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  • Blame

    Blame is Top U.S. Horse in World Rankings

    Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) winner Blame has been judged the best horse to race in North America during 2010 by the compilers of the World Thoroughbred Rankings, unveiled in London, England, on Tuesday, Jan. 11.

  • Midday at Churchill Downs.

    Back to Reality for Europeans at Churchill

    After the tremendous success of European horses in the last two Breeders'Cup World Championships at Santa Anita in California, it is back to the stark reality of racing in America at Churchill Downs in 2010.

  • Kieren Fallon

    Jockey Fallon Struck by Owner Following Race

    Kieren Fallon, the six-time champion jockey of Britain, was struck in the face by an owner of another horse following a seven-furlong race on Polytrack at Lingfield Park, England, on Saturday, March 20.

  • Britain's 'Racing for Change' Effort Unveiled

    The long-awaited first initiatives from the Britain's much-debated Racing For Change program that were announced Jan. 5 are small steps toward making racing more understandable and fun, according to organizers.

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    Europeans Look to Build on 2008 Success

    The Breeders' Cup World Championships success last year of five European-trained horses at Santa Anita Park really made everybody sit up and take notice. There were a record 31 European-trained raiders in 2008 and the number is set to be matched or even surpassed this year.

  • Dubai World Cup winner is currently the world's top ranked thoroughbred.

    Well Armed Top-Weighted Dirt Horse

    Well Armed, winner of the world's richest race, the US$6-million Dubai World Cup (UAE-I), on March 28, has his official rating put up 5 pounds, from 119 to 124, making the best dirt horse currently racing.

  • 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.

  • Euro Sale Companies Offer Bonus Scheme

    Vendors and sales companies involved in the seven breeze-up sales for 2-year-olds in Britain, Ireland and France over the next three months have got together and announced a £500,000 bonus scheme to tempt buyers.

  • The only living foal by the late George Washington is consigned through the Irish National Stud.

    George Washington Weanling in Goffs Sale

    Goffs' seven-day November Sale gets under way at Kill, Co. Kildare, Ireland Nov. 16. There are 1,281 lots catalogued for the foal section running from Nov. 16 to Nov. 20, with trade likely to be highly selective from wary pinhookers before the better offerings appear later in the week.

  • Jerry Bailey

    Bailey on Synthetics: Euros Even Up Now

    Jerry Bailey said that any disadvantage suffered in the past by European horses on the dirt has been taken away with the introduction of a new synthetic surface for this year's Breeders' Cup.

  • Deauville Average Falls, Gross Up

    The fourth and last day of Arqana's Breeding Stock Sale in Deauville, France, on Dec. 11, saw gross sales reach 17,595,000 euros ($25,814,680), marginally up on the 17,452,000 euros ($25,604,876) in 2006. Because more mares and fillies were offered, the average slipped 7% to 33,198 euros ($48,707).

  • Filly, Green Desert - Hotelgenie Dot Com brought 240,000gns ($505,532).

    Tattersalls Dec. Foal Sale Wrap Up

    Tattersalls December Foal Sale concluded in Newmarket last night with a 28,684,600gns ($60,420,842) turnover, which was down 1% from comparative figures from 2006, while the 36,541gns ($76,969) average dropped by 6%, and the 20,000gns ($42,127) median fell by 9%.

  • Tattersalls Dec. Foal Sale Wrap Up

    Tattersalls December Foal Sale concluded in Newmarket last night with a 28,684,600gns ($60,420,842) turnover, which was down 1% from comparative figures from 2006, while the 36,541gns ($76,969) average dropped by 6%, and the 20,000gns ($42,127) median fell by 9%.

  • EIA Cases in Ireland Prompt Action by Great Britain

    Although an outbreak of swamp fever -- Equine Infectious Anaemia -- in Ireland, with up to 18 horses reported to have been infected, appears to be in check, Britain has imposed controls beginning Aug. 14 to try and stop the disease entering the country.

  • Tattersalls Sale Off to Solid Start

    A buoyant day one of Tattersalls' mixed July Sale was topped by 3-year-old Mermaid Island -- a half sister to group I Irish One Thousand Guineas winner Nightime -- who made 290,000 guineas when sold to Irish agent Hugo Merry, acting for Dean Fleming's Tyreel Stud in Australia.

  • Charges Brought Against Two British Jockeys, Bookmaker

    British jockeys Brian Reilly and Dean Williams, together with bookmaker Owen Churchill, face various charges brought by that country's Horseracing Regulatory Authority after an investigation into betting on 10 races staged between Dec. 21, 2004 and Feb. 11, 2005.

  • Geneticists Identify Speed Gene Combination

    Geneticists have disclosed the findings of a six-year study which, as well as discovering discrepancies in the stud book, for the first time details a direct correlation between specific genes and aspects of racing performance in Thoroughbreds.

  • Another Setback for British Tote

    Britain's only pari-mutuel operator, the tote, has had its future thrown into doubt once again, this time by the European Commission which looks set to rule that the proposed sale of the organization to a racing trust for a discounted price breaches state aid rules.

  • Horsemen's Group Formed in Great Britain

    A horsemen's group has been set up in Britain to protect and develop the interests of the racing industry's stakeholders and those who earn their living from the sport, but breeders for the moment are staying on the sidelines.

  • Motivator Named BHB Horse of the Year

    The British Horseracing Board held its Flat Awards ceremony Tuesday, eligible to horses who are trained or raced at some stage in Britain during 2005. Motivator was named Horse Of The Year by the BHB.

  • Hurricane Run, winning the Arc de Triomphe, topped the World Thoroughbred Rankings.

    Hurricane Run Tops World Thoroughbred Racehorse Rankings

    Susan Magnier, Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith's Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (Fr-I) hero Hurricane Run was rated the top Northern Hemisphere performer of 2005 by the panel of international handicappers who announced the World Thoroughbred Racehorse Rankings Tuesday.

  • British Breeders' Group Honors Maktoums

    A week after the death of Sheikh Maktoum al Maktoum, the late ruler of Dubai and his brothers were awarded the prestigious Duke Of Devonshire bronze at the British Thoroughbred Breeders' Association's annual awards dinner in recognition of their contributions to Britain's bloodstock industry.

  • The late Sheikh Maktoum.

    Racing World Reacts to Sheikh Maktoum's Death

    Participants in U.S. and European racing, including some who trained for and worked closely with the late Sheikh Maktoum, have expressed surprise and sorrow over the prominent horse owner and breeder's death Wednesday of an apparent heart attack at age 62.

  • Ireland Set to End Tax Break on Stud Fees in 2008

    The tax-free status of stallion income in Ireland will be abolished, as had been widely predicted, but not until July 31, 2008. Ireland's finance minister Brian Cowen announced the decision during his budget speech before the Irish parliament on Dec. 7.