Vincent O’Brien

Longines/IFHA International Award Of Merit To Magnier Family, Aidan O’Brien

The Magnier family and trainer Aidan O’Brien, the driving forces behind Coolmore and the Ballydoyle Racing Stable, have been selected as the recipients of the 2018 Longines and IFHA International Award of Merit, which recognizes distinguished horsemen and horsewomen for lifelong contributions to Thoroughbred racing. They will be honored on Tuesday Aug. 14, in Dublin, […]

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As Time Goes By: Clocking The Classics

In 1964 Northern Dancer won the Kentucky Derby in the then-record time of two minutes flat. Was that the single “most exciting two minutes” in Derby history? Vincent O’Brien and Robert Sangster certainly thought so. The “Dancer” had carved 1.6 seconds off Whirlaway’s 1941 mark, attracting the attention of horsemen the world round. Led by […]

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Jacqueline O’Brien, Widow Of Training Legend Vincent, Dies

Wife of one of the greatest influences in racing history Vincent O’Brien (according to a 2003 Racing Post poll), Jacqueline O’Brien passed away peacefully at age 89 on Tuesday. While she had no prior racing knowledge, the Racing Post published the family’s statement which said that Jacqueline “quickly became fully immersed in the business and […]

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Renowned sire Royal Academy dies at 25

One of the last links to the great Nijinsky – and to his equally great trainer Dr Vincent O’Brien – came to an end on Wednesday with the death of his son Royal Academy. The 25-year-old stallion succumbed to the infirmities of old age at Coolmore Australia. “It’s very sad,” said Tom Magnier, “Royal Academy […]

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By Ray Paulick Michael Dickinson’s interest in racing surfaces first took root in the mid-1970s when he spent two summers at Ballydoyle in Ireland, working with his mentor, the late Vincent O’Brien, the legendary Irish trainer. “He started the all-weather gallops,” Dickinson said of O’Brien. “Before that, everyone (in Europe) trained on grass or […]

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