Condo Commando wins the Spinway as Saratoga concludes

Filed on 1 Sep 2014 @ 08:27

Saratoga, 31 August 2014

NYRA race caller Tom Durkin retires

Condo Commando (Tiz Wonderful) won the Grade One Spinaway in a driving rainstorm on Sunday at Saratoga Race Course. Condo Commando, trained by Rudy Rodriguez, relished the sloppy surface in the Spinaway - a seven-furlong fixture for 2-year-old fillies. The daughter of Tiz Wonderful was left at the back of the pack after a troubled beginning, but was rushed up along the rail by jockey Joe Bravo to lead the field through fractions of 22.46 seconds for the opening quarter-mile and 45.89 for the half. The Michael Dubb-owned filly had already amassed a sizeable advantage by the time the field turned for home, and poured it on in the stretch to win by a widening 13 ¼ lengths.

Cocktail Queen steps up in the Grand Prix de Deauville

Filed on 1 Sep 2014 @ 08:21

The Miriam Bollack-Badel-trained Cocktail Queen (Motivator) tepped up from ger recent win in the Group Three Prix Gontaut-Biron to win the Group Two Grand Prix de Deauville Lucien Barriere at Deauville on Sunday, stretching to the line to see off Gatewood in the mile and a half contest.

Round Tower victory for Capella Sansevero

Filed on 1 Sep 2014 @ 07:48

Andrea Atzeni registers first win for Qatar Racing

The Ger Lyons-trained Cappella Sansevero (Showcasing) - the £1.3m sale topper at the Goffs London Sale in June - won the Group Three Nestle Supporting Irish Autism Action Round Tower Stakes at the Curragh on Sunday. The win was the first in the colours fo Qatar Racing for jockey Andrea Atzeni, who has been appointed as the replacement for retained rider Jamie Spencer.

€2.85m purchase Ol' Man River makes winning debut

Filed on 1 Sep 2014 @ 07:45

Montjeu colt shortened to 16-1 for the Derby

Last year’s impeccably bred €2.85 million Orby Sale topper Ol’ Man River made a winning debut at the Curragh on Sunday that saw him shortened to 16/1 for the Epsom Derby.

Wise Dan makes winning return from colic surgery in the Bernard Baruch

Filed on 31 Aug 2014 @ 08:44

Saratoga, 30 August 2014

Horse of the Year makes battling return in Saratoga Grade Two

Wise Dan, the reigning two-time Horse of the Year, returned from a 15-week layoff to hold off late-running long shot Optimizer and win the Grade Two Bernard Baruch Handicap by a nose at Saratoga Race Course.

Itsmyluckyday reverses run of seconds to win the Woodward

Filed on 31 Aug 2014 @ 08:37

Saratoga, 30 August 2014

Lawyer Ron colt turns the tables on Moreno in Saratoga Grade One

The Eddie Plesa Jr-trained Itsmyluckyday (Lawyer Ron) had finished second three times in Grade One races, most recently in a game challenge to Moreno on August 2 in the Grade One Whitney, but turned the tables when the two horses renewed their budding rivalry on Saturday, winning the Grade One Woodward at Saratoga.

Aktabantay gets up for Solario victory

Filed on 31 Aug 2014 @ 08:31

First Group winner for Hugo Palmer

The Hugo Palmer-trained Aktabantay (Oasis Dream) built on a second place finish to Estidhkaar in the Group Two Superlative Stakes last time to win the Group Three European Wealth Solario Stakes at Sandown on Saturday, getting up in the final strides to beat the favourite Future Empire by a short head.

Fintry defies penalty to win the Atalanta Stakes

Filed on 31 Aug 2014 @ 08:25

The Andre Fabre-trained Fintry (Shamardal) defied a 7lb penalty incurred for winning the Group Two Prix de Sandringham in June to run out a classy winner of the Group Three Thoroughbred Breeders' Association Atalanta Stakes on Saturday. It was a three-timer for the Shamardal filly, who has tasted defeat just once, when second to subsequent French Guineas second Veda at Longchamp in April.

Pearl Secret makes all in the Beverley Bullet Sprint

Filed on 31 Aug 2014 @ 08:22

Prix de l'Abbaye a likely target for classy sprinter

The lightly-raced Pearl Secret (Compton Place) secured the second Listed win of his career when making all to win the Beverley Bullet Sprint on Saturday, holding off the fast-finishing Mirza by a neck. Line Of Reason was third.

Dissident wins first G1 of the Australian season

Filed on 30 Aug 2014 @ 09:04

Australia, 30 August 2014

Son of Sebring wins the Memsie Stakes

The Peter Moody-trained Dissident (Sebring) scored a stunning victory in the Group One New Zealand Bloodstock Memsie Stakes over 1400m at Caulfield on Saturday.

Time Test wins Sandown maiden in style

Filed on 30 Aug 2014 @ 08:59

Son of Passage Of Time could take up Group entries

The Roger Charlton-trained Time Test (Dubawi), a son of Group One winner Passage Of Time, was an impressive winner of the British Stallion Studs EBF Maiden Stakes at Sandown on Friday, pulling two an three quarter lengths clear of his rivals for a straightforward win.

