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  • Raven's Pass came across the pond to win last year's Breeders' Cup Classic. Will history repeat itself? <br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D6458912%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Countdown to the Cup: Can it Happen Twice?

    On April 17, 2008, American racing fans were immersed in the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), and no one was even giving the Breeders' Cup a second thought. But across the Atlantic, there was a scene being played out that would have a far greater effect on the Breeders' Cup than anyone could have imagined.

  • Mastercraftsman Romps in Diamond Stakes

    It looks as if Mastercraftsman will be joining stablemate Rip Van Winkle in the starting gate for the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) after the colt's easy victory in the 1 1/8-mile Diamond Stakes on the all-weather track at Dundalk.

  • Rip Van Winkle Determined Winner of QEII

    Rip Van Winkle held off a stubborn Zacinto in the final furlong to claim his second group I victory of the season, taking the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (Eng-I) by a determined 1 1/4-lengths at Ascot Sept. 26.

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    O'Brien Readies Stable for Classics

    Turf Flat racing resumed in Ireland at the Curragh on Sunday, March 22, but probably more significant was Aidan O'Brien's decision to work 48 horses on the course after racing.

  • O'Brien Gets Last Group I of Euro Season

    Irish trainer Aidan O'Brien won the final group I of the European season when Fame and Glory edged stablemate Drumbeat in France's Criterium de Saint-Cloud for 2-year-olds Nov. 12.

  • Maram holds off Heart Shaped to take the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D6445903%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Maram Wins Juv Fillies Turf Nail-Biter

    Undefeated Maram got up to win the inaugural Grey Goose Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf by a nose in the final strides over Heart Shaped. The $1 million contest was the second Breeders' Cup race on the Oct. 24 Ladies Day card of the two-day World Championships card at Santa Anita.

  • The Pro-Ride surface at Santa Anita has attracted 26 horses from Europe to the Breeders' Cup.

    Pro-Ride Surface Attracts Europeans

    European trainers discussed the strengths of their Breeders' Cup contenders, the largest number from overseas since 1994. Several said they would not have made the trip if the main track had a dirt instead of a synthetic surface.

  • Henrythenavigator is one of eight Breeders' Cup contenders for trainer Aidan O'Brien.

    Aidan's Army Ready for Battle

    Trainer Aidan O'Brien discussed the chances of his eight Breeders' Cup contenders, who were followed by a throng of media after their morning walks on the track.

  • Red Rocks won the 2006 BC Turf<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D5106729%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Turf: Course Obstacles

    Although they have dominated the $3-million Emirates Airline Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) at other venues, top European imports have not performed especially well when the Breeders' Cup has been held at Santa Anita, where they must contend with tighter turns, hard turf, and warm temperatures.

  • 'Heaven' Takes Flight in Sun Chariot

    Halfway To Heaven broke alertly and never looked back as she gamely held off a stubborn Darjina to post a half-length victory in the Kingdom of Bahrain Sun Chariot Stakes (Eng-I) at Newmarket Oct. 4.

  • Raven's Pass earns his first group I victory in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes.

    'Raven' Soars to Victory in QEII

    A slight change in tactics made the difference as Raven's Pass turned the tables on longtime rival Henrythenavigator to earn his first group I victory in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (sponsored by Sony) (Eng-I) at Ascot Sept. 27.

  • British Race Provides Path to Derby

    Churchill Downs and Great Britain's Kempton Park Racecourse have announced a race for 3-year-old Thoroughbreds that will provide a clear path for the winner to a starting spot in the field for the 2009 running of the $2 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).

  • Septimus Superb in Irish St. Leger

    Septimus powered his way to a 13-length victory in the Irish Field St. Leger (Ire-I), enabling trainer Aidan O'Brien to sweep all five Irish classic races this season. In doing so, O'Brien became the first trainer in 73 years to accomplish such a feat.

  • Duke of Marmalade pulls away in the Juddmonte International.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D5632671%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    'Iron Duke' Rolls to Fifth Group I Win

    Duke of Marmalade captured his fifth group I of the season by stubbornly holding off Phoenix Tower by three-quarters of a length to win the Juddmonte International (Eng-I) at Newmarket Aug. 23.

  • Tizdejavu will be after his fourth consecutive victory on the turf in the Secretariat Stakes.

    Tizdejavu Eyes Fourth Straight Turf Win

    Michael Cooper and Pamela Ziebarth's Tizdejavu, undefeated on turf, will be after his fourth consecutive victory over the surface in the $400,000 Secretariat Stakes (gr. IT) Aug. 9 at Arlington Park. Tizdejavu, trained by Gregory Fox, was installed as the 6-5 morning line favorite in the 1 1/4-mile test for 3-year-olds. Nine were entered.

  • Einstein is tops among the American-based contenders for the Arlington Million.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D4388074%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Archipenko Should Be Tough in 'Million'

    Archipenko, who has won stakes events in four different countries in the past 15 months, has been installed as the 2-1 favorite and is one of three formidable European invaders vying for top honors in the 26th running of the Arlington Million (gr. IT) Aug. 9.

  • Halfway to Heaven holds on to take the Nassau Stakes under Johnny Murtagh.

    Heavenly Result in Nassau Stakes

    The Ballydoyle juggernaut notched a remarkable 17th group I win of the season when Halfway To Heaven held on for a gallant head victory over Lush Lashes in the Blue Square Nassau Stakes (Eng-I) at Goodwood Aug. 2.

