Covert Love found success in a big step up in class and a stretch out July 18 at the Curragh, landing the Darley Irish Oaks (Ire-I) to stay unbeaten this year.
PORTER ON PEDIGREES, by Alan Porter
The most thrilling finish to a major stakes in the U.S. during the July 16 weekend came in the American Oaks, when little more than a length separated five of the six-horse field.
Even-money choice Cambina found room along the inside and closed with authority in the final furlong to win the $150,000 Providencia Stakes (gr. IIT) for her third consecutive win on the Santa Anita turf April 9.
Woodman, the sire and broodmare sire of more than 100 stakes winners, was euthanized July 19. He was 24.
After a shaky start Tuesday night, Tattersalls' 2007 Craven Breeze-Up Sale rallied to produce a 5,138,000gns turnover, 9% short of last year's figure, a 74,464gns average, down 1% and 52,000gns median, down 5%.
Coolmore Stud champions and stallions High Chaparral and Hawk Wing were represented by their first foals Jan. 14.
Hawk Wing, winner of the Juddmonte Lockinge Stakes (Eng-I) by 11 lengths, topped the International Classifications for horses that raced in Europe and the U. S. in 2003.
Dual Breeders' Cup hero High Chaparral, runaway Lockinge Stakes winner Hawk Wing, and international sprinting sensation Choisir will be joined on the new Coolmore stallion roster by Catcher In The Rye, Spartacus, and Statue Of Liberty.
The racing career of English/Irish champion Hawk Wing has ended because of a knee ligament injury suffered in an unplaced effort in the June 17 Queen Anne Stakes (Eng-I) at Royal Ascot.
Three-time group I winner Hawk Wing suffered a knee ligament injury in Tuesday's Queen Anne Stakes (Eng-I) at Royal Ascot, trainer Aidan O'Brien said.
Dubai Destination stamped himself as a horse to watch by scoring a four-length victory over Tillerman in the Queen Anne Stakes (Eng-I) at Royal Ascot. Right Approach was three-quarters of a length back in third. Favored Hawk Wing finished a dismal seventh in the 10-horse field. The winner completed the mile distance in 1:38.56.
A vastly improved Denon, runaway winner of the Manhattan Handicap (gr. IT) on Belmont Stakes Day, and Moon Ballad, winner of the Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) earlier this spring, head a group of 109 Thoroughbreds nominated to this summer's Arlington Million (gr. IT) at Arlington Park.
Bidding for his second group I victory of the season, the Aidan O'Brien-trained Hawk Wing faces 10 foes in the Queen Anne Stakes Tuesday, opening day at Royal Ascot.
The £285,000 Sussex Stakes at Goodwood on July 30 has attracted a record 78 entries - nine more than last year's total of 69. The entries are headed by the Aidan O'Brien-trained Hawk Wing, who produced a front-running performance in his seasonal debut, the May 17 Juddmonte Lockinge Stakes at Newbury, beating five rivals by at least 11 lengths.
A total of 24 horses remain in the 2003 renewal of the £300,000 Vodafone Coronation Cup after today's forfeit stage, with the Aidan O'Brien-trained Hawk Wing heading the list. Hawk Wing began the season with an 11-length win in the May 17 Juddmonte Lockinge Stakes (Eng-I) over a mile at Newbury.
Hawk Wing, often maligned for not quite getting the job done, took a big step toward dispelling that perception with a powerful 11-length romp in Saturday's Juddmonte Lockinge Stakes (Eng-I) at Newbury.
Kentucky-based Morluc is among the 79 entries for the July 10 Darley July Cup (Eng-I) at Newmarket. The son of Housebuster is no stranger to travel--he finished second in the 2000 and 2001 runnings of the Hong Kong Sprint and has competed in Dubai.
American-based millionaire Morluc is among 79 entries for the group I Darley July Cup at England's Newmarket Racecourse on July 10. The 2003 Darley July Cup, supported by Sheikh Mohammed's Darley Stud since 1996, has gone up in value to £250,000, a £30,000 increase over the 2002 figure, when there were 57 entries.
Rock of Gibraltar has been retired to stud duty, but the horse's Coolmore connections plan to campaign his well-known stablemates, Breeders' Cup Turf champion High Chaparral and Classic contender Hawk Wing, as four-year-olds.
There are longshots galore in this year's BC, but Volponi is our best bet of the day.
Top Irish trainer Aidan O'Brien gave the media more time than usual Thursday morning at Arlington, talking for nearly 20 minutes outside the quarantine barn. O'Brien will saddle seven horses Saturday in the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships.
Trainer Aidan O'Brien said on an international teleconference Thursday there is a chance both Rock of Gibraltar and Hawk Wing will run in the $4 million Breeders' Cup Classic.
The European challenge for the Breeders' Cup began to look a little clearer when Aidan O'Brien nominated the Mile (gr. IT) as the first preference for Rock Of Gibraltar and the Classic (gr. I) for Hawk Wing.
