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Derby Dettori's Best Moment

A day after claiming his second G1 Epsom Derby, jockey Frankie Dettori said Sunday his win aboard Golden Horn (GB) (Cape Cross {Ire}) was the “most thrilling moment,” of his career, even topping his historic seven-winner day at Ascot in 1996.  "I told my dad yesterday after the race that in my 28 years of riding that was my most thrilling moment, even more so than Ascot,” Dettori said. "Maybe because I'm older and realized how important it was, or the fact that I am running out of years. It...

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Malabar To French Oaks

Last year's G3 Prestige S. winner Malabar (GB) (Raven's Pass), an also-ran in both the English and Irish 1000 Guineas', will step up to 10 furlongs for the G1 Prix de Diane at Chantilly June 14, according to trainer Mick Channon. Malabar finished fourth, beaten 6 1/2 lengths, in the English Guineas May 3 and was eighth in Ireland May 24.  "She had no luck in Ireland; she got murdered in the race and considering that I thought she ran really well," Channon noted.  Malabar has run once previously in France, when...

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Derby Winner 'Well' The Day After

Saturday's G1 Epsom Derby winner Golden Horn (GB) (Cape Cross {Ire}) was reported to be in good form by trainer John Gosden the morning after his Classic score. The conditioner noted the Anthony Oppenheimer colorbearer--who answered stamina questions in resounding fashion over 1 1/2 miles Saturday--will revert to 10 furlongs for the G1 Coral-Eclipse July 4, while Derby second and stablemate Jack Hobbs (GB) (Halling) will target the G1 Irish Derby June 27.  “He's not in the Irish Derby; it was something we discussed at the supplementary stage that we wouldn't put him in,"...

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Free Eagle On The Comeback Trail

'TDN Rising Star' Free Eagle (Ire) (High Chaparral {Ire}) is scheduled to have a workout, after which trainer Dermot Weld will formulate a plan for the 4-year-old's seasonal debut. The Moyglare Stud colorbearer was set to return in the G1 Tattersalls Gold Cup at The Curragh last month, but was removed from that contest after suffering what was described as a head cold.  “Free Eagle is in good form,” Weld said. “He will do a bit of work later in the week and then we will decide where he'll go."  Free...

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Derby Rematch on Tap

by Steve Sherack After putting on a show before a record crowd of 170,513 at Churchill Downs, the top three finishers from the GI Kentucky Derby are slated to lock horns again in the GI Preakness S. at Pimlico.  Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert's one-three of Zayat Stables' American Pharoah (Pioneerof the Nile) and Kaleem Shah's Dortmund (Big Brown) returned to the track for the first time since Saturday's "Run for the Roses," jogging at Churchill Downs Thursday a.m.  "They jogged today and everything went really well," Baffert said on Thursday's NTRA National...

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Rubick Retires to Coolmore

Rubick (Aus) (Encosta de Lago {Aus}--Sliding Cube {Aus}, by Rock of Gibraltar {Ire}), a group-stakes winner at two and at three when he defeated older rivals in the G2 Schillaci S. last October, has been retired from the races and will enter stud for the 2015 breeding season at Coolmore Stud in the Hunter Valley. He will stand for an introductory fee of A$17,600 GST added.  Bred by Muzaffar Yaseen's Teeley Assets, Rubick fetched A$460,000 at the 2013 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale from Stallion Racing's David Raphael and earned...

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Star NZ Mares Added to Magic Millions Sale

Officials at Magic Millions have announced the addition of two talented and accomplished New Zealand-based mares as supplemental entries to their upcoming National Broodmare Sale May 27-31.  Ruud Awakening (Aus) (Bernardini), the champion juvenile in New Zealand and winner of the G1 Diamond S. in 2013, will make the trip over to Australia, as will Fix (NZ) (Iffraaj {GB}), a treble Group 2 winner and multiple Group 1-placed en route to being named Filly of the Year in New Zealand. The news comes on the heels of the announcement that Sweet Idea (Aus)...

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Beholder Out of the Vanity

Spendthrift Farm's two-time champion Beholder (Henny Hughes) has been scratched from an expected start in Saturday's GI Vanity S. at Santa Anita due to illness. The bay spiked a fever Thursday morning, which was a bit of deja vu as she was scratched from a title defense in the Oct. 31 GI Breeders' Cup Distaff and the Fasig-Tipton November sale for the same reason.  "Unfortunately, you're not going to get to see her this weekend," Beholder's regular pilot Gary Stevens said on an NTRA teleconference Thursday afternoon. "I saw Richard [Mandella] this...

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Join the Club

With Chantilly's G1 Prix du Jockey Club looming at the end of the month, Friday's G3 Prix de Guiche offers the opportunity for some leading protagonists to gain vital course experience ahead of the Classic. On the face of it, Rashit Shaykhutdinov's De Treville (GB) (Oasis Dream {GB}) has to find something on his return win in an extended nine-furlong conditions event at Longchamp Apr. 12, but last year's G3 Prix des Chenes runner-up is under the care of Andre Fabre who has already been successful five times and as a son...

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Tatts Launches Book 1 Bonus

Officials at Tattersalls have announced the launch of a new £25,000 Bonus Scheme which will reward the owners of Tattersalls October Book 1-purchased yearlings if those horses win Class 2, 3 or 4 maidens in England or an 'open' maiden in Ireland. The cost to enter the so-called 'Book 1 Bonus Scheme' is a one-time payment of £1,000 and the number of qualifying races in Britain and Ireland are estimated at 300. The 'Book 1 Bonus' will run alongside the 'Plus 10' Scheme, which began this season.  "We are very...

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Deep Field Retired to Newgate Farm

Kia-Ora Stud and A R Bell's Deep Field (Aus) (Northern Meteor {Aus}--Listen Here {Aus}, by Elusive Quality) has been retired to Newgate Farm in New South Wales, Australia. Trained by Michael, Wayne and John Hawkes, the bay won his first five starts including the G2 Tab.Com.Au S. at Flemington in November of 2014 and later ran third in the G1 Lightning S. this February. He earned $286,802 with a record of 8-5-1-1. Deep Field is a full-brother to G1SW Shooting to Win (Aus). "A horse with amazing presence and a powerful sprinters...

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Divining Rod Preps for Coolmore Lexington

Lael Stable's Divining Rod (Tapit) registered a solid work last weekend in preparation for Saturday's GIII Coolmore Lexington S. The colt covered four panels in :48.40 at Keeneland Sunday.  "He had a good half mile and galloped out really well," trainer Arnaud Delacour said. "The gallop out was better than the work itself. He took to the track well."  Diving Rod was successful in his unveiling at Laurel in November and was third in an optional claimer at Tampa in December. He completed the exacta in the GIII Sam F. Davis S....

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