Racing

Aheadbyacentury Seeks Ending To 40-Year Curse In Queen’s Plate

The so-called curse of Apollo, under which no horse had won the Kentucky Derby when unraced as a 2-year-old since 1882, was lifted this year by Triple Crown winner Justify. Canada has its own version of that now extinct jinx, as no horse since Norcliffe in 1976 has parlayed victory in Woodbine’s Coronation Futurity into […]

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‘Phoenix Through The Flames’: Royal Ascot Win A Poignant Success For Arthur Kitt

It was a poignant success for connections after winning the seven-furlong Listed Chesham Stakes at Royal Ascot with Arthur Kitt – the colt’s dam Ceiling Kitty had died giving birth to him. Ceiling Kitty had won the G2 Queen Mary in 2012 for owner Andrew Black of Chasemore Farm and trainer Tom Dascombe. “This means […]

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Future Bright For Popular Twins Mr. Ping And Mr. Pong

Twin Thoroughbreds Mr. Ping and Mr. Pong made an international splash earlier this year when they made their first starts in a claiming race at Charles Town April 6. They finished last and second last (Mr. Pong finishing just ahead of Mr. Ping). It’s so rare to have a pair of twins survive to adulthood, […]

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Motion Trying For First Queen’s Plate With Sam-Son Contenders

Trainer Graham Motion, who has won some of Thoroughbred racing’s most high-profile events, including the 2011 Kentucky Derby with Animal Kingdom, will have two chances to reign victorious in the upcoming Queen’s Plate, a race he’s long dreamed of winning. “It’s definitely a race that’s been on my radar, a race that I’d love to […]

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Alpha Centauri Dominates Coronation Stakes In Course-Record Time

Trainer Jessica Harrington broke her Royal Ascot maiden tag in style on Friday, her Mastercraftsman filly Alpha Centauri, owned and bred by the Niarchos family, winning the G1 Coronation Stakes by six lengths and in a course record time of 1m 35.89s from the Mark Johnston-trained Threading. Winner of the Irish 1,000 Guineas, she was […]

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Eqtidaar Gives Stoute 78th Royal Ascot Win In Commonwealth Cup

Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum’s Shadwell operation landed its second G1 Commonwealth Cup since the race’s inception in 2015, when Eqtidaar won the latest edition for trainer Sir Michael Stoute. Eqtidaar followed in the hoofprints of Shadwell’s Muhaarar, who stepped up from his Royal Ascot victory in 2015 to become champion sprinter, unbeaten in a further […]

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Union Strike Surfaces At Arlington For Chicago Handicap

A competitive baker’s dozen has been assembled for this Saturday’s Grade 3, $100,000 Chicago Handicap at Arlington International Racecourse. Headlining the seven-furlong test for fillies and mares over the all-weather surface is Grade 1 winner Union Strike, who breaks from post two under Corey Nakatani and enters the Chicago Handicap off of a five-month layoff. […]

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Sophie P Heads Wilshire On Santa Anita’s Closing-Day Program Sunday

Sunday’s closing day feature at Santa Anita, the Grade III, $100,000 Wilshire Stakes, has the look of a wide-open turf raffle, as trainer Jim Cassidy’s Sophie P heads a deep and contentious field of nine fillies and mares three and up at one mile on grass. With a neck separating the first three finishers, English-bred […]

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California Chrome’s Full Brother Faversham Breaks Maiden On Turf

Long-time racegoers know that racing’s chart books are chock-full of well-related full and half siblings that simply couldn’t run.  That can no longer be said about Faversham, a chestnut full brother to two-time Horse of the Year and four-time Eclipse champion California Chrome, as Faversham, ridden by Tiago Pereira, rallied from off the pace to […]

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Servis On Ohio Derby Contender Diamond King: ‘We Know He Can Get The Distance’

Several of the dozen 3 year olds who will line up for Saturday’s $500,000 Ohio Derby (Grade 3) at JACK Thistledown Racino have already run at the race’s 1 1/8-mile distance. A few—those who tried the Kentucky Derby or Preakness Stakes—have run longer without hitting the board. Only one, Diamond King, has a win at […]

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