Thoroughbred Racing

UAE President Cup Gr 1 PA at Doncaster Cancelled

9 September 2022 – UK ~ The Arabian Racing Organisation (ARO) today issued a statement regarding this year’s running of the UAE President Cup – UK Arabian Derby (Group 1PA) which was scheduled to take place as part of the Cazoo St Leger Festival at Doncaster on Saturday 10 September. ARO Chairman Charles Gregson commented:…

$12 million Dubai World Cup Card Shapes Up

Life Is Good heads likely field of 11 in $12million Dubai World Cup on 26 March 17 March 2022, Dubai, UAE ~ The traditional curtain-raiser to the day is the G1 Dubai Kahayla Classic (sponsored by Ithra Dubai) for Purebred Arabians, which is worth $1million. An international field includes defending champion Deryan, trained in France,…

Lady Princess Victorious At Gr 1 H.H. The Amir Sword

Lady Princess and Moshrif bring doubles for Jim Crowley19, February 2022, Doha, Qatar ~ The H.H. The Amir Sword Festival concluded on Saturday, 19 February, at QREC Al Rayyan racecourse with the Gr 1 race winners, Lady Princess in the HH The Amir Sword, Outbox winning the HH The Amir Trophy, and Samlla in the…

More than 750 horses from 20 countries Nominated for 26th Dubai World Cup Meet

Nominations are up for the Dubai World CupLife Is Good among 153 horses nominated for $12 million Emirates Airline Dubai World Cup US star Life Is Good is among 750 horses from 20 different countries who have been nominated for the 26th Dubai World Cup meeting, on 26 March 2022. With nine races, including six…

France Galop and QREC Confirm Sponsorship Extension

Hoggar De L'Ardus

Historic partnership renewed for 5 years  France Galop and the Qatar Racing and Equestrian Club (QREC) have confirmed an extension of their sponsorship agreement of the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe weekend that takes place each year around the first Sunday in October. The renewal of this important partnership for French racing covers a…

700 Entries from 22 Countries to Compete at Saudi Cup

Mubasher Al Khalediah

Obaiya Arabian Classic to be Run as Group 2 12 January, 2022, Saudi Arabia ~ The 2022 Saudi Cup meeting has attracted over 700 entries from 22 different countries, including a remarkable 71 international Group 1 winners, all vying to pick up some of the $35.1 million prize money across the two-day meeting on Friday…

Newly Promoted Group 1 Saudi Cup Headlines $35.1million Two-day Meeting in Riyadh

Obaiya Arabian Classic $1Million now with Gr 2 Status, Listed Al Mneefah Cup Arabian race $1Million added to International Jockeys Challenge DayThursday 28 October, 2021 – The Jockey Club of Saudi Arabia (JCSA) has announced that total prize money for the two-day Saudi Cup meeting on Friday 25 and Saturday 26 February 2022, will increase…

Breeders’ Cup and Qatar Racing Announce Title Partnership

QIPCO Champion Stakes and QIPCO Queen Elizabeth II Join “Win and You’re In” Challenge Series Ahead of 2021 World Championships at Del Mar, Nov. 5-6LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 12, 2021) – Breeders’ Cup and Qatar Racing have announced a multi-year partnership that designates Qatar Racing as the official title partner of the $2 million Breeders’ Cup…

H.E. Sheikha Reem bin Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Thani HOGGAR DE L’ARDUS Wins Qatar Arabian World Cup

Torquator Tasso Springs Surprise in ARC3 October 2021, Paris, France ~ In the presence of His Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Khalifa Al Thani, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Thani and Her Royal Highness Princess Anne, the curtain fell on the events of the 100th edition of the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe…

Alistair Cohen Appointed Emirates Racing Authority English Commentator

Sawt Assalam

3 October 2021, UAE ~ The Emirates Racing Authority [ERA] has appointed Alistair Cohen as English language race caller for the 2021/22 UAE season. Cohen, 30, from Durban, South Africa, brings with him years of experience on the microphone, having called races for more than a decade. Prior to joining the ERA, Cohen was a…

Sunday’s Paris Qatar Arabian World Cup Pits Tayf, Ebraz and Rising Star Messi

29 September 2021, Paris, France ~ Under the patronage of HH Sheikh Abdullah bin Khalifa Al Thani, the Qatar Racing & Racing Club (QREC)-sponsored 2021 edition of the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe is a historic one as it marks the 100th running of the world’s greatest horse race! This is an exceptional moment…

