International

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

  • 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.

  • Seeking the Gold

    Seeking the Gold Pensioned

    Major sire Seeking the Gold has been pensioned from stallion duty at the Hancock family's Claiborne Farm near Paris, Ky.

  • Sweet Return

    Journeyman Announces Stud Fees

    Brent and Crystal Fernung's Journeyman Stud has set stud fees for its expanded 11-horse roster for 2009.

  • Delaware Township

    Two Sires Relocated to Penn Ridge

    Twelve-year-old stallions Cat Thief and Delaware Township, both grade I winners, have arrived for stallion duty in 2009 at Mike Jester and Joe Besecker's Penn Ridge Farms near Harrisburg, Pa.

  • Bernstein

    Bernstein's Fee Upped to $27,500

    Bernstein, fourth on this year's sires of 2-year-olds list, will stand at Castleton Lyons near Lexington for $27,500.

  • Marchfield takes the Autumn Stakes Nov. 9 at Woodbine.

    Chilly Ride Helps Marchfield Win Autumn

    On a 43-degree day at Woodbine, jockey Patrick Husbands sat chilly on Marchfield until the last possible moment, rallying for a half-length victory in the $139,125 Autumn Stakes (Can-II) on the Toronto oval's Polytrack Nov. 9.

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    Run Away and Hide to Darby Dan

    Unbeaten 2-year-old Run Away and Hide has been retired from racing and will enter stud in 2009 at John Phillips' Darby Dan Farm near Lexington.

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    Raven's Pass to Stand at Kildangan

    Raven's Pass, surprise winner of the Oct. 25 Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) for Sheikh Mohammed's Darley and the sheikh's wife, Princess Haya of Jordan, has been retired from racing for stallion duty at Sheikh Mohammed's Kildangan Stud in County Kildare, Ireland.

  • True Metropolitan tries to snap a five-race losing streak in the Autumn Stakes.

    True Metropolitan to Defend Autumn Title

    The two-time Sovereign Award winner True Metropolitan, in the midst of a five-race losing streak, returns to Woodbine to defend his title in the $150,000 Autumn Stakes (Can-II) on the Polytrack Nov. 9.

  • Fairbanks will enter stud in 2009 at Northview PA.

    Fairbanks to Stand at Northview PA

    Fairbanks, who topped the 2004 Saratoga yearling sale at $1.85 million and went on to become a multiple graded stakes winner, will enter stud in 2009 at the newly formed Northview PA near Peach Bottom, Pa.