An anti-doping task force in Ireland has issued recommendations designed to combat use of illegal drugs in racing and breeding and strengthen testing programs.
Halling, a son of Diesis who provided Sheikh Mohammed's Godolphin with some of its earliest success at the group I level, died Feb. 2 at Dalham Hall Stud in Newmarket, England, as a result of the infirmities of old age.
Frosted took an impressive step toward his early spring goal of the Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) when he overwhelmed eight rivals to win the $250,000 Al Maktoum Challenge Round 2 Sponsored by EGA (UAE-II) Feb. 4 at Meydan.
Connections of Keen Ice, Mshawish will use Feb. 6 race as guide for World Cup runs.
The first reported foal for new sire Souper Speedy is a colt out of stakes-placed winner Birsay, by Bold Executive, born Jan. 30 at Jennifer Leuty's Fox Hollow Equestrian Centre in Ontario.
Two-time grade I winner Dortmund will miss the Feb. 6 San Antonio Stakes (gr. II), Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert confirmed Feb. 2.
With final court approval of the $7.2 billion deal in place, the merger of bookmaker Paddy Power and betting exchange Betfair became official Feb. 2.
Godolphin's multiple graded stakes winner Frosted will make his Dubai debut Feb. 4 in the Al Maktoum Challenge Sponsored by EGA (UAE-II), with William Buick named to ride from post 5.
California Chrome recorded his first timed workout in Dubai Jan. 30, when he covered four furlongs in :48 2/5 and galloped out to six furlongs in 1:13.
New York-based sires Bob and John and Musket Man have been sold to stand in 2016 in South Korea.
Mare Smart Call downed the favorites when she ran out an emphatic winner against males in the Jan. 30 J&B Met (SAF-I) at Kenilworth.
- By Frank Angst
- Thoroughbred Racing, Thoroughbred Breeding, Northeast Region, Midwest Region, International
Officials from the Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society, Ontario Division, and Woodbine Entertainment Group plan to meet in the near future to discuss reductions in Ontario Sire purse bonuses for 2016.
The first two reported foals by grade II winner Rookie Sensation were born at Openwood Farm in Caledon, Ontario this week.
Illegal gambling was the topic of a business session for the Asian Racing Conference Thursday, Jan. 28 in Mumbai.
Racing in mainland China served as the topic for the seventh business session of the Asian Racing Conference in Mumbai Thursday, Jan. 28.
The Hong Kong Jockey Club has announced it will open 17 races currently restricted to Hong Kong resident horses to international competition effective from the start of the 2016-17 season.
California Chrome will run Feb. 25 in a 2,000-meter handicap to prep for the March 26 Dubai World Cup (UAE_I) rather than racing on the March 5 "Super Saturday" program, assistant trainer Alan Sherman confirmed Jan. 26.
The Asian Racing Conference continued Wednesday in Mumbai with a discussion of the updated methods used in various jurisdictions to market horse racing.
Led by 2014 Horse of the Year California Chrome, a strong contingent of U.S.-based horses head the nominees to this year's $10-million Dubai World Cup Sponsored by Emirates (UAE-I) March 26 at Meydan Racecourse.
During the Asian Racing Conference Jan. 25 at the National Sports Club of India in Mumbai, Princess Zahra Aga Khan provided some in-depth thoughts on Thoroughbred breeding, calling for more patience.
Wagering-related issues continue to shadow the horseracing industry as evidenced by the first business session Jan. 26 during the Asian Racing Conference in Mumbai, India.
The first yearling sired by European Horse of the Year Frankel to be auctioned in the Southern Hemisphere was sold for NZ$1.3 million (US$843,232) during the Jan. 26 final day of the Karaka 2016 Premier Sale.
While sales and exports of Irish bloodstock have risen the past several years and betting handle and purses are up, other facets of the Irish Thoroughbred industry show declines.
A diverse group of international buyers led to across-the-board increases for key figures during the Jan. 25 first day of the two-day Karaka premier sale conducted by New Zealand Bloodstock.
Decked out in his fresh new "Chrome" jacket in the paddock area just before the fourth race at Santa Anita Park Jan. 24, Art Sherman gave a glowing report on California Chrome's condition since landing in Dubai.
