international horse racing

Australia: Veteran Trainer Bruce Purcell In Coma After Horse Kicks Him

Longtime Australian Thoroughbred trainer Bruce Purcell was placed in a medically induced coma Friday after being kicked in the head by a horse, the Herald-Sun reported. The incident reportedly happened while the 76-year-old was unloading horses. He was airlifted to a Melbourne hospital. There were more developments this week in Australian, when it was revealed […]

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New Zealand Shuts Down Seven Of Its 48 Tracks Due To Industry’s Financial Problems

New Zealand will shutter seven of its Thoroughbred racing venues for good, including one track that’s been racing for more than a century. Three tracks on the North Island and four on the South Island will shut their doors due to the financial instability of the country’s racing industry. “We’ve realized that there are 48 […]

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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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Haslett: A Winx Vs Arrogate Dream Matchup?

The world’s best racehorse is today as much a tale of two countries and their track types as the horses themselves. Top-rated Arrogate, according to the Longines World’s Best Racehorse Rankings, has excelled on dirt courses, winning the G1 Pegasus World Cup at Gulfstream Park last month and the G1 Breeders Cup Classic at Santa Anita last […]

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Bloodlines: Sunday Silence Progeny Still Speak Volumes

Perhaps you’ve read praise of Sunday Silence, champion racer in the US and Horse of the Year. Perhaps the gentle reader has even perused my comments on the degree to which the black son of Halo changed the breed and changed breeding in Japan. The saga of Sunday Silence began 30 years ago in Bourbon […]

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Haslett: Which Horses, Jockeys Rivaled Mike Smith, Arrogate At Australian Carnival?

Arrogate and jockey Mike Smith’s final surge in the Breeders’ Cup Classic to defeat favorite California Chrome by half a length was arguably the best ride of the 2016 Championships. Santa Anita hasn’t been the only track hosting top-quality racing action recently, with Sydney’s and Melbourne’s Spring Racing Carnivals showcasing the Emirates Melbourne Cup and […]

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Greetings From Uruguay: ‘At Home’ Under the Shade Trees

There are few things more appealing to me than going to a racetrack for the first time, especially if that track is in an out-of-the way place like Uruguay. Yes, Uruguay, or it might be better said, “Si, Uruguay.” I came to this South American country as the guest of the Codere Group’s racetrack division […]

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Treve Pays 14-1 for ADW Customers After Arc Odds Confusion

A few bettors who wagered on Treve to win Sunday’s Arc de Triomphe ended up receiving much higher odds than what she actually paid, according to the Daily Racing Form. The DRF cited knowledgable sources who said both TVG and Twinspires.com credited customers as if Treve went off at 14-1, although her payout was actually $8.00 […]

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Pope: Where’s the Game-Changing Innovation for Racing?

A few weeks ago, Apple presented its latest innovations, including a smart watch and a new way of paying for goods and services. In a short time, the company has literally changed the world with its innovations. The investment necessary to create and deliver such innovations is driven by a profit motive. Last summer, FIFA […]

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Bloodlines presented by VTA Stallion Season Auction: AI Battle Not Over Yet

Wealthy Australian Bruce McHugh is once again pushing for the legalization of artificial insemination in breeding Thoroughbreds. In 2011, McHugh filed suit against the Australian Jockey Club, Australian Racing Board, and Australian Stud Book on the grounds that the live-cover regulation which prevails round the world with Thoroughbreds was an illegal restraint of trade. Slightly […]

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