Baffert lands eighth Futurity with Midshipman

Filed on 4 Sep 2008 @ 08:14

Grade One glory for Stonerside

Stonerside Stable's Midshipman (Unbridled's Song - Fleet Lady, by Avenue Of Flags) and jockey Tyler Baze forged to the front in the final stride to edge out Darley's Coronet of a Baron and win the featured Grade One Del Mar Futurity for two-year-olds Wednesday, closing day of the 43-day Del Mar summer season.

Monsun colt tops first session at BBAG yearling sale

Filed on 4 Sep 2008 @ 08:10

Half brother to Diamante and Divisa fetces €480,000

The 2008 BBAG Yearling Sale got off to a solid and very encouraging start on Wednesday evening. In spite of the still difficult situation in German racing and the driving rain, the atmosphere was very positive. The reserves were realistic and the bidding went smoothly most of the time.

Liang Kay impressive in Furstenberg-Rennen

Filed on 4 Sep 2008 @ 07:53

The Uwe Ostmann-trained Liang Kay (Dai Jin - Linton Bay, by Funambule) won the Group Three Dr Busch Memorial at Krefeld in April and the Group Two Oppenheim Union Rennen at Cologne in June. That saw him sent off favourite for the German Derby, where he could managae only fourth behind Kamsin.

Sell Out lands Chantilly Listed prize for Wragg

Filed on 3 Sep 2008 @ 15:34

Act One filly wins Prix des Tourelles

The Geoff Wragg-trained filly Sell Out (Act One - Nordica, by Northfields) took a major step forward on her last start when finishing fourth to Sixties Icon in the Group Two Geoffrey Freer Stakes at Newbury last month. She maintained her improved form at Chantilly on Wednesday, winning the Prix des Tourelles for a third career win and first at stakes level.

Yeats heads Melbourne Cup weights

Filed on 3 Sep 2008 @ 12:58

Australia, 3 September 2008

The three horses responsible for the best staying performances in the world over the past twelve months head the weights for the 2008 BMW Caulfield Cup (2400m) and Emirates Melbourne Cup (3200m).

Management changes at Fasig-Tipton

Filed on 3 Sep 2008 @ 08:03

Dan Pride, formerly COO of Darley USA, will leave that post to replace Boyd Browning as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Fasig-Tipton. Boyd Browning will become the corporation’s President and Chief Executive Officer and assumes responsibility for day-to-day operation of the company.

Group Two win for Lovelace

Filed on 3 Sep 2008 @ 07:57

Mark Johnston's Lovelace has been running well in valuable handicaps this term, winning at Sandown in July before finishing second in the Bunbury Cup.

Sent to Baden-Baden for the Group Two Darley Oettingen-Rennen over 1600m on Tuesday, Lovelace beat Andreas Wohler's Peace Royale by a length and three quarters.

BHA to hold Juddmonte International inquiry

Filed on 2 Sep 2008 @ 16:44

The British Horseracing Authority is to hold an inquiry into possible use of team tactics in the Group One Juddmonte International at Newmarket last month. The race was won by the Aidan O'Brien-trained Duke Of Marmalade, whose pacemaker, stablemate Red Rock Canyon, moved accommodatingly off the rail over three furlongs from home.

Fahey targets Champagne with Master Noverre

Filed on 2 Sep 2008 @ 16:41

Gimcrack second aims to emulate sire on Town Moor

Master Noverre heads to Doncaster on Saturday, September 13, the final day of the Ladbrokes St Leger Festival, with trainer Richard Fahey hoping the gelding can emulate his sire, Noverre, and claim victory in the Group Two Keepmoat Champagne Stakes.

Career best for Express Wish in Supreme

Filed on 2 Sep 2008 @ 16:32

The Group Three Supreme Stakes at Goodwood on Tusday was won by the Jeremy Noseda-trained Express Wish, who put in a career-best performance on the rain-softened ground that had forced four withdrawals from the race.

Second Listed win for Astrologie

Filed on 2 Sep 2008 @ 13:33

The Moussac family's three-year-old filly Astrologie (Polish Precedent - Quest For Ladies, by Rainbow Quest) has been running consistently this season, winning the Listed Prix de Thiberville at Longchamp in July before running to a similar level when fifth to Dar Re Mi in the Group Three Prix de Minevre at Deauville last month.

Darley buys Stonerside Stable

Filed on 2 Sep 2008 @ 08:34

Kentucky, 2 September 2008

Owner-breeder of Raven's Pass sells up to Darley

Stonerside Stable has been sold to Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s Darley. Included in the transaction will be approximately 80 horses in training, plus another 170 or so broodmares, yearlings, and weanlings, as well as the main 2,000-acre farm near Paris, Kentucky, and the training center in Aiken, South Carolina. Inthe UK, Stonerside has been represented over the last two seasons by the John Gosden-trained Raven's Pass and Michita.

