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2019 “Grand Slams” International Horse Racing Dates, Champions & Replays

 

 

 

Pegasus World Cup

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When: January 26
Where: Gulfstream Park, Florida, US
What: Formerly the richest race in the world, with a purse of $12 million for its inaugural running in 2017, increased to $16M in 2018. ​It’s a 1 1⁄8-mile (9 furlongs) race on dirt and is open to horses four years old and up.
For the 2019 edition, the format was revamped, with a purse of $9M for the original race and $7M available for a turf equivalent.

2019 winner: CITY OF LIGHT

Cheltenham Festival

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When: March 12-15
Where: Cheltenham, UK
What: The world’s most celebrated jump meeting is a four-day feast of racing and revelry attracting huge crowds of Irish and British punters to the attractive track in the Cotswolds region of Gloucestershire. The festival’s showpiece is the coveted Cheltenham Gold Cup, a three-mile marathon over 22 fences. Last year’s winner was Native River.

2019 Cheltenham Gold Cup winner: AL BOUM PHOTO

When: March 30
Where: Meydan, Dubai
What: Billed as the world’s richest day of racing, the lucrative event holds a special place in the Dubai racing calendar and ends the United Arab Emirates racing season. The race is run on dirt over 2,000 meters (about 10 furlongs). Godolphin’s Thunder Snow is the reigning champion.

2019 winner: THUNDER SNOW

When: April 6 & April 13
Where: Sydney, AUS
What: The Championships was inaugurated in 2014 as a “Grand Finals” concept to feature and showcase the very best of Australian racing as the jewel in the crown of Sydney’s Autumn Carnival. Held on the first and second Saturday of April each year, The Championships’ twelve races will be hotly contested to determine champion status over different age groups and distances. With a total of $21 million prize money on offer, the stage is set for two days of exciting and highly competitive racing. The feature race of the two days of racing, the “Grand Final” in the AUD$4,500,000 Queen Elizabeth Stakes.

2019 Queen Elizabeth Stakes winner: WINX

When: April 6
Where: Aintree, UK
What: Perhaps the most famous horse race in the world and an icon of the British sporting calendar. First, run in 1839, the epic race is best known for its huge jumps such as Becher’s Brook, Valentine’s and The Chair and is a four-mile slog over two laps of the famous Liverpool course. It’s the race that transcends racing, with generations of people taking a once-a-year interest in the sport of kings. Last year’s winner was Tiger Roll.

2019 winner: TIGER ROLL

When: May 4
Where: Churchill Downs, USA
What: The Kentucky Derby is one of the world’s most iconic races. The mile-and-a-quarter dash on dirt, dubbed “the most exciting two minutes in sports,” carries a first prize of $1.425 million. Last year’s champion was Triple Crown winner Justify.

2019 winner: COUNTRY HOUSE* (On Protest)

2000 Guineas

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When: May 4
Where: Newmarket, UK
What: First run in 1809, the Group 1 race — the first Classic of the UK Flat season — is open to three-year-old thoroughbred colts and fillies and is run over one mile on turf. In theory, it is the first leg of the British Triple Crown, along with the Derby and St Leger, but the feat of winning all three has rarely been attempted in recent years. Saxon Warrior, trained by Aidan O’Brien, won last year’s race.

2019 winner: MAGNA GRECIA

When: May 5
Where: Newmarket, UK
What: Also held in Newmarket, the mile Classic for three-year-old fillies over turf has been staged since 1814. Billesdon Brook ran out the winner last time.

2019 winner: HERMOSA

When: May 18
Where: Baltimore, USA
What: As the middle leg of the Triple Crown, the Preakness is a true test of perseverance. It traditionally comes just two weeks after the Kentucky Derby and all eyes are on the race to see whether a rare treble is still on the cards. Justify kept such hopes alive in 2018.

2019 winner: WAR OF WILL

Epsom Oaks

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When: May 31
Where: Epsom, UK
What: The third UK Classic of the season and the second open to three-year-old fillies only. It’s been run over a distance of 1 mile, 4 furlongs and 6 yards on the grass of Epsom Downs since 1779. Forever Together, trained by Aidan O’Brien, won the latest edition.

2019 winner: ANAPURNA

Epsom Derby

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When: June 1
Where: Epsom, UK
What: The Epsom Derby has long been regarded as the richest and most prestigious Flat race in the British racing calendar. Run over a mile-and-a-half, it carries a prize fund of at least $1.9 million, with the winner claiming just north of $1 million. The reigning champion is Masar.

