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  • Race Series Unveiled in Great Britain

    Ambitious plans to boost the profile of British racing have been unveiled involving the Sovereign Series, a new initiative that will link 10 of Britain's best group I contests with the aim of producing a champion racehorse each year.

  • Messara and the Aga Khan Join Forces

    Australian industry leader John Messara has continued his international expansion by entering into a breeding agreement with one of the world's most famous racing and breeding figures, the Aga Khan.

  • Viva Pataca was named Hong Kong's champion middle-distance and champion stayer for 2008.

    Good Ba Ba Horse of Year in Hong Kong

    Good Ba Ba, a four-time group I winner this season, was crowned horse of the year as well as the champion miler and most popular horse of the year at the Hong Kong Jockey Club Champion Awards presentation ceremony July 1.

  • Curlin works on the Churchill turf on July 1, 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%3D4987766%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Curlin Shows Affinity for Grass

    Reigning "Horse of the Year" Curlin successfully completed the first step in what could be a journey to Paris to run in the famed Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (Fr-I) with a solid work July 1 under jockey Robby Albarado over the Matt Winn Turf Course at Churchill Downs.

  • Meisho Samson Upset in Takarazuka Kinen

    Front-running Eishin Deputy held off favored Meisho Samson by a head to win the $2.4 million Takarazuka Kinen at Osaka's Hanshin Racecourse June 29 in the final grade I race on the Japanese Racing Association spring calendar.

  • Milanova Brings Record Price at Inglis

    The Inglis Australian Breeding Stock Sale quickly established its place within the bloodstock trade when the Southern Hemisphere record for a Thoroughbred sold at auction was obliterated by Danehill mare Milanova, who sold for Aus$5 million as part of the Tyreel Stud Reduction.

  • Royal Oath Game in King Edward Victory

    Making only his second start in North America, 5-year-old Royal Oath came three-wide into the stretch then out-dueled pacesetter Ice Bear to earn his first victory in more than a year June 28 in the $309,400 King Edward Breeders' Cup Handicap (Can-II) on the Woodbine turf.

  • Hat Trick

    Hat Trick to Shuttle to Australia

    Hat Trick, a Japanese record-setting champion miler by Sunday Silence, will stand the Southern Hemisphere at Independent Stallions Victoria in Nagambie, Australia.

  • Absolute Glam Wins Winter Stakes

    In Australia, all horses turn a year older on Aug. 1. As a result, the racing year ends the day before that. The country's last group I race of the year is historically a seven-furlong sprint for fillies and mares run at Eagle farm racecourse called the Winter Stakes. This year the race was run on June 21.

  • Purses Hiked in Hong Kong

    Prizemoney for the Hong Kong Jockey Club's 2009 group I Champions Mile has been boosted by 50% next year to HK$12 million, giving it a badly-needed shot in the arm that should cement its significance as the third leg of the Asian Mile Challenge.

  • Yeats win his third consecutive Gold Cup (Eng-I) at Royal Ascot June 19. <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%3D4887864%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Yeats Makes History in Gold Cup

    Classy campaigner Yeats secured his place in history by becoming just the second horse to capture three consecutive renewals of the Gold Cup (Eng-I) at Royal Ascot June 19.

  • Henrythenavigator rolls to his third consecutive Group One win in the St. James Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot. <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%3D4865476%0D%0A%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    King Henry Rules at Royal Ascot

    The Aidan O'Brien-trained Henrythenavigator won the St. James's Palace Stakes (Eng-I) on opening day of Royal Ascot meeting. Other winners on the day include Haradasun, winner of the Queen Anne (Eng-I), and Equiano, winner of the King's Stand Stakes (Eng-I).

  • Ontario CTHS Honors 2007 Champions

    The Ontario division of the Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society honored the Ontario-bred champions of 2007 at its annual awards dinner held at Glencairn Golf Club in Milton, Ontario June 13.

  • Southern Exchange Romps in Victoria S.

    Southern Exchange made it back-to-back wins to begin his career when he romped to a 4 3/4-length win in Woodbine's $146,614 Victoria Stakes over four 2-year-olds rivals competing on the Polytrack surface June 15.

  • Kahyasi

    Dual Derby Winner Kahyasi Dead

    Dual Derby winner Kahyasi has been euthanized. The 23-year-old son of Ile de Bourbon was suffering from tumors.

  • Stakes Winner Little Sister Dead

    Little Sister, a stakes winner/producer for brothers Robert and Leland Ackerley, died May 7 from a stomach rupture.

  • Kieren Fallon

    Fallon Interested in Returning to U.S.

    Kieren Fallon, the six-time leading jockey in Great Britain who is currently banned from riding because of a failed drug test, revealed in an interview that he wants ride in North America every winter, and maybe more.

  • Vodka Rebounds in Yasuda Kinen

    Vodka, winner of the 2007 Japanese Derby, ended a year-long win drought with a stunning 3 1/2-length win in the Yasuda Kinen (Jpn-I), the final leg of Asian Mile Challenge June 8 at Tokyo Racecourse.

  • Ginger Brew was the easiest of winners in the June 7 Woodbine Oaks.

