international horse racing

Al Shaqab Expansion Includes New Racing Advisor, Plans for U.S. String

Qatari Sheikh Joaan Bin Hamad Al Thani has appointed Harry Herbert, founder of the successful British racing syndicate Highclere, as racing advisor of his high-powered global string of Thoroughbreds that could have a growing presence in the United States. The appointment of Herbert, who will manage the Al Shaqab Racing operation from his Berkshire, England, […]

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Pants On Fire Lone Foreign Challenger in Japan Cup Dirt

Trainer Kelly Breen said George and Lori Hall’s Pants On Fire “has never looked better” as he prepared for Sunday’s 14th and final Japan Cup Dirt at Hanshin Racecourse in Japan. The Grade 1 race with a purse in excess of $3 million (U.S.)  is being transformed into the Champions Cup and will be moved […]

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Three Chimneys Presents Good News Friday: Racing’s Jack Kerouac

When Tom Miscannon says he’s been around, he isn’t kidding. Miscannon is on a quest to visit as many racetracks as possible in his lifetime. So far his trek has taken him to 311 tracks on three continents. The project began when Miscannon was stationed in Scotland with the U.S. Navy in the 1980s. He […]

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Hong Kong Jockey Club Official: Ban Steroids For Training

Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges, CEO of the Hong Kong Jockey Club, urged leaders in the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities to ban steroid use for training, referencing the recent scandal surrounding Godolphin trainer Mahmood Al Zarooni. Al Zarooni claimed that he did not know giving steroids to his horses was a violation of British regulations, since steroid […]

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Crisford: ‘It’s Going to Take a Long Time to Recover’

Godolphin racing manager Simon Crisford, in an interview with Channel 4 Racing one day after Mahmood Al Zarooni was suspended eight years by the British Horseracing Authority for giving horses banned anabolic steroids, said it will take a long time for the operation to recover from what he called the “reckless” actions of one of […]

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The Independent: Animal Kingdom ‘Glorious Example’ of What Could Be

The British newspaper, The Independent, provides a glowing review of Animal Kingdom’s Dubai World Cup victory and his fearless travel habits.  Chris McGrath writes that Animal Kingdom could be the prototype for the 21st international Thoroughbred: “Not only did he stem a tide of disappointment for American raiders, since the World Cup moved from a […]

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Colour Vision beats stablemate Opinion Poll in Ascot Gold Cup

It was a one-two finish for Godolphin in the Group 1 Gold Cup at Royal Ascot Thursday, with 6-1 Colour Vision holding off last year’s runner-up Opinion Poll at the wire.  There would be no Gold Cup repeat for heavy favorite Fame And Glory, who failed to mount a serious threat in the stretch. Under […]

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Black Caviar sizzles in final work before attempt at 21 straight

If Black Caviar’s work Tuesday was a sign of things to come in her next race, her rivals are all running for second as usual. “She never ceases to amaze me,” (trainer Peter) Moody said after the five-year-old ran home her final 400m in 22.26 sec on the Caulfield course proper. “She worked lovely, quickening […]

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Australian jumps racing faces pressure following death

The death of a horse in the first steelplechase event of the season at Australia’s Sandown Race Course is prompting calls from animal rights groups to ban the sport.  Victoria and South Australia are the only states that conduct jumps racing.  RSPCA Victoria president Hugh Wirth tells the Racing Post state government is to blame […]

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The Factor, Giant Ryan face tall order against Rocket Man

Singapore’s remarkable sprinter Rocket Man bids to defend his crown in this 1,200m all-weather contest, having also finished second in the race in 2010. Trained by Patrick Shaw, he certainly appears the one they all have to beat and it is hard to make a strong case for many of his 11 rivals who are, […]

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