2019 winner: ANTHONY VAN DYCK

Belmont Stakes

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When: June 8
Where: Belmont Park, USA
What: The lucrative horse race is open to three-year-olds and is the third and final leg of the famous Triple Crown. It has crowned a plethora of champions since its inauguration in 1853 — with Justify completing the treble in 2018.

2019 winner: Sir Winston

Royal Ascot

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When: June 18-22
Where: Ascot, UK
What: With eight Group 1 races and an audience with Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II, Royal Ascot is the highlight of the British racing calendar. Each day begins with the pageantry of the horse-drawn royal procession in front of grandstands packed with the top hats, tails and high fashion. The highlight of the festival is the prestigious Gold Cup, won by Stradivarius in 2018.

2019 Ascot Gold Cup winner:

2018 Ascot Gold Cup winner: STRADIVARIUS

Irish Derby

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When: June 29
Where: The Curragh, County Kildare, Ireland
What: Ireland’s equivalent of The Derby, held three weeks later. Open to three-year-old thoroughbred colts and fillies, it is run over a distance of 1 mile and 4 furlongs on turf. Latrobe won the event in 2018.

2019 winner:

2018 winner: LATROBE

King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes

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When: July 27
Where: Ascot, UK
What: Britain’s most prestigious open-age Flat race, the “King George,” is run over a distance of 1 mile and 4 furlongs. The iconic event has been won by some of racing’s biggest stars over the years. Sir Michael Stoute trained Poet’s Word won last year’s race, making Stoute the race’s most successful trainer with six wins.

2019 winner:

2018 winner: POET’S WORD

St. Leger

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When: September 14
Where: Doncaster, UK
What: The oldest of Britain’s five classics, dating back to 1776. The race for three-year-old thoroughbred colts and fillies is run over a distance of 1 mile, 6 furlongs and 115 yards. Jockey Ryan Moore won a consecutive title on board Kew Gardens in 2018.

2019 winner:

2018 winner: KEW GARDENS

When: October 6
Where: Longchamp, Paris, France
What: The Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe is a mile-and-a-half test of speed and stamina for three-year-olds and above, with a prize purse of $5.6M. The “Arc” has been held at leafy Longchamp for more than 150 years — barring a recent sojourn at Chantilly while it underwent a major redevelopment. Legendary jockey Frankie Dettori holds the record for most race wins, securing his sixth on defending champion Enable in 2018.

2019 winner:

2018 winner: ENABLE

When: October 12
Where: Sydney, Australia
What: Run over six furlongs, The Everest brings the world’s top sprinters together for the richest turf race in the world. The race’s prize pot is set to rise to $14 million in 2019 and $15 million in 2020. Redzel has clinched back-to-back titles since its inauguration in 2017.

2019 winner:

2018 winner: REDZEL

British Champions Day

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When: October 19
Where: Ascot, UK
What: The conclusion of the British Flat racing season and the richest purse on the calendar with more than $5.4 million in prize money across six races. The legendary Frankel ran his last race here in 2012 with a 14th straight win in the Champion Stakes.

2019 Champions Stakes winner:

2018 Champions Stakes winner: CRACKSMAN

When: November 1-2
Where: Churchill Downs, Kentucky, USA
What: The Breeders’ Cup is a celebration of the very best thoroughbreds and pits US horses against the cream from the rest of the world. The highlight is the Breeders’ Cup Classic, considered the unofficial fourth leg of the Triple Crown, which is often a big factor in deciding Horse of the Year. The mile-and-a-quarter dash on dirt has been in existence since 1984, and the latest edition was won by the aptly named Accelerate. The festival also involves the Breeders’ Cup Turf — a showpiece for turf horses, carrying a prize fund of $4 million with winning connections earning $2.2 million.

2019 Breeder’s Cup Classic winner:

2018 Breeder’s Cup Classic winner: ACCELERATE

Melbourne Cup

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When: November 5
Where: Flemington, Australia
What: Having been overtaken as the country’s richest race, the Melbourne Cup is still the “race that stops a nation.” It’s been a highlight of Australia’s social and sporting calendar since 1861. Cross Counter was the 2018 winner.

2019 winner:

2018 winner: CROSS COUNTER

Japan Cup

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When: November 24
Where: Tokyo, Japan
What: Japan’s richest race is held every year at Tokyo Racecourse, with the world’s best three-year-olds and above descending on the country’s capital. Home-grown talent has flourished at the event, with every winning trainer and owner coming from Japan since 2008. Almond Eye is the reigning champion.

