Enable, Crystal Ocean clash in King George VI and Queen Elizabeth

Enable winning the Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. I) - Coady Photography It’s a showdown of top-class caliber at one of the world’s oldest Thoroughbred racetracks. It’s one of the most prestigious races in all of Europe. It’s the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes (G1), scheduled to be held for the 69th time Saturday at Ascot Racecourse in England. Every year the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes (a "Win and You're In" qualifier for the [...]

Cheval Grand Seeks Rebound in Tenno Sho (Spring)

Cheval Grand winning the Japan Cup - Photo courtesy of the Japan Racing Association Two-mile marathon races might be a rarity in North America, but that’s far from the case in other parts of the world. In fact, Kyoto racecourse in Japan is set to host the Group 1 $2,685,000 Tenno Sho (Spring) this Sunday, a 3,200-meter test of stamina that is considered one of the most prestigious two-mile races in the world. Over the last dozen years, [...]

Will Kitasan Black Be Beaten in the Arima Kinen?

Kitasan Black winning the 2017 Tenno Sho (Autumn) - Photo courtesy of the Japan Racing Association The Japanese racing season will come to a spectacular climax on December 24th when Nakayama racecourse hosts the prestigious Arima Kinen (Jpn-I) at 2,500 meters (about 12.5 furlongs) on turf. With a purse of more than $5.3 million and a field determined in part by fan voting, the Arima Kinen is among the most eagerly-anticipated events on the Japanese racing calendar, particularly so [...]

Local team could be too strong in Japan Cup

Kitasan Black beats Satono Crown (obscured) in the 2017 Tenno Sho (Autumn). Pic: Japan Racing Association. Four foreign invaders have arrived to try and wrest the $5.1 million Japan Cup (G1) from the locals for the first time since 2005 – but they’ll have to beat a strong local team in the 1 ½-mile contest to do so. Coming in to challenge the Japanese horses are the Australian Boom Time, winner of the Caulfield Cup (G1) last month; [...]