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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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ITBA 2018 Expo announced for January

The Irish Thoroughbred Breeders' Association Expo 2018, in partnership with Connolly's Redmills, will be held at the Goffs Sales Complex on Jan. 26-27, ITBA announced on Monday. Essentially a trade fair for the bloodstock industry, it will provide exhibitors a platform to showcase and sell their products. There will also be an event programme over the two days, including a Dragons Den type business competition to recognise entrepreneurialism and talent in the equine industry, educational presentations and an interactive forum titled "What if--a Vision for 2028" which entails mapping a...

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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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Fogarty Retires From The Saddle

Cheltenham Festival winning jockey Mikey Fogarty has retired from race riding with immediate effect to pursue other interests. 27-year-old Fogarty rode 140 winners in his career with the highlight being victory aboard the Willie Mullins trained Don Poli (Ire) (Poliglote {Fr}) at Cheltenham in 2014. "I want to do other things, it is just a lifestyle choice to be honest," Fogarty told the Racing Post on Monday. Fogarty is currently working with his brother Jonathan at the family's Gaynestown Stud in Wexford. The stud specialises in breeding, pinhooking and training...

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The Big Interview: Nicolas de Chambure

The most expensive stallion to retire in France in 2017 was Almanzor (Fr) (Wootton Bassett {GB}), whose wins in the G1 French Derby, and the G1 Irish and G1 English Champion S. propelled him to honors as the European champion 3-year-old of 2016. From the first crop of Wootton Bassett, who also stands at Etreham, Almanzor is available at a fee of €35,000 for 2018. Kelsey Riley caught up with Haras d'Etreham frontman Nicolas de Chambure this week at the Arqana sales to talk to de Chambure about market reaction...

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Yutaka Take Honoured

Japanese jockey Yutaka Take has been chosen as the recipient of the 2017 Longines and IFHA International Award of Merit. The award recognizes distinguished racing participants for lifelong contributions to Thoroughbred racing and will be presented to Take in Japan Dec. 21 ahead of the G1 Arima Kinen at Nakayama. Born in 1969 Yutaka Take has become a legend in his native Japan since embarking on his riding career in 1987. To date Take has ridden 3,940 winners, with 74 of those at the highest level. He has set records...

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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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The Week in Review: Even in “Defeat,” Solomini a Winner

The Zayat camp is upset their Solomini (Curlin) was disqualified after crossing the wire first in Saturday GI Los Alamitos Cash Call Futurity, firing off a number of angry tweets after the stewards ruled their colt interfered with Instilled Regard (Arch). I appear to be in the minority in that I believe the horse deserved to come down. Had Solomini not come over on Instilled Regard, I believe that horse would have finished second and not third. Yet, I can understand Zayat's frustration. It was far from an 'no-brainer' call...

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