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A Moment in Time: November 2, 1993
A Moment in Time: November 2, 1993

2018-01-12T00:12:50.000ZAlastair Bull

The Melbourne Cup goes international Most people in Thoroughbred racing around the world knew about the Melbourne Cup before 1993. But it was anything but international. True, horses bred or trained in one foreign country – nearby New Zealand – ...
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2017: The 10 best races of the year

2017-12-28T19:20:01.000ZAlastair Bull

1) T J Smith Stakes (6 furlongs, G1, April 1, Randwick, $1.9 million) Throughout his career, Chautauqua has frequently come from last in six-furlong sprints with flying late runs to win in a manner which looked impossible. Among other races it earne ...
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2017 Year in Review: 10 Best Horses

2017-12-22T17:57:15.000ZAlastair Bull

Arrogate It’s a shame Arrogate ended 2017 so badly. He lost a lot of luster in his three defeats at Del Mar, finishing behind horses such as Cat Burglar, Donworth, and War Story. Whether it was the Del Mar track, or whether he simply wasn’t as goo ...
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Moments In Time: October 28, 1994 - Cigar

2017-12-21T19:56:33.000ZAlastair Bull

October 28, 1994 would have seemed like just another day at the races for anyone who went to Aqueduct Racetrack in New York. Four claiming races on dirt, two maiden special weights, one allowance on turf, and two one-mile allowances on dirt. Nobody ...
Danon Premium favored in Asahi Hai Futurity
Danon Premium favored in Asahi Hai Futurity

2017-12-15T17:03:21.000ZAlastair Bull

Unbeaten colt Danon Premium could give trainer Mitsumasa Nakauchida his first grade one victory when he contests the Asahi Hai Futurity (G1) for 2-year-olds at Hanshin racecourse Dec. 17. One of two colts in the field by champion sire Deep Impact, D ...
Orfevre pair fancied in Hanshin Juvenile Fillies
Orfevre pair fancied in Hanshin Juvenile Fillies

2017-12-08T21:19:43.000ZAlastair Bull

Two fillies from the first crop of 2011 Japanese Triple Crown winner Orfevre are among those vying for favoritism in the Dec. 10 Hanshin Juvenile Fillies, the only grade one race for 2-year-old fillies in Japan. Orfevre (Stay Gold), who was unfortun ...
Big challenge for Stormy Liberal in Hong Kong Sprint
Big challenge for Stormy Liberal in Hong Kong Sprint

2017-12-07T19:11:42.000ZAlastair Bull

Californian speedster Stormy Liberal pulled off a major upset when he left Marsha and Lady Aurelia, both group one winners in Britain, in his wake in the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint (G1). But he faces just as tough a task if he is to travel across the ...
Breeders' Cup Turf rematch set for Hong Kong Vase
Breeders' Cup Turf rematch set for Hong Kong Vase

2017-12-07T19:05:03.000ZAlastair Bull

European runners have dominated the $2.3 million Hong Kong International Vase (G1) since the 1 ½-mile race was first run in 1994, and with Talismanic and Highland Reel in this year’s contest they may well do so again. The pair fought out the finish ...
Hong Kong Cup win would be sweet for Werther
Hong Kong Cup win would be sweet for Werther

2017-12-07T18:41:41.000ZAlastair Bull

Hong Kong racing fans will be hoping their outstanding horse Werther can see off a strong international challenge in the $3.2 million Hong Kong International Cup at Sha Tin Dec. 10. The New Zealand-bred by Tavistock won at group two level in Austral ...
O'Brien faces strong local challenge in Hong Kong Mile
O'Brien faces strong local challenge in Hong Kong Mile

2017-12-07T18:37:32.000ZAlastair Bull

Aidan O’Brien brings two genuine group one horses to Sha Tin for the $2.95 million Hong Kong International Mile (G1), but he’s got history and a strong local team against him Dec. 10. O’Brien will start Lancaster Bomber and Roly Poly in the race, bo ...
Handicapping 101: Playing Pedigrees on Muddy Tracks
Handicapping 101: Playing Pedigrees on Muddy Tracks

2017-12-07T00:20:09.000ZJ. Keeler Johnson

When handicapping major races like the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) , it’s easy to be overwhelmed by the amount of data available to help you make your selections. Fractional times? Workouts? Running styles? Pedigrees? Jockey assignments? Post position ...