Mike de Kock

Leading South African Trainer Mike De Kock To Reduce Stock After ‘Bitter’ Groom Strike

Eight-time champion trainer in South Africa, Mike de Kock has been frustrated by this week’s groom strike at Rand. The trainer suffered heart problems during the strike, and in a blog post on his website on Sunday, de Kock announced that he would be reducing his racing stock by 40 percent. “When members of my […]

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Groom Strike Interrupts Racing In South Africa

Assisted by the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), grooms at South Africa’s North Rand Training Center went on strike this week and caused a day’s races to be cancelled at Vaal, according to citizen.co.za. The strike was reported to be over both wages and working conditions. “I’m so sad because we’ve been working here for such […]

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‘Old Warrior’ Mubtaahij Back On Familiar Ground For Dubai World Cup

If Mubtaahij could speak, he would most likely say “been there, done that” about his foray for the US $10 million Dubai World Cup Sponsored by Emirates Airline (G1). Almost half of the 6-year-old son of Dubawi’s 22 career efforts have been at Meydan, and he was the runner-up to North American champion California Chrome in the […]

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UAE Derby Winner Mubtaahij Transferred To Bob Baffert

Mubtaahij, winner of the 2015 G2 UAE Derby, has been transferred to trainer Bob Baffert and currently is training at Los Alamitos. The BloodHorse reports that the 5-year-old son of Dubawi has been in California for about a month. He last raced March 25, when he finished fourth in the G1 Dubai World Cup. Owned by Sheikh Mohammed bin […]

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De Kock Aims Mubtaahij At Thursday Night Prep Race In Dubai

Eight-length winner of the UAE Derby in 2015, Mubtaahij also finished a very good second to world-class racehorse California Chrome in the 2016 Dubai World Cup, The 5-year-old son of Dubawi is on track to contest the $10 million race at Meydan again this year, and trainer Mike De Kock has entered the horse in […]

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Mubtaahij Transferred To McLaughlin For U.S. Campaign

Multiple stakes winner Mubtaahij, who finished second to California Chrome in the Group 1 Dubai World Cup, will be transferred to trainer Kiaran McLaughlin for a U.S. campaign. The Sporting Post reports that the 4-year-old son of Dubawi will soon join McLaughlin’s New York-based stable. Trainer Mike de Kock told the Post that he and the colt’s owner, Sheikh […]

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Mubtaahij, Frosted Set To Make 2016 Debuts At Meydan Thursday

Two of the main contenders for the 2016 Dubai World Cup will be in action at Meydan Racecourse tomorrow (Thursday) for the best Dubai World Cup Carnival action of the year so far. The fifth meeting of the flagship Meydan Racecourse season is sponsored by Emirates Global Aluminum and features the Group 2 Al Maktoum […]

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Mubtaahij Gets In One Last Work Before Saturday’s Belmont

With five works under his belt since arriving in New York, Mubtaahij received a final blowout Thursday morning in preparation for Saturday’s Belmont Stakes. The son of Dubawi worked three furlongs in 38.40 seconds, ranking 14th out of 22 at the distance over the main track, and returned in good order, according to his trainer […]

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Trio Of Belmont Contenders Turn In Workouts

Belmont Stakes hopeful Tale of Verve took to the Belmont main track early Saturday morning to log his final breeze in advance of the $1.5 million race on June 6. With exercise rider and jockey Kortez Walker up for the work, the son of Tale of Ekati went five furlongs in 59.02 seconds, the fastest […]

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Absorbine Presents Eric Kalet’s Triple Crown Photo Blog: New York, New York

The Paulick Report welcomes back photographer Eric Kalet as he shares his unique perspective on-site at the track in the days leading up to the Belmont Stakes. Each day, we’ll see through Eric’s eyes the preparations, festivities, and important moments leading up to the American Pharoah’s attempt to become the 12th Triple Crown winner. Even […]

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