Maybe—just maybe—Vale Dori has been doing just more than picking up the pieces in Southern California's distaff division in the absence of champions Songbird and Stellar Wind in recent months.
Vale Dori continued her dominance of the older female division in Southern California with another her third straight grade 2 score Feb. 11 in the $200,000 Santa Maria Stakes at Santa Anita Park.
In the absence of champions Songbird and Stellar Wind, who are still working toward their 2017 debuts, Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa al Maktoum's Vale Dori has been scooping up plenty of cash in the older female division in Southern California.
Vale Dori took heat early and kept on rolling in the $200,000 La Canada Stakes (G2) Jan. 14 at Santa Anita Park, impressively picking up her second consecutive grade 2 and third straight victory for Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa al Maktoum's Vale Dori will look to secure her second straight grade 2 victory Jan. 14 in the $200,000 La Canada Stakes at Santa Anita Park and she'll encounter familiar challengers.
Pride of Dubai, the only horse to win both Australia’s William Hill Blue Diamond Stakes (Aus-I) and Inglis Sires Produce Stakes (Aus-I), will reverse shuttle to Coolmore Stud’s Irish headquarters for the 2017 season.
Led by a striking son of Tapit sold for $1.8 million, the Fasig-Tipton Florida sale of 2-year-olds in training produced across-the-board increases in all key statistical categories.
A Curlin colt was the second through the ring to bring $1 million at the Fasig-Tipton Florida 2-year-olds in training sale March 2 at Gulfstream Park.
The first yearling sired by European Horse of the Year Frankel to be auctioned in the Southern Hemisphere was sold for NZ$1.3 million (US$843,232) during the Jan. 26 final day of the Karaka 2016 Premier Sale.
Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s record-setting juvenile sales season continued at the opening session of the June sale of 2-year-olds in training and horses of racing age June 16 in Ocala, Fla.
Multiple group I winner Response topped the second day of the Magic Millions broodmare sale when she sold for $1.5 million (US$1,159,620) during the May 28 session of the auction in Queensland, Australia.
Mubtaahij, eighth in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), put in his final work over the Churchill Downs main track the morning of May 10 before shipping to Belmont Park May 12.
U.A.E. Derby (UAE-II) winner Mubtaahij, who was eighth in the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) in his U.S. debut, will remain in the United States to aim for the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) June 6, trainer Mike de Kock confirmed May 4.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Maktoum's group II winner Mubtaahij had an easy three-eighths breeze timed in :37.40 with jockey Christophe Soumillon aboard Thursday, April 30 at Churchill Downs.
UAE Derby winner, trained by South African Mike de Kock, has numerous intangibles going into the Run for the Roses
Preparing for a start in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) May 2 at Churchill Downs, Mubtaahij breezed three furlongs in :36 1/5 Tuesday, April 21 at Arlington Park.
Mubtaahij has never raced on the anti-bleeding medication Lasix, and he will run without it in the Kentucky Derby, becoming the first horse in 10 years to do so.
Top of the market buyers continued to spend on day two of the Inglis Australian Easter yearling sale April 8 as six horses each broke the seven-figure mark, led by a son of Snitzel for $2.2 million (US$1,695,391).
Mubtaahij drew off to an easy victory in the $2 million Saeed & Mohammed Al Naboodah Group UAE Derby (UAE-II) Saturday, March 28 at Meydan and punch his ticket to the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
Mubtaahij is set for the $2 million S&M Al Naboodah Group UAE Derby (gr. II), the final jewel of the United Arab Emirates Triple Crown, March 28 at Meydan.
Pride of Dubai overcame a stretch tussle before getting clear and just holding off 100-1 shot Reemah in the Aus$1 million William Hill Blue Diamond (Aus-I) Feb. 28 at Caulfield Racecourse.
Jockey Christophe Soumillon landed a group II double at the Dubai World Cup Carnival Jan. 29 at Meydan, winning both the Cape Verdi aboard Cladocera and the Al Rashidiya with Vercingetorix.
Colts by Darley sires Street Cry and Exceed And Excel brought the top prices on day two of the Inglis Australian Easter yearling sale in Sydney April 9, each selling for seven figures.
Kentucky-based bloodstock agent John Moynihan and Spendthrift Farm were among a strong international presence at the Inglis Easter yearling sale on its April 8 opening day, which saw several seven-figure horses.
Leading South African sire Silvano scored a group I double at Greyville June 1 when his unbeaten son Vercingetorix landed the Daily News 2000 and his daughter Do You Remember captured the Woolavington Stakes.
The Magic Millions National broodmare sale was off to a rousing start May 29 on the Gold Coast, paced by a pair of seven-figure horses from the dispersal of embattled Australian coal magnate Norman Tinkler's Patinack Farm.
A colt by Coolmore Stud's elite sire Fastnet Rock sold for $4 million (US$4,209,200), the second-highest price ever paid for a yearling at auction in Australia, on day two of the Inglis Easter yearling sale.
The $200,000 Balanchine (UAE-II) Feb. 21 at Meydan attracted seven entrants, but the field is overshadowed by the presence of South African Horse of the Year Igugu, who returns from a long layoff.
The anticipated battle between defending champ Presvis and Musir never materialized as Musir sailed home an easy winner of the $200,000 Al Rashidiya-Sponsored by Dubai Duty Free (UAE-IIT) Jan. 26.
Musir took the lead in the stretch and drew off to an easy three-length victory in the $200,000 Al Maktoum Challenge-Round 1 Sponsored by Etisalat (UAE-III) at Meydan Racecourse Jan. 12.
Eagle Mountain emerged a comfortable winner of the Dec. 14 Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Cup (HK-I) at Sha Tin, a race that will also be remembered for tales of what might have been.
Breeders Cup Mile (gr. IT) runner-up Kip Deville will head a record American raiding party for this year's Cathay Pacific International races in Hong Kong December 14.
A thumping win against world-graded opposition in the April 27 Audemars Piguet Queen Elizabeth II Cup (HK-I) may have looked like a career highlight for Archipenko, but in the opinion of trainer Mike de Kock, it's just the beginning for the son of Kingmambo.
Archipenko produced an imposing stretch run under Kevin Shea to mow down his rivals in the Audemars Piguet Queen Elizabeth II Cup (HK-I) for trainer Mike de Kock before 48,459 at Sha Tin April 27.
Michael de Kock's domination of the UAE Derby (UAE-II) continued March 29 when his favored duo drew away from the field in the final 200 meters, but it was Honour Devil who demonstrated his superiority with a 4 3/4-length victory over stablemate Royal Vintage at Nad Al Sheba.
Mike De Kock's Asiatic Boy became the first horse to win the UAE Triple Crown when absolutely annihilating his field in the US$2 million UAE Derby (UAE-II) over nine furlongs on the dirt.
Australian yearling sales stepped from the minor leagues to the big time Tuesday when three horses sold for a record A$4.3 million (U.S.$3,271,800). The sale topper was a handsome bay colt consigned by breeding giant Coolmore.
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