Year in Review: The Best Horse of 2018

Almond Eye winning the Japan Cup (Jpn-I) - Photo courtesy of the Japan Racing Association While the debate over U.S. Horse of the Year honors has taken up a lot of press since the Breeders’ Cup, I find a less formal but no less challenging debate to be just as interesting—who was the best horse to race anywhere in the world in 2018? I’m not just looking for who compiled the best campaign, or who ran the best [...]

Dubai Turf winner Vivlos favored in Queen Elizabeth II Cup

Crocosmia (right) and Vivlos meet again in the Queen Elizabeth II Cup at Kyoto. Pic: Japan Racing Association. Dubai Turf (G1) winner Vivlos seeks another grade one victory when she contests the 2,200-meter (about 1 3/8-mile) Queen Elizabeth II Cup (G1) for fillies and mares at Kyoto Nov. 12. Vivlos (Deep Impact), the winner of last year’s Shuka Sho (G1), the third leg of the fillies triple crown in Japan, went to Dubai and beat Ribchester, the subsequent [...]

Aerolithe a Dominating Favorite in Shuka Sho

There’s 18 horses to choose from in the final leg of Japan’s filly Triple Crown, the $1.6 million Shuka Sho, but there’s likely to be a dominating favorite. Aerolithe (Kurofune) is set to be at short odds for the 2,000-meter (about 1 ¼ miles) classic at Kyoto. She finished fifth in the Oka Sho (G1, Japanese 1,000 Guineas) in April, but has since beaten the colts and geldings in the NHK Mile Cup (G1) despite being four wide for most [...]