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

  • Gustav Schickedanz

    Schickedanz, Peteski Canadian Hall Inductees

    Canada's Horse Racing Hall of Fame announced May 19 that the Gustav Schickedanz, one of North America's leading Thoroughbred breeders the past 10 years, Canadian Thoroughbred Triple Crown winner Peteski and three champion runners, fillies Alywow, La Voyageuse and Maryfield are among this year's inductees.

  • Broad Brush

    Broad Brush Euthanized at Age 26

    Broad Brush, the leading sire of 1994 in North America who was pensioned from stallion duty at Gainesway Farm in June of 2004, was euthanized May 15 at the Lexington farm. He was 26.

  • Holy Roman Emperor Colt Sets Pace

    The two-day weanling portion of the William Inglis & Son Melbourne Great Southern sale ended in Australia May 19 with a gross of $2,127,100 (approximately $1,605,684 in U.S. funds) for the 243 horses sold. The average price was $8,753 ($6,607), and the clearance rate was 91%.

  • Pollard's Vision's First Winner

    Air Crew became the first winner for millionaire and grade II winner Pollard's Vision when he won May 17 in Italy.

  • Field Commission pulls away in the Vigil Stakes.

    Field Commission Takes Command of Vigil

    Field Commission, a four-time winner in 2008, made his second start of the season a winning one in the $150,000 Vigil Stakes (Can-III) at Woodbine May 18.

  • Lonhro Offspring Shine in Australia

    The clearance rate was 93% during the first session of the William Inglis & Son Melbourne Great Southern weanling sale May 18 in Australia. The 131 horses that sold grossed Aust$1,063,250 (approximately $796,948 in U.S. funds) and averaged Aust$8,116 ($6,083). The median price was Aust$4,000 ($2,998).

  • Dynaformer Sires 100th Stakes Winner

    Dynaformer, who stands at Robert N. Clay's Three Chimneys Farm near Midway, Ky., has reached the 100 mark by number of stakes winners.

  • Artax to Stand in Brazil

    Artax, champion sprinter of 1999, will stand the Southern Hemisphere breeding season at Dr. Adriano Quadros' Haras Henrique Waihrich in Brazil.

  • Choisir Colt Tops Scone Sale in Australia

    A Choisir-Strawberry Mirn colt brought Aust$68,000 (approximately $51,893 in U.S. funds) to top the 60th annual HTBA William Inglis & Son Scone yearling sale in Australia May 14. Trainer Paul Perry purchased the colt from Broad Crossing.

  • Stravinsky to Cambridge in New Zealand

    Patrick Hogan announced that Stravinsky will return to his Cambridge Stud in New Zealand for the upcoming breeding season after an absence of two years.

  • Stakes Producer Mackie Euthanized

    Mackie, who sold for big prices at auction, was euthanized March 18 because of foaling complications while delivering an offspring by Any Given Saturday.

  • Silent Name to Shuttle to Brazil

    Frank Stronach's Adena Springs Farm announced that grade II winner Silent Name will stand the Southern Hemisphere breeding season at Haras Ponta Pora in Brazil.

  • Dubawi Colt Sets Record at French Sale

    A Dubawi colt, which is a member of his sire's first crop, set a sale record when he brought 280,000 euros (approximately $376,538) May 9 during the upbeat Arqana breeze-up auction at Saint-Cloud racecourse in France. Paul Nataf, acting on behalf of his longtime client Gérard Laboureau, purchased the colt from Willie Browne's Mocklershill operation.

  • Silver Frost Burns Rivals in French Guineas

    Silver Frost came roaring down the center of the course to easily capture the Poule d'Essai des Poulains (Fr-I, French Two Thousand Guineas) by two lengths at Longchamp May 10. One race later, Elusive Wave won the Poule d'Essai des Pouliches (Fr-I, French One Thousand Guineas).

  • Smart Surprise Rallies to Take Hendrie

    Smart Surprise rallied from off the pace, took over in mid-stretch and held off a late bid from Proud Heiress to win the $158,600 Hendrie Stakes (Can-III) for older fillies and mares May 10 at Woodbine.

  • Godophin's Mastery Captures Italian Derby

    Frankie Dettori guided Godolphin's Mastery to a comfortable 1 1/2-length win in the Derby Italiano Better (Ity-II) at Rome's Capannelle racecourse May 9, setting up a possible return in the Investec Derby (Eng-I) next month.

  • Gone West Will Be Pensioned

    Gone West, a prominent sire while standing at Mill Ridge Farm near Lexington, will be pensioned after he finishes breeding this year.

  • Librettist to Shuttle to New Zealand

    Darley stallion Librettist will shuttle from Europe to Westbury Stud in Karaka, New Zealand, for the Southern Hemisphere breeding season.

  • Prominent Broodmare Committed Euthanized

    Committed, a champion sprinter in England and France and granddam of Eclipse Award winner English Channel, was euthanized May 3 at owner Gerald Ford's Diamond A Ranch near Versailles, Ky.

