French racing

Equine Flu Outbreak Reported At Training Yard In France

France Galop announced Monday an outbreak of equine flu in an area that’s part of the Chantilly training center. The organization has not released the trainer’s identity nor the number of horses that might be affected. Since an equine flu outbreak in Britain led to the shutdown of British racing for almost a week, France […]

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France Galop Shifts Final Meetings From ParisLongchamp Due To ‘Ground Maintenance’

The International Racing Bureau  reports that France Galop is moving the final three scheduled meetings at ParisLongchamp to Chantilly and Saint-Cloud due to ground maintenance. The Oct. 21 meeting will now be moved to Chantilly which includes the Group 2 Prix Du Conseil De Paris and three listed stakes, the Prix De Saint-Cyr, Prix Casimir […]

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A Racehorse Walks Into A Bar (No Really)

The old joke about a horse walking into a bar actually happened last week in France. Patrons at a sports betting pub near Chantilly racecourse can be seen relaxing and enjoying their drinks when all of the sudden they start running for cover. The next thing seen on the security camera footage is a tacked-up […]

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Reinvented Longchamp Enters A Brave New World

The long-awaited official opening of the new Longchamp, rebranded in the best marketing sense as ParisLongchamp to remind Parisians that the world’s most elegant racecourse is, indeed, just a few miles from the center of the French capital, went off with only a few hitches on Sunday afternoon as local racegoers and invited guests braved […]

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Shuback: Foreign Invasion Creates Troubled Times For French Racing

The death last month of the Marquise de Moratalla, for decades one of France’s leading breeder/owners, prompted her longtime trainer, the recently retired Francois Doumen, to remark that “she was the type of owner we don’t have in France anymore.” In fact, Doumen was putting his finger into the wound that has caused much agonizing […]

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Murder, She Wrote? Son’s Murder Allegation Opens Investigation Into Death Of ‘Grande Dame Of French Racing’

An investigation has been launched into the death of leading French racehorse owner, the Marquesa de Moratalla, after it was alleged that she had been the “victim of foul play.” According to a report in the Racing Post, the prosecutor’s office in Bayonne, France, has opened a formal investigation and ordered an autopsy be conducted after the […]

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Party Animals: Section Of Chantilly Racecourse Damaged By Wild Boars

Maintenance crews at Chantilly Racecourse had their hands full Tuesday morning after it was discovered that several wild boar had gotten onto the property overnight and dug up part of the course. The Racing Post reports that crews got to work immediately repairing the turf in front of the Grandes Ecuries, “near the halfway mark of the […]

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Vive La France: Horses Could Soon Be Thundering Up The Champs-Elysees

Residents of Paris – not London – may be the first to witness a truly unique equine sporting event next year, if a proposal to bring ‘street racing’ ever gets off the ground. The Racing Post reports that two companies – City Racing and SEL UK – originally presented a proposal to bring horse racing to the streets […]

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Goldi’s Girl: Daughter Of Goldikova Defeats Treve’s Sister In G3 Prix Cleopatre

Terrakova remained perfect in two starts when she rallied from just off the pace to win the G3 Prix Cleopatre at Saint-Cloud May 23. The race marked the stakes debut for the beautifully-bred 3-year-old filly, who is by Galileo out of three-time G1 Breeders’ Cup Mile winner, Goldikova. One of Terrakova’s rivals in the 10-furlong […]

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Pan Am Conference: Challenges And Advantages Of Globalizing Racing

The Jockey Club kicked off its Pan American Conference Thursday in Washington D.C. with a program focusing on the international and gaming elements of Thoroughbred racing. The conference, which according to the event website was sold out, covered a broad range of speakers and panels on its first day. The Paulick Report will bring you […]

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