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

  • Balance and her first foal, a colt, by A. P. Indy.

    Grade I Winner Balance Foals a Colt

    Balance, a grade I winner and half-sister to unbeaten champion Zenyatta, foaled her first offspring, an A.P. Indy colt, Jan. 18.

  • Samantha Miss Sets Australasian Mark

    Samantha Miss set an Australasian auction record for a filly off the racetrack when she sold for Aust$3.85 million (approximately $2,774,810 in U.S. funds) April 16 during the final session of the William Inglis & Son Easter broodmare sale.

  • Medaglia d'Oro is the sire of the top seller in the opening session of the Tattersalls Craven breeze up sale.

    Medaglia d'Oro Colt Sets Pace at Tatts

    A son of Medaglia d'Oro brought 260,000 guineas to top the opening session of the Tattersalls Craven breeze up sale April 15 in England. Bloodstock agent Richard O'Gorman purchased the bay 2-year-old from Gay O'Callaghan's Yeomanstown Stud.

  • Dancing Allstar, who has not raced since Aug. 30, takes on 7 in the Whimsical Stakes.

    Fitness is Key in Woodbine's Whimsical

    The first graded stakes of the year in Canada, the $150,000 Whimsical Stakes (Can-III) for older fillies and mares at six furlongs on the main track April 18, brings together a field of eight horses, two of which have started this year.

  • Blue Grass winner General Quarters<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%3D8000413%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Leparoux to Ride General Quarters

    Four-time Churchill Downs' riding champion Julien Leparoux has been named to ride owner/trainer Tom McCarthy's Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) winner General Quarters in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) May 2 at Churchill Downs.

  • La Montagna Shines at Easter Sale

    The group I-winning mare La Montagna topped the second session of the William Inglis & Son Easter broodmare sale, bringing Aust$475,000 (approximately $345,914 in U.S. funds) during the auction's second session April 15 in Australia.

  • Devil Moon Tops Easter Broodmare Opener

    The sale of group I winner Devil Moon and group II winner Belong To Many, along with a solid clearance rate, highlighted the opening session of the 2009 William Inglis & Son Australian Easter broodmare sale at Newmarket in Australia April 14.

  • Proud Spell's biggest win came in the 2008 Kentucky Oaks. <br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fgallery.pictopia.com%2Fbloodhorse%2Fgallery%2FS622619%2Fphoto%2F5948120%2F%3Fo%3D9">Order This Photo</a>

    Champion Proud Spell Retired

    Brereton C. Jones' homebred champion Proud Spell has been retired from racing and bred to Indian Charlie.

  • War Pass Shuttling to Australia

    Champion War Pass will shuttle to Antony Thompson's Widden Stud in New South Wales, Australia, for the Southern Hemisphere breeding season.

  • Buena Vista Wins Japan's 1,000 Guineas

    Heavy favorite Buena Vista collared second choice Red Desire with 100 meters to run and went on to capture the US$2.1 million Oka Sho (Japanese One Thousand Guineas) by a half-length for the second grade I victory of her career April 12 at Hanshin Racecourse.

  • Dubai World Cup winner is currently the world's top ranked thoroughbred.

    Well Armed Top-Weighted Dirt Horse

    Well Armed, winner of the world's richest race, the US$6-million Dubai World Cup (UAE-I), on March 28, has his official rating put up 5 pounds, from 119 to 124, making the best dirt horse currently racing.

  • Arrowfield Cutting Fees

    Arrowfield has set the trend that is likely to be followed by all other studs this year, with Australia's most expensive stallion Redoute's Choice having a 40% cut in his fee.

  • Fillies Top Final Easter Sale Session

    The 2009 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale concluded April 7 with another two yearlings topping the Aus$1-million mark at Newmarket.

  • Encosta de Lago Colt Leads Inglis Sale

    The number of horses bringing seven-figure prices rose to a sale total of six as the William Inglis & Son Easter yearling auction continued for a second day in Australia April 6.

  • Colt Out of Makybe Diva Sets Pace

    The first foal out of two-time Australian Horse of the Year Makybe Diva brought Aust$1.5 million (approximately $1,073,265 in U.S. funds) April 5 during the opening session of the William Inglis & Son Easter yearling sale in Australia. Melbourne trainer Danny O'Brien purchased the Galileo colt from Tony Santic's Makybe consignment.

  • Broodmare Weekend in Indy Dead

    Weekend in Indy, dam of graded stakes winners Any Given Saturday and Bohemian Lady, died in mid-January from foaling complications.

