International

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

  • 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.

  • Twilight Meteor won the Canadian Turf at Gulfstream Park in his final start. <br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fgallery.pictopia.com%2Fbloodhorse%2Fgallery%2FS726334%2Fphoto%2F7857580%2F%3Fo%3D0">Order This Photo</a>

    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.

  • Dancing Allstar (right, yellow silks) powers home in the Whimsical.

    Dancing Allstar Shows Moves in Whimsical

    Dancing Allstar, Canada's champion 2-year-old filly two years ago, won the first graded stakes race of the 2009 Woodbine season when she dictated the pace en route to a 1 3/4-length win in the $124,108 Whimsical Stakes (Can-III) April 18.

  • Lot 147; filly, Redback - Flames by Blushing Flame, brought the highest price of 210,000 guineas during the second and final session of the Tattersalls Craven breeze up sale.

    Redback Filly Stands Out at Tattersalls

    A daughter of Redback brought the highest price of 210,000 guineas April 16 during the second and final session of the Tattersalls Craven breeze up sale in England. Trainer Tom Tate purchased the 2-year-old filly for Dubai-based owner Jim Hay. Her consignor was Tony and Roger O'Callaghan's Tally-Ho Stud.

  • Ready's Image to Shuttle to Australia

    Ready's Image, a grade II winner by More Than Ready, will shuttle to the newly-established Lincoln/Walmac Associated Farms at Scone, New South Wales, Australia.

  • 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.

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    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.