The two-day Goffs UK Premier yearling sale produced increases in average and median, and though gross receipts dropped 2% from last year, 23 fewer horses were sold in 2016.
Though Ontario-sired bonus payments were reduced for 2016, Woodbine and the Ontario Horsemen's Benevolent and Protection Association said there is no plan to eliminate the program for 2017-18.
Postponed could be bound for the Longines Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) Nov. 5 at Santa Anita Park should he emerge in good order from a planned run in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (Fr-I) Oct 2 at Chantilly.
Sheikh Hamdan's Shadwell Estate continued its summer shopping on opening day of the Goffs UK premier yearling sale Aug. 23, buying 12 lots, including a Dark Angel colt who was the day's top-price at £250,000 ($329,759).
There are 487 horses cataloged for the Goffs UK premier yearling sale Aug. 23-24 at Doncaster, including a number of well-bred lots with champion- and/or classics-winning connections.
The racing industry in Great Britain Aug. 23 will participate in a national program designed to raise awareness of racehorse aftercare.
Hillsbrook Farms' homebred Camp Creek, supplemented for $12,500 off of his maiden victory, rallied from well off the pace to upset the $500,000 Breeders' Stakes for 3-year-old Canadian-breds Aug. 21 at Woodbine.
Gestut Brummerhof's German homebred Messi collected his second graded stakes win in North America in the $200,000 Sky Classic Stakes (Can-IIT) Aug. 21 at Woodbine.
Speedy Boarding and jockey Freddy Tylicki posted their first victories at the highest level when they captured the Prix Jean Romanet (Fr-I) for older fillies and mares Aug. 21 at Deauville.
Lady Aurelia kept her record perfect in three starts when leading all the way in the Darley Prix Morny (Fr-I) for juvenile colts and fillies Aug. 21 at Deauville.
Robbin Martens' Ready Itaglio, a 3-year-old Kentucky-bred by Indygo Shiner, rallied from next-to-last in a 12-horse field to win the $150,000 Canadian Derby (Can-III) Aug. 20 at Northlands Park in Alberta.
The China Horse Club staged four competitive races Aug. 22 at Yiqi Race Course in Ordos, Inner Monoglia, in China, and event founder Teo Ah King described the day as "the fulfillment we have promised our members."
Mecca's Angel blistered to her second successive win the Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes (Eng-I) at York, easily dispatching favorite Limato for a clear win in near course-record time Aug. 19.
With his 12-race losing streak broken, Canadian Horse of Year looks to build on recent stakes success.
Four Mongolian races Aug. 21 will showcase horses the club has purchased worldwide and promote Thoroughbred racing.
If trainer Mark Casse has his way, there will be different winners of each of the three legs of the Canadian Triple Crown, which concludes Aug. 21 with the $500,000 Breeders' Stakes at Woodbine.
Three stakes winners all possessing an affinity for Woodbine, success at seven furlongs, and with multiple stakes wins so far this year will face off Aug. 20 in the Play the King Stakes (Can-IIT).
A furlong from the wire the Yorkshire Oaks (Eng-I) appeared to be anyone's race, but that's when Seventh Heaven unleashed a late run none of her 11 filly and mare rivals could match as she registered a 2 3/4-length victory.
The Ingrid and Markus Jooste-owned Legal Eagle was crowned Horse of the Year for the 2015-16 South African racing season Aug. 16 in Johannesburg at the country's annual Equus Awards ceremony.
Topped by three six-figure transactions, Arqana’s one-day v.2 yearling sale at Deauville Aug. 17 registered turnover of €3,481,000 ($3,933,300), a 14% gain from last year.
For a race that saw no order change in the top two finishers after a decisive move at the top of the stretch, Postponed's victory in the £546,542.62 ($710,505) Juddmonte International (Eng-I) supplied a heaping dose of late intrigue.
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HRH Princess Haya Al Hussein, one of the prominent leaders in equine sport, will be the keynote speaker at the 50th International Conference of Horseracing Authorities.
Trainer Jean-Claude Rouget's outstanding season looks likely to have spawned several new relationships, judging by the action during a lively Part II of the Arqana August yearling sale Aug. 16 in Deauville.
A top-flight field of 13, led by group I winners Postponed, Highland Reel, and Hawkbill, has been entered for the $1.25 million Juddmonte International (Eng-I) Aug. 17, opening day of the prestigious Ebor Festival at York.
A showdown between Scat Daddy's star juveniles Caravaggio and Lady Aurelia in the Darley Prix Morny (Fr-I) Aug. 21 at Deauville will likely not take place as Caravaggio is being aimed instead toward a race in September, Racing Post reports.
