Katsumi Yoshida's 4-year-old Gold Dream held off Best Warrior by a neck to win the one-mile, February Stakes (G1) Feb. 19 at Tokyo Racecourse.
Epicharis, a grandson of Sunday Silence, earned a guaranteed spot in the Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands (G1) with a victory in Sunday's Hyacinth Stakes at Tokyo Racecourse.
The Jockey Club of Canada Board of Stewards is proud to announce that Frank Stronach will be presented with the E.P. Taylor Award of Merit for his longtime involvement and commitment to Thoroughbred Racing in Canada.
The Tattersalls Ireland Cheltenham January Sale saw records smashed as the highest price ever recorded for a point to point horse of £480,000 was achieved along with increases in all the key figures.
Fifteen 3-year-olds, including one owned by Sheikh Mohammed, are set for the Hyacinth Stakes Feb. 19 at Tokyo Racecourse, which carries a qualifying opportunity to the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1).
The inaugural winners of the new His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Horseracing Excellence Awards, established by Sheikh Mohammed, will be honored March 23, two days before the 2017 renewal of the Dubai World Cup.
Lady Aurelia turned in her second timed move of the year Feb. 15, covering three furlongs in :37.09 at Stonestreet Training Center as she readies for her sophomore debut, which will likely come during the Keeneland Spring meet.
The value of all horses exported by Kentucky rose 33.1% to $195.2 million. This number includes all breeds, but Thoroughbreds typically account for at least three-quarters of the number of horses shipped abroad.
A lucrative bonus that helped bring some top steeplechase runners from Europe to North America for the $200,000 Calvin Houghland Iroquois Steeplechase in May 2016 has been renewed for 2017 and has a sponsor in place.
Multiple group 1 winner Fame And Glory (GB) passed away the morning of Feb. 13 after suffering a suspected heart attack while covering a mare, Coolmore Stud announced via social media. The son of Montjeu (IRE) was 11.
Trainer Caspar Fownes was pointing the bay gelding to the Al Maktoum Challenge Round 3 (G1), a race in which Gun Pit finished second in 2016, with an eye on a Dubai World Cup (G1) return.
Spendthrift Farm's Hampton Court, the Australian record-breaking group 1-winning son of Redoute's Choice, sired his first reported Northern Hemisphere foal Feb. 2 when a filly was born at Spendthrift's Lexington-based farm.
Graded stakes-winning son of Midnight Lute going to Rising Sun Farm
Australia's reigning middle distance champion extended her win streak to 14 straight races with an easy win of nearly three lengths over familiar rival Hartnell Feb. 13 in the (Aus)$250,000 Apollo Stakes (G2) at Royal Randwick.
Tattersalls has appointed Tammy O’Brien in the role of International Client Relations and Strategic Development. O’Brien, will join the Newmarket-based firm March 1 and will continue to be based in Ireland.
Shadwell Stud and leading stallion Dubawi secured another grade 1 victory in America Feb. 11 through the British-bred Almanaar in the Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap (G1T).
The two grade 3 stakes on Meydan's Feb. 11 card moved their runners one step closer to the big prizes offered during the March 25 Dubai World Cup Festival.
Military Angel, a a multiple group-placed daughter of Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) winner Big Brown, was purchased by French-based MAB Agency for €210,000 ($224,291 in U.S. Funds) to top the Goffs February sale.
Graded stakes winner and stallion Cool Coal Man will be exported to Iran to stand at Daniel Stud, according to bloodstock agent Marco Bozzi.
Three-time Eclipse Award winner Royal Delta passed away at age nine earlier this week due to complications from foaling a filly by Galileo at Coolmore Ireland.
Trained by Nicholas Bachalard for Sons of the late King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, the homebred Nashmiah transferred her winning form from King Abdulaziz Racetrack in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to win the 1,600-meter event.
Son of Unbridled's Song will stand for $2,500 at Strideaway Thoroughbreds
When grade II winner It's No Joke appeared in the Fasig-Tipton February catalog, Canadian breeder Pierre Esquirol saw only potential.
Son of Mineshaft bought by agent Marco Bozzi
Arrogate, officially recognized as the world's best racehorse of 2016, has been nominated for the March 25 Dubai World Cup sponsored by Emirates Airline (G1), along with 167 other global racing stars.
