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

  • Purr Along, Lot 2129, sold for 1 million guineas ($1,719,900 in United States funds).

    Gains Continue on Third Day at Tattersalls

    The Tattersalls mare sale Dec. 4 continued to show significant gains across all three key market indicators on its third day, led by French group III winner Purr Along.

  • Alexandra Jara

    Jara's Sister to Make Panama Riding Debut

    Alexandra Jara, the 23-year-old sister of 2006 Belmont Stakes (gr. I)-winning jockey Fernando Jara, is set to make her riding debut on Dec. 8 at Hipodromo Presidente Remon in Juan Diaz, Panama.

  • Official Says Juddmonte Group Not for Sale

    In response to widespread media speculation Juddmonte Group chief executive Douglas Erskine-Crum issued a statement Dec. 4 saying Prince Khalid Abdullah's worldwide racing and breeding operation is not for sale.

  • Butler Gets Five-Year Suspension

    British trainer Gerard Butler received a five-year suspension for having nine horses in his barn that tested positive for anabolic steroid use, the British Horseracing Authority announced Dec. e.

  • Immortal Verse sold for 4.7 million guineas on December 3.

    Immortal Verse Sells for European Record

    English and French group I winner Immortal Verse sold in foal to Dansili for 4.7 million guineas ($8,090,580 in United States funds), a European record price for a broodmare, at the Tattersalls December mare sale Dec. 3.

  • Dancing Rain sold in foal to undefeated European champion Frankel for 4 million guineas ($6,869,080 in United States funds).

    Dancing Rain Dazzles at Tattersalls Mare Sale

    Dual Oaks winner Dancing Rain sold in foal to undefeated European champion Frankel for 4 million guineas ($6,869,080 in United States funds) on opening day of the Tattersalls mare sale Dec. 2 in Newmarket.

  • Seek Again wins the Hollywood Derby.

    Seek Again Sneaks to Hollywood Derby Surprise

    British invader Seek Again, making his United States debut, rode the rail under Corey Nakatani to an impressive victory in the $250,000 Hollywood Derby (gr. IT), which was run for the final time Dec. 1 at Hollywood Park.

  • Belshazzar wins the Japan Cup Dirt.
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    Belshazzar Wins in Japan, Pants On Fire Last

    Belshazzar, whose once-promising career was curtailed by health issues, stormed to victory in the Japan Cup Dirt (Jpn-I) Dec. 1 at Hanshin, while U.S.-based Pants On Fire had trouble in the gate and finished last.

  • Woodruff Dominates South Africa's Summer Cup

    Gauteng trainer Geoff Woodruff's runners, led by the winner Yorker and runner-up Master Sabina, dominated the Sansui Summer Cup (SAf-I) Nov. 30 at Turffontein in Johannesburg, South Africa.

  • Lot 1055, a Dubawi filly, sold for 450,000 guineas.

    European Sales Record Eclipsed at Tattersalls

    The third day of the Tattersalls December foal sale Nov. 29 posted the highest one-day financials at a foal sale in European auction history as total receipts soared 35% from last year's corresponding session.

  • Lot 761, a filly by Sea The Stars, brought 320,000 guineas at the Tattersalls December foal sale Nov. 28.

    Gordon-Watson Tops List at Tattersalls

    Bloodstock agent Charlie Gordon-Watson went to 320,000 guineas ($549,068 in United States funds) for a Sea The Stars half sister to group I winner Spinning Queen at the Tattersalls December foal sale Nov. 28.

  • Lot 271, a Champs Elysees colt, brought 160,000 guineas.

    Tattersalls Foal Sale Posts Records in Opener

    The Tattersalls December foal sale posted an opening-day record for total sales, topped by a Champs Elysees colt for 160,000 guineas ($272,462 in United States funds), the highest price ever at the first session.

  • Lot 191 by Rip Van Winkle out of Aurelia.

    Rip Van Winkle Colt Tops Tattersalls Sale

    A colt from first crop of Rip Van Winkle led trading Nov. 25 at the single-session Tattersalls December yearling sale, which saw a marginal decline in total sales, compared with 2012, but increases in average and median.

