Exceed And Excel colt tops second National Weanling session

Filed on 29 May 2008 @ 08:01

Australia, 28 May 2008

A colt by Exceed And Excel topped the second session of the Magic Millions National Weanling Sale at the Gold Coast today as a strong local, interstate and international buying bench competed for an outstanding selection of youngsters.

Tattersalls adds Sprint to Millions series

Filed on 28 May 2008 @ 14:03

Tattersalls has announced a new six furlong £250,000 race to be added to the Tattersalls Timeform Millions races which are open to graduates of Book 1 of the 2008 Tattersalls October Yearling Sale. The race, which will take place at Newmarket’s Natwest Rowley Mile Racecourse in September 2009, will be known as the Tattersalls Timeform Millions Sprint.

Falco could run in the Sussex Stakes

Filed on 28 May 2008 @ 10:51

French Guineas winner could run at Glorious Goodwood

Sussex Stakes entries

The entries for the Group One Sussex Stakes over a mile at Glorious Goodwood on 30 July are headed by Falco, trained by Carlos Laffon-Parias and impressive in this season’s Group One Poule d’Essai des Poulains (the French 2,000 Guineas) at Longchamp on May 18 when he proved three lengths too good for Godolphin’s Rio De La Plata.

Big Brown resumes light training

Filed on 28 May 2008 @ 08:27

Belmont Park, 28 May 2008

Recovering from a quartercrack more quickly than anyone expected, Triple Crown contender Big Brown returned to Belmont Park’s main track on Tuesday morning and jogged a mile and a half under exercise rider Michelle Nevin.

Democrate purchased by Sheikh Mohammed

Filed on 28 May 2008 @ 08:23

The Andre Fabre-trained Democrate (Dalakhani - Aiglonne, by Silver Hawk) has been purcased from his previous owners, Ecurie Skymark, the Moussac Family and N Gill, by the Maktoum family.

The winner of the Group Two Prix Hoquart, Democrate is a likely runner in Sunday's Prix du Jockey-Club.

Given hopes for improvement from Lady Gloria

Filed on 27 May 2008 @ 15:14

A strong entry of 19 has been received for Goodwood’s Listed On The House Stakes over a mile on Saturday.

Lincolnshire trainer James Given is hoping that summer remains at bay for another week as he looks to run the smart four-year-old Lady Gloria in the £30,000 contest.

Positive start to MM National Weanling Sale

Filed on 27 May 2008 @ 14:39

Australia, 27 May 2008

The Magic Millions National Sale got away to a positive start on the Gold Coast today when the first session of the Weanling Sale was held.

Highlighted by the 39 lot dispersal from Swettenham Stud, the first session grossed over $10.3 million and averaged a record $68,917.

Half sister to Darjina an easy winner on debut

Filed on 27 May 2008 @ 14:15

The Prix de la Michodiere over 1600m at Longchamp on Tuesday saw Princess Zahra Aga Khan's homebred half sister to Darjina, three-year-old filly Dariena (Highest Honor - Darinska) run out an easy winner on her debut.

Big Brown makes good progress

Filed on 27 May 2008 @ 08:45

Belmont Park, 27 May 2008

Trainer Rick Dutrow Jr. and hoof specialist Ian McKinlay were pleased with the progress Kentucky Derby/Preakness winner Big Brown showed on Monday morning, and feel he remains on schedule to try to become racing’s 12th Triple Crown winner when he goes to post in the 140th Belmont Stakes on Saturday, June 7.

Daytona lands Shoemaker Mile

Filed on 27 May 2008 @ 08:42

Hollywood Park, 27 May 2008

Daytona (Indian Ridge - Kyka, by Blushing John), given a perfect stalking trip by Alex Solis, easily out-ran Ever a Friend in the final furlong to register his sixth win in his last seven starts in Monday's Shoemaker Mile at Hollywood Park.

Precious Kitten gives Frankel eighth Gamely win

Filed on 27 May 2008 @ 08:39

Hollywood Park, 27 May 2008

Odds-on favorite Precious Kitten (Catienus - Kitten's First, by Lear Fan), winner of The Matriarch here in November, returned to score a 2 1/4-length victory over pacesetter Diamond Diva in the Gamely Stakes on Monday.

Divine Park beats Commentator in Met Mile

Filed on 27 May 2008 @ 08:35

Belmont Park, 27 May 2008

Four-year-old Chester House colt Divine Park (Chester House - High In The Park, by Ascot Knight) wore down the stubborn warrior Commentator in the final strides to win the 115th running of the Grade One Metropolitan Handicap – the traditional Memorial Day feature at Belmont Park.

Epsom & Ascot countdown for 26 May 2008

Filed on 26 May 2008 @ 12:52

Major race entries 2008: Derby | Oaks | Coronation Cup

Packing Winner beats Viva Pataca in Hong Kong

Filed on 26 May 2008 @ 08:53

Hong Kong, 26 May 2008

Packing Winner handed trainer Peter Ho the biggest success of his career to date with a hard fought but deserved success from raging favourite Viva Pataca in the Citi Champions & Chater Cup on Sunday.

