international horse racing

Australia: Artificial insemination court case in final stages

The court case challenging Australia’s prohibition on artificial insemination in Thoroughbred breeding is nearing its conclusion.  This week, a judge is hearing three days of closing arguments and will then issue a ruling in the suit filed by breeder Bruce McHugh.  More from Bloomberg: “New Zealand breeder Janice McDonald said her business came to a […]

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Perfect Shirl not shipping to Argentina for Pellegrini

Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf winner Perfect Shirl did not make the trip to Argentina to compete in the Group 1 Gran Premio Internacional Carlos Pellegrini in Argentina, trainer Roger Attfield told the Thoroughbred Times. “It’s very disappointing, but her flight was postponed several times and I decided to absorb the plan,” Attfield said.  […]

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Perfect Shirl to face 23 rivals in major South American race

Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf winner Perfect Shirl was expected to arrive in Argentina Wednesday to mount a challenge in South America’s top race – Saturday’s Group 1 Gran Premio Carlos Pellegrini. The four-year-old Perfect Soul filly drew post nine in a 24-horse field and will again be ridden by John Velazquez, who was […]

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Australia: Hong Kong co-mingling idea enticing but difficult

An editorial in the Sydney Morning Herald addresses recent suggestions by Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges, CEO of the Hong Kong Jockey Club.  Engelbrecht-Bresges has proposed co-mingling pools with Australia, Britain, South Africa and possibly other Thoroughbred racing nations, even if it means leaving the Chinese government out of the equation and going offshore. Looking at the possibilities […]

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Panama: Venezuelan-bred Heisenberg takes Clasico

Even money favorite Heisenberg brought home the 44th Clasico Internacional del Caribe in Panama Sunday with a 1 1/4-length victory at Hipodromo Presidente Remon.  The Venezuelan-bred three-year-old, ridden by Emisael Jaramillo, won for the ninth time from 12 starts in 2011. It’s the third consecutive victory for a Venezuelan-bred in the Clasico.  Two runners from […]

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Panama track revels in hosting Classic, better fortunes

While it’s fairly quiet weekend for U.S. racing, Panama City probably feels a bit like Louisville before the Kentucky Derby.  For the first time since 1999, Panama will host the Clasico del Caribe, the feature race in a weekend series that is the biggest event on the Caribbean Thoroughbred racing calendar. As Claire Novak writes […]

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HRTV to air live coverage of Caribbean Classic from Panama

HRTV (R) will present live coverage of the $300,000 Caribbean Classic from Presidente Remon Racetrack in Panama this Sunday, December 11.   The richest Thoroughbred race in Latin America, the Caribbean Classic features 3-year-olds going 1 1/8 miles.  It has been contested since 1966.   The eighth race on the card, post time for the […]

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Hong Kong Cup, Vase highlight Turf World Championships at Sha Tin

Sunday’s Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Cup has attracted the highest-rated 1 1/4-mile horse in the world in Cirrus des Aigles, who will be favored against nine rivals.  Byword, who finished eighth in the Breeders’ Cup Mile, is among the challengers and should appreciate the longer distance of the Hong Kong Cup. Sunday’s card also includes […]

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Biles: Women control Panama’s Thoroughbred breeding future

The Blood-Horse’s Deirdre Biles is among the American turf writers in Panama this week for Sunday’s Clasico Internacional del Caribe (Caribbean Derby).  While in country, Biles is visiting various racing-related entities, including the two top Thoroughbred farms – Haras Cerra Punta and Haras San Miguel.  Biles says both farms are run by women: “Both women […]

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