How to Watch the Preakness Stakes

Medina Spirit Cleared to run with Conditions14 May, 2021, USA – Wondering how to watch the second leg of the American Triple Crown?  NBCSports.com. What is the Preakness Stakes? The Preakness Stakes is the second leg of the American Triple Crown of horse racing. Like the Kentucky Derby, it’s a Grade I Thoroughbred stakes races.…

Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain to Commence Regional Racing Talks in 2021

They will discuss benefits of sharing equestrian Information, schedules, travel regulations, quarantine measures, and more26 April 2021, Gulf Countries ~ The leaders of three major GCC horseracing jurisdictions are set to begin a dialogue aimed at the development of a coordinated regional racing offering. The racing clubs in Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and…

Likely Fields for 25th Dubai World Cup Day

Mubasher Al Khalediah

RACE 1 is the US$ 750,000 DUBAI KAHAYLA CLASSIC (Group 1)  17 March 2021,  Dubai, UAE ~ There will be 14 Group or Grade 1 winners with a combined 23 victories at the highest level are set to line up for the 25th running of Dubai World Cup day at Meydan Racecourse on Saturday, 27…

Hollie Doyle Is Riding on Top!

2020 Sunday Times Sportswoman of The Year and HWPA Jockey of The Year in Britain21 February 2021, Dubai ~ A Finalist in the Dubai World People’s Choice Awards, 24-year-old British jockey Hollie Doyle has already had quite a year. She was named third in the 2020 edition of BBC’s Sport Personality of The Year, emulating…

Mon’nia Lands H.H The Amir Sword (GR1 PA) in Doha

20 February 2021, Doha, Qatar ~ H.E. Sheikha Yasmeen Bint Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Thani’s MON’NIA and Al Wasmiyah Farm’s NOOR AL HAWA won the two US$1M features on the final day of what has been an exciting H.H. The Amir Sword Festival at Al Rayyan Park on Saturday, 20 February 2021. H.H THE AMIR…

Mishriff Sweeps to Win the Saudi Cup

British-trained colt shines for Prince Faisal and David Egan20 February 2021, Riyadh, Saudi Arabian ~ The John Gosden trained Mishriff (IRE), named after his owner Prince A A Faisal’s best friend, went one better today than his second place finish in last year’s Saudi Derby when he caught Charlatan (USA) in the final 100m to…

Hollie Doyle Shows Determined Win on True Self in Neom Turf Cup

  20 February 2021, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia ~ Hollie Doyle has become one of British racing’s shining stars with her exploits over the last few months and her talents were demonstrated on the global stage with a perfect late run on True Self (IRE) in the US $1,000,000 Neom Turf Cup. Now an 8-year-old mare,…

Shane Foley Takes stc International Jockeys Challenge for Ireland

  19 February 2021, Riyadh, Saudi Arabian ~ Irish star Shane Foley emerged triumphant in the second stc International Jockeys Challenge after taking two out of the four legs, each worth US $400,000, in the competition. Fourteen internationally-renowned male and female jockeys from all over the globe took part but it was the Classic-winning Foley,…

Czech Filly Zariyannka Travels for Saudi Arabian Race

Zariyannka

Father-and-daughter team aiming for dream win in Friday’s $500,000 new race18 February 2021, King Abdulaziz Racetrack in Riyadh, Saudi Arabai ~ Zariyannka will fly the flag for the Czech Republic in the Al Rajhi Bank Saudi International Handicap on Friday, 19 February, the opening day of the two-day Saudi Cup meeting. The bargain buy was…

Wednesday Saudi Cup Racing Track Notes

MASHHUR AL KHALEDIAH Credit: Jockey Club of Saudi Arabia // Mathea Kelley

17 February 2021, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia ~ While the Bob Baffert-trained Charlatan worked on the training track this morning, and Sleep Eyed Todd was on the dirt track, some of the Arabian entries were out as well. $US 20,000,000 The Saudi Cup Charlatan (USA) – The Bob Baffert-trained son of Speightstown remained in the quarantine…

Likely Fields Revealed for $30.5m Saudi Cup Meeting

77 overseas runners from 13 countries set to line up at glittering two-day event5 February 2021, The likely runners for the two-day Saudi Cup meeting on February 19-20 have been announced, with 15 individual Group or Grade 1 winners set to line up. In total, the King Abdulaziz Racecourse in Riyadh will host 77 overseas…

