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

  • Copano Rickey wins the February Stakes.
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    Upsetter Copano Rickey Rocks February Stakes

    Japan's first group I race of the year was won in fine style by Copano Rickey, who pulled off a massive upset with his half-length triumph over Hokko Tarumae in the February Stakes Feb. 23 at Tokyo Racecourse.

  • Earthquake Rocks in Blue Diamond Showdown

    In a face-off between an unbeaten colt and filly, Darley's filly Earthquake scored powerfully in the Blue Diamond Stakes (Aus-I) Feb. 22, leaving the highly regarded colt Rubick in her wake.

  • L'Amour de Ma Vie rolls home to win the Balanchine.

    L'Amour de Ma Vie All Heart in Balanchine

    L'Amour de Ma Vie flashed an impressive acceleration off the turn to the win the $200,000 Balanchine (UAE-II) Feb. 20 at Meydan while anxious favorite Certify suffered her first defeat.

  • Smith to Co-Chair Racehorse Ranking Committee

    International Federation of Horseracing Authorities chairman Louis Romanet has appointed Phil Smith, the British Horseracing Authority's head of handicapping, as co-chairman of the World's Best Racehorse Rankings Committee.

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    Ramseys' Major Marvel to Run in Barbados

    The Barbados Turf Club said Ken and Sarah Ramsey's multiple stakes winner Major Marvel has been added to the list of nominees for the 33rd renewal of the Sandy Lane Barbados Gold Cup.

  • Certify (left) defeated L'Amour de Ma Vie in the Cape Verdi.

    Certify, Flotilla Return for Balanchine

    The top four finishers in last month's Cape Verdi (UAE-II), including Godolphin's unbeaten winner Certify, return for the $200,000 Balanchine (UAE-II) Feb. 20 at Meydan Racecourse.

  • War Chant Offspring Big Hit at Magic Millions

    The first Western Australian crop of Kentucky-based sire War Chant made a splash on day one of the Magic Millions Perth yearling sale Feb. 18, with a filly sold for the day's highest price and three colts among the top 10.

  • Hastings Has Three-Year Live Racing Deal

    A multi-party agreement has paved the way for a three-year funding model for Hastings Racecourse in British Columbia, Canada, officials said Feb. 17. The 2014 Thoroughbred meet is expected to begin in late April or early May.

  • Gentildonna Unplaced in Sheema Classic Prep

    Gentildonna's tuneup for the $5 million Dubai Sheema Classic (UAE-I) next month was foiled in the starting gate as the jittery star mare was sapped before the Kyoto Kinen (Jpn-II) began Feb. 16.

  • Snitzerland Provides Werrett Fourth Lightning

    With legendary mare Black Caviar's wins in the past three past editions of the Lightning Stakes (Aus-I), co-owner Neil Werrett remained a familiar figure in the winner's enclosure at Flemington.

  • Trading Leather's Dam Tops Goffs Sale

    Night Visit, dam of 2013 Irish Derby (Ire-I) winner Trading Leather, sold to agent Hubie De Burgh for 975,000 ($1,333,819 in United States funds) to top Goffs February sale on closing day Feb. 13.

  • Long John comes home strong to win the United Arab Emirates Two Thousand Guineas.

    Long John Powerful in U.A.E. Guineas Romp

    Godolphin's Australian group I winner Long John handily dispatched 10 overmatched rivals at the top of the stretch and romped away to win the $250,000 United Arab Emirates Two Thousand Guineas (UAE-III) Feb. 13 at Meydan.

  • Costume, Viadana Win Group I Races at Te Rapa

    Garry Chittick's homebred Costume denied group I winner Shuka's attempt at a last-to-first victory, digging in to narrowly prevail by a nose for her first stakes win in the Herbie Dyke (NZ-I) Feb. 8 at Te Rapa.

  • Moment Of Change Leads Way in C. F. Orr Win

    Pacesetter Moment Of Change found more in the closing strides to repel a strong threat from Eurozone, winning the Sportingbet C. F. Orr Stakes (Aus-I) by a head Feb. 8 at Caulfield.

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    Breeders' Cup Winner Chriselliam Euthanized

    Chriselliam, winner of the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (gr. IT) and a finalist for an Eclipse Award, was euthanized Feb. 7 in Newmarket, England, as a result of a foot infection, according to Racing Post.

  • Sovereign Debt sold for 145,000 guineas on Feb. 6.

    Record Median at Solid Tattersalls Sale

    Group I-placed Sovereign Debt brought the highest price at the Tattersalls February sale Feb. 6 at Park Paddocks in Newmarket, selling for 145,000 guineas ($248,289 in United States funds) to trainer David Nicholls.

