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  1. A year after adding the GI Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational to his Hall of Fame resume, trainer Todd Pletcher is targeting the GI Pegasus World Cup Invitational for his next conquest during the upcoming Championship Meet at Gulfstream Park. The Pegasus World Cup and the Pegasus World Cup Turf will co-headline a program with seven graded stakes Jan. 29. Pletcher, the defending 18-time Championship Meet titlist, is preparing Life Is Good (Into Mischief) for a start in the Pegasus World Cup, as well as planning for a defense of the Pegasus World Cup Turf by Colonel Liam (Liam's Map). Life I
  2. Successful National Hunt stallion Malinas (Ger) (Lomitas {GB}) will moved to Coolagown Stud in County Cork next year in a joint-venture with Rathbarry Stud. A fee for the four-time Group 1-placed G2 Oppenheim-Union-Rennen hero winner will be announced later. At stud to date, the 20-year-old has left Grade 2 winners Black Thunder (Fr), Medinas (Fr), Mister Malarky (GB), Touch The Eden (Fr) and Union Dues (Fr), as well as Scottish Grand National hero Mighty Thunder (GB), Greatwood Handicap Hurdle scorer Harambe (GB) and Grade 1-placed hurdlers Baltazar D'Allier (Fr), Easter Day (Fr) and Tile Tap
  3. John Herbuveaux and Daryl E. Parker were recognized as the 2021 Pete Pedersen Award by the Racing Officials Accreditation Program (ROAP) at the University of Arizona Race Track Industry Program's Global Symposium on Racing and Gaming Awards Luncheon in Tucson, Arizona Tuesday. The award is presented to stewards who have demonstrated professional excellence, integrity, and benevolent consideration in the performance of their duties. Contributions of time and expertise to the horse racing industry on the local and national levels are also significant factors in the selection of Pedersen award wi
  4. The Racing Officials Accreditation Program's (ROAP) board of directors elected its 2022-2023 officers during its Dec. 6 board meeting, held at the Global Symposium on Racing in Tucson, Arizona. Dr. Jennifer Durenberger, The Jockey Club Steward for NYRA, was elected ROAP chairperson; Frank Lamb, a ROAP-accredited steward was elected ROAP vice chairperson; Wendy Davis, former director at the University of Arizona RTIP was re-elected ROAP secretary; and Kristin Werner, senior counsel at The Jockey Club, was re-elected ROAP treasurer. “I am thrilled to take the reins of this organization at this
  5. Racing journalist Jonny Turner’s selections for Winton on Thursday, December 9. Head to www.tab.co.nz to place your bet! Race Jonny Turner Racing Journalist Race 1 12.12pm 2 Hot To Trot 3 Sheza Gift 4 Cheeky Monkey 1 Crown Range Race 2 12.47pm 2 Sista Sammy 1 Lookout 3 Meghan Markle 5 Eliz Angel Race 3 1.22pm 1 Speights On Tap 2 Chezz Dale 7 Henry Maguire 8 Lou’s Deal Race 4 1.55pm 5 Bensons Mate 6 Artatac 2 Show Me Heaven 4 Keep On Dreaming Race 5 2.31pm 13 Sioux Princess 3 Dem Bones Dem Bones 5 Miss Bamboocha 2 Ruby Seddon
  6. Monmouth Park will offer free general parking and has removed the additional Clubhouse admission fee in advance of the 2022 racing season. In a continuation of the track's fan-friendly “We're Back” campaign, all general admission has been set at $6. In a change from previous seasons, that price will be the same for Grandstand and Clubhouse admission. Once inside the racetrack, there will be no additional fee to move from the Grandstand to Clubhouse. There will be a fee for valet parking. As in year's past, general admission will be free for children 12 and under, plus service men or women wit
  7. The Indiana Horse Racing Commission (IHRC) approved racing dates for the 2022 racing season at Indiana Grand Monday. A total of 127 racing days-including 12 Saturdays–are set for the Shelbeyville oval's 2022 season. Racing runs through Tuesday, Apr. 19, concluding Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2022. According to Eric Halstrom, Indiana's vice president and general manager of racing, “We feel our racing schedule offers a great balance that will appeal to a wide range of racing fans in 2022. We want to thank both the Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing organizations for their input and assistance with f
  8. Martin Dwyer wins the 2004 Hong Kong Vase aboard Phoenix Reach.Sunday, December 12th, 2004: A nervous young jockey from Liverpool gazes round a star-studded Sha Tin paddock ahead of his ride on Andrew Balding’s Phoenix Reach in the Group 1 Hong Kong Vase (2400m) and wonders whether he truly belongs. Frankie Dettori doesn’t have a care in the world; Olivier Peslier, Christophe Soumillon and Gerald Mosse have seen it all before; and Douglas Whyte, Michael Kinane and Kieren Fallon wear the sort of steely gazes that suggest you wouldn’t want to play poker with them. There wasn’t a catchy term fo
  9. European-based jockeys managed victories in three of the four races comprising Wednesday's Longines International Jockeys' Championship at Happy Valley Racecourse on Hong Kong Island, but consistency was rewarded when Zac Purton–out of luck on the evening–had the last laugh, placing in all four legs to take home the HK$500,000 (£48,558/€56,739) first prize. Currently atop the jockeys' premiership in Hong Kong, Purton was winning the IJC for a third time in five years, having taken it in 2017 and again 12 months ago. He joins Frankie Dettori and Douglas Whyte as three-time winners of the IJC.
