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  • Lush Lashes gallops at Sha Tin on the morning of Dec. 10.

    Lush Lashes Takes on Boys in HK Cup

    Lush Lashes eased up the turf track at Sha Tin Dec. 10 and left rider Kevin Manning more than happy with the wellbeing of Ireland's best 3-year-old filly, who attempts to give her trainer Jim Bolger a second Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Cup (HK-I) victory on Dec. 14.

  • Eagle Mountain will run in the Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Cup (HK-I) on Dec. 14.

    Eagle Mountain Works For Hong Kong Cup

    Eagle Mountain, a leading challenger for the HK$20m Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Cup (HK-I) on Dec. 14, impressed with a spectacular gallop on the grass at Sha Tin Dec. 9.

  • Cold Weather Ends Woodbine's Closing Day

    Closing day at Woodbine for the 2008 racing season was abandoned Dec. 7 after the second race due to extreme cold weather. Jockey Patrick Husbands and trainer Mark Casse swept to titles in their respective divisions for the second straight year.

  • Kane Hekili wins the Japan Cup Dirt at Hanshin Racecourse on Dec. 7.

    Kane Hekili Captures Japan Cup Dirt

    Kane Hekili beat back the late charges of favored Vermilion and Meisho Tokon to win the $3 million Japan Cup Dirt (Jpn-I) by a head in the first running of the event at Hanshin Racecourse Dec. 7. American hopes Frost Giant and Tin Cup Chalice finished 12th and 13th, respectively.

  • Niconero Wins Kingston Town in Australia

    Niconero charged home at a great rate to claim the Dec. 6 Kingston Town Stakes at Ascot again. And it was the same result, with the same jockey--Brad Rawiller--for the same trainer David Hayes, at the same price of 9-2.

  • Patena fights off Hooh Why to take the Display Stakes at Woodbine.

    Display: Patena Holds On For Victory

    Patena, an impressive maiden winner last out, had no problem in his first stakes test, as the 2-year-old Seeking the Gold colt gamely hung on for a narrow victory in the $150,000 Display Stakes on a cold and snowy day at Woodbine Dec. 6.

  • Sky Conqueror will enter stud in 2009 Firestone Farms near Caledon, Ontario, Canada.

    Sky Conqueror to Firestone Farms

    Sky Conqueror, a Canadian champion and a grade I winner at Churchill Downs, will enter stud in 2009 at Morgan Firestone's Firestone Farms near Caledon, Ontario, Canada.

  • Norfolk Stakes winner Street Hero has been retired from racing for stallion duty at Vinery.<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%3D6137782%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Street Hero to Stand at Vinery

    Two-year-old Street Hero, winner of the Norfolk Stakes (gr. I), has been retired from racing for stallion duty at Tom Simon's Vinery near Lexington.

  • Gone West's Fee Reduced

    Major sire Gone West, who stands at Mill Ridge Farm near Lexington, will stand in 2009 for $65,000 instead of the previously announced $85,000.

  • Indygo Shiner to stand at Hill 'n' Dale

    Indygo Shiner, who is represented by four Argentine group I winners this year, will stand the 2009 breeding season at John Sikura's Hill 'n' Dale Farms near Lexington.

  • Dixieland Band, one of the original stallions at Lane's End, has been pensioned.

    Dixieland Band Pensioned at Lane's End

    Dixieland Band, sire of 115 stakes winners and the earners of $73 million, has been pensioned from stud duty at William S. Farish's Lane's End Farm near Versailles, Ky.

  • Empire Maker's 2009 Fee Reduced

    Empire Maker, who stands at Khalid Abdullah's Juddmonte Farms near Lexington, has had his 2009 fee reduced from a previously announced fee of $100,000 to $75,000.

