Lion Heart filly tops final session of National Sale

Filed on 12 Jun 2008 @ 10:50

Australia, 12 June 2008

A filly by Lion Heart topped the third and final session of the Magic Millions National Yearling Sale at the Gold Coast today.

Local horsewoman Debbie Newham nabbed the filly for the General Sale record when she went to $70,000 to secure the Furlong Stud offering.

Curlin to face nine in Stephen Foster

Filed on 12 Jun 2008 @ 08:49

Churchill Downs, 12 June 2008

Stonestreet Stables and Midnight Cry Stable’s reigning Horse of the Year Curlin is scheduled to make his first start since his emphatic Dubai World Cup victory on March 29 when he faces nine rivals in the 27th running of the Grade One Stephen Foster Handicap on Saturday at Churchill Downs.

Milan gelding again tops at Land Rover Sale

Filed on 12 Jun 2008 @ 08:37

Solid trade on the second day of Goffs Land Rover Sale was once again capped by a gelding from the first crop of sire Milan. Kevin Ross went to €70,000 to secure the Summerhill-consigned three year old (Lot 393) out of thirteen time winning mare Tri Folene, who was also placed in the Kim Muir Chase at Cheltenham.

Summit Surge takes Ballycorus Stakes

Filed on 12 Jun 2008 @ 08:31

The Ger Lyons-trained Summit Surge (Noverre - Lady Peculiar, by Sunshine Forever) gained a first Pattern success in the Group Three Ballycorus Stakes at Leopardstown on Wednesday, picking up well in the final furlong and surging clear of Great War Eagle to win the seven furlong event by a length and a quarter under South African jockey Keagan Latham.

Encosta de Lago filly tops MM select sessions

Filed on 11 Jun 2008 @ 13:04

Australia, 11 June 2008

73% clearance rate as middle market remains tough

A gorgeous filly by Australia's leading sire Encosta de Lago today topped the second and final select session of the Magic Millions National Yearling Sale on the Gold Coast.

Rau hopeful Saddex can take on the best

Filed on 11 Jun 2008 @ 12:59

German trainer Peter Rau is looking forward to having his first runner in the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot on 26 July and reckons that Saddex has already shown this season that the five-year-old can race with some of the best horses in Europe.

O'Brien entries dominate King George field

Filed on 11 Jun 2008 @ 12:54

King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes entreis

Strong entry of 50 for Ascot showpiece

This year’s King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes, to be run at Ascot on Saturday, July 26, has attracted 50 entries.

Aga Khan increases his stake in Goffs

Filed on 11 Jun 2008 @ 11:33

The Aga Khan is to raise his equity holding in Robert J Goff & Co plc, the parent company of Goffs and Doncaster Bloodstock Sales, to 40 per cent.

The move comes after Tony Smurfit and his associates sold thier 23 per cent share, with Moyglare Stud also increasing its holding, from 21 per cent to 26 per cent. Smurfit had purchased his share from the Aga Khan five years ago.

Creachadoir to miss the rest of the season

Filed on 11 Jun 2008 @ 11:28

Godolphin's Group One Lockinge Stakes winner Creachadoir (King's Best - Sadima, by Sadler's Wells) has sustained a serious leg injury on the gallops and will miss the rest of the season. The four-year-old had been market leader for the Queen Anne Stakes a Royal Ascot next week.

Milan gelding tops first session of Land Rover Sale

Filed on 11 Jun 2008 @ 08:43

A good looking Milan gelding (Lot 199) out of a Be My Native half sister to Grade One placed hurdler Kildare topped the opening session of the Goffs Land Rover Sale when knocked down to agent Aiden Murphy for €92,000. The three year old was consigned by Ballincurrig House Stud.

Four yearlings share top billing at MM National Sale

Filed on 10 Jun 2008 @ 10:42

Australia, 10 June 2008

Healthy avearge, though only 117 sell of 219 catalogued

Four yearlings - two colts and two fillies - topped proceedings during the opening session of the Magic Millions National Yearling Sale held on the Gold Coast today.

Classic winning trainers join Thoroughbred Legends stable

Filed on 10 Jun 2008 @ 08:25

United States, 10 June 2008

Plans have been announced for a new thoroughbred investment fund. The Thoroughbred Legends Racing Fund plans to raise $75 million-$125 million by late August to buy young horses that will be trained by Bob Baffert, D. Wayne Lukas, and Nick Zito.

The Listener moves to Nick Mitchell

Filed on 10 Jun 2008 @ 08:19

The Racing Post reports that triple Grade One-winning chaser The Listener is to leave the yard of Robert and Sally Alner and will be trained by their former assistant Nick Mitchell, who is setting up his own yard in Dorset.

