Thoroughbred Racing

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…

A Conversation With Race Broadcaster Derek Thompson

Derek Thompson has planned racecourses for Sheikhs, ridden with the Prince, and has had tea with the Queen7 April 2016, USA ~ Known as Tommo in the world of horse race broadcasters, his wit, glib spirit, and love of racing has taken him on a wild ride around the world. Derek, as that is his…

California Chrome will break from Stall Eleven

US trained horses in good position 24 March 2016, Dubai, UAE ~ Saturday’s 2016 $10m Dubai World Cup sponsored by Emirates promises to be a cracker with a formidable American challenge appearing to hold the strongest hand. Horses trained in the USA have won the world’s most valuable horse race on nine occasions while Godolphin-owned…

California Chrome has Taylor California Dreaming

24 March 2016, Dubai, UAE ~ Frank Taylor, vice president of boarding operations at Taylor Made Farm, can barely contain his enthusiasm when it comes to talking about this Saturday’s $10m Dubai World Cup sponsored by Emirates. Not just because his family’s Thoroughbred breeding operation, owned in partnership with his brothers Duncan, Mark and Ben, have…

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…