  • Yeats win his third consecutive Gold Cup (Eng-I) at Royal Ascot June 19. <br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D4887864%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Yeats Makes History in Gold Cup

    Classy campaigner Yeats secured his place in history by becoming just the second horse to capture three consecutive renewals of the Gold Cup (Eng-I) at Royal Ascot June 19.

  • Henrythenavigator rolls to his third consecutive Group One win in the St. James Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot. <br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D4865476%0D%0A%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    King Henry Rules at Royal Ascot

    The Aidan O'Brien-trained Henrythenavigator won the St. James's Palace Stakes (Eng-I) on opening day of Royal Ascot meeting. Other winners on the day include Haradasun, winner of the Queen Anne (Eng-I), and Equiano, winner of the King's Stand Stakes (Eng-I).

  • Duke of Marmalade takes the Tattersall's Gold Cup (Ire-I) May 25 at the Curragh.

    Duke of Marmalade Notches Second Group I

    Duke of Marmalade is proving to be a worthy successor to former stablemate Dylan Thomas after notching his second consecutive group I victory in the Tattersalls Gold Cup (Ire-I) at the Curragh May 25.

  • Halfway To Heaven triumphs in the Boylesports Irish One Thousand Guineas (Ire-I) at the Curragh May 25.

    Halfway To Heaven Soars in 1,000 Guineas

    Halfway To Heaven capped an outstanding weekend for trainer Aidan O'Brien by holding on for a head victory over Mad About You in the Boylesports Irish One Thousand Guineas (Ire-I) at the Curragh May 25.

  • Henrythenavigator makes it a Guineas sweep by capturing the Boylesports Irish Two Thousand Guineas.

    'Henry' Navigates Guineas Double

    Henrythenavigator made it a Guineas sweep when he powered away from rival New Approach to capture the Boylesports Irish Two Thousand Guineas (Ire-I) by 1 3/4-lengths at The Curragh May 24.

  • Dylan Thomas is out of the Nov. 25 Japan Cup (Jpn-I) due to a non-negative EVA test.

    Dylan Thomas Out of Japan Cup

    Dylan Thomas, who was recently named Cartier Horse of the Year and top older horse in Europe, is no longer a contender for the Nov. 25 Japan Cup (Jpn-I) due to not testing negative for equine viral arteritis.

  • Dylan Thomas was named 2007 Cartier Horse of the Year.

    Dylan Thomas Gets Cartier Award

    Dylan Thomas was named Cartier Horse of the Year and top older horse at the 2007 Cartier Racing Awards, presented in the ballroom of the Four Seasons Hotel in London's Mayfair Nov. 14.

  • Virus Outbreak Does Little to Spoil Melbourne Cup

    The equine influenza outbreak has not been able to penetrate the outer shell of excellence of the Melbourne Cup (Aus-I). In fact, the Aus$5 million ($4.6million) Cup, at two miles Nov. 6, features as good a field as ever.

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    George Washington Tragedy Saddens Jacksons

    Roy and Gretchen Jackson had not seen George Washington since he was a yearling. Still, when they watched the Breeders' Cup Classic - Powered by Dodge (gr. I) from their Pennsylvania home Oct. 27 and saw the 4-year-old colt tragically break down, they had an overwhelming feeling of sadness.

  • Europeans on Turf Course: So Far, So Good

    European jockeys and trainers who ventured onto the turf course at Monmouth Park the morning of Oct. 26 were surprised at its resilience. The lack of rain overnight, despite a two-day drenching, allowed the course to recover to good from yielding.

  • Monmouth Park will host the Breeders' Cup for the first time in its history.

    Year of Firsts For Breeders' Cup

    The eyes of the horse racing world are squarely fixed on next week's Breeders' Cup, with a total of 160 pre-entries (141 individual horses, 19 cross-entered) for 11 races. It will be a year of many firsts for the World Championships.

  • Dylan Thomas took the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (Fra-gr.IT) as a prelude to his Breeders' Cup start.

    O'Brien Likely to Have Pair of Breeders' Cup Starters

    Aidan O'Brien, who has been a dominant force in the Breeders' Cup World Championships, likely will have only two starters in this year's event, but they will be a formidable pair. O'Brien will send out Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (Fra-I) winner Dylan Thomas in the John Deere Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) and Excellent Art in the NetJets Mile (gr. IT).

  • Dylan Thomas wins disputed victory in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.

    Dylan Thomas Survives Inquiry, Wins Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe

    After a tense 20-minute stewards' inquiry into the result of the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe Lucien Barriere (Fr-I), the order of finish stood and Dylan Thomas officially won the 10th race of his 18-start career and sixth at the group I level.

  • Dylan Thomas wins disputed victory in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.

    Dylan Thomas Survives Inquiry to Win 'Arc' in France

    After a tense 20-minute stewards' inquiry into the result of the Oct. 7 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe Lucien Barriere (Fr-I) at Longchamp in France, the order of finish stood and Dylan Thomas officially won the 10th race of his 18-start career and sixth at the group I level.

  • Bernard Baruch winner Shakis is the likely favorite in the Shadwell Turf Mile.

    Shakis Primed to Shake Up Field in Shadwell Turf Mile

    In a race like the Oct. 6 Shadwell Turf Mile (gr. IT) at Keeneland, it is only fitting that the likely favorite is bred and owned by Shadwell Stable, trained by Kiaran McLaughlin, and coming off an impressive victory in a major stakes race.