    Ginger Brew Romps in Woodbine Oaks

    Odds-on favorite Ginger Brew turned in a scintillating performance at Woodbine June 8, splitting horses at the eighth-pole and then streaking away for a commanding six-length victory in the $502,800 Woodbine Oaks, first leg of the Canadian Triple Tiara.

  • Roar

    Roar to Stand in Argentina

    Roar, a successful California stallion, has been purchased for stallion duty at Raul Lottero's Haras La Esperanza in Argentina.

  • Bernardini is one of several Darley U.S. stallions shuttling to Australia for the 2008 southern hemisphere breeding season.

    Darley Australia's 2008 Fees

    American combo of Bernardini, Elusive Quality, Hard Spun, Any Given Saturday, Consolidator, and Henny Hughes to shuttle to Darley Australia.

  • Divine Madonna Sets Millions Record

    The opening session of the Magic Millions broodmare sale was strong as Divine Madonna set a record, selling to Darley for Aus$2.7 million. The sale saw 123 hips sell for Aus$11,747,250.

  • Not Bourbon takes the Plate Trial over Solitaire. Heavily favored Harlem Rocker was fourth.

    Harlem Rocker Empty in Plate Trial

    Harlem Rocker, regarded as one of the top 3-year-olds in North America and briefly under consideration for the Preakness Stakes (gr. I), failed in his first two-turn test June 1 at Woodbine. The son of Macho Uno finished a well-beaten fourth in the $150,000 Plate Trial Stakes.

  • Hirofumi Shii rides Deep Sky to victory in the 75th running of the Japan Derby.

    Deep Sky Soars to Japanese Derby Win

    Favored Deep Sky came from out of the clouds to register a convincing win in the $4,639,000 Tokyo Yushun (Japanese Derby, Jpn-I), giving jockey Hirofumi Shii consecutive wins in the second leg of the nation's Triple Crown.

  • Callwood Dancer Wins Nassau Thriller

    Callwood Dancer was chased by two rivals through the length of the Woodbine stretch, but the Irish-bred daughter of Danehill Dancer had just enough to hold on during a thrilling finish in the $300,000 Nassau Stakes (Can-II) May 31.

  • Harlem Rocker, the highly-touted son of Macho Uno, will go in the June 1 Plate Trial at Woodbine.<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%3D4304424%0D%0A%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Harlem Rocker Makes Canadian Debut

    Undefeated in three starts and considered by some as one of the most promising 3-year-olds in North America, Frank Stronach's highly-touted Harlem Rocker will face seven rivals in the $150,000 Plate Trial Stakes June 1 at Woodbine.

  • Good Ba Ba Earnings to Good Causes

    The success of Hong Kong superstar Good Ba Ba will have an impact that goes way beyond the horse's racing lifetime, with owner John Yuen Se-kit announcing this week the creation of the Good Ba Ba Foundation.

  • Fusaichi Pegasus

    Fusaichi Pegasus to Shuttle

    Fusaichi Pegasus, who has 2008 worldwide progeny earnings of $4.9 million, will shuttle to Liliana Solari's Haras Don Alberta in Chile.

  • Duke of Marmalade takes the Tattersall's Gold Cup (Ire-I) May 25 at the Curragh.

    Duke of Marmalade Notches Second Group I

    Duke of Marmalade is proving to be a worthy successor to former stablemate Dylan Thomas after notching his second consecutive group I victory in the Tattersalls Gold Cup (Ire-I) at the Curragh May 25.

  • Halfway To Heaven triumphs in the Boylesports Irish One Thousand Guineas (Ire-I) at the Curragh May 25.

    Halfway To Heaven Soars in 1,000 Guineas

    Halfway To Heaven capped an outstanding weekend for trainer Aidan O'Brien by holding on for a head victory over Mad About You in the Boylesports Irish One Thousand Guineas (Ire-I) at the Curragh May 25.

  • Rahy's Attorney takes the Connaught Cup.

    Rahy's Attorney Upsets Connaught Cup

    Canadian-bred Rahy's Attorney, who has made all 13 of his lifetime starts at Woodbine, earned his biggest victory to date May 25, as he kicked clear at the top of the lane and went on to take the $166,050 Connaught Cup (Can-III) under Slade Callaghan by a half-length at odds of 16-1.

  • Packing Winner Takes Champions & Chater

    Peter Ho Leung secured the first group I of his training career when Packing Winner finally turned the shadow into substance, fighting off odds-on favourite Viva Pataca to mark a memorable graduation to Hong Kong racing's elite level.

  • Henrythenavigator makes it a Guineas sweep by capturing the Boylesports Irish Two Thousand Guineas.

    'Henry' Navigates Guineas Double

    Henrythenavigator made it a Guineas sweep when he powered away from rival New Approach to capture the Boylesports Irish Two Thousand Guineas (Ire-I) by 1 3/4-lengths at The Curragh May 24.

  • Apache Cat Wins Fifth Straight Group I

    Apache Cat absolutely trounced his rivals in the May 24 Doomben 10,000 (Aus-I). He won by nearly five lengths, easing down over the last half furlong and creating Australian racing history by being the first horse in over 50 years to have won five group I races in succession.

  • Hong Kong Stewards Drop Doleuze Case

    The nightmare is over for jockey Olivier Doleuze, who emerged from a May 21 inquiry by Hong Kong Jockey Club stewards into a drug "irregularity" without a case to answer.