Filed on 14 Feb 2008 @ 09:23
New York, 14 February 2008
The New York Racing Association (NYRA) has reached an agreement with the State's Governor Eliot Spitzer, Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno, and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, awarding it a 25-year franchise to operate Thoroughbred racing at Aqueduct Racetrack, Belmont Park, and Saratoga Race Course, and allowing the installation of a Video Lottery Terminal (VLT) facility at Aqueduct.
Filed on 14 Feb 2008 @ 09:18
A strong third day’s trade at Goffs February Sale was capped by Love to Boogie (Lot 611), a four year old Danehill half sister to Group 1 Prix de l’Abbaye winner Kistena. Consigned by Seskin Stud, the filly was knocked down to Dermot Farrington for €100,000. Castletown Stud’s winning Rainbow Quest mare Sagamartha (Lot 718) was the next highest price of the day when sold to Joey Logan for €60,000. The nine year old is a half sister to Champion two year old Flashy Wings and was sold in foal to Oratorio.
Filed on 13 Feb 2008 @ 14:04
The Clive Brittain-trained Hattan (Halling - Luana, by Shaadi) is to have a second tilt at the £100,000 Winter Derby, run at Lingfield Park on Saturday, March 15, the final day of the winter all-weather season.
Filed on 13 Feb 2008 @ 13:42
Nicholls 10-1 to train Gold Cup 1,2,3 at forfeit stage
The eagerly-awaited clash between Paul Nicholls’ two brilliant chasers, Denman and Kauto Star, in the 2008 totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup moved one step closer today following the publication of the remaining forfeits for chasing’s Blue Riband event, which takes place on Friday, March 14.
Filed on 13 Feb 2008 @ 11:06
Saudi Arabia, 13 February 2008
Premium Tap is set to run in the Group One Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Cup (The King's Cup) at The King Abdulaziz track outside Riyadh on Friday.
Filed on 13 Feb 2008 @ 09:47
Dubai, 13 February 2008
The UAE 2000 Guineas is the feature race at the sixth meeting of the Dubai International Racing Carnival on Thursday. The maximum 16 have been declared for the Group Three event over 1600m on the dirt.
Filed on 13 Feb 2008 @ 09:39
Australia, 13 February 2008
The catalogue for the 2008 William Inglis & Son Australian Easter Yearling Sale series is now online. The sale is in two parts this year, both Select Sessions. Part 1 will be held April 20-22 and Part 2 will be an evening session on April 24. The catalogue for the Easter Classic Session to be held April 27-29 will be published online this Friday.
Filed on 13 Feb 2008 @ 09:32
Florida, 13 February 2008
Average up 18% at two-year-olds in training sale
A filly by Silver Deputy consigned by Eisaman Equine, Agent, went to Buzz Chace, Agent for West Point Thoroughbreds and John Williams, for $520,000 to top the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's record breaking 2008 February Selected Sale of Two-Year-Olds in Training. The dark bay or brown filly, whose eighth in :10 flat at last week’s Preview was the day’s co-fastest, is out of stakes winner Daisy Dukes, by Ghazi, and is a half sister to stakes winner Surplus Singer.
Filed on 13 Feb 2008 @ 09:28
First session of foals at February Sale
A son of Galileo topped the second day of Goffs February Sale when selling to BBA Ireland for €205,000 – eclipsing the top price for a weanling at last year’s sale by an incredible €60,000. The Rangefield Bloodstock consigned colt (Lot 308) is out of a winning dam who herself is out of multiple Group performer Fairy Garden.
Filed on 13 Feb 2008 @ 09:19
Australia, 13 February 2008
Recent Group One winner Apache Cat, who could be Royal Ascot-bound this summer, has drawn barrier two in the Group One Timbercorp Australia Stakes over 1200m at Moonee Valley on Saturday. The race has attracted a top-class filed of 11.
Filed on 12 Feb 2008 @ 11:40
Ascot's head of PR Nick Smith has returned form his world tour with a strong list of international stars that could come to the Royal Meeting in June to try to emulate the likes of Choisir, Takeover Target and Miss Andretti.
Filed on 12 Feb 2008 @ 09:44
Australia, 12 February 2008
William Inglis & Son have announced they will be holding a New Sire Showcase, limited to 75 weanlings, to highlight those weanlings that are sired by first season sires at their Australian Weanling and Breeding Stock Sale, held at Newmarket in Sydney on the 26th through to the 30th of June.
