Horse Racing

Flightline pulls away with a majestic win in the Breeders’ Cup Classic

The unbeaten Flightline cemented his superhorse status in spectacular fashion by pulling away in the course for a stunning 8 1/4 triumph in Saturday’s $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic. French jockey Flavien Prat rode the heavily favored four-year-old stallion to victory in the 1 1/4 mile showdown that capped a two-day, 14-race card worth more …

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Forte angers Cave Rock and wins the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile

Forte passed favorite Cave Rock on the stretch for a 1 1/2-long upset victory in Friday’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile and became the Kentucky Derby favorite in early 2023. Todd Pletcher-trained Forte attacked late and Cave Rock, weakened by an early challenge from 30-1 Longshot Hurricane J, won the 1 1/16 mile race in 1:43.06. “The …

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Qatari Sheikh hopes Champions Day will give students a taste of racing

Sheikh Fahad Al-Thani, the driving force behind British Champions Day at Ascot, was a student when he fell in love with racing and it is students he and his brothers see as the sport’s future lifeblood, said David Redvers, Manager of Qatar Racing AFP. Some 26,000 spectators – including 600 students paying £15 (US$17) – …

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Bay Bridge rains at Baaeed’s parade, Dettori at the Champions Day double

Baaeed failed to produce one last great performance on Saturday as he suffered his first defeat in his 11th and final race in The Champion Stakes at Ascot. The four-year-old, coached by William-Haggas, found the ground was not to his liking and finished fourth behind Bay Bridge, giving his trainer and like Haggas, a cricketer …

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Deauville Legend hot favorite as McEvoy targets fourth Melbourne Cup

British stayer Deauville Legend is a heavy favorite going into Tuesday’s Melbourne Cup in Australia’s ‘Race to Stop a Nation’, but rain and even hail could put a damper on progress. The penal 3,200 meters (two miles) handicap, which has been held on the first Tuesday of November since 1876, was limited to 10,000 fans …

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Gold Trip wins Melbourne Cup of Horse Racing fourth favorite

Heavyweight Gold Trip, ridden by Mark Zahra, won the A$8 million (US$5 million) Melbourne Cup on Tuesday as packed crowds returned to Flemington for ‘The Race to Stop a Nation’ . Weighing 125 lb (57.5 kg) Gold Trip edged out 10-1 against Emissary in second and High Emocean in third, with 2-1 favorite Deauville Legend …

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Giga Kick upsets Nature Strip and wins turf’s greatest prize

Underdog Giga Kick, ridden by veteran Craig Williams, stunned star sprinter and hot favorite Nature Strip, wins the richest grass race in the world, The Everest, on Saturday in Sydney. The Clayton Douglas-trained gelding stormed past Chris Waller’s wonder horse in the final 100 yards at Royal Randwick for a whopping Aus$6.2 million ($4.6 million) …

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Jockey Crowley hopes for a glorious end to ‘pleasant journey’ with Baaeed

Baaeed is looking to round out his career at Ascot on Saturday with that rare but highly coveted day for an ‘undefeated’ racehorse in the Champion Stakes. His jockey Jim Crowley told AFP he will be sad when he dismounts for the last time. There couldn’t be a more fitting end to Crowley and Baaeed’s …

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