Ziyad, Desert Encounter stand out in Canadian International

Trainer David Simcock has made a habit of shipping horses from Europe to snatch victories in major North American stakes races, and on Saturday he’ll stand a strong chance to nab the $800,000 Canadian International (G1) at Woodbine with #4 Desert Encounter.

Keying Thundering Blue in the Canadian International

Woodbine Racetrack (Michael Burns Photo) It’s common knowledge that Europe’s best horses are generally superior to North America’s best horses going 1 ½ miles on turf, as recent renewals of the $800,000 Pattison Canadian International Stakes (gr. I) at Woodbine clearly indicate. Horses based in Europe won seven consecutive editions of the Canadian International from 2010-2016, and they’ve won 13 of the 18 editions since 2000. Suffice to say, that’s quite a streak of success, and I’ll be [...]

Cracksman Seeks Redemption in King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes

The talented Cracksman is looking to bounce back from a surprising defeat at Royal Ascot last month - Photo by Horsephotos.com Isn’t it funny how fast things can change in the sport of horse racing? Barely more than a month ago, Cracksman was the toast of Europe’s racing scene, a three-time Group 1 winner viewed as a budding superstar and a nearly unbeatable force for trainer John Gosden. Now, he’s just the third choice in an eight-horse field [...]