  • Saoirse Abu Tops Tattersalls Opener

    Trainer Jim Bolger's dual group I-winning Saoirse Abu was the star of the opening session of the Tattersalls December breeding stock auction in England, selling for 1.95 million guineas (about $3.1 million) to Sheikh Mohammed's bloodstock manager, John Ferguson. The 3-year-old daughter of Mr. Greeley scored in the Independent Waterford Wedgwood Phoenix (Ire-I) and Moyglare Stud (Ire-I) Stakes in 2007.

  • LOT 1434: Holy Roman Emperor colt brought 425,000 guineas Nov 29 in Tattersalls' five-day December foal.

    Prices Fall for Tattersalls Foals

    Tattersalls' five-day December foal ended in England Nov. 29 with figures sharply down from 2007's results. The 14,549,100-guinea gross fell 49% while the 25,888-guinea average price declined 29%. The 8,750-guinea median price dropped 56%. Sixty percent of the weanlings offered found new homes.

  • Monsun Filly Tops at Tattersalls

    A Monsun filly out of group I Prix Vermeille winner Sweet Stream topped the trading Nov. 28 at the Tattersalls December Foal Sale when selling for 440,000 guineas to agent John Ferguson.

  • Tattersalls Foal Sale Numbers Decline

    There were three six-figure lots as trade stepped up a gear at the Nov. 27 third foal session of the Tattersalls December Sale in Newmarket. The day's top price of 180,000 guineas was paid by pinhooker Timmy Hyde of Camas Park Stud in Co Tipperary Ireland for a Galileo colt.

  • Unbridled's Song's Fee Reduced

    Unbridled's Song, who initially was scheduled to stand in 2009 for $150,000 stands and nurses, instead will stand for $125,000 stands and nurses

  • 2007 Breeders' Cup Mile winner Kip Deville arrives in Hong Kong.

    Frankel, Drysdale to Hong Kong Races

    The Cathay Pacific Hong Kong International races set a new benchmark Nov. 26 when 38 individual trainers from 10 foreign jurisdictions declared to bring their horses to compete at Sha Tin Dec. 14.

  • Lane's End Reduces 2009 Fees

    Lane's End Farm has reduced the 2009 fees for a number of its stallions, including major sire A.P. Indy.

  • Buyers Selective at Tattersalls

    Trade was selective at Tattersalls' one-day December yearling sale in England Nov. 24, with a clearance rate of 55% for the 103 lots that changed hands.

  • Egpytian Ra

    Hong Kong's Horse of the Year Upset

    Egyptian Ra took the points but Good Ba Ba's Hong Kong Mile (HK-I) claims remain very much intact after a sensational ride from Felix Coetzee turned the favorite over in the HK$3 million Cathay Pacific International Mile Trial (HK-II).

  • Gilded Venom Takes Railway Stakes

    Gilded Venom won the day in a thrilling finish. And he did it following a super ride by Patrick Carberry a local jockey who used local knowledge of the tricky Ascot surface to win.

  • Trainer Has Ambitious Plan for 'Hussler'

    Ross McDonald, trainer of brilliant Australian galloper Weekend Hussler, has announced a sweeping international agenda for the seven-time group I winner early next year in which he aims to become the first horse to tackle all four legs of the Asian Mile Challenge (AMC).

  • Irish Racing Funding Cut Due to Economy

    Horse Racing Ireland announced Nov. 20 a series of budgetary measures for 2009, including a reduction in prize money, a freezing of grant aid to organizations supported by HRI, a pay freeze for HRI staff and restrictions on racecourse capital development projects.

  • Zaftig

    Race Filly Zaftig Retired

    John and Susan Moore's Zaftig, who ran third in the Sentient Flight Group Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint, has been retired from racing.

  • Europe's 2008 Horse of the Year: Zarkava

    Zarkava Big Winner at Cartier Awards

    Zarkava was the big winner at the at the 2008 Cartier Racing Awards in London's Grosvenor House Hotel Nov. 17, collecting both the Horse Of The Year and Cartier Champion Three-Year-Old Filly awards.

  • Zarkava captured the Arc de Triomphe in what would be her final race.

