Thoroughbred Racing

Dubai World Cup Races Attract 902 Nominations From 21 Countries

US$1,000,000 DUBAI KAHAYLA CLASSIC Group 1, 2000m, Dirt with 82 Nominations23 January 2020, Dubai, ~ A host of global Thoroughbred racing stars have been nominated for the historic 25th edition of the Dubai World Cup, which is scheduled for Saturday, 28 March 2020 at Meydan Racecourse. International luminaries Almond Eye, Maximum Security, Anthony Van Dyck,…

First Saudi Cup Race Day Worth USD$29.2m

32 Group or Grade 1 winners in Saudi Cup alone and total 964 entries for new race day14 January 2020, King Abdulaziz Racecourse, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia ~ The first running of the USD$29.2m Saudi Cup race day has attracted an impressive entry, including no less than 32 Group or Grade 1 winners in the big…

Trainer Watson Takes All Six Races at Meydan Meet

Rio Angie

7 November 2019, DUBAI, UAE ~ Trainer Doug Watson made history at Meydan Racecourse on Thursday, 7 November, becoming the first trainer to win six races and sweep an entire card at the renowned Dubai venue. After going 1-for-10 on opening night at Meydan on 24 Octoberm, his Red Stables roared back on 7 Novemberm…

The UK leaving the EU: Racing Industry Guidance

Brexit is Coming – 31 October 2019Guidance to industry participants on what to do as the UK leaves the EU (Brexit) The UK Government has now published detailed guidance on how to prepare for Brexit. This should be the primary source of authoritative information for Industry participants. In addition, specific government departments have started to…

$20M Saudi Cup to Run in February 2020

The prize for the winning horse will be US$10,000,000 8 August 2019, Saudi Arabia ~ The Thoroughbred racing world has a new richest race with the announcement of the creation of the $20m Saudi Cup to be run at King Abdulaziz Racetrack in Riyadh on 29 February 2020. Details of the contest were announced by…

Quality Entries for Qatar International Stakes (Gr1PA)

27 June 2019, UK ~ A high-class list of entries was released by the Arabian Racing Organisation (ARO) today for the Qatar International Stakes (Gr1PA) to be run as part of the Qatar Goodwood Festival on 31 July 2019. They include ten individual Group 1 PA winners, and topping the list are the last two…

Goodwood Racecourse Partnership Enhances Qatar’s Equestrian Vision

QREC will continue to sponsor the Festival up to 2024It has been announced that the contract of Qatar’s, represented by the Qatar Racing & Equestrian Club (QREC), sponsorship of the Qatar Goodwood Festival has been renewed. The renewal of the sponsorship was announced during a meeting held between QREC Chairman HE Issa bin Mohammed Al-Mohannadi…

The Queen Arrives at Royal Ascot

20 June 2019, Royal Ascot, Berkshire, England ~ It is not to be understated about the English reverence and love for the Royal Family. The Royal Ascot is as much a racing event for Royals as for the rest of the world and everything stops when the Queen arrives. Her Majesty The Queen has arrived…

Frankie Dettori Leads in QIPCO Jockey Award at Royal Ascot 2019

20 June 2019, Ascot, Berkshire, England ~ Award Standing after Day Three QIPCO LEADING JOCKEY AWARD – Jockey 1st 2nd 3rd Frankie Dettori 6 2 1 Ryan Moore 3 5 1 Danny Tudhope 3 – 1 Jim Crowley 1 1 2 Oisin Murphy 1 – 2 James Doyle 1 – 1 Richard Kingscote 1 –…

Australian Race Caller Victoria Shaw Weighs in on Disqualification Ruling

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7 May 2019, Horsereporter, USA ~ Although the 2019 Kentucky Derby will be remembered by many for less than favourable reasons, the disqualification of Maximum Security raises many issues. As an Australian I am always intrigued by one of the world’s classic thoroughbred races taking place on the dirt. This year was no exception given…

Major US Racing Organizations Initiative on Race-Day Medication Ban

TWO-YEAR-OLD LASIX BAN TO START IN 2020; STAKES RACES LASIX BAN IN 202118 April 2019, USA ~ A coalition of leading Thoroughbred racing associations and organizations announced today a new initiative committed to phasing out the use of the medication Furosemide (Lasix) beginning in 2020 and eliminating the use of Lasix in stakes races held…

