Sarissa tops Arqana February Sale

Filed on 18 Feb 2009 @ 09:38

Arqana's 2009 selling season opened on Tuesday with the February Sale. Overall 68% of the lots on offer sold for an aggregate of €878,500 for an average price of €5,663.

In addition to French investors, buyers had flown in from Italy, Morocco, Tunisia, Germany, Libya, Denmark and the Czech Republic, as well as several prominent British agents such as Highflyer Bloodstock, McKeever St Lawrence and Stephen Hillen.

Daiwa Scarlet retired from racing

Filed on 18 Feb 2009 @ 09:33

Japan, 18 February 2009

Four-time Grade One winner Daiwa Scarlet has been retired from racing. The five-year-old was being prepared for the February Stakes when diagnosed with superficial flexor tendonitis.

High hopes for Channon's Eva's Request

Filed on 18 Feb 2009 @ 09:31

Dubai, 18 February 2009

Mick Channon is hoping that Group winner Eva’s Request can supply him with his biggest UAE success in the Group Three Balanchine at Nad Al Sheba on Friday.

Victorious return for Kentucky Derby favourite

Filed on 17 Feb 2009 @ 14:37

Oaklawn Park, 17 February 2009

Remsen Stakes winner Old Fashioned returns with easy win

Fox Hill Farms's Old Fashioned (Unbridled´s Song — Collect Call, by Meadowlake), generally considered the favorite for Triple Crown races this year, made a successful return to the races, putting away a talented field of ten rivals and scoring a three-and-a-quarter lengths win in Monday's Southwest Stakes at Oaklawn Park.

Tuesday Joy could run in Dubai Duty Free

Filed on 17 Feb 2009 @ 09:49

Dubai, 17 February 2009

Australia’s top middle-distance mare, Tuesday Joy, could be a surprise starter in the Dubai Duty Free (1777m) at Nad Al Sheba on March 28.

The five-year-old’s owner, advertising mogul John Singleton, was reported as indicating an early victory in her impending campaign would see her sent to the UAE for the US$5 million Dubai Duty Free.

Evita Argentina beats colts in Santa Anita Grade Two

Filed on 17 Feb 2009 @ 09:39

Santa Anita, 17 February 2009

Evita Argentina (Candy Ride — Jealous Wildcat, by Forest Wildcat) became the first filly in 62 years to win the Grade Two San Vicente Stakes, beating the boys by one length Monday at Santa Anita.

Cape Royale heads OBS Day of Champions

Filed on 17 Feb 2009 @ 09:36

Florida, 17 February 2009

At the 20th annual OBS Day of Champions presented by Darley, Oxbow Racing LLC’s Cape Royale took the lead at the start of the $150,000 Darley OBS Championship Stakes and stayed there all the way under Cornelio Velasquez for a length and a quarter victory. Soldi Stable’s Sabi Sabi moved strongly on the turn and finished second, with James T. Scatuorchio’s Swinging Bernie checking in third. The time for the mile and a sixteenth was 1:43. Trained by Bill White, the winner is a son of Chapel Royal, and his first stakes win gives him a 5-2-1-0 record and earnings of $104,876. He was sold for $50,000 by Kelli Mitchell, Agent, at the 2007 OBS August Sale.

Sky Mesa undergoes colic surgery

Filed on 17 Feb 2009 @ 09:32

Kentucky, 17 February 2009

Three Chimneys sire Sky Mesa has been removed from covering duties after undergoing surgery for colic at the Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky on Sunday.

Apache Cat Ascot bid unlikely

Filed on 17 Feb 2009 @ 09:28

Leading Australian sprinter Apache Cat is unlikely to make the trip to Royal Ascot to contest the King's Stand or the Goldn Jubilee Stakes.

Trainer Greg Eurell is concerned about the multiple Group One winner's form on straight tracks, telling the Melbourne Herald Sun: "Royal Ascot's a bit more undulating, a bit different than Flemington, but, having said that, you'd have to factor it in to your thinking. It's a hell of a long way to go to run that sort of risk."

Catch Me effortless in Boyne Hurdle

Filed on 16 Feb 2009 @ 17:03

The Edward O'Grady-trained Catch Me justified odds of 4-9 when running out an emphatic winner of the Boyne Hurdle at Navan on Monday.

The seven-year-old travelled well under Andrew McNamara before taking the lead from Aitmatov at the final flight. Aitmatov faded as Catch me was pushed out to register an 11 length win over Oscar Rebel.

OBS 2YO Sale: leading pinhook sires from 2008

Filed on 16 Feb 2009 @ 12:26

The Ocala Breeders Sales Company's Selected Sale of two-year-olds in training takes place on Tuesday, opening the northern hemisphere season of breeze-up sales.

The table below is drawn from's stallion statistics database and shows leading US-based sires by their 2008 two-year-old in training average as a % of their 2007 yearling average.

We have sorted the list by number pinhooked as those leading the list by average pecentage change saw very few individuals pinhooked.

Son of Xaar takes Pisa Listed contest

Filed on 16 Feb 2009 @ 09:41

Stallion statistics database: Xaar

Five-year-old Xenes (Xaar - Tarditi) had already won twice this year, landing two 1000m handicaps at Naples, before lining up in the 1200m Listed Premio Enrico Camici on the turf at Pisa.