Filed on 12 Feb 2008 @ 09:39
Florida, 12 January 2008
Darley Day of Champions precedes February Sale
In a race that was anyone’s to win at the top of the stretch, Zayat Stables’ Halo Najib rallied down the center of the track and drew clear to win the $150,000 Darley OBS Championship Stakes for 3-year-old colts and geldings by 2-3/4 lengths. The time for the mile and a sixteenth over OBS new all-weather Safetrack was 1:46 2/5. Kent Desormeaux, in his first appearance at OBS, rode the winner for trainer Dale Romans.
Filed on 12 Feb 2008 @ 09:34
Florida, 12 February 2008
The Green Monkey, the Forestry colt that set an auction record when selling to Susan Magnier, Michael Tabor, and Derrick Smith for $16 million at the Calder Breeze-Up Sale in 2006, has been retired from racing.
Filed on 12 Feb 2008 @ 09:27
Kentucky, 12 February 2008
The two-day Fasig-Tipton Kentucky Winter Mixed Sale closed on Monday with an increase in aggregate and the average price despite fewer horses being sold.
318 of 421 horses offered sold for $6,452,400, a 1.9% increase from 2007, when 371 horses brought $6,332,300. The average price increased by 18.9% to $20,291, compared with $17,068 last year. The median remained unchanged at $7,000.
Filed on 12 Feb 2008 @ 09:22
Grade Three winning hurdler Cluain Arra topped the opening session of Goffs four day February Sale when knocked down to John Walsh Bloodstock for €32,000. Consigned by Lisaleen Stables on behalf of Tracey Hennessy, the ten year old daughter of Supreme Leader (Lot 55) hails from the family of multiple Grade 1 winning hurdler Liss A Paoraigh.
Filed on 11 Feb 2008 @ 09:35
Santa Anita, 11 February 2008
Grade One winner Georgie Boy (Tribal Rule - Ippodamia, by Peterhof) returned from a five-month vacation to win the San Vicente Stakes at Santa Anita on Sunday, beating over Into Mischief by 3¼ lengths.
Filed on 10 Feb 2008 @ 17:50
The Listener became the first British-trained winner of the Hennessy Cognac Gold Cup since Jodami in 1995 at Leopardstown on Sunday, leading all the way to win impressively for trainer Robert Alner, who is still in hospital following a serious car accident last year.
Filed on 10 Feb 2008 @ 17:45
Forpadydeplasterer turned the tables on Whatuthink, who beat him in December, and Cork All Star, to win the Grade One Deloitte Novice Hurdle at Leopradstown on Sunday.
Cork All Star, the Cheltenham Festival Bumper winner last year, was sent off the favourite, but his jumping let him down once more as Forpadydeplasterer took advantage, winning somewhat cosily by a length and a quarter.
Filed on 10 Feb 2008 @ 17:21
Darley sire Slickly had a quickfire stakes double at Cagnes sur Mer on Sunday, with Gris Tendre winning the Listed Prix de la Californie over 1,500m and Gris de Gris taking the Listed Prix de la Riviera Cote d'Azure over 2,000m.
Filed on 10 Feb 2008 @ 10:06
Santa Anita, 10 February 2008
Three-year-old filly Golden Doc A (Unusual Heat - Penpont, byCrested Wave) rallied in the stretch for a one-length victory in the Grade One Las Virgenes Stakes at Santa Anita, which reopened on Saturday after weeklong renovations to its troubled synthetic surface.
Filed on 10 Feb 2008 @ 09:57
Fair Grounds, 10 February 2008
Asmussen colt impressive in Derby trial
The Steve Asmussen-trained Pyro (Pulpit -Wild Vision, by Wild Again) came from last to first with an explosive move in the final furlong to win the Grade Three Risen Star Stakes, the main event of Louisiana Derby Preview Day Saturday at Fair Grounds.
Filed on 9 Feb 2008 @ 15:49
Trainer Gary Moore won the totesport Trophy at Newbury with Heathcote at 50-1 last year, and he again teamed up with his son Jamie to win for a second successive year, this time with Wingman at 14-1.
Filed on 9 Feb 2008 @ 15:41
Kruguyrova won the Grade Two Systems By Design Kingmaker Novices' Chase over two miles at a sunny Warwick on Saturday.
Filed on 9 Feb 2008 @ 15:30
Trainer Paul Nicholls ran up a four-timer in the first four races at Newbury on Saturday, headed by Gold Cup hope Denman, who was piloted by Sam Thomas to an effortless success in the Aon Chase.