    Zarkava Named Cartier Horse of the Year

    The five European Breeders' Cup winners missed out on trophies at the Cartier Racing Awards, Europe's equivalent of the Eclipse Awards, which were presented in London Nov. 17.

  • Maiden Active Duty Gets Coronation Upset

    Active Duty found the right spot to break his maiden in his fifth lifetime start, scoring easily as the longest shot on the board in the $204,351 Coronation Futurity for Canadian-bred 2-year-olds at Woodbine Nov. 16.

  • Little Amapola Takes Japan's QE II Cup

    Little Amapola burst to the lead with 200 yards to go and defeated favored Kawakami Princess by 1 1/2 lengths in the $1.77 million Queen Elizabeth II Commemorative Cup (Jpn-I) at Kyoto Racecourse Nov. 16.

  • Sedgefield prior to the 2007 Lanes End Stakes at Turfway Park.

    Sedgefield to Stand in India

    Graded stakes performer Sedgefield has been purchased by Jai Govind Stud for stallion duty in Jaipur, India.

  • Viva Pataca scores easily at Sha Tin Nov. 16.

    Viva Pataca Wins International Cup Trial

    The revenge mission toward this year's Hong Kong Cup (HK-I) is "full steam ahead" after Viva Pataca won the Nov. 16 HK$3 million Cathay Pacific International Cup Trial (HK-II) in a common canter, leaving the owner, trainer, and jockey all licking their lips in anticipation of a glorious international day in December.

  • HK Horse DQ'd When Jockey Weighs Light

    Every jockey and trainer's worst nightmare came true for Dennis Yip and Felix Coetzee in Hong Kong Nov. 15, when their horse weighed in light following the fourth race at Sha Tin and had to be disqualified.

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    Silver Wagon to Empire in New York

    Grade I winner Silver Wagon will stand in 2009 at Kurt Butenhoff and Jamie LaMonica's Empire Stud near Hudson, N.Y.

  • Sovereign Media Finalists Announced

    The Jockey Club of Canada announced finalists in the 2008 Sovereign Award Media categories Nov. 14. Winners will be announced at the 34th Annual Sovereign Awards ceremonies at the Four Seasons Hotel, in Toronto Dec. 14.

  • Chelokee will stand the 2009 breeding season at Vinery.

    Chelokee to Stand at Vinery

    Centennial Farms' Chelokee will stand the 2009 breeding season at Tom Simon's Vinery near Lexington.

  • Stakes Producer Arabian Dancer Dead

    Arabian Dancer, a prominent producer for the late Cynthia Phipps, was euthanized Oct. 23 because of complications from the infirmities of old age.

  • Perfect Soul

    Perfect Soul to Stand for $15,000

    Perfect Soul, a first-crop sire and Canadian champion, will stand for $15,000 at John Phillips' Darby Dan Farm near Lexington.

  • O'Brien Gets Last Group I of Euro Season

    Irish trainer Aidan O'Brien won the final group I of the European season when Fame and Glory edged stablemate Drumbeat in France's Criterium de Saint-Cloud for 2-year-olds Nov. 12.

  • Private Fee for Galileo at Coolmore

    Prominent European sire Galileo, who underwent colic surgery in September, will stand for a private fee in 2009 at John Magnier and partners' Coolmore Stud in Ireland.

  • Regal Intention

    Mazel Trick, Regal Intention Dead

    Canadian stallions Mazel Trick and Regal Intention died in late October at Canmor Farms near Aldergrove, British Columbia.

  • Breeders' Cup Classic winner Raven's Pass is nominated for Europe's Horse of the Year Award. <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%3D6465542%0D%0A%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Breeders' Cup Winners on Cartier List

    Breeders' Cup World Championships race winners Raven's Pass, Donativum, Conduit, and Goldikova are among the nominees for this year's Cartier Racing Awards, which will be at London's Grosvenor House Hotel on the evening of Monday, Nov. 17.