2019 Dubai World Cup Likely Fields

The Dubai World Cup will go off on Saturday, 30 March 2019. Likely fields for the nine races have been posted. Fifteen are listed for the $1 Million Dubai Kahayla Classic. All are from the UAE save one from France, one based in Poland, and another from Saudi Arabia. Enlarge or download

New Equine Safety Policies and Procedures Put in Place at Santa Anita

Thess Is Awesome Santa Anita 2016

Unprecedented amount of horse accidents and deaths have led to the Santa Anita track closure 9 March 2019, Santa Anita, California, USA ~ As a thorough evaluation of Santa Anita’s main track continues, The Stronach Group has announced several new safety and welfare measures which will be put in place when racing resumes at Santa…

WINX and CRACKSMAN Share Top Racehorse Ranking

WINX

2 February 2019,  In the most recent Longines World’s Best Racehorse.ranking, WINX, the 8-year-old Australian mare, unbeaten in her last 29 races, shares the ranking number 130 with the British star, Frankel son, CRACKSMAN. In 2013, the Austalian mare Black Cavier finished even with the European Treve. *Longines Rankings, compiled by the LONGINES World’s Best…

The UK leaving the EU: Racing Industry Guidance

Air Cargo

The British Horse Racing Authority provides guidance to industry participants on what to do as the UK leaves the EU (Brexit)  1 February 2019, UK ~ The British Racing and Breeding industries, represented by the Thoroughbred Industries Brexit Steering Group, hope that a Withdrawal Agreement between the United Kingdom and European Union can be reached…

Race Track Industry Program Announces Annual Award Winners

RTIP Alumni Bob Baffert

5 December 2018, Tucson, Arizona, USA ~ The Race Track Industry Program (RTIP) at the University of Arizona at Tucson, Arizona, announced its annual award winners during the 45th Annual Global Symposium on Racing awards luncheon held Tuesday, 4 December 2018. The 2018 Clay Puett Award was awarded to longtime Director and CEO of Del…

Syndication Hot in Dubai Meydan Meet Opening

DUBAI (November 7, 2018) – Racing at Meydan returns on Thursday evening, 8 November 2018, and features seven races, all on its dirt course. The evening is highlighted by a series of competitive handicaps, as well as a possible preview of the stars of tomorrow in the form of the Longines Ladies Master Collection, a…

Good Magic To Rest at Stonestreet Farm in Lexington, Kentucky

GoodMagic

Good Magic, most recently ninth in the Travers, will not race again this year17 September 2018,ELMONT, New York, USA ~ While Triple Crown winner Justify transitions into his life of retirement, the three horses who finished immediately behind him in the Kentucky Derby 4 1/2 months ago are making news. Good Magic, the Derby runner-up…

2019 Dubai World Cup Meeting Increases Prize Money to $35 million

Group 1 Dubai World Cup boasts a $7.2 million purse to the winnerOn 30 March 2019, the Dubai World Cup meeting is set to enhance its status as the world’s richest day of horse racing. Total purses for the card, which will feature six Group 1 and three Group 2 fixtures, will increase from US…

Breeders Cup Elects Board Members

Breeders’ Cup re-elects four board members, three new ones 11 July 2018, USA ~ Voting members of the Breeders’ Cup have re-elected four board members and selected three new board members, the Breeders’ Cup said Thursday. The re-elected directors were Barbara Banke, the owner of Stonestreet Stables; William S. Farish of his family’s Lane’s End…

And It’s Justify Winning Leg Two of the Triple Crown

Justify across the finish line (2) credit Jon Kral

What they said ~19 May 2018, Preakness #143 Post-Race Quotes ~ Bob Baffert (Winning Trainer, Justify) – (From NBC Broadcast) “It was a nail-biter. They put it to us. That was a good horse [Good Magic] and it was like they had their own private match race. Somebody had to give, and I’m glad it…

Herbert Leaving Al Shaqab Racing

Herbert to focus on expanding business26 March 2018, UK ~The Hon Harry Herbert will no longer be Racing Adviser to Sheikh Joaan Al Thani and Al Shaqab Racing from the end of April, 2018. He commented: “I am incredibly proud of everything Al Shaqab Racing has achieved since I became racing adviser to Sheikh Joaan…