Life Is Sweet adds second Grade Two

Filed on 16 Feb 2009 @ 09:33

Santa Anita, 16 February 2009

A stunning winner of the Grade Two El Encino Stakes in her first exposure to Santa Anita’s Pro-Ride surface, Life Is Sweet (Storm Cat — Sweet Life, by Kris S) added a dramatic victory in Sunday’s Grade Two La Canada Stakes for four-year-old fillies while expanding upon a sudden rise to superiority.

Unique Jewellery takes HK Derby Trial

Filed on 16 Feb 2009 @ 09:23

Hong Kong, 16 February 2009

The complexion of the Mercedes-Benz Hong Kong Derby underwent a significant transformation at Sha Tin on Sunday as Unique Jewellery (O´Reilly — Aulide, by Snippets) redeemed his reputation with a narrow victory in the Group Two Mercedes-Benz Hong Kong Derby Trial over 1800m.

Monsun foal for Ouija Board

Filed on 16 Feb 2009 @ 09:19

Lord Derby's star mare Ouija Board gave birth to her second foal on Saturday morning, a colt by Monsun. The mare will now travel to ireland to be covered by champion sire Galileo.

According to Peter Stanley of Stanley House Stud told the Racing Post: "She's a great mother, very sensible,"he said. "It was a straightforward foaling. The colt weighs 50kg and is a very nice, correct sort with a strong character."

Neptune Collonges dominates at Leopardstown

Filed on 15 Feb 2009 @ 17:52

The Hennessy Cognac Gold Cup at Leopardstown on Sunday was won by a dominant Neptune Collonges, who was quoted as 5-1 joint second favourite with Denman for the Gold Cup after beating Notre Pere by five lengths.

Longshot Santa Teresita lands Grade One Santa Maria

Filed on 15 Feb 2009 @ 09:18

Santa Anita, 15 February 2009

A third-place finish her best showing in four starts since being purchased for a reported $1 million last June, Santa Teresita (Lemon Drop Kid — Sweet Gold, by Gilded Time) put a positive spin on Southern Equine Stable’s investment Saturday when scoring a dramatic13-1 upset in Santa Anita’s Grade One Santa Maria Handicap.

Elusive Quality filly lands eventful Fritchie

Filed on 15 Feb 2009 @ 09:12

Laurel Park, 15 February 2009

Remarkable performance by Seventh Street in second

Sam B. Pollock’s Royale Michele (Elusive Quality — Michele Royale, by Groovy) ran the biggest race of her career when she captured the Grade Two Barbara Fritchie Handicap at Laurel Park Saturday afternoon.

How's Your Halo upsets in Richter Scale

Filed on 15 Feb 2009 @ 09:08

Gulfstream Park, 15 February 2009

Owner-trainer Brian Prichard’s 6-year-old How’s Your Halo (Halo´s Image — Say How You Feel, by Little Current) was sent off the longest price in the field of six older horses to line up for Saturday’s Grade Two Richter Scale Stakes at Gulfstream Park, and wore down Edmund Gann’s second-choice Ikigai in the final yards for a half-length decision under jockey Juan Leyva.

Godolphin set for early return to Newmarket

Filed on 15 Feb 2009 @ 09:05

The construction of the new Meydan racecourse in Dubai means that Godolphin will be arriving back in Newmarket earlier than usual this year.

Racing manager Simon Crisford said: “Normally we send our horses back just before the Guineas meeting at Newmarket, which usually takes place the first weekend in May, but this year we will send some horses back early as we will not have access to the turf track at Nad Al Sheba for our trials.

Ashkazar sees off Whiteoak for Kingwell triumph

Filed on 14 Feb 2009 @ 14:47

The Kingwell Hurdle at Wincanton - which last year threw up the Champion Hurdle winner in Katchit - was won on Saturday by Ashkazar for the resurgent David Pipe team.

Helen's Vision set a decent gallop in the two mile contest, and turning for home Timmy Murphy eased to the lead on Ashkazar, who was travelling well. He was tracked by last season's David Nicholon Mares' Hurdle winner Whiteoak, with the 2-1 favourite Punjabi in pursuit.

Impressive Haydock win for Kasbah Bliss

Filed on 14 Feb 2009 @ 14:30

The Grade Two Blue Square Hurdle - the Rendlesham Hurdle - over 3m 1 f at Haydock on Saturday saw the Francois Doumen-trained Kasbah Bliss put in a deeply impressive performance that saw his World Hurdle odds contract to 6-4.

Voy Por Ustedes dominates in Ascot Chase

Filed on 14 Feb 2009 @ 14:22

The Grade One Ascot Chase over 2m 5.5f at Ascot on Saturday was won in impressive style by the Alan King-trained Voy Por Ustedes (Villez — Nuit D´Ecajeul, by Matahawk), who beat Gwanako by ten lengths.

Diktat leads the way with 11 winners

Filed on 14 Feb 2009 @ 10:30 stallion statistics database reveals that Darley sire Diktat is the leading sire thus far in Europe in 2009 by number of winners. The son of Warning, who now stands in Japan, has 11 winners from his 35 runners (31%), with dual Pau winner Dikthadra his leading earner.

Godolphin buys German Group One winner Baila Me

Filed on 14 Feb 2009 @ 09:35

Godolphin has continued its policy of buying top class German runners with the acquisition of last year's Group One Preis von Europa winner Baila Me. The four-year-old daughter of Samum was also third to Rosenreihe in the German Oaks and won the Group Two Diana Trial.