  10. A host of international Group or Grade 1 winners have been extended invites to the upcoming Dubai World Cup Carnival, including Lord Glitters (Fr) (Whipper), who enjoyed a pair of group victories during last year's event. The popular grey gelding captured the G1 Jebel Hatta and more recently added the G3 Bahrain International Trophy to his haul from the David O'Meara yard, who has also received an invite for Escobar (Ire) (Famous Name {GB}). A strong Irish challenge will be led by dual G1 Irish St Leger heroine Search For A Song (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) for trainer Dermot Weld, and Joseph O'Brie
  11. David Hayes has young gun Naboo Attack primed and ready for Sunday’s HK$24 million Longines Hong Kong Sprint and the stable warmed up for the big day in style on Wednesday.There was a double that was a little bit of the old and a whole lot of the new and a tasty HK$200,000 as the leading trainer across the four International Jockeys’ Championship races on the night.“It’s nice to keep things moving and long may it continue,” was Hayes’ response to the wins, which marked back-to-back Happy Valley… View the full article
  12. Zac Purton snared his third Longines International Jockeys’ Championship in five years without even winning a race at Happy Valley on Wednesday night, prevailing in a nail-biter as the overseas contingent swept all four legs.Purton joined Frankie Dettori and Douglas Whyte as a three-time winner of the IJC after victories in 2017 and last year, securing the title and the HK$500,000 first prize on the back of three seconds and a third.“It’s very satisfying. I came here a little bit worried about… View the full article
  13. Mo Forza (Uncle Mo–Inflamed, Unusual Heat), a Grade I winner and $1 million-plus earner, has been retired from racing and will commence his stallion career in 2022 at Rancho San Miguel in California as the property of Taylor Made Stallions and Onofrio Pecoraro. The 5-year-old, who will represent Kentucky-based Taylor Made Farm's first foray into California's breeding industry, is the first son of Uncle Mo-North America's 2010 Champion juvenile colt and the sire of the Grade 1-siring stallions Nyquist and Laoban–to stand on the West Coast. Mo Forza's introductory fee is $9,000, live foal stand
  14. Stonestreet Stables LLC's `TDN Rising Star' Beau Liam (Liam's Map–Belle of Perintown, by Dehere) has been retired from racing and will stand the upcoming breeding season at Brereton and Elizabeth Jones's Airdrie Stud as a partnership between Stonestreet, Spendthrift Farm and Airdrie. Trained by Hall of Fame trainer Steve Asmussen, Beau Liam won his first three starts this season. Beau Liam will stand his first season for a fee of $6,000 stands and nurses. Named a TDN Rising Star following his 7 1/2-length debut at Churchill Downs, Beau Liam's six-furlong time of 1:08 3/5 represented the faste
  15. The past two years have been a whirlwind for co-trainers William Muir and Chris Grassick riding the highs and lows with a horse who failed to sell at auction as a foal but has subsequently defied his humble beginnings time and time again.The horse in question, Pyledriver, rose to racing stardom with an impressive victory at Royal Ascot in 2020 and followed this up in June of this year with a maiden Group One for his connections in the Coronation Cup at Epsom.When he lines up in the Group One… View the full article
  16. Struggling to line up the international form for this year’s Group One Hong Kong Sprint (1,200m)? The Post has compiled videos of the last start of every runner.Group One Sprinters Stakes (1,200m) – Nakayama – October 3Pixie Knight – 1stResistencia – 2ndDanon Smash – 6th3yo colt PIXIE KNIGHT by Maurice wins the G1 Sprinters Stakes at Nakayama in emphatic fashion. A new sprint star is born. pic.twitter.com/6Csspqp2oM— Horse Racing Global (@HorseRacingGL) October 3, 2021Group Two Jockey Club… View the full article
  17. Struggling to line up the international form for this year’s Group One Hong Kong Mile?The Post has compiled videos of the last start of every runner.Danon Kingly (Japan) – 2nd – Group Two Mainichi Okan (1,800m) – Tokyo – October 10THE MAINICHI OKAN(G2)1800 m, 129,000,000 YenTokyoSchnell Meister(GER)(3C Kingman - Serienholde, by Soldier Hollow)J : Christophe LemaireT :Takahisa TezukaO : Sunday Racing Co. Ltd.B :Northern FarmDanon Kingly (Deep Impact)Potager (Deep Impact) pic.twitter.com… View the full article