  • Saarland's daughter Saarlight won the Wide Country Stakes at Laurel on March 7.

    Pensioned Stallion Saarland Dead

    Saarland, who was one of the top 2-year-olds of 2001, died March 11 because of injuries suffered after running into a feeder.

  • Request for Parole to Shuttle

    Grade I winner and millionaire Request for Parole will shuttle to Argentina to stand his second breeding season at Estacion de Monta Don Petiso near Buenos Aires.

  • Got Koko

    Grade I Winner Got Koko Dead

    Got Koko, a grade I winner for Aase Headley and Paul Leung and a broodmare for Jess Jackson's Stonestreet operation, died from foaling complications.

  • Silver Train's Dam Dead

    Ridden in TheStars, dam of 2005 TVG Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) winner Silver Train, was found dead in her paddock at Joe Mulholland Sr.'s Mulholland Farm near Georgetown, Ky.

  • Monba won the 2008 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes.<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%3D4155539%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Keeneland to Feature Toyota Blue Grass

    The 85th running of the Toyota Blue Grass (gr. I), one of the most prestigious races leading to the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), will be run April 11 during Keeneland's 2009 spring race meeting.

  • Falvelon Colt Tops Final MM Sale Session

    The inaugural Magic Millions QTIS 600 yearling sale ended its two-day run March 30 in Australia with a gross of Aust$6,135,500 (approximately $4,261,166 in U.S. funds) for the 333 horses sold. The average price was Aust$18,424 ($12,796), and the clearance rate was 81%.

  • NZ Bloodstock Adds Asia Office

    New Zealand Bloodstock (NZB) will open new office in Asia -- New Zealand Bloodstock Asia -- that will be headed up by New Zealand Bloodstock representative Michael Kneebone. Based in Singapore, Kneebone will provide New Zealand Bloodstock's full range of bloodstock services in the region.

  • Well Armed was reported to come out of his 14-length Dubai World Cup in good shape.

    Smashing Winner Well Armed to Get Break

    A day after his smashing victory March 28, record-breaking Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) winner Well Armed was in "fantastic" condition, according to his assistant trainer.

  • Laurel Guerreiro Upsets Sleepless Night

    Laurel Guerreiro upset favored Sleepless Night, last year's Japanese Racing Association champion sprinter, while posting his first grade I win in the US$2.25 million Takamatsunomiya Kinen at Chukyo racecourse March 29.

  • Lion Heart Colt Sets Pace in Australia

    A Lion Heart colt topped the opening session of the inaugural Magic Millions QTIS 600 yearling sale on Australia's Gold Coast March 29. Len Wheeler purchased the colt for Aust$130,000 (approximately $90,302 in U.S. funds) from Lyndhurst Stud, agent.

  • Alysheba at the Kentucky Horse Park in October 2008.<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%3D6546991%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Alysheba Dead

    Alysheba, a Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner and Horse of the Year, was euthanized March 27 at Hagyard Equine Medical Institute near Lexington.

  • Well Armed and Aaron Gryder take the Dubai World Cup.

    Well Armed Steals Dubai World Cup

    Front-running Well Armed, under a snug hold by jockey Aaron Gryder, cut loose at the head of the straight and romped to a record 14-length victory in the $6 million Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) March 28, the final race to be run at Nad al Sheba.

  • Breeder/owner Jack Dreyfus Jr. Dead

    Jack Dreyfus Jr., who owned Hobeau Farm in Florida and whose horses twice defeated Secretariat, died Friday at a New York City medical center.

  • Eastern Anthem (2) fights for the win in the Dubai Sheema Classic.

    Eastern Anthem Wins Sheema Classic

    Irish-bred Eastern Anthem came from the back of the pack and stuck a nose in front at the wire to take the $5 million Dubai Sheema Classic (UAE-I) at 18-1 in a thrilling, three-way photo finish March 28 at Nad Al Sheba.

  • Gladiatorus leads all the way to take the Dubai Duty Free.

    Gladiatorus Dominates Dubai Duty Free

    Unheralded Gladiatorus humbled a field that included 10 grade or group I winners when he sped to a front-running victory with local jockey Ahmed Ajtebi in the $5 million Dubai Duty Free (UAE-I) over the Nad al Sheba grass course March 28.

  • Big City Man pulls away in the Dubai Golden Shaheen.

