Lightning Spear Earns Breakthrough Win in Sussex Stakes

Will Lightning Spear accept his "Win and You're In" berth to the 2018 Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. I) at Churchill Downs? (Photo by © Breeders' Cup/Jamie Rhodes 2011) Durability and consistency were rewarded on Wednesday when the veteran Lightning Spear finally (finally!) secured a signature victory in the Sussex Stakes (Eng-I) at Goodwood racecourse in Great Britain. On fifteen previous occasions—yes, fifteen!—Lightning Spear had competed against Group 1 company without scoring a single victory. Oh, there were plenty [...]

O’Brien faces strong local challenge in Hong Kong Mile

Seasons Bloom wins the 2017 Jockey Club Mile at Sha Tin. Pic: HKJC. Aidan O’Brien brings two genuine group one horses to Sha Tin for the $2.95 million Hong Kong International Mile (G1), but he’s got history and a strong local team against him Dec. 10. O’Brien will start Lancaster Bomber and Roly Poly in the race, both having last raced in the Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1) Nov. 4. Lancaster Bomber ran a solid race for second behind [...]

World Approval, Ribchester head Breeders’ Cup Mile

World Approval shows his class at a mile by winning the Fourstardave Handicap at Saratoga. Photo: Coglianese Photos/Susie Raisher The Breeders’ Cup Mile history is full of classic trans-Atlantic battles, and it should be more of the same again at Del Mar on November 4th. Leading American horse World Approval, who has been revitalized since being switched to a mile, faces seven European-trained horses, including two with consistent group one form: Ribchester and Roly Poly. Godolphin’s Ribchester would [...]