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  1. A Breeders' Cup "Win & You're In" Challenge Race Qualifier, the winner of the 1 1/16-mile Chandelier will earn a fees-paid berth into the $2 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) Nov. 4 at Keeneland. View the full article
  2. Drafted will vie for his third graded victory of the year in the Oct. 8 $250,000 Vosburgh Stakes (G2), a seven-furlong main track sprint for 3-year-olds and up, at the Belmont at the Big A fall meet. View the full article
  3. When the New York Racing Association moved the Flower Bowl Stakes (G2T) from the Belmont Park fall meet to Saratoga Race Course, it created a void in the filly and mare turf division. View the full article
  4. The Thoroughbred Education and Research Foundation (TERF) has awarded TAKE2 Second Career Thoroughbred Program Inc. with $4,000. TAKE2 Second Career Thoroughbred Program Inc., launched in 2012, promotes and develops second careers for racehorses that have retired from the track. In alignment with their mission to support and promote equine education by supporting organizations that are educating the public on the proper care of horses, TERF continues to offer their financial assistance in 2022. “Education is key to the success of Thoroughbred aftercare,” TAKE2 Executive Director Andy Belfio
  5. Keeneland opens its highly anticipated fall meet Friday with a trio of graded stakes that each provide the winners with a spot in the gate for the Breeders' Cup World Championships to be held in Lexington the first weekend of November. The highlight of the day will be the GI Darley Alcibiades S., a qualifier for the GI Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies. Ken McPeek and Brad Cox have taken turns the last few years, each winning two of the last four, and McPeek has the morning-line favorite in last-out GIII Pocahontas S. winner Fun and Feisty (Midshipman). McPeek also saddles longshot Stellar Lady
  6. The Jockey Club Thoroughbred Incentive Program (T.I.P.) Is hosting two championship shows in 2022, both held this month. The T.I.P. Championships & Eastern Dressage Championships are taking place Oct. 6-9 in Aiken, South Carolina, and the T.I.P. Western Championships & Central Dressage Championships are scheduled for Oct. 12-15 in Lexington, Kentucky, in conjunction with the Retired Racehorse Project's Thoroughbred Makeover. Nearly 350 Thoroughbreds are slated to compete in 38 divisions. Each division will be awarded $2,000 in prize money with awards through 10th place and special cla
  7. The Godolphin's Breeders' Cup team from Charlie Appleby's Moulton Paddocks will be led by multiple Grade I winner Modern Games (Ire) (Dubawi {Ire}). Already successful at the Breeders' Cup with a score in the GI Juvenile Turf at Del Mar last November, the chestnut returned to Europe in his seasonal bow and claimed the G1 French 2000 Guineas at ParisLongchamp on May 15. Third in the G1 French Derby in June, Modern Games was fifth in the G1 Prix Jean Prat on July 10 and rebounded to take second behind Baaeed (GB) (Sea The Stars {Ire}) in the G1 Sussex S. at Goodwood later that month. He made a s
  8. Whit Beckman would be the first to admit that his stable did not get off to the remarkably-fast start he had dreamed of when he first set out on his own last fall. Going into this summer, he had just two wins on his training record. But, the pieces have fallen into place in the past two months as Beckman has sent five horses to the winner's circle, including three in just the past two weeks. Sabalenka (Good Samaritan) leads the charge of recent winners for Beckman and now looks to add to her trainer's success as she makes her stakes debut on Friday in the GII JPMorgan Chase Jessamine S. on op
  9. Owner/breeder Charles E. Fipke, a Canadian geologist and diamond prospector who has made an impact on the sport on both sides of the border, will be inducted as part of the 2022 class in the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame. The other Thoroughbred inductees include jockey Eurico Rosa Da Silva, as well as horses Court Vision (Gulch) and Alydeed (Shadeed). Fipke has been involved in Thoroughbreds for over 40 years. His Sovereign Award winners are all homebreds: Not Bourbon (Not Impossible {Ire}), Impossible Time (Not Impossible {Ire}), Perfect Soul (Ire) (Sadler's Wells), and Lady Speightspea
  10. Three-time Group 1 winner Highfield Princess (Fr) (Night Of Thunder {Ire}) is still pointing toward a start in the GI Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint at Keeneland in November, according to trainer John Quinn. They bay has enjoyed a busy campaign, but has reached a new level as of late summer, with three consecutive Group 1 victories in August and September: the Prix Maurice de Gheest, York's Nunthorpe S. and the Curragh's Flying Five S. on Longines Irish Champions Weekend. “All being well, she goes to the Breeders' Cup,” said Quinn. “We are happy with her, so fingers crossed, that's where we intend
  11. The nine-week Dubai World Cup Carnival programme was revealed by Dubai Racing Club on Thursday. Beginning on Friday, Jan. 6, 2023 with the G2 Al Maktoum Challenge, the G2 Al Fahidi Fort, the G3 Dubawi S. and the Listed Ertijaal Dubai Dash, the 2023 DWCC also features additional enhancements. Several new races have joined the lineup, including the 2000-metre Thunder Snow Challenge, and the 1400m Ipi Tombe S. for fillies and mares. In total, there are 21 group races for Thoroughbreds and Purebred Arabians, as well as 20 handicaps–10 dirt and 10 turf–complementing the Pattern races. The Jumeirah
  12. Tavistock filly Pretty Tavi (NZ) belied her pedigree by comprehensively leading throughout to win her 1200-metre Mornington three-year-old fillies’ maiden by 4.5 lengths on Thursday. The Anthony and Sam Freedman-trained Pretty Tavi ($5) burst from the inside barrier and provided rider Jamie Kah with little concern around the tight-turning circuit. “She was very professional today and well-educated and made my job pretty easy,” Kah said. “Sam (Freedman) said for a Tavistock she’s quite fast out of the gate and she’s got a good turn of foot. “She wasn’t fierce (in the lead), she was just qui
  13. Tavistock filly Pretty Tavi (NZ) belied her pedigree by comprehensively leading throughout to win her 1200-metre Mornington three-year-old fillies’ maiden by 4.5 lengths on Thursday. The Anthony and Sam Freedman-trained Pretty Tavi ($5) burst from the inside barrier and provided rider Jamie Kah with little concern around the tight-turning circuit. “She was very professional today and well-educated and made my job pretty easy,” Kah said. “Sam (Freedman) said for a Tavistock she’s quite fast out of the gate and she’s got a good turn of foot. “She wasn’t fierce (in the lead), she was just qui
  14. As President of the Victorian Jockeys’ Association, you would think Stephen Baster would be clued in as to the timing of Group 1 races. Before retiring in November 2019, Baster rode 14 Group 1 winners and had his finger on the pulse, but nowadays he is selling real estate on the Mornington Peninsula while also helping his jockey brethren. Baster has dipped his toe into horse ownership with a small share in Callsign Mav who runs in the Group 1 Toorak Handicap (1600m) at Caulfield on Saturday. Callsign Mav is aiming to become the first horse since Trust In A Gust (2014) to win the Group 1 dou
  15. The New Zealand Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association, in partnership with the Keith and Faith Taylor Equine Scholarship Trust, are offering the opportunity of a lifetime for one young industry participant. Applications are now open for the Irish National Stud Scholarship, which supports the successful candidate to attend the renowned establishment to complete the internationally recognised National Stud Diploma course, beginning in January 2023. The recipient then returns to New Zealand to complete a six-month tenure at Trelawney Stud, known as one of the best producers of quality thoroughbred
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