international horse racing

Japan’s Horse of the Year to skip Dubai, target Arc run

The connections of Orfevre, recently named Japan’s Horse of the Year, said Wednesday he will not be racing in the Dubai World Cup Carnival this year but instead will stay home in Japan and work towards a campaign capped off by the Arc de Triomphe in France. “I want to make his condition to be […]

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Frankel, Black Caviar top final 2011 World Thoroughbred Rankings

The global horseracing year 2011 will be remembered as an exceptional year marked by two truly outstanding performers in the British trained three year old miler colt FRANKEL (GB) [136] and the older Australian sprinting mare BLACK CAVIAR (AUS) [132]. Both horses remain undefeated and both remain in training for 2012 when hopefully they will […]

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American trainer faces big hurdles in South Korea

The Los Angeles Times profiles Joseph Michael Murphy, a trainer from the U.S. who has spent the past two years trying to make it in the South Korean racing industry.  The country’s racing culture is famously resistant to outsiders – as Murphy has discovered.  He’s won just seven of 150 races, even as the Korean […]

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Italian racing industry in ‘serious trouble’; protest scheduled

Jockeys, trainers and breeders in Italy are planning a protest in Rome later this week in an effort to secure more money for the country’s near-defunct Thoroughbred racing industry.  Severe cuts in purses and funding for race courses have prompted strikes across Italy.  No races have taken place so far this year, reports The Guardian: […]

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Dubai World Cup Carnival set to get underway

With more than $38-million on the line and some of the world’s best horses poised to compete, including Kentucky Derby (G1) winner Animal Kingdom, the Dubai World Cup Carnival will begin on January 5 for what could be its most exciting season ever. The first two of 16 total Carnival programs, on January 5 and […]

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Brisnet: Fifth annual Reilly Turf Awards

At Brisnet, Kellie Reilly offers her fifth annual Reilly Turf Awards with categories ranging from “Outcome Most Influence by Course Condition” to “Unluckiest to be Foaled in the Same Year as Frankel.” The awards cover both domestic and international performances and include a separate category for filly and mare turf races.

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Japan captures the beauty and the bet

When I see a video like the one produced last weekend in Japan showcasing the retirement ceremony for Horse of the Year Buena Vista, it makes me want to strangle some of the self-absorbed, closed-minded people who occasionally comment on this site and in other public forums, saying that racing is a form of gambling […]

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Video: Buena Vista’s retirement ceremony in Japan

In case you missed the pomp and circumstance surrounding the retirement of six-time Grade 1 winner Buena Vista in Japan, below is a video of her retirement ceremony before a packed house at Nakayama Race Course. The ceremony included a recap of the beloved mare’s racing career, which featured wins in the Japanese 1,000 Guineas […]

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Australia: AI opponents say breeder could set up rival circuit

Closing arguments in an Australian case challenging the country’s ban on artificial insemination in Thoroughbred breeding wrapped up Monday with a judge expected to issue a ruling soon. Attorney James Emmett represents Thoroughbred Breeders Australia, which has urged the judge to dismiss the lawsuit filed by breeder Bruce McHugh.  Emmett said instead of destroying the […]

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