  • Gentildonna finishes strongly for a repeat performance in the Japan Cup. <br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/at-the-races-2013/27257665_QgCqdh#!i=2930050273&k=r4RS7L4">Order This Photo</a>

    Gentildonna Posts Repeat Victory in Japan Cup

    In an exhilarating finish to the 33rd renewal of the Japan Cup (Jpn-I), filly Gentildonna nosed out another filly, Denim and Ruby, Nov. 24 at Tokyo Race Course to become the first to win the prestigious event twice.

  • Goffs Closes Successful Week of Trading

    Lacking the previous day's fireworks on the acquisition of Irish record-priced filly Chicquita, a more subdued second session Nov. 23 closed a successful week for the Goffs November sales.

  • Buffering Gamely Scores Third Elite Level Win

    Buffering fought bravely for a determined nose win over Moment Of Change in the Winterbottom Stakes (Aus-I) Nov. 23 at Ascot Racecourse in Perth, adding a third successive top-level victory to his record.

  • Chicquita Rockets to Irish Record Price

    Peter and Ross Doyle went to an Irish sale record price of €6 million ($8,128,284 in United States funds) for Darley Irish Oaks (Ire-I) winner Chicquita at the first session of Goffs' November breeding stock sale Nov. 22.

  • Robust Final Session Buoys Goffs Foal Sale

    A Rip Van Winkle half brother to Irish classic-winning filly Just The Judge topped the Goffs November foal sale when selling for 420,000 ($566,061 in United States funds) at the final session Nov. 21.

  • Tosen Ra wins The Mile Championship at Kyoto Racecourse, Japan.

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    Take Reaches 100th Group I Win on Tosen Ra

    Yutaka Take became Japan's first jockey to win 100 grade or group I races when he guided Tosen Ra to victory in the Mile Championship (Jpn-I) Nov. 17 at Kyoto.

  • Costa Viva Wins New Zealand Thousand Guineas

    Costa Viva turned the tables on luckless favorite Bounding with a three-quarter-length win in the New Zealand Bloodstock One Thousand Guineas (NZ-I) Nov. 16 at Riccarton Park.

  • Badge of Silver Moves to Canada

    In a joint venture between Colebrook Farms and the Badge of Silver Syndicate, Badge of Silver (Silver Deputy--Silveroo, by Silver Hawk) will stand the 2014 season at John Burness' Colebrook Farms near Uxbridge, Ontario.

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    Arc Winner Treve is Cartier Horse of the Year

    Two Breeders' Cup World Championships winners, two trainers from the iconic Head family, and a filly owned by Her Majesty The Queen were among the honorees Nov. 12 when the 23rd annual Cartier Racing Awards were presented.

  • Meisho Mambo wins the QE II Cup.
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    Rallying Meisho Mambo Takes Japan's QE II Cup

    Dual classic winner Meisho Mambo handled her first test against older fillies and mares handily and scored her third group I win of the year in the Queen Elizabeth II Cup Nov. 10 in the rain at Kyoto.

  • Boban, Buffering Close Melbourne Carnival

    Boban captured the Emirates Stakes (Aus-I) and fan favorite Buffering took the VRC Sprint Classic (Aus-I) Nov. 9, the final day of the Melbourne Cup Carnival at Flemington.

  • Prince Gibraltar and Christophe Soumillon come through the rain to win the Criterium de Saint-Cloud.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/at-the-races-2013/27257665_QgCqdh#!i=2894346120&k=LkgTQpw">Order This Photo</a>

    Tactics Help Prince Gibraltar in Criterium

    Under a clever ride by Christophe Soumillon, Prince Gibraltar romped to a stylish victory in the Criterium de Saint-Cloud (Fr-I) Nov. 9, bringing the curtain down on the season's group I racing in Europe.

  • Kirramosa Takes Crown Oaks Thriller

    New Zealand-bred Kirramosa prevailed in a three-horse fight to the finish in the Crown Oaks (Aus-I) Nov. 7 at Flemington.

  • Ron the Greek won the 2013 Jockey Club Gold Cup. <br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/at-the-races-2013/27257665_QgCqdh#!i=2796781069&k=Cq84g9j">Order This Photo</a>

    Ron the Greek Sold to Overseas Interests

    Multiple grade I winner Ron the Greek, who blew away the field by 6 3/4 lengths in the Jockey Club Gold Cup Invitational Stakes (gr. I) in his most recent start, has been sold to an undisclosed buyer overseas.