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Yoshida Family Swoop For Narella

The Markus Klug trained Narella (Ire) (Reliable Man {GB}) has been sold to continue her racing career for the Japanese based Yoshida family, according to a report on galopponline.de. The filly, owned and bred by Gestut Rottgen has become the leading 2-year-old filly in Germany courtesy of her win in the G3 Steinhoff Zukunftsrennen at Baden Baden Sept. 3, having made a winning debut at Cologne in July. Her Baden Baden win under Adrie De Vries also represented a first stakes victory for her sire Reliable Man (GB) who will...

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No Arc For Cracksman

Anthony Oppenheimer's homebred Cracksman (GB) (Frankel {GB}) will sidestep the G1 Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at Chantilly on Sunday. Oppenheimer confirmed the decision on Sunday and cited the Chantilly track had a bearing on his and John Gosden's decision to miss Sunday's showpiece with the 3-year-old. "I think it had a lot to do with Chantilly itself. A lot depends on the size of the field. If it was at Longchamp, where the track is wider and the bends are not as tight, it may have been an...

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Moreira Booked For Moir

The Hong Kong based Brazilian ace Joao Moreira has been booked to ride Scheidel (Aus) (Holy Roman Emperor {Ire}) in Friday evening's G1 Moir S. at Moonee Valley. Moreira has partnered the Hayes/Dabernig trained mare to success twice in the past, including once at the top level when steering her home in front in the G1 Oakleigh Plate at Caulfield in February and the 6-year-old will enter the five furlong dash on the back of a promising comeback run when fourth to Voodoo Lad (Aus) (I Am Invincible {Aus}) in the...

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Six Set for Gallant Bloom

Last season's GIII Go For Wand winner, Highway Star (Girolamo) kicked off the season with a fourth in the Jan. 13 Ladies H. at Aqueduct before reeling off a pair of wins in that track's GIII Distaff H. Apr. 9 followed by the GII Ruffian here May 13. An even third in the June 10 GI Ogden Phipps, she came up a head short of the win last time in the seven-furlong GI Ballerina at Saratoga Aug. 26. Arguably the class of the field, Carina Mia (Malibu Moon) spent much...

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Girvin Heads Oklahoma Derby

The sole Grade I winner in the field, Girvin (Tale of Ekati)-a come-from-behind winner in the July 30 Haskell Invitational at Monmouth-looks to rebound off an uninspiring 11th in Saratoga's GI Travers S. Aug. 26. Victorious in consecutive starts in the GII Risen Star and GII Louisiana Derby at Fair Grounds last spring, the Brad Grady runner failed to show up when 13th in the GI Kentucky Derby, but has registered two wins a nose second in a trio of starts at this distance and hopes to rebound here. Likely...

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Record-Shattering Keeneland September Sale Concludes

The 2017 Keeneland September Yearling Sale concluded its 12-day run in Lexington early Saturday afternoon, and the sale could more or less be summarized in two words--mission accomplished. New September records were set for average ($120,487, previous record $112,427 in 2006) and median ($57,000, previous record $50,000 three times), and--arguably--industry morale at the close of business. Gross receipts, which exceeded last year's total during session seven, totaled $307.8 million, surpassing $300 million for the first time since 2008. "The Thoroughbred industry is in a very good place, I think," Geoffrey...

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Observations: Sept. 24, 2017

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. Today's Observations features a full siblings to Found and Capri. 2.00 Naas, Mdn, €17,500, 2yo, 7fT Michael Tabor colourbearer JAMES COOK (IRE) (Galileo {Ire}), the selected mount of Ryan Moore, heads a trio of Aidan O'Brien nominees in a race won by subsequent GI Breeders' Cup Juvenile turf hero...

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Making A Noise

One of the year's forgotten horses, Quiet Reflection (GB) (Showcasing {GB}), stages her eagerly-awaited comeback in Sunday's G3 Renaissance S. at Naas. Last year's G1 Commonwealth Cup and G1 Haydock Sprint Cup winner was 10th on her seasonal bow in the five-furlong G2 Temple S. at Haydock on May 27, but trainer Karl Burke is happy he has her back near her best as she is geared to the G1 Qipco British Champions Sprint at Ascot on Oct. 21. "I've been away at the sales most of the week, but...

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Letter to the Editor: Shelley Blodgett on Hurricane Maria

In Saturday's TDN we reported on the situation at Camarero Racetrack due to Hurricane Maria (click here to view the story). Shelley Blodgett, founder of the Caribbean Thoroughbred Aftercare Inc., wrote the following response to the TDN to further explain the severity of the situation and ask for help from the industry. Blodgett also sent all of the photos and graphics included. I am Shelley Blodgett, co-founder of Caribbean Thoroughbred Aftercare Inc, a non-profit (501c3) that helps Thoroughbreds racing in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. I think there...

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There’s Something About Mary

Underneath Ballydoyle's leading juvenile fillies, Godolphin's Mary Tudor (Ire) (Dawn Approach {Ire}) takes high rank among Ireland's current crop and would need only marginal improvement on her previous efforts to break her maiden in the G3 CL & MF Weld Park S. at Naas on Sunday. Only two peers have had her measure in two starts so far and they are Magical (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) and Happily (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}), with the former in front on her Cork debut on Aug. 8 and when taking the G2 Debutante S. in...

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