Keyword: Aidan O'Brien

  • Joshua Tree (right) outfights Mores Wells (center) and Redwood to win the Pattison Canadian International.

    Canadian International: Joshua Tree Hangs On

    Irish-bred Joshua Tree took the lead in mid-stretch and desperately held off the late charges of Mores Wells and favored Redwood to win the $2 million Pattison Canadian International (Can-IT) Oct. 16 at Woodbine.

  • Cape Blanco is all alone at the finish of the Tattersalls Millions Irish Champion Stakes.<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%3D9170275%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Cape Blanco Springs Irish Champion Upset

    Cape Blanco took the lead from the start and never looked back, pulling away in the stretch to capture the Tattersalls Millions Irish Champion Stakes (Ire-I) by 5 1/2 lengths at Leopardstown Sept. 4.

  • Rip Van Winkle (left) takes the Juddmonte International at York.<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%3D9147888%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    'Rip' Shines in Juddmonte International

    Benefitting from a strong ride by Johnny Murtagh, Rip Van Winkle got up in the final strides to deny Twice Over victory in a thrilling renewal of the Juddmonte International (Eng-I) at York Aug. 17.

  • Starspangledbanner comes home strong to take the Golden Jubilee Stakes. <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%3D9073753%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Starspangledbanner Soars in Golden Jubilee

    Australian import Starspangledbanner took the lead at the start and never looked back, rocketing home to win the Golden Jubilee Stakes (Eng-I) at Royal Ascot by 1 3/4 lengths over Society Rock. Kinsale King finished third.

  • Lillie Langtry dominates the Coronation Stakes.<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%3D9072564%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Lillie Langtry Rules in Coronation Stakes

    Lillie Langtry provided the Ballydoyle team with their first winner of the meeting when she turned in a dominating performance to capture the Coronation Stakes (Eng-I) by 1 1/4-lengths at Royal Ascot June 18.

  • Mick Kinane, who rode Cartier Award winner Sea The Stars, has followed that brilliant colt into retirement.

    Jockey Mick Kinane Retires

    Mick Kinane, whose profile has never been higher thanks to his stunningly successful partnership with Cartier Award winner Sea The Stars, has followed that brilliant colt into retirement.

  • Henry Cecil (right) at Newmarket.

    Classic Report: Oh, Henry

    If there is one main aspect of the Breeders' Cup that is most fascinating it is the merging of American and British cultures, whether it be terminology, style of racing, or in the way horsemen deal with the media and vice versa.

  • Aidan O'Brien (left) keeps an eye on Rip Van Winkle (right) at Santa Anita on November 4.

    O'Brien on Rip Van Winkle: Everything is Fine

    Irish trainer Aidan O'Brien said that Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) contender Rip Van Winkle is fine and did not show any indications of his recurring foot problems when he went to the track at Santa Anita early Nov. 4.

  • Rip Van Winkle Fighting Another Foot Injury

    Coolmore and trainer Aidan O'Brien took a chance by entering only Rip Van Winkle in the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I), despite the colt's history of foot problems, and now they could wind up without a horse in the race if Rip's most recent setback proves serious enough to force his withdrawal.

  • 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.

  • Aidan O'Brien

    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.