International

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

  • Owner D. Morgan Firestone Dies

    D. Morgan Firestone, who won the 2007 Queen's Plate Stakes at Woodbine with homebred Mike Fox, died Jan. 13 at his home in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

  • David Mahan, Co-owned Funny Cide, Dies

    David Mahan, a member of Sackatoga Stable that raced 2003 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and Preakness Stakes (gr. I) winner Funny Cide, died Jan. 14 of brain cancer in Waterbury, Conn.

  • Double Trouble won the 2008 Santa Maria <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%3D3547250%0D%0A%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Double Trouble Retired

    Grade I-winning distaffer Double Trouble has been retired from racing and is booked to Unbridled's Song.

  • Sligo Bay to Gardiner Farms

    Sligo Bay, Florida's fourth-leading second-crop sire in 2008, will be relocated to Gardiner Farms near Caledon East, Ontario, Canada.

  • Famous Mare Manny Dober Dead

    Manny Dober's racing career was chronicled in "The Complete Book of Thoroughbred Horse Racing."

  • Shakespeare's First Foal

    The first foal by grade I winner and millionaire Shakespeare is a colt born Jan. 14 at Frank and Mattie Justice's Dell Ridge Farm near Lexington.

  • Indyanne

    Fast Filly Indyanne Euthanized

    Graded stakes winner Indyanne, who fractured a sesamoid in her left front ankle while leading in the La Brea Stakes (gr. I) Dec. 27 at Santa Anita, was euthanized Jan. 13.

  • Curlin

    Curlin, New Approach Share Top Rankings

    Curlin, the all-time earner among North American Thoroughbreds, gained another accolade on Tuesday, Jan. 13 when he was officially named the joint best horse of 2008 in the World Thoroughbred Rankings.

  • Invasor

    Invasor's First Foal Is a Colt

    The first reported foal by 2006 Horse of the Year and champion older male Invasor is a colt born Jan. 11 at Sheikh Hamdan's Shadwell Farm near Lexington

  • Average Rises in MM Sale's Fifth Session

    The average price rose 17.9% from a year ago while the gross revenue remained about the same during the fifth session of the Conrad Jupiters Magic Millions yearling sale Jan. 11 on Australia's Gold Cost.

  • Gross Falls 38.6% During MM Auction

    The gross revenue declined 38.6% and the average price fell 16.3% during the Conrad Jupiters Magic Millions yearling sale's first section, which ended Jan. 10 on Australia's Gold Coast. The clearance rate was 80.1%.

  • 'Redoute's' Colt Brings Seven Figures

    A Redoute's Choice colt out of the group I-winning Centaine mare Kapchat topped the third session of the Conrad Jupiters Magic Millions yearling auction in Australia Jan. 9 when he sold for Aust$1.2 million (approximately $848,376 in U.S. funds). Victoria-based owners Peter Devitt and Les Gordon purchased the bay colt from Widden Stud, agent.

  • Jockey Turner Seeks Higher Profile

    Hayley Turner, who became the first female jockey to ride 100 winners in a year in Britain on Dec. 30, wants to ride better quality horses in higher-profile races during 2009.

  • British Industry Magazines Merged

    Thoroughbred Breeders' Association chairman Kirsten Rausing has announced that the TBA and Racehorse Owners' Association had jointly bought the monthly racing and bloodstock magazine Pacemaker and that it will merge with the joint TBA/ROA publication Thoroughbred Owner & Breeder.

  • Niagara Causeway, shown winning the 1 1/2-mile Tokyo City Handicap

    Niagara Causeway to Buck Pond

    Niagara Causeway, a graded stakes-winning son of Giant's Causeway, will stand at Doug Arnold's Buck Pond Farm near Versailles, Ky., for a fee of $3,000.

  • Vicarage to Republic of Georgia

    Vicarage, a graded stakes winner and grade II stakes-placed, will head to the Republic of Georgia to start his stallion career.

  • Secret Savings Dead

    Secret Savings, a Kentucky-bred who achieved racing and siring success in Australia, was euthanized in December because of complications from laminitis.

  • Librettist to Haras du Logis

    French champion miler Librettist is relocating to France, the scene of his biggest victories, and will stand at Haras du Logis for the 2009 season.

  • Gate Scratches Cost HK Jockey Club

    The Hong Kong Jockey Club will have a full debrief with the starting team and stipendiary stewards in the wake of a series of late scratches at the barrier at Sha Tin Jan. 4 that cost the club more than $HK60 million in refunded bets.

  • Sunday Break to France

    Sunday Break, a grade II winner by Forty Niner, will stand in 2009 at Haras de Grandcamp in France.

  • Vacare won the Dec. 21 Dahlia Handicap (gr. IIT) at Hollywood Park.<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%3D7289010%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Grade I Winner Vacare Retired

    Vacare, a grade I winner who raced exclusively on turf, will not contest the Jan. 4 San Gorgonio Handicap (gr. IIT) at Santa Anita and instead has been retired from racing.

