Thoroughbred Racing

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…

Deeb-trained Naj S’hail scores under De Sousa in Abu Dhabi Wathba Cup

7 December 2014, Abu Dhabi ~ Najm S’hail under Silvestre De Sousa locked out Girl Powerr ridden by Saeed Al Mazrouei in a strong finish in the Wathba Stud Farm Cup For Private Owners Only contested over 1000 metres at the Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club on Sunday 7 December. Trained by Saifaldin Deeb at Al Falah Stables, the six-year-old son of…

TB Alert – California Chrome ranked 9th in LONGINES World’s Best Racehorse Rankings

[News-Ticker] Longines World’s Best Racehorse Rankings Leading Horses 1st January 2014 – 9th November 2014 (The next edition will be released on 20th January 2015) View Complete Rankings Rank Horse Rating Trained 1 JUST A WAY (JPN) 130 JPN 2 AUSTRALIA (GB) 126 IRE 2 KINGMAN (GB) 126 GB 2 THE GREY GATSBY (IRE) 126…

TB Alert – Longines Best Jockey Award

2 December 2014, IFHRA ~ Following the Japan Cup in Association with Longines at Tokyo Racecourse in Japan, British jockey  clinched the title of Longines World’s Best Jockey over Belgian jockey Christophe Soumillon. Despite Soumillon’s stunning victory in the celebrated Japanese race aboard Epiphaneia (JPN), Moore’s earlier successes in the world’s top 100 Group 1 and…

Al Atique Shows Heels to Field of 15 as Doha Racing Season Winds Down

April 24, 2014, Doha, Qatar ~  On the 24th day of April Al Shahania kept up the heat at the Qatar Racing and Equestrian Club as Al Atique (Amer x Somra) under jockey Alberto Sanna showed his heels to top season challengers. Trained by Julian Smart, the 5-yr/old won the Pure Arabian Conditions race in the time of 02:11.93 seconds…

Top Thoroughbred Racehorse Ranking Gives Just A Way 130

April 12, 2014, USA ~ Just a Way, a son of Heart’s Cry, is the top rated race horse at 130 in rankings compiled by the Longines World’s Best Racehorse Rankings Committee and published by the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities. Just A Way (2009) won the Meydan Dubai Duty Free on March 29, 2014, by over…

Callateral Wins Al Ain Mile at Final Meeting

The Oertel and O’Shea Victory Ride Rolls OnMarch 20, 2014, Al Ain, UAE ~ The Ernst Oertel and Tadhg O’Shea bandwagon continues apace with the Champion Trainer and Jockey combining with Callateral (Calin Du Loup (FR) x Tomoka Kate (US) by Ala Croixnoire) to win the Al Ain Mile, the 1600m feature race at the concluding…

Meydan race meets available for viewing live on Horse Races Now

February 20, 2014, Lexington, Kentucky  ~ Horse Races Now, LLC – announced an agreement today with Am West Entertainment to showcase live and replay video from the Dubai World Cup Carnival (DWCC) on its app, Horse Races NOW. The live video will be available in the palm of the user’s hand on iPhones, iPads, iPod touch…

Preakness Stakes Purse Increase in 2014

December 12, 2013, Baltimore ~ The Maryland Jockey Club announced that it has increased the purse for the Preakness Stakes (G1) from $1 million to $1.5 million for 2014. The middle jewel of Thoroughbred racing’s Triple Crown will be run Saturday, May 17, 2014 at historic Pimlico Race Course. This is the first increase for the…

Arqana Posts Record Results at Thoroughbred Breeding Stock Sale

December 8, 2013, Deauville, France ~ The first day of the Deauville Breeding Stock Sale posted results without precedent, generating a turnover of €18,252,500 (including private sales), a figure up by 31% compared to 2012, according to a press release by Arqana. Buyers from Qatar, the United States, Australia, Japan, and Brazil purchased 159 broodmares, fillies and foals.…

BLACK CAVIAR, TREVE, AND WISE DAN To Be Honored at the LONGINES WORLD’S BEST RACEHORSE Ceremony

THE LONGINES WORLD’S BEST RACEHORSE RANKINGS for Thoroughbreds (For 3yos and upwards which raced between 1st January and 24th November 2013) will honor  Black Caviar, Treve, and Wise Dan at a Gala Dinner in Hong Kong on December 6. BLACK CAVIAR (AUS) [130] and TREVE (FR) [130], the joint top rated horses in the 2013 LONGINES…

SOREC celebrates Casablanca-Anfa Racing

November 27, 2013, Morocco ~ The Saturday November 23, Thoroughbred racing at Casablanca Anfa race track organized by SOREC (Societe Royale d’encouragement du Cheval) stakes races with PMU Premium collected 700,000 euros, almost 350,000 euros each for the two principal races – a record for racing even in France, the home country of the PMU.…