Stardom Bound rallies to land Del Mar Debutante

Filed on 2 Sep 2008 @ 08:30

Del Mar, 2 September 2008

Maiden flies home in Grade One

Rallying from the clouds under Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith, Stardom Bound (Tapit - My White Corvette, by Tarr Road) charged from twelfth and last place to win Monday’s Grade One Del Mar Debutante and clinch the two-year-old filly championship of the 2008 Del Mar meeting.

Vineyard Haven wins Hopeful

Filed on 2 Sep 2008 @ 08:25

Saratoga, 2 September 2008

Vineyard Haven (Lido Palace - Princess Aloha, by Aloha Prospector) won the 104th running of the Grade One Three Chimneys Hopeful at Saratoga on Monday, receiving more than a little help from Cribnote and Munnings to win the seven-furlong sprint for two-year-olds by two and a quarter lengths in 1:23.40 on the fast track. It was jockey Alan Garcia’s 39th winner of the 36-day meet.

Oriental Tiger faces disqualification

Filed on 2 Sep 2008 @ 08:21

The Uwe Ostmann-trained five-year-old Oriental Tiger faces disqualification from his seven length win in the Group One Rheinland-Pokal der Sparkasse KolnBonn at Cologne a fortnight ago after testing positive for a prohibited substance.

Weekend Hussler named Australia's Horse of the Year

Filed on 2 Sep 2008 @ 08:16

Australia, 2 September 2008

Six-time Group One winner Weekend Hussler has been named the 2007-08 Australian Racehorse of the Year. Weekend Hussler earned 82% of the overall votes after an extraordinary first season of racing. The gelding becomes the first three-year-old since Octagonal in 1995-96 to be crowned Australian Racehorse of the Year.

Anna Pavlova is retired

Filed on 2 Sep 2008 @ 08:10

Five-year-old mare Anna Pavlova has been retired from the track. The mud lover won ten of her 23 races, including the Group Two Prix de Royallieu and Lancashire Oaks as well as four Listed races.

Madeo scores an upset in Del Mar Derby

Filed on 1 Sep 2008 @ 08:08

Del Mar, 1 September 2008

Under a perfectly-judged ride by jockey Mike Smith, longshot Madeo (Mizzen Mast - Passion Flower, by Deputy Minister) took command in the final sixteenth and then held off the late charge of odds-on favored Gio Ponti to win the Del Mar Derby, championship race of the summer season for three-year-olds, Sunday.

Grade One win for Mani Bhavan

Filed on 1 Sep 2008 @ 08:05

Saratoga, 1 September 2008

Mani Bhavan (Storm Boot - Rehear, by Coronado's Quest), making her third career start and second start in 18 days, led at every call Sunday afternoon and held off Jardin for a one-length victory in the 117th running of the Grade One Spinaway for two-year-old fillies at seven furlongs.

Again progresses to Group One win

Filed on 31 Aug 2008 @ 16:12

Danehill Dancer filly takes Moyglare Stud Stakes

Juvenile filly Again (Danehill Dancer - Cumbres, by Kahyasi) showed she was a progressive type with an impressive win in the Group two Debutante Stakes at Leopardstown last time and she took a further step forward at the Curragh on Sunday, winning the Group One Moyglare Stud Stakes.

Maoineach debuts with Group Three success

Filed on 31 Aug 2008 @ 16:01

First European stakes winner for Congaree

Jim Bolger's juvenile filly Maoineach (Congaree - Trepidation, by Seeking The Gold), a half sister to this year's Grade Two Jim Dandy third Tiz Now Tiz, made an altogether impressive debut to her racing career when winning the Group Three Go And Go Round Tower Stakes at the Curragh on Sunday.

Getaway cut for the Arc after Group Two victory

Filed on 31 Aug 2008 @ 15:46

Baron von Ullmann's homebred Getaway (Monsun - Guernica, by Unfuwain) was fourth to Dylan Thomas in last year's Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe and looked likely to improve on that in this year's renewal when running out an easy winner of the Jockey Club Stakes at Newmarket in May. He failed to match that form, though, in the Coronation Cup and the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud.

First Pattern win for Laa Rayb

Filed on 31 Aug 2008 @ 15:34

Son of Storm Cat wins Group Three Prix Quincey

The Mark Johnston-trained four-year-old Laa Rayb (Storm Cat - Society Lady, by Mr Prospector) gained a deserved first win in Pattern company when lifting the Group Three Prix Quincey Lucien Barriere over 1600m at Deauville on Sunday.

Sanders out for the season with broken leg

Filed on 31 Aug 2008 @ 09:01

Reigning joint Champion Jockey Seb Sanders is to miss the remainder of the season after breaking his femur in a fall at Chester on Saturday. The jockey was involved in a nasty three-horse incident in the Chester Handicap. Sanders was riding Luca Cumani's Speed Gifted and was thrown to the ground after Sir Duke clipped heels and fell.

Vacare takes Palomar Handicap

Filed on 31 Aug 2008 @ 08:34

Del Mar, 31 August 2008

Jon and Sarah Kelly’s talented Vacare (Lear Fan - Appealing Storm, byValid Appeal) , one of the top female runners on grass in America the past couple of seasons, asserted her class in the final sixteenth to win the featured Grade Two Palomar Handicap Saturday.