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

  • Competitive Bidding Sparks Day 2 of New Zealand Sale

    During Tuesday's session of the New Zealand Premier Sale at Karaka, people were watching with polite interest at the yearling parade through the sale ring. That was until someone let off the fireworks, which started when the big chestnut filly by boom stallion Giant's Causeway entered the ring.

  • Sulamani Rated Tops on Canadian Thoroughbred Ratings

    Sulamani received the highest rating of any horse that started in Canada last year based on the 2004 Canadian Thoroughbred Ratings, which replaced the Canadian Free Handicap. The Canadian Jockey Club compiled the rankings.

  • Silent Witness Still Perfect With Bauhinia Win

    Silent Witness cruised to a 1 3/4-length victory over stablemate Country Music in Sunday's $576,000 Bauhinia Sprint Trophy at Sha Tin racecourse, extending his perfect record to 14-for-14 in the first leg of Hong Kong's championship sprint series.

  • Odd Journey Ends Happily for Mister Acpen

    Chilean group I turf winner Mister Acpen returned to training at Santa Anita earlier this month after more than a year long odyssey stemming from his contraction of a rare disease that was discovered upon his return to the United States from Hong Kong, trainer Kristin Mulhall revealed.

  • Zabeel Recovering From Leg Injury

    A paddock accident to a hind leg of the great Zabeel sent a scare through Cambridge Stud in New Zealand where the champion has been standing for 10 years. He was immediately confined to his stall.

  • Disappointment Turns to Joy at Inglis Classic

    Last week at the Magic Millions sale on the Gold Coast, one of Australia's most prolific winning trainers, Canberra-based Barbara Joseph, walked away disappointed that she had missed out on a relative to her fabulous pair of females Ain't Seen Nothin' and Commands Nothin'.

  • Gold Coast Sale Ends With Best Ever Figures

    As the final hammer slammed down to signal the end of what has been the biggest yearling sale in Australia's history, vendors, buyers, and other observers were left with one question: Will the global trend of record buying ever end?

  • Zenno Rob Roy, Japan's Horse of the Year, winning the Japan Cup.

    Zenno Rob Roy Heads Japanese Champions

    Zenno Rob Roy, whose three group I wins included a score in the Japan Cup, was named Horse of the Year and champion older male by the Japan Racing Association.

  • Strength Continues at Magic Millions Sale

    The success of the first four days of the 2005 Conrad Jupiters Magic Millions Yearling Sale on the Gold Coast of Australia must have spurred on the select session, as it too returned record numbers.

  • Records Set At Magic Millions Sale

    This time last year, the owners of Magic Millions were doing cartwheels as records were being broken left, right, and center. No-one actually saw it, but rumor has it those same owners were down on their hands and knees giving thanks this year as day four of the Conrad Jupiters Magic Millions yearling sale on the Gold Coast in Australia concluded Jan. 9.

  • $424,054 Bet In U.S. On Uruguayan Stakes

    Two group I fixtures from Uruguay's Maronas National Racetrack simulcast into the United States on Thursday handled an impressive $424,054, buoyed by an enthusiastic response from players in California.

  • Yearling Entry Set for 2006 Vodafone Derby

    A 639-strong entry has been received for the 2006 Vodafone Derby at the initial yearling entry stage, just nine short of the record 648 entries made for the 2005 classic at Epsom Downs.

  • Danehill Fillies in Demand at Magic Millions Opener

    The yearling buying boom that has swept every major world market the past two years, was put to the test on day one of the massive Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale in Australia. And it passed.

  • Aussie Stars Makybe Diva, Starcraft Head Overseas

    Makybe Diva (Desert King -- Tugela), who has won the past two runnings of Australia's biggest race, the Melbourne Cup (Aust-I), is heading to Europe in February to continue her career. The immediate target is the Arc de Triomphe (Fr-I).

  • Elvstroem Bought By Blue Gum Farm

    Victoria's leading Thoroughbred nursery, Blue Gum Farm of Euroa, has announced the acquisition of a 50% stake in multi-millionaire galloper Elvstroem.

  • Fallon Says He'll Return for European Season

    America-bound jockey Kieren Fallon, who reached the 200-victory mark for the fifth time in eight years this week, insisted that he would not extend his stay in the states into the spring European flat racing season.

  • Hong Kong Seeks Tax Change to Boost Handle

    The Hong Kong Jockey Club is negotiating with the government over the way racing wagers are taxed. The organization is confident a change from a per-bet tax to a flat tax on total handle could increase betting pools.

  • EVA Case Detected in United Kingdom

    The United Kingdom's Department for the Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs announced Dec. 17 that it imposed restrictions on Oct. 29 on a 5-year-old stallion on a premises in the Newmarket area of Suffolk following a positive blood test result for equine viral arteritis.

