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

  • My Conquestadory <br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/at-the-races-2013/27257665_QgCqdh#!i=2814748240&k=nS6C2Vq">Order This Photo</a>

    My Conquestadory, Cool Faith Clash in Selene

    My Conquestadory, a grade I winner on Polytrack last year, makes her 2014 debut in the $150,000 Selene Stakes (Can-III) at Woodbine. She will face just three other sophomore fillies in the 1 1/16-mile test.

  • Divine Light Dies in Turkey

    Turkey-based stallion Divine Light died May 12 at Adana Seyhan Covering Station due to complications from a lipoma tumor being coiled around his intestines. The son of Sunday Silence--Meld Sport, by Northern Taste, was 19.

  • O'Reilly Colt Tops NZ Weanling Session

    The weanling session of New Zealand Bloodstock's National weanling and broodmare sale May 12 at Karaka enjoyed a superb day of trading with gains across primary market indicators.

  • Really Sharp wins the Woodbine Vigil Stakes.

    Really Sharp Cuts to Chase in Vigil Surprise

    Really Sharp, narrowly denied in the Jacques Cartier Stakes last time out, broke through with his first stakes win in the $140,745 Vigil Stakes (Can-III) May 11 at Woodbine while overlooked at 28-1 odds.

  • Mikki Isle wins the NHK Mile.
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    Mikki Isle Leads the Way in NKH Mile Cup Win

    Big favorite Mikki Isle quickly recovered from a less than ideal start and led all the way to win the NHK Mile Cup (Jpn-I) for 3-year-olds by a neck May 11 at Tokyo Racecourse.

  • Karakontie wins the Poule Poule d'Essai des Poulains.
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    Karakontie Wins French Two Thousand Guineas

    The Niarchos family's Karakontie tenaciously outfought Prestige Vendome and narrowly won the Poule d'Essai des Poulains (Fr-I, French Two Thousand Guineas) May 11 at Longchamp.

  • Avenir Certain wins the Poule d'Essai des Pouliches.
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    Unbeaten Avenir Certain Takes French Classic

    Avenir Certain unwound a powerful late rally and was an impressive winner of the Poule d'Essai des Pouliches (Fr-I, French One Thousand Guineas) May 11 at Longchamp.

  • Invincible Spirit Colt Shatters Arqana Record

    An Invincible Spirit colt sold to Nicolas de Watrigant of Mandore International for a record-shattering Arqana breeze-up price of 750,000 Euros ($1,032,119 in United States funds) May 10 at Saint-Cloud.

  • Smokin' Joey Denies Platelet Goodwood Repeat

    Smokin' Joey wore down defending winner Platelet with a powerful outside rally and won the Tapestry Wines Goodwood (Aus-I) at 40-1 odds May 10 at Morphettville.

  • Famous Seamus Shakes Up Australia's BTC Cup

    Lightly regarded Famous Seamus outsprinted group I winners Spirit of Boom and Buffering and captured the Bundaberg Distilling BTC Cup (Aus-I) May 10 at Doomben.

  • Karakonti won the Qatar Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere in October 2013.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/at-the-races-2013/27257665_QgCqdh#!i=2814170178&k=W7T22bf">Order This Photo</a>

    Competitive Fields Set for French Classics

    French group I winner Karakontie looks the standout in a field of 14 3-year-olds for the Poule d'Essai des Poulains (Fr-I, French Two Thousand Guineas) May 11 at Longchamp.

  • Undrafted most recently finished second in the Twin Spires Turf Sprint Stakes May 2 at Churchill Downs.

    Undrafted Being Pointed to Darley July Cup

    Wes Welker's Undrafted is being pointed to the six-furlong Darley July Cup (Eng-I) July 12 at Newmarket. Trained by Wesley Ward, Undrafted registered a runner-up finish in the Twin Spires Turf Sprint Stakes (gr. IIIT).

  • Dan the Tin Man won the 2014 Tom Ridge Stakes.

    Vigil Beckons Cartier Winner Dan the Tin Man

    Dan the Tin Man, game winner of the Jacques Cartier Stakes on opening weekend of the 2014 Woodbine season, returns to the Toronto track May 11 as the 125-pound highweight in the $150,000 Vigil Stakes (Can-III).

  • Worldwide racing festivals? BC First?

    Craig Fravel, president and CEO of Breeders' Cup Limited, kicked off an Asian Racing Conference seminar on 'big events' May 8 in Hong Kong by taking credit for the idea.

