South Africa's reigning champion rider, Gavin Lerena, booted home the last two winners to take top honors in the Dec. 9 Longines International Jockeys' Championship at a rain-soaked Happy Valley Racecourse.
The fourth session of the Arqana breeding stock sale in Deauville, France, Dec. 8 posted a gain of 36% in gross over a year ago as the 2015 auction closed with figures down slightly from the 2014 edition.
Square Dancer and Touching Promise were honored as the top horses at Hastings Park for the 2015 season at British Columbia's annual Thoroughbreds Awards Dinner.
The University of Arizona Racetrack Industry Program's Global Symposium on Racing started in a big way when it asked five panelists to offer 45 ideas in 45 minutes on improving racing and the marketing of the sport.
Mongolian Saturday and Green Mask, the respective winner and third-place finisher in the Longines Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint (gr. IT), put in their final works Dec. 7 in preparation for the Longines Hong Kong Sprint.
A Redoute's Choice weanling filly out of a half sister to the dam of unbeaten European Horse of the Year Zarkava was the top seller on Day 2 of the Arqana December breeding stock sale Dec. 6
- By Frank Angst
- International, Thoroughbred Breeding, Thoroughbred Racing, Southwest Region, West Region, Horse Health
The emphasis will be on new ideas when many racing industry leaders gather in Tucson, Ariz., Dec. 7-9 for the University of Arizona Racetrack Industry Program's Global Symposium on Racing and Gaming.
Sambista became the first female winner of the Champions Cup (Jpn-I), run as the Japan Cup Dirt until 2013, when pulling a 66-1 upset Dec. 6 at Chukyo Racecourse.
The U.S. and European breeding operations of American billionaire John Malone dominated the top of the market on opening day of the Arqana December breeding stock sale Dec. 5.
Under a heady ride from jockey Johnathon Parkes, Julinsky Prince got the second group I win of his career in the Captain Cook Stakes Dec. 5 at Trentham.
Perfect Reflection beat champion and stablemate Delicacy to the finish in the Kingston Town Classic (Aus-I) Dec. 5 at Ascot and became the first 3-year-old filly to win Australia's final top-level race of 2015.
Silver Mountain showed her class in no uncertain fashion when running out a five-length winner of the World Sports Betting Cape Fillies Guineas (SAf-I) at Kenilworth Dec. 5.
Al Shaqab Racing's group II winner Toast of New York, who finished second in the 2014 Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I), will enter stud in Qatar in 2016.
The Tattersalls December sale ended Dec. 3 with gross sales of more than 84.17 million guineas (US$133.67 million), just 1% shy of last year's total receipts of 84.97 million guineas.
The Toronto racetrack reported an 11.3% rise in total handle; set records on its three biggest days.
Betfair has become the first betting entity to agree to a new three-year funding arrangement designed to generate more purse money for British racing as an Authorized Betting Partner.
A pair of fillies worth 190,000 guineas ($300,371) each led the third session of Tattersalls' December Mares sale Dec. 2.
Hanky Panky, a group III-placed half sister to Central Kentucky sire Giant's Causeway, sold for 2.7 million guineas (US$4,268,376) Dec. 1 the top price on the second day of Tattersalls December breeding stock sale.
Good Friends Stable's multiple grade I winner Private Zone will get some rest and relaxation before commencing a 2016 campaign, co-owner and racing manager Rene Douglas said Dec. 1.
Incahoots, a winning Oasis Dream filly, is likely to remain in training following her purchase for 420,000 guineas ($663,978), the highest price on the first day of Tattersalls mare sale Nov. 30.
British-based Frankie Dettori has been named the Longines World's Best Jockey for 2015, besting U.S. Triple Crown-winning rider Victor Espinoza and British-based Ryan Moore for the title.
Stephen Chesney and Cory Hoffman's Melmich left no doubt Nov. 29 at Woodbine, smashing the course record for 1 3/4 miles by nearly two seconds in the $150,000 Valedictory Stakes (Can-III).
A total of 33 international group I winners, including Twinspires Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint (gr. IT) victor Mongolian Saturday, are among the 56 entries for the Longines Hong Kong International Races Dec. 12 at Sha Tin.
Shonan Pandora battled down the long Tokyo Racecourse stretch before posting a narrow upset victory in the Nov. 29 Japan Cup (Jpn-I) before a crowd of 102,960. Favored Lovely Day finished third.
Ivan Dalos' homebred Amis Gizmo is unbeaten in four career starts, all of them stakes, after taking the $125,000 Kingarvie Stakes for Ontario-sired 2-year-olds Nov. 28 at Woodbine.
