hawkbill

International G1 Winner Hawkbill Retired

Hawkbill, one of the most popular horses to carry Godolphin’s royal blue colors, has been retired after a highly successful racing career. The son of Kitten’s Joy won 10 of his 24 starts and raced in six countries over four seasons stretching from 2015. Charlie Appleby, his trainer, paid warm tribute to the bold-running 6-year-old, […]

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Jet-Setting Hawkbill ‘Has Been Nearly Everywhere’, Looking For Redemption In Northern Dancer

If horses could be given airline rewards accounts, it’s safe to say Hawkbill would probably have more frequent flier miles than you do. The 5-year-old, who takes aim at the Grade 1 Northern Dancer at Woodbine Saturday, took a somewhat circuitous path to get to Toronto, but assistant trainer Sophie Chretien said it’s nothing he […]

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Weekend Lineup: Breeders’ Cup Qualifiers Up And Down The Slate

It’s a big weekend of high-class turf racing north of the border and overseas, with eight of those races being “Win and You’re In” for the Breeders’ Cup. Plus ready or not, it’s time once again to jump on the Road to the Kentucky Derby and Oaks, as Churchill Downs hosts the Iroquois and Pocahontas […]

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Hawkbill ‘Loaded For Bear’ – Johnny Bear – In Northern Dancer Rematch

Johnny Bear, who toppled the odds-on English invader Hawkbill here in last year’s Northern Dancer Turf, again will be looking to bring down the talented European invader in Saturday’s renewal of the Grade 1 feature. The Northern Dancer, worth $300,000, is a mile and a half turf race for 3-year-olds and upward and attracted a […]

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Hawkbill Looking To Improve On 2017 Northern Dancer Result At Woodbine

Trainer Charles Appleby will be represented by a pair of talented Godolphin runners on next weekend’s lucrative Ricoh Woodbine Mile undercard. Hawkbill, a multiple Group 1 winner, will be taking his second attempt at the Grade 1 Northern Dancer Turf.  Last year, the now-five-year-old son of Kitten’s Joy finished second, by a head, in the […]

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Free Drop Billy Could Switch To Turf For Secretariat Stakes

Trainer Dale Romans indicated that 2018 Triple Crown contender Free Drop Billy could make the switch over to grass for the Grade I $400,000 Secretariat Stakes on Saturday, Aug. 11. The 1 1/8-miles turf event for 3-year-olds is just one of five stakes carded for the Arlington International Festival of Racing. The Bruce D. Memorial Stakes, Grade […]

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Godolphin’s Derby Hero Masar Supplemented To Coral-Eclipse

Investec Derby hero Masar headlines 10 contenders for the Group 1 Coral-Eclipse on Saturday, July 7. Owned by Godolphin and trained by Charlie Appleby, Masar registered a decisive length and a half victory under William Buick in Britain’s premier Classic over 12 furlongs at Epsom Downs on June 2. He is the 5/4 favorite with […]

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Romans: Belmont Distance Suits Pedigree Of Free Drop Billy

Albaugh Family Stables’ Breeders’ Futurity (Grade I) winner Free Drop Billy breezed five furlongs in :59.60 Monday morning at Churchill Downs as the colt prepares for a possible start in the June 9 Belmont Stakes (GI). During the exclusive training session from 7:30-7:40 a.m. EDT for horses preparing to start in the 1 ½-mile test, Free Drop Billy began his breeze at […]

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North America Leads Throughout Al Maktoum Challenge; Hawkbill Lowers Course Record

The final fixture of the 2018 Dubai World Cup Carnival, Super Saturday lived up to its billing with both Group 1 features producing memorable winning efforts. Introduced in 2003 as a dress rehearsal for the Dubai World Cup card three weeks later, all seven races are mirror images of a race to be contested on […]

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Johnny Bear Noses Out Hawkbill In Northern Dancer Turf

Colebrook Farms and Bear Stables’ Johnny Bear just got his nose in front of 3-5 favorite Hawkbill to win Saturday’s Grade 1 Northern Dancer Turf at Woodbine Racecourse. At odds of 9-1, the 6-year-old son of English Channel covered 12 furlongs over the firm turf in 2:28.34 under jockey Luis Contreras. It was the first […]

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