Thoroughbred Racing

Meydan Trackwork Notes – Dubai World Cup

Monday, March 21 – We will bring you some of the inside scoop from Meydan this week. Group 1 US$10m Dubai World Cup sponsored by Emirates Airlines – 2000m (Dirt) California Chrome (USA) – The fan favorite trotted for 15 minutes on the Quarantine Centre training track under exercise rider Dihigy Gladny. The 2014 Eclipse…

California Chrome Among Top Rated In Worldwide Racehorse Rankings

CALIFORNIA CHROME (USA)is one of the top three rated 121 by the Longines World’s Best Racehorse rankings. Although none of the top ranked are based in the United Arab Emirates, all three are being pointed toward the Dubai World Cup card on 26 March. Earning a top Longines ranking of 121, California Chrome kicked off…

So Big Is Better to run in Qatar Emir’s Sword Festival

Emir’s Sword Festival Attracts Strong International Entries 10 February 2016, Doha, Qatar ~ The 2016 Emir’s Sword Festival which takes place in Doha, Qatar, on 26, 27 and 28 February has seen a very strong international entry with the feature races run on the Sunday in two races, The 2016 H.H The Emir’s Trophy (Gr…

Frosted Breaks Track Record While Landing Dubai World Cup Prep

4 February 2016, Dubai, UAE ~ Thursday’s EGA-sponsored 4 February Dubai World Cup Carnival meeting saw the Godolphin show return to Meydan, as the boys in blue provided winners for all three Thoroughbred Group races, including an imperious performance from Dubai World Cup hope, Frosted. Frosted looked a class apart as he landed the US$250,000…

Edouard de Rothschild Elected to the Post of President of France Galop

A long-time horseman and member of the Rothschild banking family, Rothschild served two terms as President of France Galop from 2004-2011 before being defeated by Bertrand de Belinguier in 2011. He was re-elected in the 2015 polls to once again be in charge of France Galop. Rothschild has tagged Jean d’Indy to continue as vice-president…

Meydan Good Venue for Manark

17 December 2015, Dubai, UAE ~ For owner HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum and trainer Erwin Charpy it was a big-race double night at Meydan on Thursday evening 17 December. The meeting opened with the only Purebred Arabian race on the card, the 1600m Group 2 Mazrat Al Ruwayah and it was turned…

New Ideas Plentiful at Tucson Racing Symposium

The new ideas came fast and furious9 December 2015, Tucson, Arizona, USA ~ Innovation is the theme of the 42nd annual Symposium on Racing & Gaming held 8 and 9 December in Tucson, Arizona. The two-day program got off to a lively start on Tuesday morning with a whirlwind of new ideas for attendees to…

The New Life of Trainer Elizabeth Bernard

Elizabeth Bernard speaks to Horsereporter (HR) about the changes in her life this year7 December 2015 ~ Jean-Francois Bernard and his wife and partner, Elizabeth, worked together for over 31 years training horses in many countries. When Jean-Francois became ill and passed away early in 2015, Elizabeth Bernard’s life quickly changed. In spite of huge challenges,…

2016 Night Turf St. Moritz

On Friday evening, 5 February, 2016 Night Turf St. Moritz, the second presentation of horse racing on snow and ice by night guarantees more excitement than ever before! Last year’s premiere of the Night Turf was a huge success as more than 5,000 spectators watched the first night races on the frozen lake of St.…

Emirates Racing Authority App for Smartphones Launched

1 December 2015, UAE ~ His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chairman of the Emirates Racing Authority (ERA), has launched the ERA’s App for smart phones where racing fans can get all of their ERA racing information almost instantly during the racing season 2015 – 2016. The app is easily downloadable from the…

RMTC Board Amends List of Controlled Therapeutic Medications

 15 October 2015, Atlanta, Georgia, USA ~ At its October 13 meeting in Atlanta, GA, the board of directors of the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC) took several actions that will improve the health and safety of horses, and also received important updates on a variety of reform initiatives currently in process nationwide. One…

Dubai Racing Club Releases 2016 Dubai World Cup Carnival Program

Prize Money worth US$38.9 8 October 2015, Dubai, UAE ~ Dubai Racing Club has released the 13th Dubai World Cup Carnival program, an 11-week schedule of international races worth US$38.9 million and staged at Meydan Racecourse. Racing begins on Thursday, 7 January 2016 and concludes on Saturday, 26 March 2016 with the US$30m Dubai World…