Tested wins the Fairy Bridge Stakes in style

Filed on 29 Aug 2014 @ 07:40

The Dermot Weld-trained Tested (Selkirk) ran out a convincing winner of the Group Three Coolmore Stud Fairy Bridge Stakes at Tipperary on Thursday, producing a telling turn of foot under Pat Smullen to burst four lengths clear of the pacesetting Some Spirit, who clung on for second.

Fast Company filly tops inaugural DBS Silver Yearling Sale

Filed on 29 Aug 2014 @ 07:35

Replacement for St Leger Festival Sale makes successful debut

The inaugural DBS Silver Yearling Sales made a successful debut on Thursday with a number of new buyers joining those who stayed on after the Premier Sales.

Gosden: Kingman could tackle different trips at four

Filed on 28 Aug 2014 @ 10:12

Trainer John Gosden has discussed the possibility of the brilliant Kingman (Invincible Spirit) staying in training at four, when he could tackle different trips, having more than proved his worth over a mile this season.

Canford Cliffs filly stars as DBS Premier Sale concludes with 14% rise in average

Filed on 28 Aug 2014 @ 10:07

Strong trade results in 88% clearance rate

The DBS Premier Sale concluded on Wednesday with strong trade that saw the final figures well ahead of what was a highly successful sale in 2013. Demand for yearlings was strong from the first lot in the ring and a flourish of six figure prices later in the evening saw the sale’s average finish at a pleasing £37,111, up 14% on 2013.

Faydhan ruled out of major autumn targets after setback

Filed on 28 Aug 2014 @ 10:04

The John Gosden-trained Faydhan (War Front) has suffered a setback that could rule him out for the rest of the season. The son of War Front was an impressive winner of a Haydock maiden at the beginning of July, where he beat subsequent Acomb Stakes winner Dutch Connection.

Starspangledbanner colt tops DBS Premier opener at £230,000

Filed on 27 Aug 2014 @ 07:09

Average rises 19% on last year

The 2014 DBS Premier Yearling Sales got underway on Wednesday with the opening day’s average finishing on £37,610, 19% ahead of the 2013 day 1 figures, the median up 8% to £28,000 and the turnover up 14% to £7,823,000.

The Wow Signal maintains unbeaten record in the Prix Morny

Filed on 25 Aug 2014 @ 09:14

Group One winner for Starspangledbanner

The Wow Signal remains unbeaten after winning the Group One Prix Morny at Deauville on Sunday, where he outbattled Hootenanny on very soft going to win going away.

Ribbons wins the G1 Prix Jean Romanet for Manduro

Filed on 25 Aug 2014 @ 09:11

The James Fanshawe-trained Ribbons (Manduro), from the second crop of Manduro, landed her biggest career success on Sunday when running out the easy winner of the Group One Prix Jean Romanet at Deauville. Only lightly raced, she was held up in the rear early before storming down the outside in the straight to win easily on the soft ground. She has now won five of her eight starts and has never been unplaced.

Gleneagles quickens clear in the Futurity Stakes

Filed on 25 Aug 2014 @ 09:08

National Stakes an option for Galileo colt after Group Two win

Gleneagles (Galileo-You’resothrilling, by Storm Cat) proved himself one of the best juveniles seen out this year when winning the Group Two Galileo EBF Futurity Stakes at the Curragh on Sunday.

V.E. Day gets up in Travers thriller

Filed on 25 Aug 2014 @ 08:22

Saratoga, 24 August 2014

V. E. Day (English Channel) capped an emotional weekend for trainer Jimmy Jerkens on Saturday, flying down the stretch to catch more heralded stablemate Wicked Strong and win the Grade One Travers Stakes by a nose at Saratoga Race Course.

Al Kazeem scores comeback Group Three win

Filed on 25 Aug 2014 @ 08:18

Three-time Group One winner Al Kazeem (Dubawi) showed distinct improvement on his comeback fourth in the Listed Steventon Stakes last month when winning the Group Three Winter Hill Stakes at Windsor on Saturday evening. The son of Dubawi had been retired to the Royal Studs, but proved subfertile, prompting a return to training with Roger Charlton.

Mutual Regard on top in the Ebor

Filed on 23 Aug 2014 @ 15:30

Trainer and former jockey Johnny Murtagh registered a major win when Mutual Regard won the Betfred Ebor at York on Saturday under apprentice Louis Steward, taking the lead two furlongs from home and holding an advantage to the line over the challenging Van Percy.

Bow Creek sees off Celebration Mile rivals

Filed on 23 Aug 2014 @ 15:27

QEII a possible target for son of Shamardal

The Mark Johnston-trained Bow Creek (Shamardal) won the Group Two Doom Bar Celebration Mile at Goodwood on Saturday from the front, taking command in the straight and having plenty in hand to see off Emell and the closing Captain Cat, despite hanging left across the track in the final half furlong.

Muhaarar gets up in the Gimcrack

Filed on 23 Aug 2014 @ 15:22

The Charlie Hills-trained Muhaarar (Oasis Dream) gout up to win by a nose in the Group Two Irish Thoroughbred Marketing Gimcrack Stakes at York on Saturday, collaring Mark Johnston's Jungle Cat, who had attempted to make all under Silvestre de Sousa.