  • Darley to Consolidate in Australia

    Sheikh Mohammed's Darley will relocate nearly all of its Australian stallion roster to the operation's purpose-built stallion farms near Aberdeen, New South Wales, and Seymour, Victoria, for the 2009 Southern Hemisphere season.

  • Grand National Purse Increased Again

    Great Britain's Aintree Racecourse announced Dec. 29 that for the second consecutive year, the purse for the John Smith's Grand National has increased by £100,000 to total £900,000 when the 4 1/2 mile steeplechase is contested April 4, 2009.

  • Top Filly Daiwa Scarlet Wins Arima Kinen

    Guided to victory on the front end by jockey Katsumi Ando, favored Daiwa Scarlet became the first female winner of the Arima Kinen (Jpn-I) in 37 years before a crowd of 110,000 at Nakayama Race Course in Japan Dec. 28.

  • Breeders' Cup Classic winner Raven's Pass<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%3D6465541%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    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.

  • Chapel Royal Sets Juvenile Record

    Chapel Royal, a former Kentucky stallion getting ready to stand his first season at William Schettine's Signature Stallions near Reddick, Fla., in 2009, has become the new leader among Northern Hemisphere first-crop sires.

  • Cuba earned $393,180 in 2008 to help his sire Not For Love top the $6-million mark in 2008 progeny earnings.

    Not For Love Sets Record

    Not For Love, who stands at Richard Golden and Dr. Tom Bowman's Northview Stallion Station near Chesapeake City, Md., has ranked as Maryland most prominent sire for years. But what he has accomplished this year is truly exceptional.

  • Coolmore Tops 2010 Epsom Derby Entries

    The combination of owners Sue Magnier, Derrick Smith and Michael Tabor have 72 early entries between them for the 2010 Epsom Derby (Eng-I) that will be run June 5, 2010, at Epsom Downs. A total 388 entries were made for the classic, which will have a purse of £1,250,000.

  • Prince Khalid Abdullah, owner of Juddmonte Farms

    Juddmonte Leading British Breeder

    For the fifth time this century, Khalid Abdullah's Juddmonte Farms has won the Queen's Silver Cup awarded to the leading British-based breeder (flat) who has accrued the most prize money in Great Britain and Ireland from mares normally resident in the United Kingdom.

  • Eagle Mountain, at left, wins Hong Kong's richest race, the HK $20M Hong Kong Cup.

    Eagle Mountain Soars in Hong Kong Cup

    Eagle Mountain emerged a comfortable winner of the Dec. 14 Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Cup (HK-I) at Sha Tin, a race that will also be remembered for tales of what might have been.

  • Good Ba Ba sets a track record while winning the Hong Kong Mile Dec. 14.

    Good Ba Ba Breaks Mark in Hong Kong Mile

    Good Ba Ba produced a devastating surge to win the Dec. 14 Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Mile (HK-I) at Sha Tin for the second straight year, leaving his jockey Christophe Soumillon to declare that he was the best miler in the world. That's even harder to dispute when it was confirmed the phenomenal winning time of 1:32.71 was a track record.

  • Doctor Dino (center, shadow roll) gets up in a thrilling finish of the Dec. 14 Hong Kong Vase.

    Doctor Dino Doubles Up in HK Vase

    Doctor Dino returned to Sha Tin to land back-to-back victories in the Dec. 14 Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Vase (HK-I). In a thrilling finish, he topped the luckless Purple Moon by a head in the HK$14 million (US$1.82 million) race.

  • Inspriration Hong Kong Cup Sprint win at 67-1 was the biggest surprise of the day at Sha Tin Racecourse.

    Inspiration a 67-1 Shocker in HK Sprint

    Inspiration led home a shocking Hong Kong-based exacta in the Dec. 14 Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Sprint (HK-I) at Sha Tin under a brilliant ride from Darren Beadman.

  • Lot 27, Redoute's Choice colt, brought HK$5.5m at the Hong Kong International Sale Dec. 13.

    Redoute's Choice Colt Tops HKIS

    A brown colt by the champion Australian sire Redoute's Choice and closely related to outstanding sire Zabeel on the distaff side, fetched the highest bid at HK$5.5m at the Hong Kong International Sale Dec. 13.

  • Kip Deville prepares for the Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Mile.

    Kip Deville Has Big Chance in HK Mile

    Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) 2007 winner Kip Deville came out earlier than normal on Saturday at Sha Tin and trainer Rick Dutrow Jr. said his horse was "giving all the signs that he'll run big" in the Dec. 14 Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Mile (HK-I).

  • 2007 Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Vase winner Doctor Dino prepping for this year's race.

    HK Hopefuls Make Final Preparations

    A spectacularly good gallop on the dirt Dec. 12 made it clear that Doctor Dino will not relinquish his Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Vase (HK-I) crown on Dec. 14 without an almighty tussle.

  • Walmac Announces Breeders Plan

    In light of the current economics facing breeders today, Walmac Farm has announced a "breeders stimulus plan" applicable to 2009 stud fees