) March 19 at Gulfstream Park.
Miller Racing's Call Pat ran down champion Untapable with a powerful closing kick March 19 to win the $350,000 Azeri Stakes (gr. II) at Oaklawn Park.
Seemingly doing all they can to get as far away from undefeated Songbird as possible, Southern California residents Land Over Sea and Street Fancy will head to New Orleans for the $400,000 Fair Grounds Oaks (gr. II) March 26.
Hoppertunity with Dana Barnes aboard checks out the track at Meydan in preparation for the Dubai World Cup on March 26. Courtesy Dubai Racing Club
Juvenile colt stamps himself as one of Australia's most valuable stallion prospects.
In terms of track, distance, and post position, a familiar challenge awaits Suddenbreakingnews in the $900,000 Rebel Stakes (gr. II) March 19 at Oaklawn Park, but following up may be his biggest challenge.
Woodbine's new Tapeta main track, installed following its 2015 meet, was open to horses for the first time on March 18th. Initial reviews of the surface are quite favorable.
While the film Harry and Snowman is not about a Thoroughbred, it certainly is a good fit at the center of a fund-raising night for the Maker's Mark Secretariat Center, which trains retired racehorses for second careers.
Silken Cat, the Canadian champion 2-year-old filly of 1995 and dam of Speightstown died March 15 at the age of 23, Taylor Made Farm reported March 18 on its Facebook page.
Thoroughbred Charities of America has named John Evans as its first Award of Merit recipient of 2016.
- By Steve Haskin
With Todd Pletcher scoring his 4,000th win today, I thought this would be a good time to reprint my recap of the 2007 Belmont Stakes victory by Rags to Riches, which I feel is still Pletcher's greatest training job. read blog
Twelve-time defending Gulfstream Park Championship Meet leading trainer Todd Pletcher reached a personal milestone March 18, when Eagle Scout won the fifth race to give the trainer his 4,000 victory.
The New York State Senate budget resolution for fiscal 2016-17 includes a few recommendations for protecting revenue for the horse racing industry given impending competition from full-scale casinos.
An athletic Starcraft gelding was the standout at the March 18 Hong Kong International Sale at Sha Tin Racecourse as the hammer dropped at HK$8.5 million (US$1,103,896) on the purchase by Liu Yu Wen.
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Rebel Stakes (gr. II) at Oaklawn Park. read blog
We have a unique opportunity to examine both the completely opposite pedigree patterns and remarkably similar biomechanical structures of three leading classics candidates.
Two of the three reigning Eclipse Award winners put in timed works March 18 at Santa Anita Park, and the third is nearing her first of the season.
Shadwell Stable's multiple grade II-winning son of Tapit soared through a five-furlong breeze in 1:01 Friday morning over the main track at Palm Meadows, Gulfstream Park's satellite training facility in Palm Beach County.
Legislation that would end dog racing at Tucson Greyhound Park but allow the track to operate off-track betting parlors for another two years passed the Arizona Senate Finance Committee March 16.
The chestnut colt blazed a rare trail for a Pennsylvania-bred, becoming only the second to win the Kentucky Derby, and each victory on the road to the Derby greatly increased his popularity and fan following.
This week we take a closer look at Destin, winner of the $350,000 Lambholm South Tampa Bay Derby on March 12 at Tampa Bay Downs.
Emerald Downs in Washington and Hastings Racecourse in Vancouver, British Columbia, will offer a bonus for horses that sweep the tracks' signature events for 3-year-olds in 2016.
Laminitis claims Ken and Sarah Ramsey's Vicar's in Trouble, winner of the 2014 Louisiana Derby (gr. II) and Super Derby (gr. II). The son of Into Mischief was put down March 11.
Kaleem Shah's Fantastic Style, last seen racing July 11 during an impressive score in the Great Lady M Stakes (gr. II), is scheduled to make her 4-year-old debut March 20 in the Las Flores (gr. III) at Santa Anita Park.
Reddam Racing's Land Over Sea, who has finished second to undefeated champion Songbird in her past two races, is scheduled to arrive in Louisiana March 21 for the $400,000 TwinSpires.com Fair Grounds Oaks (gr. II) March 26.
A racing rarity, if not a first at Santa Anita Park, occurred when Seventh Sense captured the fifth race March 12 at the Southern California track.
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