ROYAL ASCOT: DAYS 4 & 5: RIZEENA & TELESCOPE RETURN TO FORM

One of last year’s top two-year-olds – when her victories included the Queen Mary Stakes (gr. II) at the Royal meeting, and the Shadwell Fillies Mile (gr. I) – Rizeena failed to fire in the 1,000 Guineas (gr. I), but bounced back for a ¾ lengths victory in the one

ROYAL ASCOT: DAY 3 – GOLDEN LIGHT

If you are used to the steady diet of six to nine furlongs fed by racing on the principal surface (dirt) in U.S., the Royal Ascot meeting serves as a refreshing reminder of the diverse fair that thoroughbred racing can offer. On day one, we had the King’s Stand Stakes

ROYAL ASCOT: DAY 2 – THE FUGUE TOO FAST

Highlight of the second day at Royal Ascot was the ten furlong Prince of Wales’s Stakes (gr. I). The odds-on favorite was last year’s co-world champion Treve (Motivator), despite having her unbeaten record when going down to the redoubtable Cirrus Des Aigles on her reappearance this year. However, Treve was

ROYAL ASCOT:DAY 1 – KING OF THE KICK

Highlight of day one at Royal Ascot was the St. James’s Palace Stakes (gr. I) which brought a rematch between the upset 2,000 Guineas (gr. I) victor, Night of Thunder, and the third in that race, Kingman, who had since taken the Irish 2,000 Guineas (gr. I). Night of Thunder

A NON-INTERFERING RECEPTACLE

The dean of English bloodstock writers, Tony Morris, once described the great broodmare Mrs. Moss as a “non-interfering receptacle,” by which he meant that rather than imparting her own characteristics, she somehow allowed the best qualities of her mates to be expressed. Perhaps the ultimate example of such a mare

ENGLISH & FRENCH GUINEAS – Dubawi, Dansili consolidate status; a potential new star in France

The 2,000 Guineas (gr. I) was supposed to lie between the undefeated Invincible Spirit colt, Kingman, and Aiden O’Brien’s highly-touted Australia, winner of the last two of his three juvenile starts, the last of which came in the form of a six lengths win in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf

UNTAPABLE, UNSTOPABLE – Kentucky Oaks winner is from a family on fire

The day before the Derby, the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) was won by Untapable, who like California Chrome is by a son of Pulpit from a family that has written more than a few headlines. Despite their similarities, there are some distinct differences between the two pedigrees, however. To start

SEBRING ON TRACK FOR STARDOM

One of the most interesting developments of the current Australian breeding seasons has been the rapid progress of second season sire, Sebring. A son of More Than Ready (two-time Leading Sire of Two-Year-Olds in Australia, and also winner of that title in the U.S.), Sebring won five of six starts

STRANGE DAYS INDEED

We we’re pretty sure that John Lennon didn’t have Kentucky Derby trials in mind when he penned the chorus of “Nobody Told Me” but, “strange days indeed” was our immediate reaction to the results of the Arkansas Derby (gr. I) and Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) on Saturday. After all,