Phoenix Thoroughbreds

Crazy Beautiful Favored in Delaware Oaks

Phoenix Thoroughbreds' Crazy Beautiful (Liam's Map) is the 6-5 morning-line favorite while facing eight rivals in the 1 1/16-mile GIII Delaware Oaks at Delaware Park Saturday. The gray filly, tabbed a 'TDN Rising Star' following a win in the Runhappy Debutante S., was second in last year's GIII Pocahontas S. and GI Darley Alcibiades S. and began 2021 with a runner-up effort in the GII Davona Dale S. before claiming her first graded victory in the Mar. 27 GII Gulfstream Park Oaks. A troubled 10th in the Apr. 30 GI...

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Aquis Reportedly Set To Split With Phoenix Thoroughbreds

by Bren O'Brien/TDNAusNZ The Aquis Group and the Fung family have indicated they will end their Thoroughbred racing partnership with Phoenix Thoroughbreds after it was confirmed that Phoenix's prize money had been frozen in New South Wales and Victoria. The Australian Financial Review has reported that Aquis had not been informed that Phoenix's prize money had been frozen in Australia's two biggest racing states and, having failed to get answers from the Dubai-based operation, will seek to end the relationship. Aquis told the AFR that it was left in the...

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Victoria Also Freezes Phoenix Prizemoney

Following on from Friday's news that Racing NSW would place a freeze on prizemoney won by Phoenix Thoroughbreds horses until money laundering allegations are resolved in the U.S., Racing Victoria has followed suit. Phoenix Founder Amer Abdulaziz was named in a U.S. federal court trial in November 2019 as allegedly being involved in a money laundering operation and as having stolen €100-million from OneCoin, a sham cryptocurrency he purportedly helped to run. Abdulaziz and Phoenix Thoroughbreds have denied the allegations. A spokesperson for Racing Victoria told TDN AusNZ, "While these...

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Racing NSW Freezes Phoenix Prizemoney

Action has been taken in Australia against Phoenix Thoroughbreds for the first time since the organization's founder Amer Abdulaziz was accused of money laundering in the U.S. in November of 2019, with Racing New South Wales Chief Steward Marc Van Gestel telling ANZ Bloodstock News that it will freeze all prizemoney won by Phoenix horses until the "matter has been resolved in the U.S., or until such time that it's been resolved to our satisfaction." Abdulaziz was named in a U.S. federal court trial in November 2019 as allegedly being...

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Banner Day for Liam's Map Continues in GP Oaks

Winless since last August, 'TDN Rising Star' Crazy Beautiful (Liam's Map) marked her return to the winner's circle in style, taking Saturday's GII Gulfstream Park Oaks. Sent off at 5-2 while searching for her first graded stakes victory, she was settled at the back of the compact field as 6-5 choice Con Lima showed the way through initial fractions of :24.16 and :48.69. Rallying from the back as the field compressed approaching the quarter pole, the Ken McPeek trainee strode through the center of the group and continued to gain...

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McPeek Looks for Back-to-Back GP Oaks Wins

Trainer Ken McPeek, who won last year's GII Gulfstream Park Oaks with 3-year-old filly champion Swiss Skydiver (Daredevil), will look to take a second straight renewal of the 1 1/16-mile race when he saddles Phoenix Thoroughbreds' Crazy Beautiful (Liam's Map) Saturday in Hallandale. The gray filly, the 5-2 morning-line favorite, was second in both the GIII Pocahontas S. and GI Darley Alcibiades S. last fall before ending her juvenile campaign with a sixth-place effort in the Nov. 6 GI Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies. She rallied from well back to finish...

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Vaughan Embracing His New Kentucky Home

Last summer, in the midst of guiding the best horse he had ever trained, Dame Malliot (GB) (Champs Elysees {GB}), through a Group 1 campaign, trainer Ed Vaughan announced that he was shutting up shop at his Machell Place Stables in Newmarket, citing the economic difficulties of being a smaller trainer in Britain. Later in the season, the Irish-born Vaughan revealed that he was relocating to America to train from Keeneland Racecourse. While the move means Vaughan's string has shrunk from 25 in Newmarket down to seven as he gets...

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Phoenix Not Permitted to Race in UAE

Phoenix Thoroughbreds and Phoenix Ladies Syndicate have been barred from racing in Dubai, the Racing Post reported on Thursday. Phoenix, which is already prevented from racing in the UK and France, does not have any runners in Dubai yet and last raced in the UAE in 2020. In November of 2019, Phoenix's founder, Amer Abdulaziz Salman was named in an alleged money laundering and fraud scandal in New York in connection to the crypto currency Ponzi scheme OneCoin. Phoenix denies all claims. "We have the horses in the stable but...

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Vanderbilt Winner Volatile Injured; Retired to Three Chimneys

Saratoga's GI Alfred G. Vanderbilt H. winner Volatile (Violence-Melody Lady, by Unbridled's Song) has been injured with a hairline fracture of his right front cannon bone and has been retired. He will stand the 2021 season at Three Chimneys in Central Kentucky. While competing for the partnership of Three Chimneys Farm and Phoenix Thoroughbreds, Volatile was undefeated in three starts in 2020. In addition to his Vanderbilt win July 25, in which he clocked a final quarter in :22.94, the fastest in the race's history, the gray also captured Churchill's...

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Phoenix Thoroughbreds Releases Statement

A day after the British Horseracing Authority announced that Phoenix Thoroughbreds had been barred from having runners in the UK, Phoenix released a statement on the matter. It read, "Following Phoenix Thoroughbred's recent decision to leave UK racing, the British Horseracing Authority have confirmed that there will be a temporary suspension on our runners in the UK whilst a review of our operations are conducted. We are in direct contact with the BHA and are working with them very closely during this review period and see it as a chance...

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Phoenix Reportedly Banned From France

Phoenix Thoroughbreds and the Phoenix Ladies Syndicate have been allegedly banned from running horses in France, Racing Post reported late on Friday. France Galop has not confirmed the ban. Phoenix Thoroughbreds has been shrouded in controversy since last November when its founder and chief executive officer Amer Abdulaziz Salman was named in a U.S. federal court trial as being involved in a money-laundering operation. Abdulaziz was also accused of stealing money from sham cryptocurrency OneCoin, which he purportedly helped to run. Abdulaziz has repeatedly denied the allegations. Phoenix announced earlier...

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Phoenix Thoroughbreds To Cease UK Operations

Phoenix Thoroughbreds has announced that it will end its racing operations in the UK with immediate effect. Phoenix Thoroughbreds has been embroiled in controversy since last November when its chief executive officer Amer Abdulaziz Salman was named in a U.S. federal court trial as being involved in a money-laundering operation. Abdulaziz was also accused of stealing money from sham cryptocurrency OneCoin, which he purportedly helped to run. Abdulaziz has repeatedly denied the allegations. A statement from Phoenix on Tuesday read in part, "everybody at Phoenix Thoroughbreds is keen for investment...

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