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    Twilight Meteor Retired

    Graded stakes winner Twilight Meteor has been retired from racing for stallion duty.

  • Elusive Quality

    Elusive Quality to Shuttle to Brazil

    Elusive Quality, North America's leading sire the year his son Smarty Jones won the 2004 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and Preakness Stakes (gr. I), will to shuttle to Stud TNT in Brazil.

  • New Sponsor for England's Derby Festival

    Epsom Downs Racecourse announced May 4 that Investec, a leading specialist bank, has agreed to become long-term partners by sponsoring the English Derby Festival until 2013. The 2009 Derby Festival will be held June 5-6 at Epsom Downs.

  • Stakes Producer Hard Knocker Dead

    Hard Knocker, a stakes-producing daughter of Raja Baba, died May 1 in her paddock at Jim FitzGerald's Knockgriffin Farm near Lexington.

  • Alabama Nana Dead

    Alabama Nana, a New York graded stakes winner, died April 29 because of complications from the infirmities of old age.

  • Florida-bred Advice is the only 2009 Kentucky Derby entrant bred outside of Kentucky.

    Kentucky-breds a Runaway Success

    There's a saying that a Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner can come from anywhere. But that saying has more to do with where a horse prepped for the Run for the Roses than with its birthplace.

  • Bill Introduced to Eliminate Withholding Tax

    A bill was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives April 28 that would eliminate the automatic 25% federal withholding on pari-mutuel winnings of $5,000 or more for bets that carry odds of 300-1 or higher.

  • Encosta de Lago to Stand for $220,000

    Coolmore Australia has announced service fees for the 2009 season, headed by Encosta de Lago, who will stand at a reduced fee of $220,000.

  • International Drug Coalition Meets Recently

    The International Federation of Horse Racing Authorities Advisory Council on Prohibited Substances and representatives of the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium recently met in Lexington during the 75th convention of the Association of Racing Commissioners International and were sponsored by The Jockey Club.

  • Gross, Average Rise in Australian Sale

    The gross revenue rose 31.4% from a year ago to Aust$2,610,750 (approximately $1,889,661 in U.S. funds) during the William Inglis & Son Melbourne autumn yearling sale, which ended its two-day run April 27 in Australia. The average price for the 262 horses that sold was Aust$9,965 ($7,213), up 14%, and the median price was Aust$7,500 ($5,429). The clearance rate was 89%.

  • Consolidator's First Winner

    Grade I winner Consolidator came through with his initial winner when his daughter Solid Lunar won April 26 at Lone Star Park at first asking.

  • Presvis' Late Rally Wins Hong Kong's QEII Cup

    Presvis, given a confident ride by Great Britain's champion jockey Ryan Moore, raced to an authoritative win in the HK$14 million Audemars Piguet Queen Elizabeth II Cup (HK-I) on yielding turf at Sha Tin Race Course April 26.

  • Statue of Liberty Colt Shines in Australia

    A Statue of Liberty -- Saloon Bar Girl colt brought Aust$54,000 (approximately $39,031 in U.S. funds) to top the opening session of the William Inglis & Son Melbourne autumn yearling sale April 26 in Australia. Mark Young Racing purchased the colt from Tetrarch Park Stud.

  • Sight Winner Shocks in HK's Champions Mile

    Sight Winner became the first horse to qualify for this year's Breeders Cup Mile (gr. IT) following his shocking victory over Egyptian Ra in the HK$12 million Champions Mile (HK-I) at soggy Sha Tin Race Course April 26.

  • Pioneerof the Nile, a leading Kentucky Derby contender.

    Pioneerof the Nile's Full Sister Born

    A full sister to Pioneerof the Nile, one of the leading contenders for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), was foaled April 23.

  • Presvis Coming Along Well for HK's QEII Cup

    Luca Cumani, the man who trained the greatest performer in the history of Hong Kong horseracing, is back in town taking aim at the HK$14 million Audemars Piguet Queen Elizabeth II Cup April 26 with Presvis. There's a growing belief that he will do it.

  • 2008 Kentucky Broodmare of the Year Vertigineux

    Zenyatta's Dam Voted Top Mare

    Vertigineux, dam of champion Zenyatta, was voted top broodmare by the Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners & Breeders board of directors. Also honored were the breeders of the 2008 Kentucky-bred champions.

  • Sir Harry Lewis Dead

    Sir Harry Lewis, who won the 1987 Budweiser Irish Derby (Ire-I), has died of a heart attack in England.

  • No Equal for Unrivaled in Japanese 2,000

    Unrivaled took command of the $2.3 million Satsuki Sho (Japanese Two Thousand Guineas) at the top of the stretch and held off a late charge from Triumph March to win by 1 1/2 lengths before 71,201 at Nakayama Racecourse April 19.