  • Juddmonte Repeats as Leading British Breeder

    For the third year in succession, Prince Khalid Abdullah's Juddmonte Farms has won the Queen's Silver Cup as leading British-based flat breeder for 2004. The British Thoroughbred Breeders Association Awards were announced Dec. 13.

  • 'Pearls' On World Cup Trail for Mark Johnston

    English-based trainer Mark Johnston, whose 120 winners this year are more than anybody else, including champion trainer Saeed bin Suroor (115), anticipates a successful journey to Dubai for the 2005 Dubai International Racing Carnival.

  • Jockey Kevin Manning, riding Alexander Goldrun, waves to fans after winning the Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Cup International 2000-meter.

    Alexander Goldrun First Filly to Claim Hong Kong Cup Title

    Irish-bred Alexander Goldrun became the first filly to win the HK$18 million (US$2,319,289) Hong Kong Cup (HK-I) by edging out American-bred Bullish Luck at the wire by a short head at Sha Tin Racecourse Sunday. Touch of Land was three-quarters of a length back for third.

  • Phoenix Reach wins the Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Vase International 2400-meter in Hong Kong.

    Phoenix Reach Worth the Wait in Hong Kong Vase

    After a delayed start due to broken equipment, Phoenix Reach proved he was worth the wait by taking the (HK)$14 million (US$1,803,891) Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Vase (HK-I) by a half-length over Sights on Gold, with Valle Enchantee two lengths back in third.

  • UAE Derby winner Lundy's Liability was one half of trainer Michael de Kock's Dubai Double at last year's Carnival.

    Trainer de Kock Primed for Dubai Success

    South Africa trainer Mike de Kock is assembling a very powerful team for the 2005 Dubai International Racing Carnival as he bids to repeat his success of last year. At that inaugural Carnival, de Kock's horses won nine times and about £1.9 million in the process, as well as a $50,000 bonus for the trainer as leading Carnival handler.

  • Record Price Established at Hong Kong International Sale

    The Hong Kong International Sale realized a record price Dec. 11 at Sha Tin Racecourse when a gelded son of King's Best sold for HK$6 million (US $771,506). The sale was held for the first time inside the new HK$410 million retractable roof walking ring on the Saturday afternoon prior to the Dec. 12 Cathay Pacific International races.

  • Battle Won ready for Sunday's Hong Kong Sprint.

    Battle Won Gets Post Five in Hong Kong Sprint

    Battle Won, the lone American runner in the Dec.12 Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Sprint (HK-I) at Sha Tin, drew post five in a field of 13 runners for the $10 million (HK) 1,000-meter (five furlong) race. The four-race Cathay Pacific Hong Kong International race card was drawn inside the new $410-million (HK) retractable roof walking ring at Sha Tin.

  • Powerscourt Gets Inside For Hong Kong Cup

    After a dull effort in the Japan Cup (Jpn-I), Irish-bred Powerscourt hopes to rebound with a strong showing in the Dec. 12 $18 million (HK) Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Cup (HK-I) at Sha Tin. The Aiden O'Brien-trainee will break from barrier one under jockey Jamie Spencer in the 2,000-meter (1 ¼-mile) race.

  • Antonius Pius Gets Outside Post in Hong Kong Mile

    Irish jockey Jamie Spencer will have multiple views of Sha Tin Racecourse Dec. 12 during the Cathay Pacific Hong Kong International Races. He will guide Powerscourt from the inside, breaking from barrier one in the Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Cup (HK-I), Brian Boru from barrier four in the $14 million (HK) Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Vase (HK-I), and Antonius Pius from the far outside barrier 14 in the $14 million (HK) Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Mile (HK-I).

  • Battle Won, will contest the Hong Kong Sprint.

    Lone U. S. Horse Preps for Hong Kong Sprint

    Battle Won, the lone American runner in the Dec. 12 Cathay Pacific Hong Kong International races, went to the track Wednesday morning for a brief gallop in preparation for the Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Sprint (HK-I) at Sha Tin.

  • Bletchley Park Takes Railway Stakes

    Caerleon son Bletchley Park scored his most important success as stallion when Modem (5-1) overwhelmed his 15 rivals with a flashing late run to win the $500,000 (Australian funds) Railway Stakes (Aust-I) at Perth's Ascot oval Dec. 4.

  • Simon Hopeful as Battle Won Heads to Hong Kong

    Trainer Charles Simon said he doesn't know what to expect when Battle Won takes the gate for the Dec. 12 Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Sprint (HK-I) at Sha Tin Race Course, but he is looking at the trip as a positive opportunity.