Paddy’s Day Could Have the Luck in the Kahayla Classic

Paddys Day wins at Monmouth 2017

The road to Dubai World Cup Day25 March 2018, UAE ~ American-owned, American expat-trained and based in Dubai, Paddy’s Day has quite the diverse story, but the narrative that keeps playing over and over for the Purebred Arabian is his consistency and gameness in a fight. A two-time winner during the Dubai World Cup Carnival,…

2018 Likely Fields For the Dubai World Cup and Kahayla Classic

Paddys Day Win in Mazrat Al Ruwayah

21 March 2018, UAE ~ The Likely Entries have been released for the 31 March 2018 Dubai World Cup to take place at the Meydan racetrack in Dubai, UAE.   RACE 2 : US$1,000,000 DUBAI KAHAYLA CLASSIC (GROUP 1) 2,000m (10 furlongs) Dirt – by Mubadala Prize Money: 1st: $600,000 2nd:200,000 3rd: $100,000 4th: $50,000…

Australia’s Global Sprint Challenge Suspended in 2018

18 January 2018, Racing Victoria ~ Due to the restrictions placed on the movement of horses between Hong Kong and Australia, organisers have taken the decision to suspend the Global Sprint Challenge in 2018, with a view to resuming the series in 12 months’ time. With these restrictions – which were imposed late last year…

San Luis Rey Downs Fire Rallies Racing Community

From 15 December – Reprinted by Permission of the San Diego Tribune – Author, Bryce Miller The Lilac Fire that tore across North County killed at least 46 horses at San Luis Rey Downs, transforming a place brimming with life into one devastated by death. What did San Luis Rey endure in those fateful hours…

California Authority of Racing Fairs (CARF) Approves 2017 Dates

29 April 2017, Santa Anita, California ~ The California Horse Racing Board conducted its regular meeting Thursday, 27 April 2017, at Santa Anita Park.Chairman Chuck Winner presided. First Vice Chair George Krikorian, Second Vice Chair Madeline Auerbach and Commissioners Jesse Choper and Araceli Ruano also were in attendance. In brief: – The Board and those…

Espinoza Wins on Paddys Day at Santa Anita

Paddys Day wins

Grade I, $100,000 HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Darley Award Stakes1 April 2017, Arcadia, California ~ Just when he thought he ‘had ridden them all’, it was a first time experience for Triple Crown-winning jockey Victor Espinoza, thanks to the HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival. Ezpinoza, after becoming…

USA Breeders’ Cup and QREC Announce Partnership

Prestigious Thoroughbred Horse racing Leaders to Expand International Presence with Presenting Sponsor Titles at the 2017 Breeders’ Cup World Championships and The H.H Emir’s Sword Festival 25 January 2017, LONDON ~ Breeders’ Cup, one of Thoroughbred horse racing’s most prestigious international events, and Qatar Racing and Equestrian Club, announced a new partnership. The first of…

Al Ain Marathon 3200m Captured by Balad Al Reef

Ameer Al Sraya

13 January 2017, Al Ain, UAE ~ Racing at Al Ain Racecourse on Friday was highlighted by the second and middle round of the Al Ain Marathon Series, a 3200m handicap won in dramatic fashion by Balad Al Reef (Bibi De Carrere). Sporting the colors of Al Ajban Stables and saddled by Abdallah Al Hammadi,…

BHA Appoints David Sykes as Director of Equine Health and Welfare

The new Director-level role reflects the fact that equine welfare is a strategic priority for the BHA11 January 2016, UK ~ The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has announced the appointment of David Sykes to the newly created role of Director of Equine Health and Welfare. David joins the BHA from the United Arab Emirates (UAE)…

Breeders’ Cup Returns to Santa Anita In November 2016

Breeders Cup, The Thoroughbred Global Showdown, Renews Racing Deal 29 June 2016, LONDON ~ Breeders Cup Ltd has renewed its global rights deal with Henry Birtles Associates (HBA) up to and including 2018. Breeders’ Cup, Thoroughbred racing’s end-of-season global showdown, returns to Santa Anita in Arcadia, California, on 4 – 5 November 2016, where the…

How to Win Like a Top Trainer – with Lynn Ashby and Karin van den Bos

Energy and healing work and how it helps our athletic horses 4 May, 2016, USA ~ Part Two of the Two-Part series on Lynn Ashby – working with Karin van den Bos. On the first day of April 2016, Ashby and van den Bos worked on Thess Is Awesome before his race entry the next…