South Africa

South Africa: Like Winx And Zenyatta, Oh Susanna Makes Run At History

Superstar mares Winx, Zenyatta and South Africa’s Oh Susanna share more than just a sire, Street Cry. They all have a proven ability to succeed in major G1 races – even against male competitors. This weekend, Oh Susanna is looking to rival those daughters of Street Cry performances by becoming the first mare to achieve […]

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Do It Again, Oh Susanna Score Breeders’ Cup Berths In South Africa

With a strong closing rush inside the final 100 yards, Johnson, Kantor and Mitchell’s 4-year-old gelding Do It Again (SAF), trained by Justin Snaith, caught front-running Soqrat (AUS) at the wire to win the one-mile R1.5 million L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate at Kenilworth Racecourse by a neck under Richard Fourie and gained an automatic berth into […]

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South African Import Northern Superstar Seeks Quick Turnaround In Hong Kong Cup

It’s a rare thing to see a new import make its Hong Kong debut just two weeks before an intended run in the LONGINES Hong Kong International Races, but that’s the plan for Northern Superstar. The five-year-old mixed it with the very best in South Africa and is gearing up for a tilt at some […]

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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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Two-Time Horse Of The Year Legal Eagle Wins South Africa’s Queen’s Plate

With full determination heading to the wire, South Africa’s two-time Horse of the Year, Legal Eagle (SAF), with Anton Marcus up, won his third consecutive R1.5 million L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate (G1) on Saturday at Kenilworth Racecourse by a head over longshot Copper Force (SAF) and earned an automatic berth into the US$2 million Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1) […]

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Run Rhino Run Leaves Announcer ‘Shellshocked’ In Runaway South African Victory

A horse in South Africa named Run Rhino Run has drawn national attention after a race on Sunday evening at Greyville. With his tongue apparently over the bit, according to the Sporting Post, Run Rhino Run took jockey Serino Moodley on a wild, runaway ride over the 3000-meter course. Primarily traveling along the outside hedge and fighting […]

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South Africa: Racing World Mourns Sudden Death Of Jockey Alec Forbes

The South African racing community remains in a state of shock over the sudden death of jockey Alec Forbes from pneumonia on Aug. 24, only a few hours after he finished riding at Scottsville Racecourse. The Racing Post reports that Forbes, 41, told fellow riders at Scottsville earlier in the day that he didn’t feel well, and […]

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Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series Kicks Off Saturday In South Africa

The 2017 Breeders’ Cup Challenge begins this Saturday at Kenilworth Racecourse in South Africa with two outstanding Group 1 turf events in the one mile R1.5 million L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate, for an automatic berth into the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1) and the 1 1/8 mile R1 million Maine Chance Farms Paddock Stakes for […]

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Star South African Mare En Route For Eight-Month Journey To Breeders’ Cup

Smart Call left South Africa in March to prepare for a race in November. The 5-year-old mare captured the Group 1 Maine Chance Farms Paddock Stakes in January this year, a Breeders’ Cup Challenge “Win and You’re In” race for the Filly and Mare Turf. After defeating males with ease in her next Group 1 […]

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