Weld lands Secretariat with Winchester

Filed on 10 Aug 2008 @ 08:14

Arlington Park, 10 August 2008

European bonanza at Arlington Park

A dominating 7¼-length victory by Mr. & Mrs. Bertram Firestone’s Winchester (Theatrical - Rum Charger, by Spectrum) – with a second-place run by IEAH Stables and Michael Tabor’s Plan – in the Grade One Secretariat Stakes Saturday at Arlington Park set up a windfall for horses shipping from overseas for Arlington’s one-day International Festival of Racing.

Spirit One lands Arlington Million for France

Filed on 10 Aug 2008 @ 08:08

Arlington Park, 10 August 2008

European runners filled the placings in the Arlington Million XXVI on Saturday, with Kamel Chehboub’s French-bred (Anabaa Blue - Lavayssiere, by Sicyos) stole Chicago’s biggest racing show with an unexpected wire-to-wire win in.

Nicholls takes Deauville Listed contest with Inxile

Filed on 9 Aug 2008 @ 15:27

The Dandy Nicholls-trained Inxile (Fayruz - Grandel, by Owington), a half brother to Tax Free, has put in two useful efforts in defeat recently, when second to Corrybrough in the Scurry Stakes at Sandown and third to Look Busy in a handicap at Ayr.

Rainbow View storms to Guineas favouritism

Filed on 9 Aug 2008 @ 15:18

The John Gosden-trained juvenile filly Rainbow View (Dynaformer - No Matter What, by Nureyev) was a wide margin winner of her maiden on debut at Newmarket last month and she built on that with an impressive win in the Group Three Sweet Solera Stakes at the track on Saturday, a performance that has seen her installed as the new favourite for the 1000 Guineas.

Gutsy win for Multidimensional

Filed on 9 Aug 2008 @ 15:09

Niarchos family homebred Multidimensional (Danehill - Sacred Song, by Diesis) became trainer Henry Cecil's first Group winner in a long time when winning the Group Two Prix Guillaume d'Ornano at Deauville two years ago, coincidentally also during an Oval Test match. Off the track for most of 2007 he won a conditions race on his return but has not won since, his best effort coming when second to Macarthur in the Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot this year.

Graded Stakes Committee adopts steroid rules

Filed on 9 Aug 2008 @ 08:52

Saratoga, 9 August 2008

The American Graded Stakes Committee has announced new eligibility requirements for graded stakes races in the U.S. that will require steroid testing and toe grab restrictions.

Duff makes all to take Listed honours

Filed on 9 Aug 2008 @ 08:20

The Listed Platinum Stakes at Cork on Friday was won by the Edward Lynam-trained Duff (Spinning World - Shining Prospect, by Lycius), who overcame a 293 day absence to win by a short head from Mr Medici.

Unsung Heroine takes Group Three on second start

Filed on 9 Aug 2008 @ 08:11

The Tommy Stack-trained three-year-old filly Unsung Heroine (High Chaparral - Thermopylae, by Tenby) only made her debut last month, when she won a Fairyhouse maiden. Stepped up into Pattern company in the Group Three Ladbrokes Give Thanks Stakes over a mile and a half at Cork on Friday she showed she fully deserves her big reputation, winning handsomely.

Prix Maurice de Gheest runners

Filed on 8 Aug 2008 @ 12:59

Prix Maurice de Gheest (Group One)(3yo+)

Deauville, 4:15 pm Sunday 10 August 2008. 1300m

Smart winner down under for Kalanisi

Filed on 8 Aug 2008 @ 10:09

Irish-based sire Kalanisi has had his first winner in Australia, despite having never shuttled down under.

Officially an Australian-bred Grager (Kalanisi - Cherine) is the outcome of an enterprising and novel mating decision from her breeder Graeme Spurdle. Following the purchase of Cherine at Tattersalls in 2003, Mr Spurdle sent his mare to visit Kalanisi at Gilltown Stud in Ireland in October 2004.

Goffs Million catalogue available online

Filed on 8 Aug 2008 @ 08:52

he 2008 Goffs Million & Sportsman's Sale catalogues are now available online. This year’s Million catalogue features 657 yearlings who are exclusively eligible for the Goffs Millions, with a prize fund of €3,200,000.

Ela-Mana-Mou put down at 32

Filed on 8 Aug 2008 @ 08:32

Ela-Mana-Mou has been put down at the age of 32 at Simmonstown Stud, part of the Airlie organisation, where he retired in 1981.

Ela-Mana-Mou cost only 4,500 gns as a yearling, but retired from the track at the age of four having won 10 of his 16 races and £286,581 in prize money.

Listed win for Westphalia

Filed on 8 Aug 2008 @ 08:15

The Aidan O'Brien-trained Westphalia (Danehill Dancer - Pharapache, by Lyphard) won a Curragh maiden at the Irish Derby meeting before finsihing second to Bushranger in the Group Three Anglesey Stakes. That form was boosted when Bushranger was third to Mastercraftsman in the Phoenix Stakes and proved good enough to see Westphalia run out a smooth winner of the Listed Coolmore Hurricane Run Stakes at Tipperary on Thursday night, where he beat stablemate Sawtooth Mountain.

