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International Thoroughbred horse racing previews, recaps, video, sales and breeding

  • Marsha was the third filly to sell for more than $8 million in 2017 when she sold Dec. 5 at Tattersalls December

    Oppenheim: Big Gains at Goffs and Tattersalls

    Clearly the market in Europe, as in America, is up, as demonstrated by the sale of three top fillies for $8 million or more: Songbird ($9.5 million) and Tepin ($8 million) at the Fasig-Tipton November sale; and Marsha, who sold 6 million guineas.

  • 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.

  • Big Blue sold for AU$102,000 to Maher Bloodstock at the William Inglis & Son December Thoroughbred sale

    Big Blue Tops Inglis December Sale

    An outstanding draft of racing stock presented by Godolphin resulted in a perfect clearance rate, highlighted by the top-priced lot at a successful William Inglis & Son December Thoroughbred sale Dec. 8 near Melbourne, Australia.

  • Marsha sold for a record-setting 6 million guineas Dec. 5 during the Tattersalls December mares sale

    Tattersalls Concludes Record Year

    After a year in which all of its auctions posted significant gains in key market areas, Tattersalls has ended 2017 with another record year of turnover, with around 331 million guineas in total sales.

  • Highland Reel is chasing one last top-level win in the Dec. 10 Hong Kong Vase at Sha Tin

    Globetrotter Highland Reel Set for Curtain Call

    Few, if any, horses have logged as many frequent flier miles as Highland Reel (IRE) has in recent years. His career has spanned four years, four continents, and seven countries, and he will run his final race Dec. 10 in the Hong Kong Vase (G1).

  • Atsushi Koya represented the Japan Racing Association at the Global Symposium on Racing

    Differing DQ Standards on Display at Symposium

    A panel designed to highlight the differences between major international jurisdictions and North American racing regarding interference did just that in the final session of the Race Track Industry Program's Global Symposium on Racing.

  • This daughter of Iffraaj brought a session-topping 110,000 guineas (US$155,671) on the final day of the Tattersalls December foal sale

    Tattersalls December Foal Sale Concludes With Gains

    A strong renewal of the Tattersalls December foal sale closed Dec. 2 in Newmarket with a pair of six-figure lots led by a 110,000 guineas (US$155,671) daughter of Iffraaj (GB) who provided a fine return for her breeder Overbury Stud.

  • A half sister to Jack Hobbs topped the Dec. 1 session of the Tattersalls December foal sale

    Half Sister to Jack Hobbs Delivers at Tattersalls

    A Dubawi half sister to Jack Hobbs offered by Willie Carson's Minster Stud claimed top billing at the Dec. 1 session of the Tattersalls December Foal Sale after John Gosden, acting on behalf of Godolphin, purchased her for 750,000gns.

  • Champion Sprinter Drefong Sold to Shadai

    Owners Susan and Charles Chu announced Nov. 30 that their champion sprinter by Gio Ponti has been sold to the Shadai Group and will stand at Shadai Stallion Station in Hokkaido. Drefong won three grade 1 stakes and earned more than $1.5 million.

  • Lot 463, a Farhh colt, who topped the sale Nov. 29 when selling for 160,000 guineas

    Tattersalls December Foal Sale Brings Record Trade

    A record-breaking opening session of the Tattersalls December foal sale took place in Newmarket Nov. 29 and a son of Darley's Farhh (IRE) made the biggest impression on buyers when fetching 160,000 guineas (US$224,096) from Yeomanstown Stud.

  • Happily helped Coolmore earn a second straight John Deere Award as the outstanding breeder for the Breeders' Cup World Championships and Breeders' Cup Challenge

    Coolmore Again Breeders' Cup's Outstanding Breeder

    Powered by Breeders' Cup Challenge victories from Hydrangea, Rhododendron, and Happily, Coolmore Stud earned the John Deere Award as the outstanding breeder of the 2017 Breeders' Cup Challenge Series and the Breeders' Cup World Championships.

  • 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.

  • Beyond Intensity, offered as Lot 1238, topped the second session of the Goffs November breeding stock sale

    Goffs Day 2 Numbers Decline but Sale Positive Overall

    Taken as a whole, the two days recorded a decline from last year's overall trading figures despite a number of high-profile sales Nov. 23 including Inca Princess, dam of group 1 winner and Melbourne Cup runner-up Johannes Vermeer, for €1.9 million.

  • Lot 541, a filly by Galileo, sells for €1.1 million Nov. 22

    Galileo Filly Tops Goffs November Foal Sale

    The third lot into the ring Nov. 22, the feature day of the Goffs November foal sale, provided the highlight to three days of foal trade that saw turnover rise by 43% and average by 22% over the equivalent sessions in 2016.

  • Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe winner Enable is one of the four nominees for Cartier Horse of the Year

    Nominees Announced for Cartier Racing Awards

    Following the end of the British flat racing season at Doncaster Nov. 11, the 2017 nominees for the Cartier Racing Awards were announced Nov. 12 with Cracksman, Enable, Ribchester, Ulysses as the nominees for Horse of the Year.