Welcome to the Rubic's Cube of horse races, better known as the 2002 Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I). Go ahead; just try to figure this one out.
Trainer Aidan O'Brien has pre-entered 10 runners, including his Ballydoyle big three of Rock Of Gibraltar, High Chaparral and Hawk Wing, to the Oct. 26 World Thoroughbred Championships, ensuring strong representation for European runners at Arlington Park.
As the Ballydoyle brain trust assembles its massive army and attempts to sort out who will run in which Breeders' Cup race, there is one decision that requires very little thought. And that is, Hawk Wing belongs in the Classic, regardless of whether or not stablemate Rock of Gibraltar runs.
Evening Attire turns in big effort in JC Gold Cup...Repent, Macho Uno disappoint as favorites...Hawk Wing defeated again...Goodwood, Meadowlands Cup on tap...3-year-olds dominate BC point leaders...Tenpins game in Arlington score
Where or When beat favorite Hawk Wing by two lengths Saturday to win the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot.
It's crunch time. Harlan's Holiday still on the fence...Essence of Dubai on his way home...Sakhee is Europe-bound...Gold Cup preview.
In a surprise announcement on Sept. 24, it was reported that Rock of Gibraltar, who has won a record seven consecutive group I wins, may not go in Saturday's Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (Eng-I) at Ascot, and head straight for the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I).
Trainer Aidan O'Brien said Monday night that Rock of Gibraltar, winner of seven consecutive group I stakes, would be withdrawn from Saturday's Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot if the ground remains firm and could close out his career in the Breeders' Cup Classic.
Before you can find this year's Breeders' Cup Classic winner, you first have to find any horses who can come home the last quarter-mile or three-eighths in racehorse time. Then you can go on from there.
A quiet weekend upcoming for horses preparing for the 12-furlong John Deere Breeders' Cup Turf after major stakes races in New York, California and Ireland last weekend confirmed the status of some of the major players.
With the older horse division all but decimated following the loss of Left Bank, Street Cry, Sky Jack, Seeking Daylight, and Mizzen Mast, it was up to the 3-year-olds to pick up the slack.
Godolphin Racing's Grandera used a late surge to beat favorite Mrs. John Magnier's Hawk Wing by a head at the Irish Champion Stakes (Ire-I) at Leopardstown on Saturday.
Aidan O'Brien took no chances on Thursday and declared both of his superstars, Hawk Wing and High Chaparral, for the Ireland The Food Island Champion Stakes.
We've been warned. If it weren't for Tiznow, America's top 3-year-olds and older horses would be waving a white flag right now. While America narrowly escaped the ignominious fate of dropping back-to-back Breeders' Cup Classics to European invaders, we're not out of the woods by any means.
Victories last weekend by Came Home in the Pacific Classic and Medaglia d'Oro in the Travers, combined with War Emblem's sixth-place finish in the Pacific Classic, have tightened up the 3-year-old division, with the Eclipse Award now up for grabs.
O'Brien looks to the future after Hawk Wing takes the Eclipse Stakes.
High Chaparrel is one of six horses from the stable of Aidan O'Brien among 11 five-day declarations for Sunday's Budweiser Irish Derby (Ire-I).
Aidan O'Brien first, the rest nowhere. We are getting used to this scenario by now and it has never been better illustrated than in the running of the 2002 Vodafone Epsom Derby (Eng-I) on June 8.
Twelve 3-year-old colts were entered Thursday morning for the 223rd Vodafone Epsom Derby (Eng-I) which will be run June 8. The only defection from the five-day confirmations is Dubai Destination, owned by Godolphin and trained by Saeed bin Suroor, the team which is still represented by two runners: Naheef and Moon Ballad.
Aidan O'Brien has entered 13 horses, including his two classic winners so far this season, Rock Of Gibraltar and Landseer, for Europe's premier sprint, the Darley July Cup (Eng-I) at Newmarket on July 11. He has also entered the horse considered by most to be an unlucky loser of the Sagitta 2000 Guineas, Hawk Wing.
Michael Tabor and Mrs. John Magnier's Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) winner Johannesburg begins 2002 as the future-book favorite for both the Sagitta Two Thousand Guineas (Eng-I) and the Kentucky Derby (gr. I). Both races will be run on May 4.
Trainer Aidan O'Brien collected his 15th group I race of the season when Milan was an easy winner of the Rothmans Royals St. Leger (Eng-I) on Sept. 15. Number 16 would come the following day from Hawk Wing in the Curragh's National Stakes (Ire-I).
Mrs. John Magnier's Hawk Wing rallied from last under jockey Michael Kinane to win Sunday's Aga Khan's Stud National Stakes (Ire-I), giving trainer Aidan O'Brien his 16th group I win of the year. On good to firm turf at the Curragh, Hawk Wing completed the seven furlongs in course-record time of 1:20.9.
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