Sibylle Vogt Will Defend Her Jockey Challenge Title in Saudi Cup Return

Sara Vogt, photo: Neville Hopwood

12 January 2021, Saudi Arabia ~ Swiss rider, Sibylle Vogt celebrates after winning a race in the stc International Jockeys Challenge at The Saudi Cup 2020. She will return to Riyadh to defend her crown on Friday February 19, 2021. Sibylle Vogt has been named as the first rider to sign up for the stc…

Dubai World Cup Purse Retained at US$12Million

26 December 2020, DUBAI, UAE ~ Dubai Racing Club has announced that the Dubai World Cup Purse has been retained at US$12Million and that the deadline for free nominations to the historic 25th Dubai World Cup has been extended until January 20, 2021. Held on the final Saturday of March each year, the single day…

2020 Kentucky Derby to Run Without Fans

Kentucky Derby

21 August 2020, LOUISVILLE, Kentucky, USA ~ Churchill Downs Incorporated (“CDI”) (Nasdaq: CHDN) announced today its decision to run the 146th Kentucky Derby on 5 September 2020 without fans. CDI issued the following statement: The Kentucky Derby is a time-honored American tradition which has always been about bringing people together. However, the health and safety…

Payment of Saudi Cup Prizemoney

10 August 2020, Jockey Club of Saudi Arabia, Riyadh ~ The Jockey Club of Saudi Arabia (JCSA) today (Monday 10 August 2020) announced its decision to award prizemoney to the connections of horses placed second to tenth in the 2020 Saudi Cup, a race held at King Abdulaziz Racecourse, Riyadh on Saturday, 29 February 2020.…

Goodwood Will Allow a Crowd of 5,000 at Final Day of Meet

18 July 2020, UK ~ Goodwood has been given permission to allow 5,000 racegoers on the final day of its Glorious meeting on 1 August as the government announced the fixture was among a select list of pilot events which could lead to spectators returning to sporting events in England on 1 October. The racecourse’s…

ARQANA, TATTERSALLS IRELAND AND OSARUS Agree Revised Sales Dates

Arabian Sales Date at Saint-Cloud has not been changed at this time from 1 October3 June 2020, France ~ In view of the many consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic as well as the traveling restrictions put in place in several countries as they gradually ease their lockdown protocols, ARQANA, Tattersalls Ireland and Osarus have reached…

Del Mar California Plans to Open a 3 day Race Week on 10 July

28 May 2020, California, USA ~ The Del Mar Thoroughbred Club announced that it will begin the 2020 summer race meet on 10 July with a three-day-a-week race schedule pending the approval of the California Horse Racing Board at its 11 June meeting. Further, following guidelines issued by San Diego County public health officials, California…

Madaglia D’Oro’s Altaf Wins at Churchill Downs

28 May 2020, Kentucky, USA ~ Chad Brown-trained Shadwell homebred sophomore filly Altaf went into her one-mile maiden special weight on Saturday, 23 May 2020, at Churchill Downs, USA, and is one worthy of attention. A daughter of Medaglia d’Oro, switching to the dirt after a turf debut that did not go as planned, she…

France Will Resume Racing On 11 May

Racing in France is set to resume on Monday behind closed doors5 May 2020, France Galop ~ According to France Galop, France will begin racing on Monday, 11 May 2020. The sport has been suspended in France due to the Coronavirus protocols since 17 March but police have given permission for racing to begin at…

Champion Show Jumper Michael Matz Followed His Heart Into Racing

Michael Matz

Halfway through his career as a world champion show jumper, Michael Matz decided to try something new: thoroughbred racing. 1 May 2020, The United States Equestrian Team Foundation – Not many people will ever know the thrill of “going clear” in the show jumping ring on the Olympic stage, as thousands of Americans cheer you…

CHRB Appoints Scott Chaney Executive Director

23 April 2020, Sacramento, California, USA ~ Scott Chaney has been appointed Executive Director of the California Horse Racing Board, Chairman Greg Ferraro announced. Chaney replaces Rick Baedeker, who retired on March 31. Chaney has been a steward in California since 2005, serving initially on the Southern California Thoroughbred circuit and most recently at the…