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  • South Africa's 4-year-old Jay Peg sets a new course record as he fights back challenges to win the Dubai Duty Free.

    Jay Peg Sets Course Record in Duty Free

    In an eventful stretch drive that saw his jockey survive a slipping saddle, South Africa's 50-1 shot Jay Peg set a new course record as he fought back challenges from two top fillies to win the $5 million Dubai Duty Free (UAE-IT) during Nad Al Sheba racecourse's March 29 Dubai World Cup day.

  • Honour Devil draws off to take the UAE Derby.

    De Kock's Honour Devil Best in UAE Derby

    Michael de Kock's domination of the UAE Derby (UAE-II) continued March 29 when his favored duo drew away from the field in the final 200 meters, but it was Honour Devil who demonstrated his superiority with a 4 3/4-length victory over stablemate Royal Vintage at Nad Al Sheba.

  • Improvement Program Approved in Canada

    The Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society (Ontario Division) unveiled the 2008 Thoroughbred Improvement Program (TIP), following approval of the Ontario Racing Commission. Valued at $9.6 million, the TIP includes increases in breeders award distributions, overnight stakes races, and the introduction of a new OSS stakes award program.

  • Curlin has drawn post 12 for the Dubai World Cup (UAE-I).

    Curlin Takes on the World in Dubai

    No horse has ever won the $6-million Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) from post position number 12, but Curlin could change that fact when he tackles 13 runners in the March 29 event.

  • The sole American-based runner in the Duty Free field is J. Paul Reddam's Notional.

    International Field Set for Duty Free

    Keeping with the international spirit of Dubai World Cup Day, an incredibly accomplished field of 16 older males and females from seven different countries will go postward in the Dubai Duty Free (UAE-I) at Nad Al Sheba Racecourse.

  • Better Talk Now and regular rider Ramon Dominguez drew post six for the Dubai Sheema Classic Sponsored by Nakheel (UAE-I).

    Better Talk Now to Run in Dubai Sheema

    Better Talk Now might be several years removed from a victory in the John Deere Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT), but that doesn't mean he's ready to take a back seat to some of the finest 1 1/2-mile turf experts in Dubai March 29.

  • Robby Albarado, jockey of Curlin

    Albarado Confident on Curlin in Dubai

    Robby Albarado will have a definite target on his back when he rides Curlin in the $6-million Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) at Nad Al Sheba Racecourse March 29. But the Cajun jockey is confident in his mount's ability and the way the 2007 Horse of the Year is going to handle his 4-year-old campaign.

  • Rick Dutrow Jr. will be busy this weekend, with two horses running in Dubai and Big Brown in the Florida Derby.

    Dutrow's Big Weekend Includes Dubai

    Rick Dutrow may be staying in the United States this weekend, but his runners in Dubai are not to be discounted. On March 29, Benny the Bull tackles the Golden Shaheen while Diamond Stripes aims for the Godolphin Mile.

  • Heart of the Citi Takes Millions Trophy

    Heart of the Citi captured the third Magic Millions Trophy at the Gold Coast on March 24. His half-brother, by Rock of Gilbraltar, is catalogued to sell during the Magic Millions yearling sale on March 31.

  • Aussie Jockey Clark Takes First Group I

    Australian jockey Tim Clark won his first group I race on Typhoon Zed in the Galaxy Handicap at Royal Randwick in Sydney. The race was dramatic for several reasons, including Typhoon Zed's win by a nose over the improving Keen Commander.

  • Coolmore stallions Dylan Thomas (IRE) (above) and Excellent Art (GB) will shuttle to Australia in July for the southern hemisphere breeding season.

    Coolmore Adds Two to Australian Roster

    Now that Equine Influenza has been trampled out of Australia, experts and breeders alike are predicting the broodmare owners of Australia will hit the stallion farms en masse. This follows the drama of last season where broodmare coverings were down 17% across Australia.

  • In his final Dubai Sheema Classic (UAE-IT) prep, Viva Pataca (Darren Beadman) defeats Iron Fist (Douglas Whyte) under barrier trial conditions at Sha Tin on  March 17.

    Viva Pataca Wins Sheema Classic Prep

    Jockey Darren Beadman gave an enthusiastic thumbs up for Viva Pataca after the champion completed his pre-Dubai departure work with a win in a mile barrier trial Monday, March 17, at Sha Tin Racecourse in Hong Kong.

