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A Second Emir’s Trophy for The Blue Eye

The two-time champion older horse in Qatar, The Blue Eye (GB) (Dubawi {Ire}) got a terrific ride from off the pace by perennial leading jockey Harry Bentley and outfinished 2016 Qatar Derby hero Noor Al Hawa (Fr) (Makfi {GB}) to win Saturday's US$1-million Emir's Trophy for the second time in three years. US raider Money Multiplier (Lookin At Lucky) was enterprisingly ridden by Frankie Dettori and held on for third, just ahead of 2017 Qatar Derby victor Mac Mahon (Ity) (Ramonti {Fr}). Away without incident, The Blue Eye landed in...

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CHRB Offers EHV-1 Update

The California Horse Racing Board issued the following update Friday evening regarding a recent case of EHV-1 at Los Alamitos: A 10-year-old horse used to pony horses at Los Alamitos Race Course was euthanized after developing severe neurological signs, subsequently testing positive for the "wild-type" strain of equine herpesvirus type 1 (EHV-1). Even though the pony horse was exhibiting neurological signs, the "wild-type" strain is generally considered less virulent than the neurological strain EHV-1. The pony was used to accompany Quarter Horses at Los Alamitos during the races. He last...

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Louisiana Vet Gets 15 Months in Prison in Demorphin Case

A Louisiana veterinarian has been sentenced by a federal judge to 15 months in prison and fined $10,000 for his role in selling dermorphin, an unapproved opioid drug 40 times more powerful than morphine, for the purpose of improving the performance of racehorses at various Louisiana tracks between 2010 and 2012. In addition, the Nebraska pharmacy that was found guilty of repackaging the synthetic version of dermorphin--which in its natural form is derived from secretions of South American tree frogs--was sentenced to five years of corporate probation and ordered to...

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Revolution Game In Oakleigh Score

China Horse Club et al's Russian Revolution (Aus) (Snitzel {Aus}) built on his early promise at three last year with a win in the G1 Galaxy H. in the autumn, thus securing his spot at stud at Newgate Farm. The team's decision to keep him in training at four, however, paid off on Saturday when the bay added another top-class trophy to his mantle with a win in the G1 Oakleigh Plate. He also led home the exacta for his champion sire when overhauling the pacesetting Snitty Kitty (Aus) late...

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Written By Sparkles In Diamond

Saturday's A$1.5-million G1 Blue Diamond S. produced something of a fairytale result, with Written By (Aus) (Written Tycoon {Aus}) justifying favouritism for owner/breeder Neville Begg. Begg, a former trainer himself who bought Written By's dam for A$3,000, is the father of Written By's trainer Grahame Begg, who also trained the sire. The unbeaten colt was ridden by young rider Jordan Childs, who picked up the mount after another rider was suspended prior to the colt's December debut. The Blue Diamond is the first Group 1 win for Childs, whose father...

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Preakness Headlines Pimlico Stakes Schedule

The 143rd running of the GI Preakness S. is among 15 stakes worth $3.7 million to be run during historic Pimlico's 12-day spring meet, which begins Thursday, May 10. The Preakness will be held in its traditional spot on the third Saturday in May--this year the 19tth--on a card that will also include the GII Longines Dixie S. and six other stakes races. The GIII Black-Eyed Susan S. for sophomore fillies will be held the day before on another stakes-laden program. "The Preakness Meet at Pimlico is always very special,...

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Champ Mare Works Seven With Dubai on Horizon

Chuck Fipke's champion older dirt mare Forever Unbridled (Unbridled's Song) continued her preparations for the Mar. 24 G1 Dubai World Cup with a seven-furlong move in 1:26.80 at Fair Grounds Friday. "Time wise it was perfect," trainer Dallas Stewart said. "I thought it was a good one last week but this one was even better. We just feel like we're on with her. We feel like we've done a lot of work with her. A lot of things are adding up with her right now. We got three or four...

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‘Sensational’ Mill Reef Remembered on His 50th Birthday

Visitors to the National Stud can't fail to notice John Skeaping's commemorative bronze of Mill Reef, who spent his entire stud career in Newmarket and is buried at the farm. Only those of a particularly stoic nature wouldn't be moved to tears by the words on the plinth of the lifesize statue, written by Mill Reef's owner-breeder Paul Mellon as part of his Gimcrack Speech given in 1970. They read as follows: Swift as a bird I flew down many a course. Princes, Lords, Commoners all sang my praise. In...

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Irish War Cry Returns in Hal’s Hope

Isabelle de Tomaso homebred Irish War Cry (Curlin), a prominent player on the Triple Crown trail last year, makes his return to the races Saturday at Gulfstream in the GIII Hal's Hope S. Decisive winner of last term's GII Holy Bull S., the New Jersey-bred captured the GII Wood Memorial S., but could only manage 10th in the GI Kentucky Derby. Rebounding with a runner-up effort in the GI Belmont S., the Graham Motion pupil finished off the board in the GI Haskell Invitational S. and GI Pennsylvania Derby when...

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“Why Racing?” With Heather Anderson

Heather Anderson, Associate International Editor, Thoroughbred Daily News As part of a new series, we asked a number of people not born into racing families why they got into the sport, and what their first racing memory was. Why did you get involved in the sport? Looking back, I feel like I was always a horse person, but Thoroughbreds gained pride of place after I devoured Walter Farley's The Black Stallion series and determined in elementary school that I wanted to be an equine veterinarian. About junior high age, that...

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