Trainer Geoff Woodruff made it three in a row when he won the Gauteng Sansui Summer Cup (SAf-I) with Master Sabina Nov. 28 at Turffontein in South Africa.
Tattersalls reported record total receipts for its December foal sale for the third straight year when the auction ended its five-day run Nov. 28 with aggregate rising 4.5% on last year's sale.
Trainer Bob Baffert told Churchill Downs officials Nov. 28 that Hoppertunity would be prepared for a start in the $10 million Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) March 26 next year.
A trio of fillies by Darley sire Dubawi dominated the top of the market at the Tattersalls December foal sale on Day 4 Nov. 27.
The Nov. 29 Valedictory Stakes (Can-III) for older horses at 1 3/4 miles at Woodbine, features eight runners including Melmich and the retiring champion Pender Harbour.
Mongolian Stables' Mongolian Saturday breezed a half-mile clockwise over Gulfstream Park's main track Nov. 27 in anticipation of his next assignment in the Hong Kong Sprint (HK-I).
A field of 18 is set for the Nov. 29 Japan Cup (Jpn-I), with the foreign contingent showing promise against a home team generally regarded as slightly less imposing than usual for a Japan Cup.
The Nov. 25 second session of the Tattersalls December foal sale was topped by a son of freshman sire Lethal Force that sold for 110,000 guineas to Mick Flanagan.
Woodbine Entertainment Group and the Ontario Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association Nov. 25 said Woodbine's 2016 Thoroughbred racing calendar would offer 133 dates pending regulatory approval.
All eyes figure to be on undefeated juvenile Amis Gizmo in the $125,000 Kingarvie Stakes Nov. 28 at Woodbine, as 2-year-olds will be the focus in a pair of stakes on the Saturday card.
On Nov. 29, with a final run in the $150,000 Valedictory Stakes (Can-III), Pender Harbour's reign as one of the top Ontario-sired horses of all time will come to an end.
A colt from the first crop of group III winner Swiss Spirit topped opening day of the Tattersalls December foal sale Nov. 24, when selling for 33,000 guineas (US$52,262).
Leopardstown Racecourse will start work early in 2016 on the next phase of the overall redevelopment that will cost about €12 million, Horse Racing Ireland said.
Tattersalls kicked off its first round of late-season sales Nov. 23 with a one-day yearling auction that saw median rise by a double-digit percentage and Shadwell Estates securing the topped priced colt and filly.
Coming off a disappointing 10th-place finish in the TwinSpires Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint (gr. IT), Bruce Lunsford's homebred Stacked Deck was back in his sweet spot Nov. 22, on the Woodbine synthetic main track.
Kazumi Yoshida's Maurice notched his second straight group I win and stayed unbeaten this year in taking the Mile Championship (Jpn-I) Nov. 22 at Kyoto.
Ebeyina, a stakes-placed daughter of Oasis Dream offered in foal to Kodiac, sold Nov. 21 for €460,000 (US$ 489,804), the highest price at the opening session of the Goffs November breeding stock sale.
Former Hong Kong Horse of the Year Military Attack scored a narrow victory Nov. 21 at Sha Tin in the Longines Jockey Club Cup (HK-II), the main prep for next month's Longines Hong Kong Cup (HK-I).
Good Project lifted trainer Chris Waller to a 10th group I victory this season after grabbing the lead early and running on strongly to win the Aus$1 million Railway Stakes (Aus-I) at Ascot.
Star sprinter Buffering never gave backers an anxious moment in the Aus$1 million Winterbottom Stakes (Aus-I) Nov. 21 as Damian Brown took the 8-year-old straight to the lead at Ascot and stayed there to get the win.
Three-time Melbourne Cup (Aus-I) runner-up and global fan favorite Red Cadeaux has been euthanized because of complications from the injury he suffered Nov. 3 while making his fifth appearance in the race.
This year's Goffs November foal sale saw a record price for a colt when a Dubawi foal brought $1.1 million at the five-day sale that wrapped up Nov. 20.
To defend his title as Canada's outstanding sprinter, Stephen Chesney and Cory Hoffman's Calgary Cat will need a strong performance in the $200,000 Kennedy Road Stakes (Can-II) Nov. 22 at Woodbine.
Racing Australia chairman John Messara defended his organization's approach toward modifying whip use after the Australian Jockeys Association voted for the third time to support postponing any rule changes for 12 months.
A colt by Europe's leading freshman sire Zoffany paced the fourth session of the Goffs November Foal Sale Thursday, Nov. 19 in County Kildare, Ireland.
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