Silver Hawk put down at the age of 29

Filed on 10 Jun 2008 @ 08:10

Kentucky, 10 June 2008

Renowned sire Silver Hawk has been put down due to the infirmities of old age at the age of 29. The son of Roberto was the sire of 76 stakes winners including Derby winner Benny The Dip. His other champions were Grass Wonder in Japan, St Leger winner Mutafaweq and Narooma. Prix de Diane winner Lady In Silver was his best filly.

Azabara, fifth in the Pouliches, takes first Listed prize

Filed on 9 Jun 2008 @ 16:30

The Listed Prix des Lilas over 1600m at Saint-Cloud on Monday was won by the Andre Fabre-trained Pivotal filly Azabara (Pivotal - Danella, by Highest Honor), who was fifth in the Poule d'Essai des Pouliches on her last start behind Zarkava and Goldikova, who finished first and third in yesterday's Prix de Diane.

128lbs could see Curlin miss Stephen Foster

Filed on 9 Jun 2008 @ 08:19

Churchill Downs, 9 June 2008

Reigning Horse of the Year Curlin has been allotted a weight of 128lbs for Saturday's Grade One Stephen Foster Handicap at Churchill Downs, but trainer Steve Assmussen has revealed that the heavy impost could see Curlin swerve the race.

Lethal Heat back in front in Hollywood Oaks

Filed on 9 Jun 2008 @ 08:04

Hollywood Park, 9 June 2008

Lethal Heat (Unusual Heat - Lethal Leta, by Synastry), who was cooled off in her last start after stumbling at the break, made no mistakes on Sunday while registering her fourth win in five starts under jockey Rafael Bejarano in the Grade Two Hollywood Oaks at Hollywood Park.

Da'Tara to head to Travers

Filed on 9 Jun 2008 @ 07:57

Belmont Park, 9 June 2008

Trainer Nick Zito reported on Sunday that Da’ Tara, his upset winner of the 140th Belmont Stakes over Triple Crown hopeful Big Brown, would be returning to Saratoga this week and pointed toward a summer campaign.

Walzertraum wins Bavarian Classic

Filed on 8 Jun 2008 @ 15:35

Gestut Schlenderhahn's homebred Walzertraum (Rahy - Walzerkoenigin, by Kingmambo) won the Group Three Bavarian Classic over 2000m at Munich on Sunday, beating Il Divo. Idolino was third.

Trained by Jens Hirschberger, the lightly-raced Walzertraum had won at the tradck in May.

Zarkava impressive in Prix de Diane

Filed on 8 Jun 2008 @ 15:08

The Aga Khan's Poule d'Essai des Pouliches winner Zarkava (Zamindar--Zarkasha, by Kahyasi) showed the step up in trip was no problem as she ran out a brilliant three length winner of the Group One Prix de Diane over 2100m at Chantilly on Sunday, beating Andre Fabre's Gagnoa.Goldikova was third.

Spirito Del Vento retains Chantilly Group Three title

Filed on 8 Jun 2008 @ 14:59

The Group Three Prix du Chemin de Fer du Nord at Chantilly on Sunday saw >Spirito del Vento (Indian Lodge - Heavenly Song, by Machiavellian) retain the title he won last year.

Peeping Fawn to return in Pretty Polly

Filed on 8 Jun 2008 @ 14:32

Four-time Group One winner Peeping Fawn should make her seasonal debut in the Group One Pretty Polly Stakes at the Curragh on 28 June. The Danehill filly won the race last year, beating Speciosa by two lengths.

First Group win for Arcadia's Angle; Prix Jean Prat next

Filed on 8 Jun 2008 @ 14:16

The Group Three Prix Jonchere over a mile at Chantilly on Sunday was won by Pascal Bary's smart three-year-old Arcadia's Angle (Aldebaran - Diane's Birthday, by With Approval), who registered a first Pattern win after sluicing up in a Listed event at Maisons-Laffitte last time.

Vodka storms home in Yasuda Kinen

Filed on 8 Jun 2008 @ 13:50

Japan, 8 June 2008

In the final leg of the 2008 Asian Mile Challenge, the Grade One Yasuda Kinen run today at Tokyo Racecourse, 2007 Derby winning Japanese filly Vodka (Tanino Gimlet - Tanino Sister, by Rousillon) broke through for her first win in over a year with a devastating performance to win by 3 -1/2 lengths.

Artiste Royale hunts down Lava Man in Whittingham

Filed on 8 Jun 2008 @ 07:41

Hollywood Park, 8 June 2008

Irish-bred Artiste Royal (Danehill - Agathe, by Manila) won Saturday's Charles Whittingham Memorial Handicap at Hollywood Park, but the connections of third-place finisher Lava Man also felt like winners as the three-time Hollywood Gold Cup champion earned a chance at a fourth straight win in Hollywood Park's signature race with a strong third-place showing.