Julien Leparoux sent Skylighter to the front, and the Sky Mesa filly just coasted around the track to an easy victory in the first stakes on the Preakness day undercard May 16, the Allaire duPont Distaff (gr. II).
Godolphin has big day in Hong Kong, with a win and second in the International Races. Ramonti wins the Cup to highlight the event.
Gross and average both drop more than 20% at the opening session of the Keeneland September yearling sale. The top price was $2.9 million for a half-brother to Pulpit by Dynaformer.
Jilbab, who won the Coaching Club American Oaks (gr. I), died June 27 of colic.
Bernardini, who took command of the 3-year-old division starting with an overpowering victory in the Preakness Stakes (gr. I), has been retired from racing for stallion duty at Sheikh Mohammed's Darley at Jonabell near Lexington.
Bernardini had his final workout at Belmont Park Oct. 31 and is ready for his start in the biggest race of the year.
With the death of Sheikh Maktoum in January, the operation of his Gainsborough Stud near Lexington is now falling under the umbrella of Darley, the racing and breeding entity of his brother, Sheikh Mohammed.
Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. 1) runner-up Henny Hughes has resumed training in Dubai but has missed so much time following his travel from the United States that it is not clear when he will return to racing.
Authorities are conducting DNA testing to determine the identity of a horse shipped to stand in Australia after preliminary tests proved it is not Dubai Excellence.
The public saw it as a two-horse race but the masses were off by one, as Henny Hughes made the $150,000 Saratoga Special (gr. II) all about himself Thursday.
Europe's premier yearling auction, the Tattersalls October (part one) yearling sale in Newmarket, returned encouraging figures Oct. 5 but a verdict on the strength of the market is impossible to make yet with no direct comparisons available.
Grade II winner Tizdubai, a 3-year-old full sister to Horse of the Year Tiznow, has been retired from racing.
Lydgate closed with a huge rush to win the Ageon Turf Sprint (gr. IIIT) at Churchill Downs Friday on the Kentucky Oaks undercard.
The Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. continued the upswing in juvenile sales seen so far this year, its April auction showing huge gains in gross and average. Also, the number of horses bought back by their consignors dropped markedly, and a record price for the sale was established.
The wild and wacky juvenile sale season continued Wednesday with yet another mark set, this time a record for the Ocala Breeders Sales Co.'s April auction.
Organizers of the Dubai World Cup are confident that the threat of conflict in the Gulf region will not affect the upcoming lucrative race meeting.
- By Ray Paulick
By Ray Paulick -- It's a safe assumption that Dubai Millennium has always gotten the best care money can buy, from his days as a foal and racehorse, and certainly in the early stages of his stallion career at Dalham Hall Stud in Newmarket, England. But that wasn't enough to prevent his death from grass sickness, an insidious disease.
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