Woodbine Entertainment Group and partners plan to launch a new initiative that will challenge Canadian start-ups, entrepreneurs, developers, and students to use technology to help bring horse racing to the next level.
Jockey Michelle Payne, who made history by becoming the first woman to win the Melbourne Cup (Aus-I) last year, has been offered the mount on Azkadellia for the Breeders' Cup Nov. 5 at Santa Anita Park.
Statistics so far trail only last year's record-setter
Darley sire Shamardal joined the elite circle of stallions to reach the milestone of 100 black-type winners when daughter Gouache won the Preis vom Berliner Schloss-Hoppegartener Stutenpreis Aug. 14 in Germany.
Opening night of the Arqana August yearling sale Aug. 14 saw solid trade from a broad international buying bench that included the U.S.-based Zayat family, who purchased their first horse at the Deauville auction, a son of Frankel.
De Coronado, a 3-year-old full brother of superstar mare Zenyatta, drastically cut back in distance and broke his maiden Aug. 14 at Dundalk in Ireland.
German-bred Australian champion Protectionist, winner of the 2014 Melbourne Cup (Aus-I), posted his first European group I win in style Aug. 14 after making all the pace in the Grosser Preis von Berlin at Hoppegarten.
Following a pair of thirds at the group I level this year, Ribchester broke through at the top level Aug. 14 with a game win in the Prix du Haras de Fresnay-le-Buffard Jacques Le Marois (Fr-I) over the straight mile at Deauville.
The catalog for the 2016 Goffs Orby sale is now online and features a world-class selection of 472 yearlings by sires such as Galileo, Dubawi, Shamardal, Redoute's Choice, Sea The Stars, Kitten's Joy, and Frankel to name only a few.
The Prix du Haras de Fresnay-Le Buffard-Jacques Le Marois (Fr-I) drew a field of 11 for the Aug. 14 event at Deauville, including defending winner Esoterique, whose opponents include English classic winner Galileo Gold.
Scat Daddy filly gets her final U.S. work at Keeneland Aug. 11 and will ship to France Aug. 13. Stablemate Acapulco will miss the Nunthorpe Stakes (Eng-I), however, due to a foot issue.
After a gutsy victory in the San Diego Handicap (gr. II), California Chrome improved his rating from 126 to 128 and is the second-highest rated horse in the world in the sixth edition of the Longines World's Best Racehorse Rankings.
Shane Horan has been named stallion nominations manager for Banstead Manor Stud England.
Irish sales company Goffs is to handle Wildenstein Stables' dispersal of 110 horses, to be offered by The Castlebridge Consignment during the Goffs Orby and November sales.
After a stellar 2015/16 season for Cambridge Stud, Sir Patrick and Justine Lady Hogan, Aug. 7 were named New Zealand Breeders of the Year at the annual New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing Awards in Auckland.
Internationally renowned trainer Criquette Head-Maarek said she believes Al Shaqab Racing removed its horses from her yard because she is a woman, Racing Posts reports. Racing adviser Harry Herbert said her claim is untrue.
Robert Marzilli's Caren, patiently handled by jockey Jesse Campbell, made the lead and never looked back en route to a comfortable score in the $250,000 Wonder Where Stakes, the third leg of the Canadian Triple Tiara, at Woodbine Aug. 7.
Signs of Blessing set the pace and was virtually unchallenged through the final furlong for a clear win the Prix Maurice de Gheest (Fr-I), a race that was marred by the fatal breakdown of former Hong Kong champion miler Gold-Fun Aug. 7 at Deauville.
Caravaggio stayed unbeaten in winning the Keeneland Phoenix Stakes (Ire-I) Aug. 7 at the Curragh, in an effortless performance some observers said was no more than glorified workout for the Kentucky-bred Scat Daddy colt.
There are 551 yearlings cataloged for Book 1 of the 2016 Tattersalls October yearling sale, scheduled for Oct. 4-6 in Newmarket.
New systems are in place to monitor the quality of black-type stakes
Gamble's Ghost is looking to move forward from a seventh-place finish in the Queen's Plate July 3.
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Alexis Renault will work closely with Bernard Salvat through 2016, then replace Salvat when he retires in 2017.
Burden of Proof, a multiple group winner in Europe and a leading sire in India, died Aug. 2 at the age of 24 at Dr. Vijay Mallya's Kunigal Stud where he stood at stud, the farm announced via Twitter.
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