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  • Orfevre won the 2012 Takarazuka Kinen. <br><a target="blank" href="!i=1925588634&k=6mNfqNp">Order This Photo</a>

    Orfevre Out of Takarazuka Kinen

    Orfevre, expected favorite in his title defense in the June 23 Takarazuka Kinen (Jpn-I), was withdrawn from the race after the 2011 Triple Crown champion bled following training June 13.

  • Flotilla won the Poule d'Essai des Pouliches by a neck May 12.<br><a target="blank" href="!i=2507939190&k=Mbs3Fg2">Order This Photo</a>

    Flotilla Bids for Second French Classic Win

    Flotilla will try to add a second French classic to her record June 16 when she takes on 10 opponents, including dual group I winner Silasol, in the Prix de Diane Longines (Fr-I, French Oaks) at Chantilly.

  • Royal Ascot: Animal Kingdom Press Conference

    A press conference with the connections of Animal Kingdom. Hear from Graham Motion, Barry Irwin, and John Messara. Learn why they chose to go with jockey John Velazquez.

  • Trainer Henry Cecil is at hand as Princess Reema feeds grass to her father Prince Fahd Salman's Oaks winning filly Ramruma, named after her, at Newmarket June 21, 1999.

    Sir Henry Cecil

    View moments in time from the life of trainer Sir Henry Cecil.

  • Animal Kingdom in the Dubai World Cup.
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    Animal Kingdom in Final Queen Anne Workout

    In what is expected to be the last workout of his career, Animal Kingdom breezed five furlongs in 1:03 with his dedicated workmate over the uphill Polytrack surface near David Lanigan's yard in Lambourn, England on June 12.

  • Frankel racing in England.

    Report Notes Contraction of British Racing

    The move of major bookmakers to offshore locations helped contribute to decreased wagering yield as British racing contracted 1.2% compared with four years ago, according to a recent British Horseracing Authority report.

  • Animal Kingdom - An Insiders Perspective

    Graham Motion, Barry Irwin, John Velazquez, Veterinarian Luis Castro, and John Messara of Arrowfield Stud explain Animal Kingdom. The team discusses what makes a champion horse and answer why they are racing at Ascot.

  • Biz The Nurse Scores Rare Double in Italy

    Recent Derby Italiano (Ity-II) winner Biz The Nurse took on elders for the first time in the Gran Premio di Milano (Ity-I) and scored a convincing victory June 9 at San Siro Racecourse.

  • Linton Rides Rail to Stradbroke Handicap Win

    Longshot Linton completed a scintillating rally on the rail from near last and denied pacesetter Buffering a win in the Aus$1.36 million AAMI Stradbroke Handicap (Aus-I) June 8 at Eagle Farm.

  • Romantic Touch Dominates in J. J. Atkins

    Romantic Touch took control out of the gate and won the Aus$500,000 Patinack Farm J. J. Atkins (Aus-I) from previously undefeated Zoustar, leading a one-two finish for freshman sire Northern Meteor.

  • Animal Kingdom Preps for Queen Anne Stakes

    Arrowfield Stud and Team Valor's Animal Kingdom worked five furlongs in 1:02 in Lambourn, England, June 5 on "The Long," an uphill Polytrack gallop, in preparation for the June 18 Queen Anne Stakes (Eng-I) at Royal Ascot.

  • Love Me Only sold for $2.1 million at the 2011 Keeneland November breeding stock sale.

    Expensive Mare at Center of Legal Dispute

    A leading sales agency and three horse owners continue to wrangle with another prominent breeder over the November 2011, $2.1 million sale of the mare Love Me Only, as the purchaser alleges fraud by the consignors.

  • Lot 1529, a filly by Manduro, sold for the highest price at the Magic Millions National yearling sale on the Gold Coast in Queensland June 4.

    Manduro Filly Tops Day One at Magic Millions

    A filly by Darley sire Manduro and from the family of undefeated European champion Frankel sold for the highest price of Aust$500,000 ($482,259) at the opening session of the Magic Millions National yearling sale June 4.

  • Incognito jogs at Belmont Park.