2019 winner:

2018 winner: ALMOND EYE

Hong Kong International Races

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When: December 8
Where: Sha Tin, Hong Kong
What: It’s one of the highlights of the racing calendar, a fan favourite for decades with $12 million at stake. World class jockeys and thoroughbreds do battle over four Group 1 races on the turf of the Sha Tin Racecourse amid the skyscrapers of downtown Hong Kong. The bumper prize money is spread across the Hong Kong Sprint, the Hong Kong Vase, the Hong Kong Mile and the showpiece Hong Kong Cup.

2019 Hong Kong Cup winner:

2018 Hong Kong Cup winner: GLORIOUS FOREVER

 

 

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International Federation of HorseRacing

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Awards

 

2019 World’s Best Race Horse Award:

2018 Winner(s): Winx & Cracksman (Tie)

 

2019 World’s Best Jockey Award:

2018 Winner: Frankie Dettori

 

 

2019 World’s Best Horse Race Award:

2018 Winner: Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe

 

RACE BY RACE RECAP OF HISTORIC NIGHT @ MEYDAN FOR 2019 DUBAI WORLD CUP

VISUAL RACE BY RACE RECAP:

HISTORIC NIGHT AT MEYDAN FOR THE 2019 DUBAI WORLD CUP AS WE SEE THE OFFICIAL UNVEILING OF A HOST OF FUTURE MEGASTARS

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RACE 1

GROUP 1

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DUBAI KAHAYLA CLASSIC – MAHER (UAE)

ARABIAN RULER MAHER GOES FROM WIRE TO WIRE TO SCORE IN A TOOTH AND NAIL TWO HORSE HOME STRAIGHT WAR, THAT WILL BECOME AN INSTANT WORLD CUP CARNIVAL CLASSIC FOR ALL OF THE AGES.

 

RACE 2

GROUP 2

GODOLPHIN MILE – COAL FRONT (USA)

ESTABLISHED CHAMPION USA JOCKEY AND TRAINER COMBINATION, OF JOCKEY JOSE ORTIZ AND TRAINER TODD PLETCHER, PROVES BEGINNER’S LUCK DOES, IN FACT, EXIST AS IN EACH RESPECTIVE MAN’S FIRST RUNNER / RIDE IN DUBAI YIELDS A THRILLING AND DRAMATIC LAST GASP VICTORY.

 

 

RACE 3

GROUP 2

DUBAI GOLD CUP – CROSS COUNTER (UK)

 

THE FIRST HORSE EVER TO COMPLETE THE BIG TWO-MILE DOUBLE OF THE MELBOURNE CUP & DUBAI GOLD CUP IN THE SAME SEASON

 

 

RACE 4

GROUP 1

AL QUOZ SPRINT – BLUE POINT (UK)

 

AUSSIE TRIO FAIL THE THREATEN PLACINGS,

AS NEW WORLD’S BEST SPRINTER AKA #WBS IS ANOINTED.

AUSSIE WATCH

  • VIDDORA RAN A VALIANT BUT WELL BEATEN 4TH.
  • BRAVE SMASH WAS HEAVILY BACKED IN LEAD UP TO JUMP. HUGH BOWMAN GAVE HIM A TERRIFIC RIDE BUT WHEN THE PRESSURE CAME ON HE TURNED IT UP COLD TURKEY AND WAS MOST DISAPPOINTING
  • ILLUSTRIOUS LAD WAS SENT OUT UNDER THE ODDS AT 100-1 AND RAN ACCORDINGLY ALWAYS A LONG WAY BACK THROUGHOUT

 

 

RACE 5

GROUP 2

UAE DERBY – PLUS QUE PARFAIT (USA)

 

UPSTART AMERICAN GALLOPER’S CONNECTIONS BEGIN TO DREAM OF GLORY IN THE RUN FOR THE ROSES AT CHURCHILL DOWNS ON THE FIRST SATURDAY IN MAY.

 

 

RACE 6

GROUP 1

DUBAI GOLDEN SHAHEEN – X Y JET (USA)

 

VETERAN AMERICAN SPRINTER TEACHES US THAT IN THIS GAME YOU EVENTUALLY GET WHAT YOU DESERVE TO, BE THAT GOOD OR BAD AND SHOWS TRUTH IN OLD CLICHE, IF AT FIRST YOU DON’T SUCCEED – TRY AND TRY AGAIN!

