Roaring Lion Edges Saxon Warrior Again in Irish Champion Stakes

Following his determined win in the Irish Champion Stakes, Roaring Lion remains under consideration for the 2018 Breeders' Cup Turf at Churchill D0wns (Photo by © Breeders' Cup/Jamie Rhodes 2011) A neck. Just a neck. That’s seemingly all that separates the talented three-year-olds Roaring Lion and Saxon Warrior when they both run their best race, and that was the margin that separated them in a thrilling renewal of the QIPCO Irish Champion Stakes (Ire-I) on Saturday at Leopardstown. [...]

Roaring Lion, Saxon Warrior Meet Again in Irish Champion Stakes

Two months ago at Sandown Racecourse in Great Britain, the talented three-year-olds Roaring Lion and Saxon Warrior put on quite a show in the Coral-Eclipse Stakes (Eng-I), finishing just a neck apart at the end of the 1 ¼-mile test. That thrilling finish has been among the highlights of a budding rivalry. Roaring Lion and Saxon Warrior have squared off on five occasions already, with the latter coming out ahead in their first two meetings before Roaring Lion took command [...]

Robert Bruce Showcases Terrific Acceleration in Arlington Million

Robert Bruce winning the Arlington Million (gr. I) - © Arlington Park/Coady Photography With just one furlong left to run, victory appeared to be out of the question. There was Robert Bruce, the Chilean-bred sensation, with just one horse beaten and seven horses left to pass in Saturday’s $1,000,000 Arlington Million (gr. I) at Arlington Park. Five lengths separated him from the leader, and to make matters even more challenging, his Grade 1-winning stablemate Almanaar was much closer [...]

Alpha Centauri Seeks “Win and You’re In” Berth to Breeders’ Cup Mile

Will Alpha Centauri secure a "Win and You're In" berth to the Breeders' Cup Mile at Churchill Downs ? - Coady Photography First, she defeated fellow three-year-old fillies with complete authority. Then, she dismissed old rivals with equal disdain. Now, on Sunday, the budding superstar filly #10 Alpha Centauri will attempt to defeat older males in the Prix du Haras de Fresnay-Le-Buffard Jacques le Marois (Fr-I) at Deauville racecourse in France. At first, it sounds like a challenging [...]

Keying Synchrony in the Old Forester Turf Classic

Synchrony winning the Fair Grounds Handicap (gr. III) - Hodges Photography/Lou Hodges, Jr. The Kentucky Derby is undoubtedly the highlight of the Saturday card at Churchill Downs, but the stakes-packed day of racing includes many other competitive races as well, with one of the best being the $500,000 Old Forester Turf Classic Stakes (gr. I). Ten horses have been entered in the nine-furlong turf race, with the 5-2 morning line favorite being #10 Beach Patrol. Trained by Chad [...]

Hong Kong Cup win would be sweet for Werther

Werther beats Time Warp to win the 2017 Jockey Club Cup at Sha Tin. Pic: HKJC. Hong Kong racing fans will be hoping their outstanding horse Werther can see off a strong international challenge in the $3.2 million Hong Kong International Cup at Sha Tin Dec. 10. The New Zealand-bred by Tavistock won at group two level in Australia and New Zealand and had two group one second-place finishes before being bought by Johnson Chen in 2015, and [...]