    Big City Man Holds Off Indian Blessing

    Big City Man, a Florida-bred son of Northern Afleet owned by Prince Sultan Mohd Saud al Kabeer, held off the 4-year-old filly Indian Blessing in the $2-million Dubai Golden Shaheen (UAE-I) March 28 at Nad Al Sheba.

  • Two Step Salsa strolls away in the Godolphin Mile.

    'Salsa' Spicy in Godolphin Mile Victory

    Godolphin's Two Step Salsa, formerly based in the United States, broke sharply and made most of the pace en route to a comfortable victory in the $1-million Godolphin Mile (UAE-II) to kick off the Dubai World Cup program March 28 at Nad Al Sheba race course.

  • Indian Blessing is the lone filly in the Golden Shaheen.

    Indian Blessing Faces Males, 12 Post

    Not only will American champion Indian Blessing have to defeat males for the first time in her career if she is to win the Dubai Golden Shaheen, she will have to overcome the far outside post in the field of 12 in her initial try at a straightaway 1,200 meters (about 6 furlongs).

  • Informed at Nad al Sheba

    Behavior Modification Works for Informed

    Informed, continuing to improve his behavior during his morning exercise, galloped without incident at Nad al Sheba under exercise rider Tony Romero in preparation for the March 28 Godolphin Mile (UAE-II).

  • Hypbaric gets in some work at Nad al Sheba March 23.

    Hyperbaric, Kip Deville Ready for Race

    Trainer Julio Canani said he was completely surprised to awake Thursday morning and see rain outside his hotel window. Canani would prefer firm footing for the March 28 Dubai Duty Free (UAE-I) on turf but was philosophical about the potential for a course with give to it.

  • Purple Moon training at Nad al Sheba on March 24

    Rain Could Impact Sheema Classic Outcome

    Jamie Spencer rates his Dubai Sheema Classic mount Purple Moon as having "a good each-way chance" but stressed that any more rain would dampen his enthusiasm. Dubai was saturated Wednesday (March 25) night and Thursday morning.

  • Kiaran McLaughlin, trainer of Albertus Maximus

    McLaughlin Not Worried About Distance

    As a steady rain fell on Nad Al Sheba on Thursday morning, March 26, Dubai World Cup favorite Albertus Maximus continued to display bold eagerness, pulling on exercise rider Rob Massey as he galloped strongly around the track under the watchful eyes of trainer Kiaran McLaughlin.

  • Tattersalls Ireland Moves Breeders Sale

    Tattersalls Ireland has moved the breeders flat sale from its traditional date in December to November this year. The auction, which had taken place the second week of December in previous years, will be held Nov. 14 and 15. It was felt that both vendors and purchasers would benefit from moving the sale, according to Tattersalls Ireland.

  • Front House Ready for Sheema Classic

    Mike De Kock, who won the Dubai Sheema Classic (UAE-I) last year with Sun Classique, has a strong chance of repeating the trick in this year running.

  • Albertus Maximus gallops in preparation for the Dubai World Cup.

    Albertus Maximus Gallops at Nad Al Sheba

    Standing at the backstretch rail the morning of March 24 at Nad al Sheba in Dubai, assistant trainer Trish McLaughlin watched Albertus Maximus virtually soar past her while pulling against exercise rider Rob Massey in an impressive show of contained strength and speed.

  • U.S. Horses Continue Toward World Cup

    Still recovering after the long journey from the United States to Dubai, the 12-horse American contingent for the March 28 Dubai World Cup races continued to stretch their legs March 22 and get acclimated to Nad al Sheba, with most sent out for easy gallops.

  • Lil E. Tee

    Derby Winner Lil E. Tee Euthanized

    Lil E. Tee, who won the 1992 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) at odds of 16-1, was euthanized March 18 at Old Frankfort Stud in Kentucky at age 20.

  • Aidan O'Brien

    O'Brien Readies Stable for Classics

    Turf Flat racing resumed in Ireland at the Curragh on Sunday, March 22, but probably more significant was Aidan O'Brien's decision to work 48 horses on the course after racing.

  • Colt Adds to Win Collection in HK Derby

    Trainer John Moore was in superb form after Collection, starting a piping hot 1-4 favorite, trounced Classic Mile hero Thumbs Up in the HK$16 million Mercedes-Benz Hong Kong Derby off an inspired Darren Beadman ride.

  • The Hialeah Walking Ring, circa 1965.

    Hialeah OK'd for Quarter Horse Racing

    Hialeah Park received a Quarter Horse permit from the Florida Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering on March 17, with an apparent mandate to begin that racing by March 17, 2010.