Churchill Downs closed its 38-day spring meeting June 29, with average field size showing a decline and average daily purses decreasing slightly from the same meet in 2013.
With Noble Mission running out of energy in the closing stages of the June 29 Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud (Fr-I), Spiritjim was there to capitalize and won by head in the last stride.
Thistle Bird struck for her first top-level win at age 6 when overtaking front-runner Venus de Milo to capture the Pretty Polly Stakes (Ire-I) June 29 at the Curragh.
Gold Ship overcame a tardy start and scored an unprecedented second straight win in the Takarazuka Kinen (Jpn-I) June 29 at Hanshin racecourse.
With primary challenger Kingston Hill a late scratch, Epsom Derby (Eng-I) winner Australia scored the easiest of victories in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby (Ire-I) June 28 at the Curragh.
Bronzo won the Copa de Oro Vinas de Chile (Chi-II) June 27 at Hipico Chile in Santiago and qualified for the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (gr. IT) later this year at Santa Anita Park.
Frac Daddy has found his forte as a synthetic surface specialist and will bid for his fourth win from as many starts on an artificial track in the $150,000 Dominion Day Stakes (Can-III) July 1 at Woodbine.
Defending winner Gold Ship and Japanese star mare Gentildonna are among an outstanding lineup for the Takarazuka Kinen (Jpn-I) June 29 at Hanshin racecourse.
Juddmonte owner Khalid Abdullah has two top contenders in Flintshire and Noble Mission for the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud (Fr-I) June 29 in France.
Lesstalk In Paris, a two-time French group III winner and former French classic starter, has died a week after finishing second to Rizeena in the June 20 Coronation Stakes (Eng-I) at Royal Ascot.
Ambivalent looks to be a strong candidate for a repeat win in the Newbridge Silverware Pretty Polly Stakes (Ire-I) June 29 at the Curragh.
There are 365 horses cataloged for the Arqana August yearling sale, which is set for Aug. 16-18 in Deauville.
Sea The Stars, whose first crop includes 2014 Investec Epsom Oaks (Eng-I) winner Taghrooda, will be available to cover a limited book of mares to Southern Hemisphere time from his Irish base, the Aga Khan Studs announced.
The British Horseracing Authority has announced details of what it terms an 'enhanced zero-tolerance' policy on anabolic steroids, including a 14-month ban for any horses found to have been administered the drugs.
Investec Epsom Derby (Eng-I) victor Australia and runner-up Kingston Hill look set for their highly anticipated rematch in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby (Ire-I) June 28 at the Curragh.
Kahal, a successful sire in South Africa who had been standing at Bush Hill Stud, died June 26 following complications related to abdominal tumors. He was 20.
Woodbine Entertainment Group announced that the Woodbine Thoroughbred simulcast feed is being produced in high definition in a new production control room located on the fourth floor of the Woodbine grandstand.
Simon Crisford, former Godolphin racing manager, plans to start training in Newmarket later this year.
British Horse Racing Authority stewards have suspended jockey Joseph O'Brien nine days and fined him for using his whip more than the permitted number of times during two races June 19 at Royal Ascot.
Runners by Coolmore's Central Kentucky-based Scat Daddy dominated the finish of the Clasico Alberto Vial Infante (Chi-I) for 2-year-old colts June 20 at Club Hipico in Santiago, taking the top four places.
An exercise rider at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto was killed during training hours June 24 after a horse collapsed on him.
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A record average price reflected a strong market for weanlings at the Inglis Great Southern Sale in Melbourne June 22-23.
Al Naamah, a daughter of Galileo who brought a filly world-record price of 5 million guineas at the 2013 Tattersalls October yearling sale, was successful in her career debut at France's Chantilly Racecourse June 23.
A victory in Peru June 22 earned Stud Couet's Valiant Emilia a starting berth in the $2 million Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) later this year at Santa Anita Park.
Someone asked me today to send them a link to the column I wrote five years ago about Yeats' record-breaking fourth Ascot Gold Cup victory. That got me thinking about this year's Gold Cup, which awakened those same feelings. read blog
Outsider Grand Arch, rallying through the long Woodbine stretch, caught favored Excaper in the final strides to register his first stakes win in the $187,759 King Edward (Can-IIT) June 22 on the turf.