    Haskin: More to Incognito Than You Think

    McLaughlin is relying strictly on pedigree in his belief that the regally bred son of A.P. Indy - Octave, by Unbridled's Song has some sort of chance of making an impact on the finish of the mile and a half race.

  • Redemption Time for Intello in French Derby

    Gerard and Alain Wertheimer's Intello bounced back from his unlucky third last out with an authoritative win in the Prix du Jockey Club (French Derby, Fr-I) June 2 at Chantilly.

  • Lord Kanaloa wins the Yasuda Kinen in Japan.
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    Lord Kanaloa Shines at Mile in Yasuda Kinen

    The $2,311,000 Yasuda Kinen (Jpn-I), the spring's defining race for milers in Japan, was won by elite sprinter Lord Kanaloa, trying the distance for the first time in nearly 2 1/2 years at Tokyo racecourse.

  • Silvano Runners Take South African Features

    Leading South African sire Silvano scored a group I double at Greyville June 1 when his unbeaten son Vercingetorix landed the Daily News 2000 and his daughter Do You Remember captured the Woolavington Stakes.

  • Ruler of The World comes home strong to win the Investec Derby.<br><a target="blank" href="!i=2547809115&k=ScCgLHr">Order This Photo</a>

    Ruler of The World Conquers Investec Derby

    Ruler of The World stormed to victory in the Investec Epsom Derby (Eng-I) June 1, giving trainer Aidan O'Brien a fourth win in the classic as previously unbeaten favorite Dawn Approach failed to stay and finished last.

  • St Nicholas Abbey takes the Coronation Cup for the third year in a row.<br><a target="blank" href="!i=2547808452&k=RmZwgtH">Order This Photo</a>

    Third Coronation Win for St Nicholas Abbey

    Coolmore and partners' St Nicholas Abbey notched a record third consecutive Investec Coronation Cup (Eng-I) victory in convincing style on Derby day June 1 at Epsom.

  • Zabeel Fillies One-Two in Queensland Oaks

    Gondokoro got an ideal stalking trip in the XXXX Gold Queensland Oaks (Aus-I) June 1 at Eagle Farm before making her winning move at the top of the straight to outstay 16 rivals and score by 2 3/4 lengths.

  • Intello Looks to Rebound in French Derby

    Gerard and Alain Wertheimer's Intello, whose unbeaten record was tarnished in the French Guineas, will try to get back to his winning ways June 2 in the Prix du Jockey Club (Fr-I, French Derby) at Chantilly.

  • Brian Lynch

    Trainer Lynch Suspended After Recent Arrest

    The Ontario Racing Commission has suspended trainer Brian Lynch following his recent arrest Woodbine. He was charged with making death threats and dangerous operation of a motor vehicle.

  • Outsider Talent Tops Stablemate in Epsom Oaks

    Trainer Ralph Beckett enjoyed a one-two finish in the Investec Epsom Oaks (Eng-I) May 31 when his lightly regarded Talent closed furiously from near last to deny stablemate Secret Gesture in a 20-1 upset.

  • Unaccounted For

    Unaccounted For Dies at Age 22

    Unaccounted For, the 1995 Whitney Handicap (gr. I) winner who had a successful stud career in Turkey, died May 29 in that country due to the effects of progressive ethmoid hematoma.

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    Animal Kingdom Posts Strong Ascot Work

    Presented with a new setting and a much different assignment, Team Valor International, Arrowfield Stud, and Darley's Animal Kingdom answered impressively May 29 in a key workout over the straightaway at Ascot.

  • Frankie Dettori

    Dettori on First Cornerstone in French Derby

    Jockey Frankie Dettori, cleared by France Galop to resume his career, has been named to ride Team Valor International's group II winner First Cornerstone in the Prix du Jockey Club (French Derby, Fr-I) at Chantilly June 2.

  • 'Spectacular' Results at Magic Millions

    The winning Canny Lad mare Our Pride and Joy topped trading on the final day of the select portion of the Magic Millions National broodmare sale, which saw overall total receipts soar and an unprecedented clearance rate.

  • Qatar Racing Seeks Oaks with Secret Gesture

    Qatar Racing will bid to win a second classic in less than a week after recently acquiring a half-interest in Investec Epsom Oaks (Eng-I) favorite Secret Gesture.