  • Best-selling author Don Watson captivated an audience at the Asian Racing Conference.

    'Luck' Writer: Sell Public on the Horse

    Bill Barich, a writer for the HBO racetrack series "Luck," and best-selling author Don Watson drew a captivated audience at the Asian Racing Conference May 7 during a session titled, "Connecting Racing with Popular Culture."

  • Hong Kong Jockey Club

    Asian Racing Has Problems and Solutions

    What do you do as a racing operator when you see your turnover drop by 25% during a five-year period? For the Hong Kong Jockey Club, the answer to that scary experience was: Connect with the customer.

  • Asian Racing Conference

    Asian Racing Conference Shows Success

    Panels discussed a broad range of topics, fsuch as community impact, the international movement of horses, the future landscape for wagering (and regulation of wagering), and fair competition through drug control.

  • World's Largest Racing Conference Begins

    Asian Racing Conference has drawn 800 racing officials, administrators, and executives to Hong Kong, with IFHA executive council a newcomer at global forum.

  • Fastnet Rock Colt Tops Inglis Weanling Sale

    A Fastnet Rock colt sold for $450,000 ($417,635 in United States funds) May 4, the top price at the select weanling session on day one of the Inglis Australian broodmare and weanling sale.

  • Variety Club wins the Champions Mile.

    Variety Club Dominant Champions Mile Winner

    Trainer Mike de Kock is eyeing the Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) after his South African champion Variety Club dominated rivals in the Champions Mile (HK-I) May 4 at Sha Tin.

  • Miss France Claims Thousand Guineas for Fabre

    French-trained filly Miss France, showing marked improvement from her prep race last month, held off fast-finishing Lightning Thunder to narrowly win the QIPCO One Thousand Guineas (Eng-I) May 4 at Newmarket.

  • Fenomeno wins the Tenno Sho Spring.
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    Fenomeno Returns for Second Tenno Sho Win

    Fenomeno, making his second start of a comeback from injury, fought off two determined rivals to win the Tenno Sho (Spring) (Jpn-I) May 4 at Kyoto Racecourse.

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    Night of Thunder Springs 40-1 Guineas Upset

    Saeed Manana's Night of Thunder turned the tables on favorite Kingman by narrowly winning the QIPCO Two Thousand Guineas (Eng-I) from that rival in a 40-1 upset May 3 at Newmarket.

  • Lot 233, a War Front filly, sold for 270,000 guineas on May 2.

    Six-Figure War Front Filly Tops Tattersalls

    The offspring of War Front continued to be a hot commodity in the auction ring as a filly by the Kentucky stallion sold for the highest price of 270,000 guineas ($478,304 in United States funds) at Tattersalls May 2.

  • Kingman Favored for Two Thousand Guineas

    The QIPCO Two Thousand Guineas (Eng-I) drew a full field of 14 for the first jewel of England's Triple Crown May 3 at Newmarket, with Juddmonte Farms' unbeaten homebred Kingman the pre-race favorite.

  • Red Cadeaux Ready to 'Bring It' in Tenno Sho

    Staying power is defined as having strength and energy, stamina, and toughness -- all attributes of one of racing's highest-profile world travelers: Red Cadeaux.

  • Graham Motion on Animal Kingdom and Travel

    What kept Kentucky Derby and Dubai World Cup winner Animal Kingdom performing at his best as he traveled the world? His trainer Graham Motion explains.

  • Cirrus des Aigles Defeats Treve in Prix Ganay

    Cirrus des Aigles got the best of Qutar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (Fr-I) winner Treve in a stretch-long duel April 27 at Longchamp, handing the filly the first defeat of her career in the Prix Ganay (Fr-I).

  • Designs In Rome wins the Audemar Piguet Queen Elizabeth II Cup (HK-I).

    Designs On Rome Captures Hong Kong Thriller

    Hong Kong Derby winner Designs On Rome outfought stablemate Military Attack for a neck victory in the Audemar Piguet Queen Elizabeth II Cup (HK-I) April 27 at Sha Tin.

  • Purely Hot wins the 2014 Whimsical Stakes.

    Purely Hot Powers to Whimsical Success

    Purely Hot, a former claimer who once dared to look champion Groupie Doll in the eye, earned her first graded stakes victory and continued success for her new connections April 26 at Woodbine.