The extraordinary record of Coolmore Stud stallion Galileo was recognized Jan. 23 when he was inducted into the Irish Thoroughbred Breeders' Association's Hall of Fame.
Grade I winner Somali Lemonade died Jan. 23 from complications of foaling, according to breeder Helen Alexander, sister of the 7-year-old mare's owner, Caroline Forgason.
Race favorite Kawi was given a textbook ride by Leith Innes to win the NZ$200,000 Thorndon Mile (NZ-I) Jan. 23 at Trentham and add a third top-level victory to his record.
Europe will see two fewer group I events in 2016, from 87 in 2015 to 85, following a number of changes to group and listed races approved by the European Pattern Race Committee at its Jan. 18 meeting.
The Glen Puller-trained Illuminator downed favorite Silver Mountain to win the inaugural CTS Million Dollar at Kenilworth on Saturday, Jan. 23 in South Africa.
Silvano colt sells for 6 million rand to Mayfair Speculators.
The 36th Asian Racing Conference begins Monday, Jan. 25 in Mumbai as Asian Racing Federation members join delegates from the six racing continents for the nearly biennial event.
California Chrome left Los Alamitos Jan. 21 to begin his journey to Dubai for the Dubai World Cup. Includes comments from trainer Art Sherman. Video Courtesy Los Alamitos Race Course Watch Video
California Chrome will begin another journey to the other side of the world Jan. 21, when he'll depart from his double-wide stall at Los Alamitos Race Course at 5 a.m. PT with Dubai in his sights.
Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (gr. IT) winner Catch a Glimpse and her trainer, Mark Casse, are nominated for multiple Sovereign Awards, which will be presented during a ceremony April 8.
The Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (Fr-I) has been deemed the inaugural winner of the Longines World's Best Horse Race by the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities, the IFHA announced Jan. 19.
Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert said American Pharoah, the newly minted World's Best Racehorse, brought fans back to the sport.
B. Wayne Hughes' Spendthrift Australia has named Grant Burrill as the new farm manager at its Victoria-based operation, effective Jan. 18.
Michel Henochsberg, breeder of 1983 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (Fr-I) winner and influential producer Urban Sea, died Jan. 15 at age 69 after battling cancer, Racing Post reports.
Adventador relished the less-than-ideal track conditions at Trentham Jan. 16 and pulled an unlikely victory in the JR&N Berkett Telegraph (NZ-I), scoring his first group win in an 80-1 upset.
St. Jovite, Virginia Kraft Payson's homebred 1992 European Horse of the Year, died Jan. 9 at Michael Keogh's Baysax Manor Stud in The Curragh, Ireland, due to the infirmities of age.
Should Lani finish first or second in Dubai, Yahoo Japan reported, Matsunaga plans to enter the colt, a son of leading sire Tapit, in the May 7 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
Purse money for the 2016 Royal Ascot meet has been increased 1 million pounds (18%) from 2015 to a record 6,580,000 pounds for the five-day meet, the racecourse announced Jan. 11.
The Irish Turf Club honored Galway Racecourse manager John Moloney Jan. 9 for his contributions to Irish racing during the annual Moyglare Dinner at the K Club in County Kildare.
Kazumi Yoshida's Maurice has been named the Japan Racing Association's 2015 Horse of the Year and best sprinter or miler.
Momentum from the record-breaking Book 1 session of the Magic Millions Gold Coast yearling sale carried over to Book 2 Jan. 10 with new benchmarks in average and gross.
The Book 1 portion of Magic Million's Gold Coast yearling sale closed Jan. 9 with a Fastnet Rock filly selling for Aus$1 million (US$695,300), bringing number of seven-figures sellers to a record six for the four-day session.
Markus and Ingrid Jooste's Legal Eagle silenced doubters when he cut back in distance to win the one-mile L'Ormarins Queen's Plate (SAf-I) Jan. 9 at Kenilworth.
Yearlings from the first crop of Coolmore Stud's five-time group I winner Pierro brought the top prices during the Jan. 8 third session of the Magic Millions Gold Coast yearling sale in Australia.
Citing unprecedented levels of rainfall and inclement weather across Ireland and the United Kingdom, Tattersalls Ireland has rescheduled its January Cheltenham sale.
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