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Sharp Samurai Takes On Reborn Mo Town in Hollywood Derby

One has steadily gotten better all year, one appeared unlikely to meet expectations before a surface switch, and both will seek their first Grade I victory in Saturday's Hollywood Derby at Del Mar. Red Baron Barn, Rancho Temescal and Mark Glatt's Sharp Samurai (First Samurai), once entered for a $75,000 tag, has won four stakes and five of six starts since getting on turf this spring including a sweep of the GIII La Jolla H. and GII Del Mar Derby on the seaside course. The versatile gelding continued his ascent...

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Monomoy Girl Looms Large in Golden Rod

In stark contrast to its colt counterpart, a 14-horse war with no obvious favorite, the GII Golden Rod S. Saturday at Churchill has a clear headliner, as Monomoy Stables and Michael Dubb's Monomoy Girl (Tapizar) looks to improve to four-for-four and stamp herself as an early contender for the GI Kentucky Oaks. Rallying powerfully from off the pace to graduate going away debuting on the Indiana Grand lawn Sept. 5, the chestnut repeated with a wire-to-wire allowance score over the Churchill lawn Sept. 28 before rolling by 6 1/2 lengths...

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Undefeated Rising Stars Head KJC

A field of 14, all with considerable intrigue, will contest the GII Kentucky Jockey Club S. Saturday evening under the Twin Spires, with all of them looking to take their first step toward a return to Louisville on the first Saturday in May. Two 'TDN Rising Stars' will each try to go three-for-three to start their careers, with each following similar paths to this engagement. WinStar Farm, China Horse Club and SF Racing's Quip (Distorted Humor) scored a game victory debuting at six furlongs here Sept. 23 before truly blossoming...

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Notable US-Breds in Japan: Nov. 26, 2017

In this ongoing series, Alan Carasso takes a look ahead at US-bred and/or conceived runners entered for the upcoming weekend at the tracks on the Japan Racing Association circuit, with a focus on pedigree and/or performance in the sales ring. With the main focus on Sunday's G1 Japan Cup at Tokyo, there is a good deal of American-bred interest in the early races on that program and later on in the afternoon at Kyoto, where a Frankel sophomore goes for four in a row: Sunday, November 26, 2017 1st-TOK, ¥9,550,000...

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Back To Black

Defending winner Kitasan Black (Jpn) (Black Tide {Jpn}) faces 16 runners in his attempt to defend his title in Sunday's G1 Japan Cup, and the 5-year-old entire has done little wrong in the interim, suggesting he stands a good chance of becoming just the second dual winner of the Japanese showpiece, following Gentildonna (Jpn) (Deep Impact {Jpn}) in 2012/13. Second to Satono Diamond (Jpn) (Deep Impact {Jpn}) in the Christmas Day G1 Arima Kinen, Kitasan Black began his 5-year-old campaign with back-to-back Group 1 wins in the Osaka Hai and...

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Princess Reigns Over Goffs At 1.9m

Her weanling daughter stole the show on Wednesday but as the mare sale got underway at Goffs it was the turn of Inca Princess (Ire) (lot 970) to claim the limelight, and the daughter of Holy Roman Emperor (Ire) eventually elicited a sale-topping bid of €1.9 million from Laurent Benoit. The French agent, who outbid Ballylinch Stud's John O'Connor after other challengers, including Joe Foley and Will Douglass, had dropped away, was reluctant to divulge the name of his client, saying simply that it was "an amazing opportunity to buy...

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Observations On Friday’s European Racing Scene
Observations On Friday’s European Racing Scene

Observations on the European Racing Scene turns the spotlight on the best European races of the day, highlighting well-pedigreed horses early in their careers, horses of note returning to action and young runners that achieved notable results in the sales ring. Friday's Insights features a maiden at Saint Cloud 1.30 Saint-Cloud, Mdn, €27,000, 2yo, c/g, 10f (AWT) RABDAN (GB) (Frankel {GB}) is an Al Shaqab Racing homebred son of 2011 GI Madison S. heroine Shotgun Gulch (Gulch), herself a $1.6-million purchase at Keeneland's 2012 November sale. Opposition to the Andre...

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NZB Yearling Catalogues Out

The catalogues have been released online for the NZB National Yearling Sales Series and will be printed and distributed early December. Catalogues can be viewed here where prospective buyers can also familiarize themselves with the new sales format. The sale will be preceded by the Karaka Million Twilight Meeting, New Zealand's richest race meeting on the calendar which takes place Jan. 27 leading into the Sales Series which will commence the next day (Sunday) and run through until the following Sunday (Feb. 4). These changes to the sale format will...

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Who Do You Admire? With Tom Ryan

The following is part of a series in which we have posed the question above to a number of racing industry participants. The only rule is that you cannot choose your own boss. TOM RYAN: Gerry Dilger The man I most admire in the horse business today is Gerry Dilger. A renowned horseman, a top class pinhooker--associated with the likes of Nyquist in 2016, and co-breeder of the 2017 Kentucky Derby Winner, Always Dreaming. Gerry made his way to the USA over 30 years ago and has paved the way...

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Improved Ticket Policy For Irish Owners

Irish racehorse owners can look forward to increased ticket allocations thanks to new policy being introduced by the Association of Irish Racecourses (AIR) in conjunction with Horse Racing Ireland. From Dec. 1, sole owners, partnerships, clubs and companies can, along with their current allocation of AIR access cards, request up to an additional four admission tickets. Furthermore, an ownership syndicate can request admission for any registered member of the syndicate who does not have an AIR card, thereby ensuring all members receive admission when they have a runner. The process...

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