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Post-Fire Situation Settles at Del Mar

Thoroughbreds jogged on the main racetrack at Del Mar Monday morning as life after the horrific training track fire in nearby Bonsal began to settle for horses and horsemen involved with the events at San Luis Rey Downs last Thursday. Del Mar Thoroughbred Club and the 22nd District Agricultural Association officials reported a total of 260 Thoroughbreds and approximately 500 other-breed horses stabled on the track's backstretch. The Thoroughbreds were expected to stay on for at least several weeks, while the other horses gradually were filtering out to their farms,...

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Trade Gears Down a Notch at Arqana

Trade at day three of Arqana's December Breeding Stock Sale on Monday was rather less frenetic than the previous two sessions, but horses were still selling and it was The Aga Khan's draft that provided the session topper when lot 694, Zaidiyna (Fr) (Azamour {Ire}) sold to Agence FIPs for €82,000. The 10-year-old, who is a half-sister to two Grade 1-winning hurdlers in Zaidpour (Fr) (Red Ransom) and Zaynar (Fr) (Daylami {Ire}), has bred two winners so far and was sold in foal to Olympic Glory (Ire). The 4-year-old mare...

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Pedigree Insights: McKinzie

Memories being as short as they are, anyone could be forgiven for thinking that the youngsters who were first past the post in Los Alamitos's Saturday features were equine bluebloods. After all, the GI CashCall Futurity was "won" by Solomini, whose sire Curlin currently commands a fee of $150,000. Then the Starlet S. was taken in very encouraging style by Dream Tree--the fifth GI winner to represent Uncle Mo, who stood the 2017 season at $150,000. While Curlin and Uncle Mo have earned the right to rank among Kentucky's most...

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TDN Q&A: Jim Lawson, CEO, Woodbine

The 2017 meet at Woodbine concluded Dec. 10 and the 133-day stand produced a number of interesting stories, including the filly, Holy Helena (Ghostzapper) winning the Queen's Plate. Jockey Eurico Rosa da Silva won his fifth jockey title with 203 wins and came within two victories of tying the meet record of 36. It was also a year in which Woodbine Entertainment created a two-day festival around the Queen's Plate with musical acts. The TDN talked to Woodbine Chief Executive Officer Jim Lawson about the 2017 season and a look...

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Ombreville A Growing Force

Matthieu Gouesnard is a self-proclaimed lifelong horseman--"I think I did my first foaling when I was four years old," he said--and after growing up on his family's Haras d'Ombreville in the West of France, the 33-year-old is now making his way on his own farm of the same name in Normandy, just a 20-minute drive from the Arqana headquarters in Deauville. "My father has been a breeder for 30 years and he had a stud farm in the West of France," Gouesnard said. "I was born into horses and I've...

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Time Warp All The Way in the Cup

Over the course of the Longines Hong Kong International Races program Sunday afternoon at a sunsplashed Sha Tin Racecourse, it became increasingly apparent that to be successful, it was probably going to be necessary to be on or near the speed. Highland Reel (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) won the G1 Vase after stalking the pace from second, Mr Stunning (Aus) (Exceed And Excel {Aus}) sat just in behind before clawing his way home first in the G1 Sprint and Beauty Generation (NZ) (Road to Rock {Aus}) dictated terms in taking out...

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Local Jockey Turns In a ‘Beauty’ of a Ride in the Mile

Twenty-nine year old Derek Leung made his Longines Hong Kong International Races debut just 12 months ago, piloting Beauty Flame (Ire) (Footstepsinthesand {GB}) to a 13th-place effort behind fellow Kwok colorbearer Beauty Only (Ire) (Holy Roman Emperor {Ire}) in the 2016 G1 Longines Hong Kong Mile. Leung, a product of the Hong Kong Apprentice Jockeys' School, had been given the opportunity to ride Patrick Kwok's Beauty Generation (NZ) (Road to Rock {Aus})--third in a pair of the 4-year-old Classics last winter--this season, and he made the most of the opportunity...

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Mr Stunning Gets the Right Trip to Take Out the Sprint

John Size only arrived in Hong Kong in 2001, but since then has established himself as a trainer of the highest order, with no fewer than nine premierships to his credit. That most recent title came just last season, when he posted a record 94 wins, some 27 clear of John Moore. The Australian handler came into this year's international race meeting as the owner of one of the true statistical anomalies, having been represented by just one winner of the big four races. Mr Stunning (Aus) (Exceed and Excel...

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Highland Reel Goes Out a Winner in the Vase

Making the final start of a truly illustrious career, Derrick Smith, Michael Tabor and Mrs John Magnier's Highland Reel (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) launched a second successful raid on Hong Kong in the last three Decembers with a typically determined victory over Talismanic (GB) (Medaglia d'Oro) in a battle of the last two winners of the GI Breeders' Cup Turf in Sunday's G1 Longines Hong Kong Vase at Sha Tin Racecourse. The son of Hveger (Aus) (Danehill), who defeated Flintshire (GB) (Dansili {GB}) in 2015 before just going down to defeat...

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Martine Bellocq Out of Coma

Two glimmers of hope for the Bellocq family emerged Saturday morning from the hazy aftermath of the devastating Dec. 7 fire at San Luis Rey Downs that killed 46 horses. Trainer Martine Bellocq, badly burned while trying to rescue panicked Thoroughbreds from her burning barn, has emerged from her induced coma. And her husband and training partner Pierre Jr., upon arriving at Del Mar Fairgrounds to check on his remaining horses, was reunited with a 2-year-old filly he believed had perished in the fire. "Martine is doing better," Pierre Bellocq...

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