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The Other O’Brien, Magna Grecia, Prevails In QIPCO 2,000 Guineas

Magna Grecia provided trainer Aidan O’Brien with a record-breaking tenth victory in the QIPCO 2,000 Guineas. The Ballydoyle maestro saddled the first two in the betting but it was the lesser fancied Magna Gracia, rather than market leader Ten Sovereigns, who stole the show with a dominant display under Donnacha O’Brien. In a fractured contest, […]

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Coolmore Partners Buy Interest In Arkansas Derby Contender Galilean

The Coolmore group of John Magnier, Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith has purchased an interest in multiple stakes winner Galilean from West Point Thoroughbreds and partners ahead of Saturday’s Grade 1 Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark. Galilean is a son of Uncle Mo, who stands at Coolmore’s Ashford Stud in Kentucky. […]

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‘In Great Form’: American Pharoah Showing Off Down Under

Coolmore’s John Magnier posted a video of Triple Crown Champion American Pharoah on Saturday, depicting the stallion’s antics when being turned out in his paddock at Coolmore Australia. The 6-year-old son of Pioneerof the Nile has been in Australia for the Southern Hemisphere’s breeding season, and is approaching his time to return to the United […]

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Longines/IFHA International Award Of Merit To Magnier Family, Aidan O’Brien

The Magnier family and trainer Aidan O’Brien, the driving forces behind Coolmore and the Ballydoyle Racing Stable, have been selected as the recipients of the 2018 Longines and IFHA International Award of Merit, which recognizes distinguished horsemen and horsewomen for lifelong contributions to Thoroughbred racing. They will be honored on Tuesday Aug. 14, in Dublin, […]

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Coolmore Owner John Magnier Sells Modigliani Painting For $157 million

Irish billionaire John Magnier, owner of Thoroughbred racing’s Coolmore Stud, brought the hammer down at a different kind of auction Monday, selling a nude portrait by artist Amedeo Modigliani for $157.2 million, the fourth-highest price for a work of art at auction. Magnier had purchased the 1917 oil painting “Nu couché (sur le côté gauche)” […]

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Mendelssohn Scores In Kentucky Derby Points Race In Ireland, On To Dubai

Derrick Smith, Mrs. John Magnier and Michael Tabor’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (Grade I) champ Mendelssohn, trained by Aidan O’Brien and ridden by Ryan Moore, won Friday’s one-mile Patton Stakes (Listed) at Dundalk in Ireland to claim 20 points and the top spot on the new European Road to the Kentucky Derby Leaderboard. O’Brien ran 1-2-3 in […]

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‘Extraordinary’ O’Brien Breaks Record With 26th Group One Victory Of 2017

It has been on the cards for some time, but Saxon Warrior’s victory in the Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster finally provided Aidan O’Brien with a unique slice of racing history. The Ballydoyle handler notched his 26th Group One win of the year on Town Moor, breaking the record set by legendary American trainer Bobby […]

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American Pharoah’s Baby Brother ‘Pretty Impressive’ In Maiden-Breaking Effort At Del Mar

American Pharoah fans have a new face to root for: the Triple Crown champion’s full brother is now a winner at Del Mar. Owned by Mrs. John Magnier, the 2-year-old St Patrick’s Day contested the pace on the inside, then dug in late to hold off Instilled Regard, a $1.05 million OBS purchase, by a […]

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Ashford Purchases 725-Acre Farm In Midway, Kentucky

Ashford Stud, part of John Magnier’s Coolmore, purchased a 725-acre tract of land known as Waterford Farm in Midway, Kentucky. The deed transfers were filed on Feb. 19, according to bloodhorse.com and included six separate tracts sold for more than $10 million. Waterford belonged to the family of Dr. R. Smiser West, a successful breeder who […]

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Tattersalls October: Dubawi Filly Becomes Highest-Priced Yearling Of 2015

Book 1 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale continued in robust fashion with four lots topping the 1 million guineas mark, and a daughter of Dubawi realizing the top priced yearling in the world this year. A total of 125 lots were sold for 28,690,500 guineas at an average of 229,524 guineas and a median […]

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