  • More Than Ready at Vinery in Lexington, KY

    Offspring of Vinery Stallions Shine

    Vinery Stud shuttle stallion More Than Ready added a major Australian juvenile feature success to his rapidly expanding portfolio when Augusta Proud maintained her unbeaten record with a 1 3/4-length victory against the males in the Aus$400,000 Magic Millions Adelaide 2YO Classic.

  • Australian Sale Grosses $2.1 Million

    Local South Australian trainer Leon Macdonald, an astute judge of horse flesh, paid top price of $160,000 for a filly by Coolmore shuttler Galileo at the Adelaide Magic Millions Yearling Sale.

  • Curlin works out in the early morning fog at Nad Al Sheba on Monday, March 10, 2008.

    Curlin 'Awesome' in World Cup Workout

    Horse of the Year Curlin was on the track at Dubai's Nad Al Sheba Racecourse for a five-furlong workout March 10 that assistant trainer Scott Blasi declared "awesome" as the colt gears up for the $6 million Dubai World Cup (UAE-I).

  • Weekend Hussler Tops Aussie Sprinters

    After taking the $1 million Newmarket Handicap (Aus-I) on March 8, Weekend Hussler became Australia's best 3-year-old sprinter. He carried the highest weight ever by a 3-year-old and beat older horses.

  • Light Fantastic Rises to Group I Level

    Thirty-two days ago a horse named Light Fantastic raced at a lowly Victorian country track named Kyneton. On March 8 at Flemington in the group I Australian Cadbury Guineas worth $750,000, that same horse held off some of the best 3-year-olds in Australia.

  • Elusive Warning Upsets Burj Nahaar

    Heavily-favored Asiatic Boy could do no better than third as 16-1 shot Elusive Warning gamely held off stablemate Blackat Blackitten to capture the Burj Nahaar (UAE-III) by a half-length at Nad al Sheba Mar. 6.

  • Jalil stormed his way into the Dubai World Cup picture with a decisive 1 1/2-length victory in the Al Maktoum Challenge-Round 3.

    Jalil Springs Surprise in Dubai

    Jalil stormed his way into the Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) picture with a decisive 1 1/2-length victory in the Al Maktoum Challenge-Round 3 (UAE-II) at Nad al Sheba March 6.

  • Record Price for Exceed and Excel Colt

    A new record price for a yearling sold in Melbourne was set March 4 when Darley Australia paid Aus$750,000 for a smashing bay colt by Exceed And Excel out of Lowland Stakes (Aus-III) winner Gentle Call. The sale eclipses the previous best of Aus$600,000 for the Inglis Premier sale.

  • Australian based Takeover Target is going back to England for the 2008 Global Sprint Challenge.

    'Takeover' Targeted for British Campaign

    He may be aging, but Australian sprint champion Takeover Target (Celtic Swing-Shady Stream, by Archregent) is going back to England for his third crack at showing the world just how fast he is.

  • Owners' Liability on Trial in Britain

    The legal responsibilities of being a racehorse owner in Britain have come to the fore in the wake of a multi-million dollar legal claim against the owners and trainer of a horse that severely injured an assistant trainer in a pre-race paddock incident at Wolverhampton Racecourse, England, in April 2005.

  • Inglis Premier Sale Begins Strong

    The Inglis Premier Sale, conducted annually in Melbourne at the Oaklands Junction complex, began March 2 where Karaka in New Zealand left off last month -- with a bang.

  • Niconero wins the Futurity Stakes with Miss Finland in third.

    Miss Finland Upset in Futurity Stakes

    Craig Williams, who steered the great Australian Miss Finland to over $4 million in prize money before sensationally and publicly sacked from riding her two weeks back, was smiling broadly half way down the stretch in the group I Futurity Stakes at Caulfield March 1.

  • Saturday's AJC Gimcrack Stakes in Australia is sponsored by Keeneland.

    Keeneland Race in Australia

    Saturday's listed AJC Gimcrack Stakes for 2-year-old fillies at Royal Randwick in Australia on Saturday will be sponsored by the Keeneland Association.

