Keyword: Aidan O'Brien

  • European Horse of the Year Hurricane Run, winning the Arc de Triomphe.

    Hurricane Run Voted Cartier European Horse of the Year

    Hurricane Run, whose five races this year included the Budweiser Irish Derby (Ire-I) and the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (Fr-I), was named European Horse Of The Year at the 2005 Cartier Racing Awards, which were presented at the Four Seasons Hotel in London's West End Wednesday, Nov. 16.

  • O'Brien Springs a Breeders' Cup Surprise; No Powerscourt in Turf

    Aidan O'Brien has sprung a surprise in announcing his team for the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships, with Powerscourt, the Arlington Million (gr. IT) winner, missing his intended assignment in the John Deere Turf (gr. IT), and 3-year-old Oratorio, winner of two prestigious group I races this season in the Coral Eclipse and Irish Champion Stakes, lining up for the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I).

  • George Washington Set for National Stakes

    A field of seven 2-year-olds is set to go post ward Sunday in the Laing O'Rourke National Stakes (Ire-I) at the Curragh, led by group I winner George Washington.

  • Oratorio Collars Motivator, Wins Irish Champion

    Oratorio appears to have Motivator's number. In July, the Danehill colt handed Motivator his first defeat in the Coral-Eclipse Stakes (Eng-I). On Saturday, the Coolmore colt went two-for-two against the Vodafone Derby (Eng-I) winner, with a gutsy half-length victory in the $1.25 million Baileys Irish Champion Stakes (Ire-I) at Leopardstown.

  • Dettori to Ride Sr. Leger Favorite Scorpion

    Scorpion heads a field of seven for Saturday's group I Ladbrokes St. Leger Stakes at Doncaster Race Course. This will be the smallest field to face the starter since 1992, when the great filly User Friendly defeated six rivals.

  • Powerscourt wins (again)!

    Sweet Redemption for Powerscourt in Million

    Powerscourt, disqualified after winning last year's Arlington Million (gr. IT), provided sweet redemption for his Ballydoyle connections Saturday with an emphatic victory in the American classic on a yielding Arlington Park turf course.

  • Firecracker Breeders' Cup 'Cap winner Kitten's Joy looks to keep winning in Saturday's Arlington Million.

    All-Star Cast Readies for Arlington Million

    The Arlington Million (gr. IT) Saturday at Arlington Park could easily be mistaken for an all-star game, with group and graded stakes-caliber runners filling every post and Kitten's Joy and European shipper Powerscourt highlighting the field.

  • George Washington Marches in Phoenix

    Trainer Aidan O'Brien chalked up his seventh victory in the Independent Waterford Wedgwood Phoenix Stakes (Ire-I) Sunday when his 2-year-old colt George Washington demolished the field by eight lengths at The Curragh.

  • Always Hopeful Posts Richmond Stakes Upset

    Aidan O'Brien's exciting team of juveniles suffered a reversal for the second time in three days Friday when Amigoni finished out of the frame in the Sterling Insurance Richmond Stakes (Eng-II), which was won by Always Hopeful.

  • Kieren Fallon to ride for Aidan O'Brien in 2005.

    Fallon Signs On With Ballydoyle Team

    Kieren Fallon, who cut short his recent riding stint in Florida, could be appearing more in American races following his decision to sign up as retained jockey to owners John Magnier, Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith on Feb. 25.

  • Powerscourt Gets Inside For Hong Kong Cup

    After a dull effort in the Japan Cup (Jpn-I), Irish-bred Powerscourt hopes to rebound with a strong showing in the Dec. 12 $18 million (HK) Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Cup (HK-I) at Sha Tin. The Aiden O'Brien-trainee will break from barrier one under jockey Jamie Spencer in the 2,000-meter (1 ¼-mile) race.

  • Melbourne Cup Sees Record Number of International Entries

    The 2004 Emirates Melbourne Cup (Aust-I) has attracted 295 entries with a record 55 international nominations. That number of international entries tops the 54 international horses that were nominated four years ago.

  • Yeats Wins Derby Trial at Leopardstown

    Yeats, the slight early favorite for the June 5 Vodafone Derby at Epsom, turned in a workmanlike performance for trainer Aidan O'Brien in winning the Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial (Ire-II) at Leopardstown on Sunday.

  • One Cool Cat Favored in 2,000 Guineas

    Aidan O'Brien saddles favored One Cool Cat for Saturday's 2,000 Guineas (Eng-I), which attracted 14 runners to Newmarket for Saturday's English Classic.

  • Evaluating the O'Brien Nominees to the Triple Crown

    Nine Irish-based, Aiden O'Brien-trained colts, led by ONE COOL CAT and GRAND REWARD, were nominated to the 2004 VISA Triple Crown Challenge. Only one of them, TUMBLEBRUTUS, has raced in the United States.

  • Kinane Leaving Ballydoyle

    Jockey Mick Kinane confirmed Friday that he'll end his successful five-year stint as leading stable rider for trainer Aidan O'Brien and Ballydoyle.

  • Trainer Aidan O'Brien.

    Aidan O'Brien Firming Up Plans for BC Invasion

    Aidan O'Brien, who has captured Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships races the past two years, with High Chaparral and Johannesburg, is planning to return this year with several top-class horses, and hopes to be represented in four races.

  • One Cool Cat Struts to National Stakes Win

    Mrs. John Magnier's favored One Cool Cat, under a well-timed ride by Mick Kinane, pulled away in the 100 yards for a one-length victory in the Dunnes Stores National Stakes (Ire-I) for 2-year-olds at The Curragh Sunday.

  • Future is Now for Value Plus

    Trainer Todd Pletcher seeks to continue his winning ways with 2-year-olds when he saddles Value Plus in Sunday's $200,000 Futurity (gr. I) at Belmont Park.

  • Aidan O'Brien Runners Heading to Belmont Park

    Aidan O'Brien will be sending two runners from Ballydoyle to Belmont Park for next weekend's Woodward Stakes and Man o'War Stakes. O'Brien will be represented by Hold That Tiger in the Woodward and the lightly raced Carpanetto in the Man o'War.