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Dark Angel's Battaash Leaves King George Rivals In His Dust

In an exhibition of pure sprinting prowess, Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid al Maktoum's Battaash (Ire) (Dark Angel {Ire}) brought all his power to bear on his rivals on Friday to register back-to-back successes in Goodwood's G2 King George Qatar S. Despite the contrasting ground conditions to the easy turf he encountered 12 months ago and the obvious questions posed by defeat in the June 19 G1 King's Stand S. at Royal Ascot, the bay attracted heavy support as the 8-11 favourite and was in front before he had raced two...

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Holy Roman Emperor's Well Timed Takes the Diana

Sunday's G1 Henkel-Preis der Diana at Dusseldorf was Bee Jersey straightforward for the handicappers, with Stall Ullmann's June 10 G2 Diana Trial winner Well Timed (Ger) (Holy Roman Emperor {Ire}) justifying 11-5 favouritism in this domestic Classic. Settled second early by Filip Minarik, the bay was joined by Night of England (GB) (Lord of England {Ger}) as she was committed at the top of the straight but quickly shook off that rival before asserting for a 1 3/4-length success, with Wonder of Lips (Ger) (Champs Elysees {GB}) 2 1/2 lengths...

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Oasis Dream's Polydream Prevails in the Maurice de Gheest

Come Deauville August, Freddy Head always has his runners at a peak and it was the Wertheimers' Polydream (Ire) (Oasis Dream {GB}) who was spinning the magic in Sunday's G1 LARC Prix Maurice de Gheest. Following the previous Sunday's G1 Prix Rothschild victory of stablemate With You (GB) (Dansili {GB}), she managed to overhaul one of the strongest fields assembled for this unique sprint in many years and continue the yard's 100 per-cent record in the meeting's premier races. Starting as the short-priced favourite for the Marcel Boussac after her...

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Second Career for Italian Racehorses? How About as Movie Stars?

Reclaiming lives and starring in the movies are all part of a program for off-track Thoroughbreds in Italy. At Ippodromo Roma Capannelle in Rome, Italy, Standardbreds and Thoroughbreds pass each other on the many horse paths that cross the sprawling 345-acre facility. In between the training tracks, on large grassy areas, you will see Thoroughbreds being trained for the pleasure riding, the show ring and the cinema. Relived Horses, a rescue and retraining program located in an older barn at the edge of the stable area, exists because of the...

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Pacific Heat Looks to Step Up in Starlet

Pacific Heat (Unusual Heat), tabbed a 'TDN Rising Star' after a devastating debut win against state-bred foes at Los Alamitos in September, looks to step up to Grade I company and remain unbeaten when she returns to that track in Saturday's GI Starlet S. The filly, owned by Sharon Alesia, Mike Burns and Ciaglia Racing LLC, is now two-for-two after adding a 5 1/4-length victory against fellow Cal-breds in the Oct. 29 Golden Gate Juvenile Fillies S. going seven furlongs at Del Mar. She'll have to be supplemented to the...

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Sambista Upsets the Champions Cup

Sambista, a 6-year-old mare, overtook the field in deep stretch to win the G1 Champions Cup at Chukyo and pull off the 65-1 upset. Sambista was fourth in last year's running of the Champions Cup, which is the best any mare has ever finished against males on the dirt in a Japanese Group 1 stakes. She has been in the trifecta in her last four races, having finished third in Kawasaki's G3 Sparking Lady Cup July 1, second in the G3 Breeders' Gold Cup at Mombetsu Aug. 13, first in...

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Redoute's Filly The Choice In Deauville

The first European yearlings by three-time Australian champion sire Redoute's Choice (Aus) were well received at this year's European yearling sales, with 26 selling for an average of $308,137, and a filly foal from his final European crop (lot 222) proved a hot commodity early in the second session Sunday, selling to agent John McCormack for €160,000. Like Saturday's opening session, trade continued to nearly mirror last year's figures Sunday. A total of 229 fillies, mares and foals changed hands yesterday for €6,028,500, compared to 226 sold on this day...

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Malones 'Embellish' Broodmare Bands

 John and Leslie Malone have made great waves in the global bloodstock industry the last two years through their purchases of Bridlewood Farm in Florida and Ballylinch Stud in Ireland, in addition to a slew of high-quality bloodstock. The Malones had the greatest impact on the buyer table during the opening session of Arqana's December Breeding Stock sale in Deauville Saturday, signing for the two highest-priced mares--Embellishment (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) and L'Amour De Ma Vie (Dansili {GB})--in addition to a handful of others. The first of four days of selling...

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Patience Paying Off for Dalos

Ontario-based Ivan Dalos has been in the horse business since the 80's, but has seen his breed-to-race operation flourish in recent years. He and trainer Josie Carroll teamed up to take last year's Breeders' S. with Ami's Holiday (Harlan's Holiday)--Dalos's first win in a Canadian Classic--and they have a trio of extremely promising soon-to-be 3-year-olds poised to make their mark on either side of the border. "I've been working at this for a long time--30 some-odd years, and we're slowly starting to show some results," said the Hungarian-born Dalos, who...

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Perfect Reflection Gets Group 1

The margin was only a nose, but 4-1 favorite Perfect Reflection (Aus) (More Than Ready) made good use of her light impost in the heavy going to maintain her unbeaten record, defeating elder stablemate and Australian champion Delicacy (Aus) (Al Maher {Aus}) in the G1 Kingston Town Classic. She was the first 3-year-old filly to win since the race began in 1976. Delicacy, a four-time Australian Classic winner, drew widest in barrier 16 and missed by the narrowest of margins after toting 124 pounds--14 more than the Group 1 debutante....

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Brad Cox Enjoying Breakthrough Year

Growing up around the block from the home of the Kentucky Derby, it didn't take Brad Cox long to figure out which career path to pursue. "I think when everybody else was in a textbook, I was reading a Racing Form," the 35-year-old conditioner said with a laugh. "And that's the truth. I probably should have paid a little more attention in school." While regular weekend trips to the track with his dad--a lifelong racing fan--were the norm, it was through a buddy's family that he received his initial backstretch...

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2016 Graded Stakes Announced

The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association's American Graded Stakes committee released its 2016 list of U.S. Graded and Listed Stakes Friday. Following a review of 788 unrestricted races with purses of $75,000 or more, the committee granted 464 races Graded status--one more than in 2015--and named 173 Listed races. Six already Graded races were upgraded, while eight new Grade III races were named. Thirty-one races were granted new Listed status. Twenty races that were Graded or Listed in 2015 lost eligibility for grading. The Fourstardave H. at Saratoga was the...

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