28th member of European & Mediterranean Horseracing Federation
The Jockey Club of Canada's Graded Stakes Committee held its annual review of graded and listed stakes and while the number of graded stakes in Canada remains unchanged at 44, there will be two upgrades of non-listed races to listed races for 2017.
Century Downs Racetrack and Casino announced Feb. 3 that it reached an agreement with the Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association of Alberta to run Thoroughbreds at the racetrack in the fall of 2017.
The Tattersalls February sale, held over two days for the first time, saw records across the board as it concluded Feb. 3.
Multiple stakes winner Easton Angel was purchased by Mick Flanagan for 500,000 guineas to top the Feb. 2 first day of the Tattersalls February sale at the paddocks in Newmarket, England.
Lighthouse Bay, winner of the 2013 Prioress Stakes (G1), has been purchased by Shadai Farm in a deal brokered by Greg Harbut of Harbut Bloodstock.
The European Pattern Committee implemented a five-year ban on downgrading any group race of 13 furlongs or more.
Lauded as a "game changer" by organizers from Racing NSW and the Australian Turf Club, the 1,200-meter (six-furlong) race offers the same shareholder buy-in concept pioneered by The Stronach Group, which organized the Pegasus.
A deep international buying bench helped boost the aggregate and hold the average price steady at the two-day premier yearling sale held by New Zealand Bloodstock in Karaka, New Zealand.
Keeneland director of sales operations Geoffrey Russell was honored with the Irish Thoroughbred Breeders' Association's (ITBA) 2016 Wild Geese Award at its National Breeding and Racing Awards ceremony on Jan. 28 at The Heritage Killenard.
New owner also purchased Pomeroy and Flashy Bull
Color the Meydan winner's circle blue, Godolphin blue precisely, as Sheikh Mohammed's racing pipeline provided a steady supply of horses to win five of the six Thoroughbred races on the Jan. 26 card.
Breeders' Cup and Qatar Racing and Equestrian Club announced Jan. 25 the Thoroughbred horse racing brands will exchange presenting sponsor titles at their respective championship races.
The Jockey Club of Canada on Jan. 24 announced the 2016 Sovereign Award Finalists for the 42nd annual Sovereign Awards Ceremony to honor Canada’s racing champions of 2016 and Canada’s 2016 Horse of the Year April 13 in Toronto.
Trainer Bob Baffert is on hand in London to collect the 2016 Longines World's Best Racehorse prize on behalf of Juddmonte Farms.
In advance of the Longines World’s Best Racehorse Rankings Jan. 24 in London, BloodHorse’s European correspondent Julian Muscat was able to sit down with Teddy Grimthorpe, Juddmonte Farms’ racing manager in Europe.
With his impressive victory in the Breeders' Cup Classic (G1), Arrogate secured the title of 2016 Longines World's Best Racehorse, just edging California Chrome.
The Longines World's Best Racehorse Rankings is horse racing's equivalent to world rankings by other major sporting organizations such as ATP Tennis Rankings or World Golf Rankings.
- By Lenny Shulman
- Thoroughbred Racing, International, Thoroughbred Breeding, Kentucky, Southeast Region
Prince Khalid Abdullah’s Juddmonte Farms enjoyed an excellent 2016 North American season, earning the boutique stable outstanding owner honors for the year.
The English Jockey Club announced Jan. 20 the appointment of Tim Lane to join The National Stud as its new stud manager.
The upper echelon of horse racing purses has come a long way in 100 years, but the entrepreneurial spirit and promotional creativity of those tasked with putting on the sport's biggest races continues.
The first foal by Breeders' Cup Classic (G1) winner Bayern was born Jan. 16 at Longview Farm near Ashton, Ontario.
Veteran Jockey Gerry Olguin, who counts a Canadian classic among his 105 black-type stakes wins, earned the 2,000th victory of his career Jan. 15 at Golden Gate Fields.
A Fastnet Rock filly bred in Australia by Barbara Banke's Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings was sold to Coolmore Stud's Tom Magnier for Aus$1.2 million to top the final Book 1 session of the Magic Millions Gold Coast yearling sale Jan. 14.
Reynaldothewizard might be an 11-year-old (by some calculations that's 37.5 human years), but he doesn't know it and his races sure don't show it.
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