  • Prince Bishop leads the way home in the Al Maktoum Challenge-Round 2.

    Prince Bishop Sizzles in Maktoum Challenge

    In an impressive surprise to his season debut, Prince Bishop blazed to a track record victory in the $250,000 Al Maktoum Challenge-Round 2 (UAE-II) Feb. 6 at Meydan Racecourse.

  • Ihtimal comes home strong to win the United Arab Emirates One Thousand Guineas.

    Ihtimal Romps in U.A.E. One Thousand Guineas

    Ihtimal made a powerful statement in the $250,000 United Arab Emirates One Thousand Guineas, closing strongly from off the pace, seizing a commanding lead in the stretch, and romping unchallenged to victory Feb. 6 at Meydan.

  • Hunter's Light won the Al Maktoum Challenge-Round 2 in 2013.

    Hunter's Light Bids for Repeat at Meydan

    The road to the world's richest Thoroughbred race, the $10 million Dubai World Cup (UAE-I), continues Feb. 6 with the $250,000 Al Maktoum Challenge-Round 2 (UAE-II) at Meydan Racecourse.

  • Akeed Mofeed wins the Cetenary Vase.

    Hong Kong Ushers in Chinese Year of Horse

    Nearly 100,000 people gathered at Sha Tin and Happy Valley racecourses in Hong Kong Feb. 2 to celebrate the Year of the Horse during the traditional Chinese New Year race day.

  • Hill Fifty Four Makes Amends in J&B Met

    Runner-up in the same race last year, Hill Fifty Four conquered a high-class field in Cape Town's most famous and fashionable horse race.

  • Karaka Sale Concludes With Numbers Up

    Steady trade over three days at New Zealand Bloodstock's select yearling sale moved key market indicators ahead of last year as the auction wrapped up Jan. 31 at Karaka.

  • Hansen colt out of the Tiznow mare Havelsee

    Juvenile Champ Hansen Sires First Foal

    Hansen, the 2011 champion juvenile male and Grey Goose Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) winner, was represented by his first reported foal when a colt was born at Jason and Ashley Schappert's Leading Edge Farm near Jan. 28.

  • Certify won the Cape Verdi at Meyden Racecourse on Jan. 30.

    Certify, Mujaarib Win Group Races at Meydan

    Godolphin's unbeaten filly Certify impressively launched her comeback from a lengthy stint on the sidelines Jan. 30, winning the $200,000 Cape Verdi Sponsored by DUBAL (UAE-II) in near record time at Meydan.

  • Gains Continue at Karaka Select Sale

    A Savabeel colt sold Jan. 30 at Karaka for $200,000 ($163,407 in United States funds), the highest price through two days at New Zealand Bloodstock's select yearling sale.

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    Will Take Charge on Track for Donn, Not Dubai

    Will Take Charge remains on course for his 2014 debut in the $500,000 Donn Handicap (gr. I) at Gulfstream Park Feb. 9, but a start in the March 29 Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) is unlikely, owner Willis Horton says.

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    Certify Set for Comeback in Cape Verdi

    Godolphin's unbeaten champion filly Certify is set to make her long-awaited return to racing in the $200,000 Cape Verdi (UAE-II) Jan. 30 at Meydan.

  • Lot 73 by Fastnet Rock out of Katie Lee was the sale topper at $800,000.

    Buoyant Premier Sale Concludes at Karaka

    The New Zealand Bloodstock premier yearling sale at Karaka ended Jan. 28 with a new leading consignor, but the headline grabber was sire Fastnet Rock.

  • Lot 73 by Fastnet Rock out of Katie Lee

    Fastnet Rock Rules Market at Karaka

    While Fastnet Rock offspring dominated the top of the market, a relatively strong middle market pushed median price into positive territory on opening day of the New Zealand Bloodstock premier yearling sale Jan. 27 at Karaka.

  • Lot 53, a Giant's Causeway filly, sold for 3.2 million rands ($292,368) on Jan. 23.

    Giant's Causeway Filly Co-Topper at Cape Sale

    A Giant's Causeway filly shared the top price paid during the first day of the 2014 Cape Premier yearling sale that ended with an aggregate of 45,975,000 rands (US$4,200,510).

  • Phil's Dream won the 2013 Nearctic Stakes. The Nearctic Stakes at Woodbine has been downgraded to grade II status in 2014.

    Canada's Nearctic Stakes Downgraded

    The Jockey Club of Canada's Graded Stakes Committee held its annual review of the graded and listed stakes in Canada and while the number of graded stakes in Canada remains unchanged at 43 there is one notable downgrade.