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  1. Talented three-year-old filly Dream Queen (NZ) (Super Easy) has provided her new owners with a quick return on investment. The daughter of Super Easy, who only recently joined the Ben and JD Hayes stable from New Zealand, took out the Listed Crockett Stakes (1200m) at The Valley on Cox Plate day, coming with a well-timed run under Luke Nolen. The flashy chestnut defeated Our Heidi (Needs Further) and New York Baby (Written Tycoon), putting her best foot forward after a plain effort when seventh at Mornington at her Australian debut. Dream Queen advanced her career record to three wins from
  2. Matthew Poon Ming-fai doesn’t get too many chances on talented young horses so he knows he needs to make the most of his opportunity on the Tony Cruz-trained debutant Super Fortune at Sha Tin on Sunday.The four-year-old son of Zoustar has impressed in his three trials, finishing second to top-line sprinter Stronger in his very first Hong Kong hit-out before finishing runner-up to South African Group Three winner Armando last month and then leading all the way to handle a bunch of Class Two and… View the full article
  3. When Jimmy Ting Koon-ho suggests he’s needed “a lot of luck” during a blistering start the season, it’s easy to mark it down as nothing more than a typically humble response from the fourth-season trainer.But there’s also some truth to it, with the 49-year-old’s numbers suggesting he’s needed a slice of fortune as he’s raced to 11 winner after just 12 meetings.With just one second and five thirds to go with his 11 victories, Ting is the only trainer with more wins than placings so far this… View the full article
  4. In his dirt test Oct. 22, Fletcher and Carolyn Gray's Figlio Del Re fought back nearing the wire in a seven-furlong maiden test at Laurel Park to win by a neck. View the full article
  5. The 6-year-old English Channel gelding ran down Two Emmys Oct. 22 at Keeneland to become the first graded stakes winner for trainer Jason Barkley in the $150,000 Sycamore Stakes (G3T). View the full article
  6. By Michael Guerin Trainers Barry Purdon and Scott Phelan may have been the stars of the show at Alexandra Park on Friday night but their biggest win of the night was even more emotional for their catch driver Josh Dickie. Dickie reined Major Jellis to upset heavily-backed stablemate Bad To The Bone and Copy That in the $25,000 Kerry Hoggard Memorial Holmes D G in a career-best performance from the winner. It was one that meant so much to Dickie as it was Hoggard, the late president of the Auckland Trotting Club, who helped Dickie and his father John get set up in Auckland from Hoggard’s w
  7. Trainer Aidan O'Brien has won the Vertem Futurity (G1) four times in the last 10 years and hopes to notch another win with Luxembourg. Group stakes winners Bayside Boy and Royal Patronage look to challenge the early Derby favorite. View the full article
  8. Two weeks before the Breeders' Cup at Del Mar, as many as 30 prospects for the two-day event recorded breezes across North America, led by moves from such high-class runners as Medina Spirit, Life Is Good, and Malathaat. View the full article
  9. Crunched into 2-5 favoritism to build on a debut second at Los Alamitos at the end of June, MESSIER (c, 2, Empire Maker–Checkered Past, by Smart Strike) made a bold run to the front fully three furlongs from home and coasted in to become a new 'TDN Rising Star' in Friday's fourth race from Santa Anita. Away only fairly beneath Flavien Prat, the $470,000 Fasig-Tipton Selected Yearling Showcase graduate worked his way up into a chasing second as the debuting Godsend (Midshipman) went a strong gallop up ahead of him. Prat allowed the heavy chalk to stride into the lead midway on the turn, widened
  10. 7th-Keeneland, $83,921, Msw, 10-22, 3yo/up, f/m, 6f, 1:09.85, ft, 8 1/2 lengths. GOODNIGHT OLIVE (f, 3, Ghostzapper–Salty Strike {MGSW, $485,266}, by Smart Strike) was second as 11-5 chalk at Keeneland back at Gulfstream in March, and proved worth the wait Friday with an impressive belated maiden breaker. Backed as the 2-5 chalk facing mostly firsters and a couple who had had plenty of chances, the FTKOCT grad showed good speed to vie for early command before being taken back adeptly by Tyler Gaffalione to let the top two go at it down the backside. She ranged up again out in the clear to unde
  11. Joseph O'Brien has already won the Melbourne Cup (G1) twice and looks to have a live chance of winning another of Australia's most prestigious races as Saratoga grade 1 winner State of Rest takes aim at the Ladbrokes Cox Plate (G1). View the full article
  12. 7th-Belmont, $90,000, Msw, 10-22, 2yo, f, 1 1/16m, 1:47.36, ft, 7 3/4 lengths. NOSTALGIC (f, 2, Medaglia d'Oro–Been Here Before {SP}, by Tapit), scratched out of an intended unveiling here about a month ago, showed three easy breezes in the interim and was let go at 9-1 as her second-time-starting stablemate Handbelle (Tapit) took the most tote attention. The Godolphin homebred showed little early foot and sat far back in second last down the backside through splits of :24.02 and :48.50. She sliced through a seam and began to inch closer as longtime leaders Into Happiness (Into Mischief) and S
  13. Zedan Racing Stables' Medina Spirit (Protonico) drilled six furlongs in 1:13 (2/7) on a foggy Friday morning at Santa Anita as he prepares for his next start in the $6-million GI Longines Breeders' Cup Classic at Del Mar Nov. 6. The Florida-bred was put through his paces by former jockey Juan Ochoa. “I got :59 and four,” said bloodstock agent Gary Young, who recommended the purchase of Medina Spirit to owner Amr Zedan. “You can see fine now [8:15 a.m.], but you couldn't see him when he worked. It was dark but I think the times are close enough,” Young said. “He looked good doing it.” Medina
  14. After a brief absence as a member on the Florida Thoroughbred Breeders' and Owners' Association board of directors due to term limits, George Isaacs returned to the board Oct. 22. Valerie Dailey was elected president. View the full article
  15. Cox Plate favourite Zaaki has been scratched on Saturday morning in a stunning move that throws open the door for a shock result at the $5m Group 1 at The Valley. View the full article
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