Thoroughbred Racing

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

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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

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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…

Winx Is Now a Breyer® Model

Wynx Breyer Model

A portion of the proceeds from the sale of each Breyer Winx model will benefit Team Thoroughbred NSW, an organization that provides retraining and aftercare for retired race horses9 April 2020, Kentucky, USA ~ Some horses make history, while others run away with it! Breyer® is proud to honor the amazing achievements of Australian Thoroughbred…

Emirates Racing Authority Cancels Remainder of UAE Racing Season

22 March 2020, UAE – Due to concerns about the rapid spread of the coronavirus, the Emirates Racing Authority (ERA) has cancelled the remainder of the 2019-2020 racing season including the Dubai World Cup. These cancellations begin with the 28 March 2020, Dubai World Cup and continue through all races scheduled in April. The UAE…

The 25th Dubai World Cup Is Postponed

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The Dubai World Cup 2020 has been postponed until 2021 “To safeguard the health of all participants, the higher organizing committee of the Dubai World Cup 2020 has decided to postpone 25th edition of the global tournament to next year to safeguard all participants due to the coronavirus”, according to the Dubai Media Office. Today…

Classic Winner Sir Winston Leads 10 Arriving American Horses

Sir Winston

18 March 2020, Dubai, UAE ~ With the Dubai World Cup still 10 days away, American conditioner Mark Casse is excited to see what Belmont Stakes (G1) winner Sir Winston can do on his first foray overseas and the chestnut homebred of Tracy Farmer led a set of 10 USA invaders arriving at Meydan Racecourse…

Kentucky Derby Rescheduled to 5 September 2020

Kentucky Derby

17 March 2020, Kentucky ~ Churchill Downs Incorporated announced today its decision to reschedule the 146th Longines Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve. The 146th Kentucky Derby will be rescheduled from May 2, 2020 to September 5, 2020 and the 146th Kentucky Oaks will be rescheduled from May 1, 2020 to September…

Maximum Security Secure with First Ever Saudi Cup Win

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The story of Maximum Security (USA) has been pure drama. The Kentucky-bred son of New Year’s Day, disqualified from the most important dirt race in America then went on to earn a 3-year-old championship, took his show on the road and turned tragedy into comedy, bringing smiles to the face of his fans and connections…

Mike Smith Emerges Winner of STC International Jockeys Challenge

28 February 2020, Riyadh, KSA ~ US Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith emerged victorious in the stc International Jockeys Challenge on a day where history was made on Kingdom Day at the King Abdulaziz Racetrack.   Smith won two rounds While Smith’s two success from four rounds of the competition, which featured 14 invited…