Nobiz Like Shobiz retired from racing

Filed on 26 May 2008 @ 08:20

United States, 26 May 2008

Last year's Grade One Wood Memorial winner Nobiz Like Shobiz has been retired from racing. Stud plans are being decided.

Trainer Barclay Tagg was preparing the four-year-old for a campaign geared around the Breeders' Cup Mile, but Nobiz Like Shobiz was sidelined earlier this year with what was thought to be a suspensory problem. A later examination found no injury, but a month's rest was advised, which Tagg felt would not allow the colt to be ready in time for October.

Looky Yonder beats Dream Rush in Vagrancy

Filed on 26 May 2008 @ 08:15

Belmont Park, 26 May 2008

Lansdon B. Robbins III’s Looky Yonder (Johannesburg - Victorian Angel, by Vice Regent) came late on Sunday afternoon under jockey Garrett Gomez to win the 59th running of the Grade Two Vagrancy Handicap for fillies and mares at six and a half furlongs on Belmont Park’s fast main track by a length from multiple Grade One winner Dream Rush.

Bronze Cannon cut for Derby after four-timer

Filed on 26 May 2008 @ 08:08

The John Gosden-trained Bronze Cannon (Lemon Drop Kid - Victoria Cross, by Mark Of Esteem) ran up a four-timer in impressive style at Newmarket on Sunday, beating Woolfall Treasure by two and a quarter lengths in an impressive display that saw the Lemon Drop Kid colt cut from 33-1 to 16-1 for the Derby.

Big Brown treated for quarter crack

Filed on 26 May 2008 @ 08:01

Belmont Park, 26 May 2008

The Rick Dutrow-trained Big Brown, who could become the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed if he wins Saturday week's Belmont Stakes, has developed a quarter crack on his near fore hoof, but connections are confident he will line up sound for the Belmont.

It's Gino wins in Baden-Baden

Filed on 25 May 2008 @ 15:40

Stall 5 Star's five-year-old It's Gino (Perugino - Imelda, by Lomitas) stepped up on his maiden stakes win in last month's Listed Prix Lord Seymour to win the Group Two Grosser Mercedes Benz Preis over 2200m at Baden-Baden on Sunday.

Halfway To Heaven gives O'Brien Irish Guineas double

Filed on 25 May 2008 @ 14:55

Aidan O'Brien added to Henrythenavigator's win in yesterday's Irish 2000 Guineas with victory in the fillies' equivalent, courtesy of Halfway To Heaven (Pivotal - Cassandra Go, by Indian Ridge).

Duke Of Marmalade sees off Finsceal Beo

Filed on 25 May 2008 @ 14:28

Aidan O'Brien's four-year-old Prix Ganay winner Duke Of Marmalade (Danehill - Love Me True, by Kingmambo) won the Group One Tattersalls Gold Cup over 10f at the Curragh on Sunday, seeing off the Jim Bolger-trained Finsceal Beo by a length and a quarter to land odds of 1-3.

Second Graded Stakes win for Lattice

Filed on 25 May 2008 @ 08:50

Churchill Downs, 25 May 2008

Jockey Robby Albarado capped a four-win day with a hedge-skimming victory aboard Lattice (Arch - Lateral, by Rahy) in Saturday’s Grade Three Louisville Handicap at Churchill Downs. Conditioned by Al Stall Jr., the four-year-old colt beat 34-1 outsider Transduction Gold by three-quarters of length en route to his second career graded stakes win.

Mauralakana lands Belmont Grade Two

Filed on 25 May 2008 @ 08:45

Belmont Park, 25 May 2008

French-bred Mauralakana (Muhtathir - Jimkana, by Double Bed) made a swift and decisive move in the stretch to easily win the 50th running of the Grade Two Sheepshead Bay Handicap for fillies and mares at 11 furlongs on Belmont Park’s inner turf course on Saturday.

Henrythenavigator wins Irish Guineas with ease

Filed on 24 May 2008 @ 15:30

Derby still possible for impressive dual Guineas winner

Henrythenavigator (Kingmambo - Sequoyah, by Sadler's Wells) showed an impressive turn of foot to win the Irish 2000 Guineas at the Curragh on Saturday, beating New Approach by nearly two lengths - the margin between the pair in the English Guineas had been a nose. Stubbs Art was third to the pair once more.

Sprinting career beckons for Astronomer Royal after Greenlands win

Filed on 24 May 2008 @ 15:19

The Aidan O'Brien-trained Astronomer Royal (Danzig - Sheepscot, by Easy Goer), the winner of the French Guineas last year but unsuccessful in five outings over a mile since, successfully dropped back to six furlongs to win the Weatherbys Ireland Greenlands Stakes at the Curragh on Saturday.