Reigning European Horse of the Year Treve will miss a summer campaign because of sore muscles but is expected to return in the fall to prepare to bid for a second straight win in the Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (Fr-I).
Apprentice jockey Juan Saez, younger brother of Luis Saez, posted his first North American win when he scored with Miesque Amour in the opening race of the "Downs After Dark" program June 20 at Churchill Downs.
Irish trainer Eddie Lynam landed a prestigious group I sprint double at Royal Ascot when Slade Power scored by a clear margin in the Diamond Jubilee June 21, the closing day feature.
Hong Kong-based jockey Tommy Berry guided Cosmic Endeavour to victory in the Sky Racing Tattersall's Tiara, Australia's final group I race of the season, June 21 at Eagle Farm in Brisbane.
Rizeena, a disappointing classic starter last time out, repelled strong bids from Lesstalk In Paris and Euro Charline to win the Coronation Stakes (Eng-I) for 3-year-old fillies June 20 at Royal Ascot.
The June 22 Clasico Cesar Del Rio (Peru-III) at Hipodromo de Moterrico will be the first-ever Breeders' Cup "Win and You're In" Challenge event held in Peru.
Australia, Coolmore and partners' regally bred Investec Epsom Derby (Eng-I) victor, could try to become the 17th horse to complete the Epsom and Irish Derby (Ire-I) double June 28 at the Curragh.
Slade Power could provide trainer Eddie Lynam with a top-level sprint double at Royal Ascot when he bids for the a breakthrough group I win in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes June 21, closing day.
Leading Light denied Queen Elizabeth II's Estimate a repeat victory in the Gold Cup (Eng-I) June 19 at Royal Ascot in winning by a neck from that rival in a rousing three-horse battle.
A discussion on the Thoroughbred racehorse today versus decades ago is on the tentative agenda for the Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit scheduled for July 8-9 in Lexington.
Spendthrift Farm stallion Awesome Patriot, a stakes-winning brother to Preakness (gr. I) winner Oxbow, will shuttle for the 2014 Southern Hemisphere breeding season to stand at Haras Santa Sara in Santiago, Chile.
Three-year-old fillies get the spotlight June 20 in the Coronation Stakes (Eng-I) at Royal Ascot, where Christopher Tsui's My Titania is the early favorite for a top-level breakthrough in the field of 12.
The Fugue easily handled a stellar field in the Prince of Wales's Stakes (Eng-I) June 18 at Royal Ascot, winning in record time over Magician, while European Horse of the Year and heavy favorite Treve struggled in for third.
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Prince of Wales's Stakes (Eng-I) at Royal Ascot. read blog
Queen Elizabeth II's Estimate makes her first start of the year June 19 at Royal Ascot, where she will bid for a repeat victory in the Gold Cup (Eng-I).
Spendthrift Farm's Ontario-based stallion Court Vision will shuttle to Juan Carlos Harding's Haras Las Araucarias in Chile for the 2014 Southern Hemisphere breeding season.
American trainer Wesley Ward's annual trip to Royal Ascot was off to a dazzling start opening day June 17, when 2-year-old colt Hootenanny dominated 23 overmatched rivals in the Windsor Castle Stakes.
Kingman avenged his lone career loss when the Khalid Abdullah homebred posted a 2 1/4-length victory in the $637,500 St. James's Palace Stakes (Eng I) June 17 at Royal Ascot.
Sole Power pulled a King's Stand Stakes (Eng-I) double, motoring on the far side to pass 50-1 shot Stepper Point by 1 1/4 lengths. The 7-year-old sprinter won last year's race and was third in the 2012 running.
Toronado proved up to the challenge of facing top competition in his seasonal debut when the 4-year-old held off a late challenge from Verrazano to secure a victory in the Queen Anne Stakes (Eng-I) June 17 at Royal Ascot.
As Frankel's second season at stud comes to a close, Juddmonte Farms reports that the undefeated champion has been represented by 108 foals to date from his highly anticipated first crop.
Reigning European Horse of the Year Treve will try to bounce back from her first career defeat against seven opponents in the Prince of Wales's Stakes (Eng-I) June 18, the second day of the Royal Ascot meeting.
The first foal by Frankel to be offered at public auction was sold along with his dam, in foal to the undefeated champion, for Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â£1.15 million ($1,952,437 in United States funds) June 16 at the Goffs London sale.
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