International

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

  • Up With the Birds wins the 2016 Nijinsky Stakes.

    Up With the Birds Back Winning at Woodbine

    Sam-Son Farm's Up With the Birds, back in his home country, where he was named 2013 Canadian Horse of the Year, snapped a 12-race winless streak with a 1 1/4-length score in the $200,000 Nijinsky Stakes (Can-IIT) July 24 at Woodbine.

  • Fair Eva First Stakes Winner for Frankel

    Juddmonte Farms' unbeaten champion Frankel reached an important milestone as a freshman sire July 23 when his daughter Fair Eva won the Princess Margaret Juddmonte Stakes (Eng-III) at Ascot, providing him with his first stakes winner.

  • Highland Reel comes home strong to win the King George and Queen Elizabeth Stakes

    Highland Reel Leads Every Step in King George

    The six rivals facing Highland Reel in the King George and Queen Elizabeth Stakes (Eng-I) July 23 at Ascot had no answer for his early speed, and the 4-year-old son of Galileo led every step to score a clear victory.

  • Alberta Downs Takes Unique Approach to Races

    The simple sentence posted at 10:50 a.m. July 17 on the Alberta Downs Facebook page was not especially surprising to anyone following the twists and turns of the small track this summer: "There will be no racing today at Alberta Downs."

  • Postponed

    Postponed to Miss King George VI Stakes

    Sheikh Mohammed Obaid Al Maktoum’s Postponed will miss the opportunity to defend his title in the group I King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes sponsored by Qipco July 23 due to a respiratory infection.

  • Red Ray takes the Mercury Sprint

    Red Ray Strikes for Joostes in Mercury Sprint

    Following the recent win of their The Conglomerate in the Vodacom Durban July (SAf-I), trainer Joey Ramsden and owners Markus and Ingrid Jooste teamed up July 16 to win another Kwa-Zulu group I feature, the Mercury Sprint, with Red Ray.

  • Frosted wins 2016 Metropolitan Handicap

    Frosted Big Mover in Latest World Rankings

    After winning the Mohegan Sun Metropolitan Handicap (gr. I) by 14 1/4 lengths, Frosted finds himself as co-second-highest rated horse in the world and is the biggest mover in the fifth edition of the Longines World's Best Racehorse Rankings for 2016.

  • Stormy Lucy, to be bred to Frankel

    F-T Sale-Topper Stormy Lucy to Frankel

    Grade I winner Stormy Lucy, who topped the Fasig-Tipton July selected horses of racing age sale July 11 when she sold for $575,000, will be bred to Frankel on Southern Hemisphere breeding time this year.

  • Hip 389 by Deep Impact out of Malpensa

    Deep Impact Rules JRHA Foal Sale

    A pair of foals by Deep Impact each sold for $2,718,447, the overall highest price of the two-day JRHA select sale, which closed July 12 with records in overall gross and average price.

  • Hip 107 by Deep Impact out of Awesome Feather

    Record Gross, Average at JRHA Yearling Sale

    Deep Impact offspring dominated the top of the market at the yearling session of the JRHA select sale July 11 with eight in the top 10 highest prices, including the first six best sellers that were topped by a colt out of champion Awesome Feather.

  • Zelzal Wins Jean Prat in Course-Record Time

    With Gregory Benoist riding hands and heels through the final furlong, Al Shaqab Racing's Zelzal displayed an impressive turn of foot to win the Prix Jean Prat (Fr-I) in course-record time at Chantilly July 10.

  • Favorite Limato Surges Clear in July Cup

    Limato found the firm going at Newmarket to his liking and unleashed a devastating rally, although drifting badly, to win the Darley July Cup (Eng-I) by two lengths July 9 at Newmarket.

  • Hong Kong to Offer Increased Purses

    Prize money for the 2016-17 Hong Kong racing season will extend to another record level while purses for two of the Hong Kong Jockey Club's three spring group I features, the Champions Mile and Chairman's Sprint Prize, will be increased.

  • A King Any Other Year

    Last week, it was reported that King Glorious had died in Japan at the age of 30, having been pensioned since 2010 due to declining fertility.

  • Record-Breaking Start to Tattersalls July

    The Tattersalls July Sale registered a spectacular start with a record-breaking session that saw turnover better all previous sessions at the midsummer fixture, reaching 7,208,629 guineas ($9,764,088) for the 234 lots sold.

  • Euro Charline

    Euro Charline Retired, to Sell in December

    Euro Charline, the first 3-year-old to capture the Beverly D. Stakes (gr. IT) for fillies and mares in 2014 at Arlington, has been retired from racing and will be entered in the Tattersalls December sale, owner Team Valor International said July 6.

  • Lady Aurelia wins debut at Keeneland

    Ward to Work Lady Aurelia at Keeneland

    Trainer Wesley Ward is favoring the Prix Morny (Fr-I) in France for his star juvenile filly Lady Aurelia, one of the most impressive winners at Royal Ascot in June, and hopes to work her at Keeneland in the next 10 days.

  • Foal Registration Changes Trigger Outcry

    The Racing Australia Board July 4 announced controversial new rules for the registration of Thoroughbred foals and their owners that bring them under the Australian Rules of Racing, despite an outcry from breeders.

  • Lexie Lou wins Dance Smartly Stakes

    Lexie Lou Fights Back to Win Dance Smartly

    Gary Barber’s Lexie Lou set rapid fractions, was collared by two other mares at the top of the stretch, and fought back for a game victory in the $200,000 Dance Smartly Stakes (Can-IIT) July 3 at Woodbine.

  • Passion for Action (outside) wins Highlander at Woodbine

    Passion for Action Rallies to Take Highlander

    Benjamin Hutzel's homebred colt Passion for Action rallied from off the pace in a six-horse field to win the $173,777 Highlander Stakes (Can-IIT) July 3 at Woodbine for his third stakes win in four starts this year.

  • King Glorious won 7 stakes races, including the grade I Hollywood Futurity (shown).

    Sire King Glorious Dies in Japan

    King Glorious, a California-bred multiple grade I winner and successful sire, passed away at the age of 30 in Japan, Kate Hunter of Paca Paca Farms shared via Twitter July 2.

  • Hawkbill Posts Group I Win for Kitten's Joy

    North America's leading turf sire Kitten's Joy got his first European group I winner July 2 when Kentucky-bred Hawkbill edged favorite The Gurkha by a half length in the Coral Eclipse Stakes at Sandown.

  • Gulfstream Park

    Top Caribbean Race to Be Held at Gulfstream

    Gulfstream Park will host the 2017 Clasico Internacional del Caribe, the Caribbean's premier Thoroughbred race, the Confederation of Caribbean Racetracks announced July 1 at its mid-year meeting at the South Florida track.

  • Gamble's Ghost

    'Ghost' Takes on Males in Queen's Plate

    Ivan Dalos' homebred Gamble's Ghost, the tough-luck second-place finisher last time out in the Woodbine Oaks June 12, will take on males for the first time in her career as the only filly in the field for the $1 million Queen's Plate July 3.

  • HRRN to Broadcast Queen's Plate Live

    Horse Racing Radio Network announced it will broadcast live from Woodbine Racetrack this weekend to provide coverage of the Queen’s Plate, Canada’s oldest and most prestigious Thoroughbred race and longest continuously run race in North America.