  • BHA Considers World Racing Event

    The Breeders' Cup World Championships should be run in Britain, British Horseracing Authority chairman Paul Roy reiterated Feb. 25 and, if that is not possible, then the country should stage its own world championship event.

  • Viva Pataca

    Viva Pataca Wins Hong Kong Gold Cup

    Vengeance of Rain may be retired but there will be no respite for his intended Dubai Sheema Classic opposition, with Viva Pataca's dominating victory in the HK$8 million Citi Hong Kong Gold Cup (2,000m) Feb. 23 proving he's ripe and ready for the world stage.

  • Vermilion winning the Japan Dirt Cup (JPN-I).

    Vermilion On Target; World Cup Next

    Favored Vermilion, Japan's champion dirt horse last year, dominated the field in his debut for 2008 with a 1 3/4-length win in the February Stakes (Jpn-I) at Tokyo racecourse Feb. 24 before a crowd of 53,029.

  • Reaan emerges from the pack to take the Blue Diamond Stakes.

    Reaan Overpowers Aussie Juveniles

    The AUS$1 million Arrowfield Blue Diamond Stakes (Aus-I) at Caulfield on Feb. 23, the first of three mega juvenile races in Australia over the next four weeks, was taken out by a familar combination in jockey Dwayne Dunn along with trainer David Hayes.

  • Weekend Hussler triumphs in the Oakleigh Plate.

    Superb Triumph for Weekend Hussler

    Despite being the baby of the field and having not raced for four months, Weekend Hussler easily won the Oakleigh Plate (Aus-I) over 5 1/2 furlongs at Caulfield in Australia on Feb. 23.

  • Mike de Kock's Archipenko scored an impressive two-length victory in the Al Fahidi Fort.

    Archipenko Carves Out Al Fahidi Win

    Archipenko provided yet another stakes win for the powerhouse Mike de Kock racing stable as he rolled to an impressive two-length victory in the Al Fahidi Fort (UAE-II) at Nad al Sheba Feb. 21.

  • Curlin, with Carmen Rosas on board, gets his first taste of the Nad Al Sheba racecourse, and is accompanied by Scott Blasi on his pony Poncho.

    Curlin Canters at Nad Al Sheba

    Horse of the Year Curlin looked in great shape Feb. 20 when he took his first look at the main dirt track of Nad Al Sheba, home to his main target, the $6million Dubai World Cup (UAE-I), sponsored by Emirates Airline.

  • Easter Sale Has Broodmare Dispersal

    With entries for the William Inglis & Son Easter broodmare sale closing Feb. 22, Inglis confirmed the auction will feature the complete unreserved dispersal of the Swettenham Stud broodmare band.

  • Alec Wildenstein (left), owner of Westerner, receives the Ascot Gold Cup.

    French Owner Alec Wildenstein Dead

    Alec Wildenstein, co-owner of a prominent racing stable with his brother, Guy, died Feb. 18 in Paris after a long illness.

  • Joe Louis Flattens Premium Tap

    Argentine classic winner Joe Louis surged past a tiring Premium Tap and won Saudi Arabia's most prestigious race, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Cup, for Prince Sultan bin Mohammed bin Saud Al Kabeer on Feb. 15 at Al Janadriah racecourse.

  • Apache Cat powers to victory in the Australia Stakes.

    Apache Cat Impressive in Australia

    Apache Cat, the most popular racehorse in Australia, added not only to his growing bag of group I wins, but pretty much convinced his connections a trip to England is now a viable option after he blew away a top class field in the six-furlong Australia Stakes at Moonee Valley on Saturday, Feb. 16.

  • Goffs' Sale Posts Declines

    The 2008 Goffs' February Sale concluded Thursday with steep declines in total and average prices when compared with the same sale in 2007.

  • Trainer Mike de Kock celebrates a happy birthday with UAE 2000 Guineas win.

    Devilish Win in UAE 2000 Guineas

    Honour Devil provided trainer Mike de Kock with a perfect birthday gift as he gamely held off stablemate Royal Vintage by a half-length to capture the UAE 2000 Guineas (UAE-III) Feb. 14.

  • War Emblem

    War Emblem Showing Promise

    Hope continues to spring in abundance, if perhaps not eternally, at the Shadai Stallion Station in Japan that War Emblem will overcome his mysterious disdain for breeding.