  18. Kiyoshi Hagiwara captured Hong Kong’s richest race last season and now he will be trying to knock off the city’s best horse when Danon Kingly tackles the Group One Longines Hong Kong Mile (1,600m) at Sha Tin on Sunday.The Japanese trainer enjoyed one of the biggest wins of his career when Normcore took out the Hong Kong Cup and now he’s got his sights set on ending Golden Sixty’s winning streak at 15.The 62-year-old has plenty of respect for the Hong Kong superstar but thinks the firm surface… View the full article
  19. Trainers Leon and Troy Corstens are hoping Ranting (NZ) (Zoustar) can break his winless drought when he lines-up in the Des Gleeson Handicap (1400m) at Flemington on Saturday following his placing at Pakenham last weekend. The Kiwi-bred four-year-old hasn’t appeared in the winner’s stall since the Gr.3 Blue Sapphire Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield last year, although he has placed on three occasions, including his last two starts. Corstens’ assistant trainer Dom Sutton is hoping some tinkering might give connections the result they are hoping for this weekend. “Speaking to Troy, we are going to
  20. Golden Sixty (Medaglia d’Oro) impressed trainer Francis Lui with a strong hit out on the turf on Tuesday morning ahead of his title defense in Sunday’s HK$26 million Gr.1 LONGINES Hong Kong Mile (1600m). If successful, the son of Medaglia d’Oro will extend his winning sequence of 16 by capturing his 19th career win in Hong Kong – a local record that would surpass the 18-win record currently shared with Silent Witness and fellow New Zealand-sourced galloper Beauty Generation. “He’s good – Vincent (Ho, jockey) was happy with him – he’s ready,” Lui said after watching his charge work on Tuesda
  21. It will be something of a ‘girls day out’ for star members of the Roger James and Robert Wellwood stable on Saturday. The Cambridge training duo will produce mares in three Te Rapa features on Saturday and tackle the Gr.3 Lawnmaster Eulogy Stakes (1600m) at Awapuni with a couple of emerging fillies. It will be a case of take two for Two Illicit, who was set to start favourite in last Saturday’s Gr.1 Rydges Wellington Captain Cook Stakes (1600m) at Trentham before that meeting was abandoned after the first race showed the track was unsafe. With the Captain Cook Stakes rescheduled for Te Rap
  22. The New Zealand thoroughbred industry was saddened this week to hear of the passing of young apprentice jockey Yong Chew in his native Malaysia. The news rocked his friends and colleagues in New Zealand, particularly the Robinson family, with Chew apprenticed to Riccarton trainer Lance Robinson over the last two years. “He went home two weeks ago,” Robinson said. “He spent a week in quarantine in Penang hospital and got home and spent time with his family for a week, so that was good. “He had been battling an aggressive form of throat cancer for just on six months. He was determined that he
  23. Team Rogerson will be represented by a quartet of black-type contenders at Te Rapa on Saturday and among them are two of the stable’s leading staying hopes for the summer. Beauden (NZ) (Bullbars) and Lowry (NZ) (Roc de Cambes) hold nominations for major distance events at both the Wellington and Auckland carnivals and while programs have yet to be locked in stone, they promise to be competitive in whatever tasks they are set. The former has been freshened since last racing and will return to competition in the Gr.1 Rydges Wellington Captain Cook Stakes (1600m) while the in-form Lowry takes o
  24. True Collinda has literally won the right to contest the $1.145 million TAB Phoenix after running down kennelmate Typhoon Sammy in a trial at The Meadows on Monday afternoon. Trainer Jason Thompson, with whom TAB partnered with for the new race, confirmed on Tuesday night that True Collinda would occupy the TAB slot in the $750,000-to-the-winner event at The Meadows on December 18. After weeks of auditions from Thompson’s biggest names, rising stars True Collinda and Typhoon Sammy emerged as the leading fancies for the TAB slot with Thompson letting the trial decide. True Collinda won the 52
  25. Star sprinters Do It, Ferdinand Boy and Aussie Secret head a strong Victorian ‘charge’ in the Group 1 Ladbrokes Hobart Thousand heats (461m) on Thursday night. G1 Adelaide Cup winner Do It – trained by Jeff Britton – is engaged in Heat 3 (R5 B6) at 9.04pm. He’s at the prohibitive odds of $1.35 on TAB’s fixed odds market. A winner of 14 races (with 15 seconds and 5 thirds) from 48 starts, Do It was third to superstar Aston Rupee in last month’s G1 Topgun. Champion sprinter Do It looks a major contender for ultimate Hobart Thousand honours. Triple G2 winner Ferdinand Boy – pr
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