Maraased tops final session of DBS August Sale

Filed on 8 Aug 2008 @ 08:06

Beeby urges positive attitude to maintain momentum

The final session of the DBS August Sale on Thursday was topped by MARAASED from the draft of Hamdam Al Maktoum's Shadwell Stud, who realised £46,000. The ALHAARTH colt had raced twice for Michal Jarvis and comes from a strong Black Type pedigree and he was bought by Steve Gollings, who outbid Bobby O'Ryan for the three year old.

DBS August Sale shows increases

Filed on 7 Aug 2008 @ 08:26

The DBS August Sale continued on Wednesday with a lively day of trade that saw increases in aggregate, average and median. Overall, 116 lots were sold from the 165 offered for an aggregate of £1,118,800, up 9% on last year. The average climbed 4% to £10,248 and the median was up by 61% to £5,000.

South Central sold to Hong Kong

Filed on 7 Aug 2008 @ 08:11

Norfolk Stakes winner Spin Cycle has been sold to Hong Kong. The Forest Camp colt won a Carlisle maiden by 13 lengths before making all to win the Norfolk Stakes at Royal Ascot. He beat Spin Cycle and subsequent Richmond Stakes winner Prolific that day, and looked as thought the step up to 6f would suit.

Mick Fitzgerald retires

Filed on 7 Aug 2008 @ 08:05

38 year old jockey Mick Fitzgerald has announced his retirement. He sustained damage to his neck and to his knee ligament when L'Ami fell in the Grand National in April. Following two operations to realign three vertebrae and two discs he has been advised by his doctors not to return to race riding.

Duke the best on turf inTimeform global rankings

Filed on 6 Aug 2008 @ 12:54

Duke Of Marmalade has been rated as the leading turf horse in the world following his two recent victories at Ascot, according to the Timeform Global Rankings, published today. Aidan O’Brien’s four-year-old recorded his career-best Timeform rating of 133 when winning the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at the end of July.

Bolger quintet heads Dewhurst entries

Filed on 6 Aug 2008 @ 11:49

Jim Bolger has entered five colts in the seven-furlong Group One Darley Dewhurst Stakes, run at Newmarket on 18 October, as he bids to become the first trainer since Frank Butters in 1935 to send out three consecutive Darley Dewhurst winners, having triumphed with Teofilo in 2006 and subsequent Epsom Derby victor New Approach last year.

Tattersalls October 1 catalogue available online

Filed on 6 Aug 2008 @ 11:13

The catalogue for Book 1 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale is now online and can be viewed at The sale will take place over three days, Tuesday 7th – Thursday 9th October, and has 611 lots catalogued, including 274 own or half brothers and sisters to Group and Listed winners, all of which are eligible for Europe’s most extensive sales race series, the £2,300,000 Tattersalls Timeform Millions.

Prix du Moulin possible for Henrythenavigator

Filed on 6 Aug 2008 @ 09:56

Four-time Group One winning miler Henrythenavigator could next run in the Prix du Moulin at Longchamp on September 7, the Racing Post reports.

Trainer Aidan O'Brien told the paper: "We haven't a target for Henry yet, but it's possible we'll be looking at the Moulin next with him, although nothing is confirmed yet."

DBS August Sale opens

Filed on 6 Aug 2008 @ 08:53

The DBS August Sale opened on Tuesday with a top price of £31,000 and 175 of the 225 lots offered sold. Overall, the session saw an aggregate of £573,000 at an average of £5,968 - down from £7,405 in 2007 - and the median climbed 11% to £3,500.

Archipenko breezes ahead of Arlington Million

Filed on 6 Aug 2008 @ 08:51

Arlington Park, 6 August 2008

The Mike de Kock-trained Summer Mile winner Archipenko, the projected favorite in Saturday’s Grade One Arlington Million, accomplished a pedestrian seven-furlong breeze over Arlington’s turf course at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, picking up the pace to get the last quarter in :27 with regular South African jockey Kevin Shea in the irons.

Storm Cat colt fetches $2million at Saratoga

Filed on 6 Aug 2008 @ 08:37

Saratoga, 6 August 2008

Market steady as boutique sale closes

A colt by Storm Cat topped the second session of the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga sale of selected yearlings on Tuesday, selling to M. V. Magnier of Coolmore Stud for $2-million. The colt is out of Grade Three winner Get Lucky, by Mr. Prospector, a full sister to 1989 champion juvenile colt Rhythm from the family of Numbered Account.

Curlin's Arc bid scrapped

Filed on 6 Aug 2008 @ 08:22

Saratoga, 6 August 2008

American Horse of the Year Curlin will not contest the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, with connections favouring a run in the Breeders' Cup, though undecided as to the Classic or the Turf.