Frankie Dettori – a Picture Says It All

Frankie Dettori after winning the Arc de Triomphe on Golden Horn   Frankie Dettori commented: “I am extremely grateful to his highness Sheikh Joaan Al Thaani for letting me continue to ride Golden Horn during the course of this season. It was a very sporting gesture to greet me so graciously after Golden Horn won…

Newmarket Rowley Mile Showcases Racehorse Retraining 10 October

5th October 2015 – Day two of the inaugural Dubai Future Champions Festival on Saturday, 10 October, will feature a Retraining of Racehorses (RoR) Parade, the line-up for which includes two winners of the Dubai World Cup and an Ascot Gold Cup winner. The winners of the last two running’s of the Dubai World Cup,…

Sandee Martin – Jockey, Race Trainer, Action Hero

7 August 2015, Pennsylvania, USA ~ Sandee Martin knew what she wanted to be before she could properly say the word jockey. By age 14, she was breaking colts. Now at 47, Martin is an established winning trainer. No longer riding as a professional, she spends time on the track as a member of amateur jockey groups…

Jockey Richard Hughes Rides Final Day at Goodwood

2 August 2015, Goodwood Racecourse ~ Richard Hughes, Hughesie, is one of England’s most decorated flat jockeys with 31 Royal Ascot winners, two British Classics and multiple Group One successes. His final race on 1 August was the seven-furlong Qatar Stakes aboard the three-year-old Fox Trotter, but although well placed in the backstretch with two furlongs to go, the…

Pan Am Conference Concludes with Messages on Medication Reform, Marketing

12 June 2015, New York City, USA ~ The two-day Pan American Conference, from 3 -6 June, co-hosted by The Jockey Club, the breed registry for Thoroughbreds in North America, and the Latin American Racing Channel (LARC), concluded Friday afternoon at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City with presentations from prominent individuals from inside…

Louis Romanet Re-elected as Chairman of IFHA

Executive Council to serve through 2018 3 June 2015, New York, USA ~ During its meeting at the 2015 Pan American Conference, the Executive Council of the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA) re-elected for a term of three years incumbent Chairman Louis Romanet and current Vice-Chairmen Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges (Asia), Jim Gagliano (Americas), and Brian Kavanagh…

Khalifa Mohammed Alattiya Appointed General Manager of Al Shaqab Racing

14 May, 2015, Qatar ~  Al Shaqab announced today that Khalifa Mohammed Alattiya has been appointed General Manager of Al Shaqab Racing. Al Shaqab started in 2011 with Arabian racing and achieved multiple Group 1 wins including the Kahayla Classic two years in a row. It has now evolved into one of the modern superpowers…

Preakness Stakes a Favorite for Familiar Face Bob Baffert

Hall of Fame Trainer Seeks 5th Win with American Pharoah, Dortmund13 May 2015, Baltimore, Maryland ~ Though he’ll be on a mission to win Saturday’s 140th running of the Preakness Stakes with either Kentucky Derby winner American Pharoah or Derby third-place finisher Dortmund, Bob Baffert won’t be all business when he arrives at Pimlico Race Course…

Baffert Looks to Preakness with American Pharoah and Dortmund

11 May 2015, Baltimore, Maryland ~ Five-time Preakness-winning trainer Bob Baffert was back at Churchill Downs Monday morning to get his first live look in a week at Zayat Stables’ Kentucky Derby (G1) winner American Pharoah and Kaleem Shah’s third-place finisher Dortmund. “I was happy with both of them. It looks like they have kept the…

Pointing to the Preakness – May 16

American Pharoah, Firing Line and Kaleem Shah’s Dortmund are being pointed to the Middle Jewel of the Triple Crown at Pimlico on May 16. All are scheduled to remain at Churchill Downs until flying to Baltimore on Wednesday, May 134 May 2015, Louisville, Kentucky ~ Arnold Zetcher’s Firing Line seemed to enjoy the peace and quiet…

