Group 1 Winner Sakhee's Secret Dead

Sakhee's Secret (GB) (Sakhee-Palace Street, by Secreto), who bested Dutch Art (GB) in the 2007 G1 July Cup before going on to success as a sire, has died in Italy aged 17. Trained by Hughie Morrison, Sakhee's Secret won five of 11 starts, with his July Cup win the highlight. He stood at Whitsbury Manor Stud in England for six seasons before moving on to Allevamento Si Fra in Italy, where he was champion sire in 2019 and 2020. Sakhee's Secret has sired 13 stakes winners, headed by New Zealand...

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This Side Up: Grounds for Optimism

Surface tensions in our business have run pretty deep in recent years, nowhere more so than at Santa Anita. After a failed revolution, with a synthetic track, they eventually backed into a terrifying breakdowns crisis. Racing in California still has its problems, of course, not least the cloud currently over its premier barn--which, after that curious hesitation last week, instead gives its most controversial resident a home game Saturday in the GI Awesome Again S. But given our community's fury right now with another racetrack proprietor, who this week cashed...

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Champion Sakhee Dies

G1 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe and G1 Juddmonte International winner Sakhee (Bahri-Thawakib {Ire}, by Sadler's Wells) was euthanized on Friday at Shadwell's Nunnery Stud due to the infirmities of old age. He was 24. Bred by the late Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum, Sakhee was born at Shadwell Farm in Kentucky before being sent to Newmarket to join trainer John Dunlop, who had trained Sakhee's sire and dam to wins in the G1 Queen Elizabeth II S. and G2 Ribblesdale S., respectively, in the Shadwell blue and white. Sakhee won...

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Hundred-Year History Of 'The Arc'

Nothing sacred just appears out of the wilderness; it is always the outcome of an evolutionary process with many layers of development. In racing, France and arguably Europe's self-proclaimed 'monument', the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, emerged from a lengthy spell of planning and forethought into how the country could showcase its own talent in direct competition with its neighbours. With the hippodrome at Longchamp superseding the worn-out Champ de Mars circuit in 1857, the Societe d'Encouragement pour l'Amelioration des Races de Chevaux en France looked to provide some prizes...

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