Vetlana De Faust wins Al Huwaila Cup in Qatar racing

16 April 2015, Qatar ~ Injaaz Stud’s Vetlana De Faust (Al Saoudi x Svetlana) posted a victory over Al Majh’hoor in the Al Huwaila Cup, one of three Pure Arabian races featured the eight-event card of the evening at the Qatar Racing & Equestrian Club on Thursday, 16 April 2015.The Jassim Al Ghazali trained Vetlana De Faust was…

Frankie Dettori announced as ambassador for Newmarket Racecourses

One of Britain’s most famous sportsmen, Frankie Dettori MBE, is to be the official ambassador for Newmarket Racecourses in 201513 April 2015, UK  ~ Frankie has been one of the world’s top jockeys for over a quarter of a century with more than 200 Group 1 triumphs and has been associated with many of the top…

Kahayla Classic Winning Trainer Meets Media of Second Chengdu Dubai International Raceday

31 March,2015, Chengdu, China ~ Erwan Charpy, trainer Manark, the winner of the 2015 US$1m Dubai Kahayla Classic on Dubai World Cup day, met members of the Chinese media at Jinma Lake Racecourse today (Tuesday, 31 March). Six UAE-based trainers will saddle runners at Friday’s Chengdu Dubai International Cup, now in its second year. Charpy,…

Al Atique wins Yousef Al Romaihi Cup

26 March 2015, Doha, Qatar ~ H.H Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Thani’s Al Atique (Amer x Somra) posted a pillar to post victory in the Yousef Al Romaihi Cup, a Pure Arabian contest for four years old and older, run over 2400 metres, which featured the eight-event card at the Racing and Equestrian Club Thursday March…

CHROME TEAM CONTINUE TO DREAM

26 March 2015, Dubai,UAE ~ For 77-year-old trainer Art Sherman and the connections of California Chrome (USA), the dream that they still live in began on April 26, 2013, when a raw, chestnut racehorse with a big white blaze and marginal pedigree made his first career start at the now  defunct Hollywood Park. “As a two-year-old…

California Chrome will start from stall nine in US$10m Dubai World Cup

25 March 2015, Dubai, UAE ~Post Position Draw Quotes for the US$10m Dubai World Cup sponsored by Emirates 2000m (dirt) Saeed bin Suroor (trainer, Prince Bishop (IRE), post 1 and African Story (GB), post 3) – Regarding Prince Bishop: “I just hope he jumps well. He’s been working well and this is his race.” Regarding…

Chrome Watch – Dubai World Cup

As California Chrome readies for the Group 1 US$10m Dubai World Cup on Saturday, 28 March, we will issue work-out notes from the Meydan track. Track Notes, 23 March Meydan – Group 1 US$2m Dubai Golden Shaheen sponsored by Gulf News – 1200m (Dirt) Big Macher (USA), entered in Group 1 US$2m Dubai Golden Shaheen appeared alongside…

Racing Takes Centre Stage at Qatar International Equestrian Festival

23 February 2015 ~ The focus turns to horse racing on Tuesday, 24 February at H.H The Emir 24th International Equestrian Sword Festival when Qatar’s most prestigious race meeting gets underway following five days of major international horse shows staged under the patronage of H.H Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani Emir of the State…

January at QREC Show Off Wins by Rafaal, Meghwaar, Mekhbatt

29 January 2014, Doha ~ On 28 January, the last day of the month’s racing at Qatar Equestrian & Racing Club, the H.H Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Thani owned Refaal (Majd Al Arab x Dixie Darlene) with Richard Mullen up dominated the first race to win the Local Bred Pure Arabian Maiden Plate. After hitting the front…

Chrome Watch – US$10m Group 1 Dubai World Cup Looks to the Stars

Dubai World Cup on 28 March 2015 will showcase the top racehorses for 2014The Dubai World Cup to include star-studded cast of the world’s best racehorses of 2014 for the 20th running of the world’s richest race day. The US$10m Group 1 Dubai World Cup, sponsored by Emirates Airline, attracted 296 nominations made notable by the…

International Federation of Horse Racing Academies Formed in Abu Dhabi

2 January 2014, Abu Dhabi ~ Abu Dhabi will be the headquarters for the newly formed equine body, the International Federation of Horse Racing Academies (IFHRA). The Federation will share best practice in horse racing education and training between countries. A most important aspect of the Federation will be the development of an international standard of skills for the…