 

 

RACE 7

GROUP 1

DUBAI TURF – ALMOND EYE (JAP)

A NEW GLOBAL SUPERSTAR IS BORN AND JUST IN TIME AND SHE IS NOW READY TO ASSUME THE STAUS OF THE WORLD’S GREATEST HORSE FROM OUR OUTGOING AUSSIE IMMORTAL OF THE TURK: WINX.

 

 

RACE 8

GROUP 1

LONGINES DUBAI SHEEMA CLASSIC – OLD PERSIAN (UK)

THE CHARLIE APPLEBY TRAINED, WILLIAM BUICK RIDDEN, GODPLHIN OWNED JUGGERNAUT ROLLS ON IN OVERDRIVE AND SHOWS NO SIGNS OF STOPPING AS EACH IS CROWNED RESPECTIVELY THE CHAMPION TRAINER OF THE 2019 WORLD CUP CARNIVAL, THE CHAMPION JOCKEY OF THE 2019 WORLD CUP CARNIVAL AND THE CHAMPION OWNER OF THE 2019 WORLD CUP CARNIVAL.

 

 

RACE 9

GROUP 1

DUBAI WORLD CUP – THUNDER SNOW (UAE)

CHAMPION GALLOPER THUNDER SNOW WRITES A NEW CHAPTER IN THE RICH HISTORY AND TRADITION THAT HAS SWIFTLY BEEN CREATED BY HIS HIGHNESS SHEIKH MOHAMMED, RULER OF DUBAI AT HIS CELEBRATION OF CHAMPION HORSE’S, JOCKEY’S AND TRAINER’S ALIKE, AS THE AUSTRALIAN SIRED GALLOPER BECOMES THE VERY 1ST MULTIPLE WINNER OF THE GREATEST HORSE RACE OF THE YEAR, THE DUBAI WORLD CUP, BY WINNING BACK TO BACK CUPS IN 2018 & 2019.

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RACE 5: 1.GALVANIZE

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RACE 7: 9.DESERT FIRE

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BUT HIS OVERSEAS CAMPAIGN HAS BEEN A TRAINWRECK. HE WENT TO HONG KONG TO RUN ON HONG KONG INTERNATIONAL DAY AT SHA TIN IN DECEMBER AND WAS TERRIBLE BUT TRAINER CHRIS WALLER DECIDED TO PUSH ON TO DUBAI. SINCE ARRIVING IN THE UAE HE’S PUT IN TWO MORE SHOCKERS, BUT HIS EFFORT . IN THE ZABEEL MILE WAS A NEW LOW POINT IN HIS CAREER.WALLER’S REPRESENTATIVE IN DUBAI SAID PRE-RACE THEY’D HOPE HE’D RUN WELL ENOUGH TO PUSH ON AND RUN WORLD CUP NIGHT BUT AFTER TONIGHT’S SHOWING SURELY IT’S A BRIDGE TOO FAR TO ASK HIM TO RUN IN A GR1 GIVEN THE TERRIBLE FORM HE’S BEEN IN SINCE DEPARTING AUSTRALIA.

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The Dubai World Cup Carnival, worth more than US$10 m in prize money across 10 race meetings, runs from January to March every year and is a season of high-class international race days contested by the most high-profile owners, trainers, horses and jockeys in the world. It runs alongside the domestic Racing at Meydan season.

The Dubai World Cup Carnival leads to the Dubai World Cup day, the richest day of racing in the world.

The major prep for Dubai World Cup day is the Super Saturday meeting, to be held on Saturday March 09, 2019. Super Saturday allows trainers to put the finishing touches to their equine stars before appearing on racing’s biggest stage – Dubai World Cup day. As the official dress rehearsal for the Dubai World Cup it is a major social occasion.

 

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VIDEO: IS THIS UNDEFEATED 3YO COLT THE NEXT WORLD SUPERSTAR? DUBAI WORLD CUP?? KENTUCKY DERBY??

Kentucky Derby 2019 Radar:

Walking Thunder stars in Dubai

By Jonathan Lintner

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The Phoenix Ladies Syndicate, an offshoot of the Phoenix Thoroughbreds group that campaigns Belmont Stakes runner-up Gronkowski, is right to have some Triple Crown race dreams of its own after Thursday’s $100,000 UAE 2000 Guineas Trial.

Walking Thunder moved his record to 3-for-3 in the most impressive fashion, showing gate speed from the outside and No. 15 post position, stalking the pace and taking over as they turned for home.

The Violence colt went on to win by nine lengths at Meydan, setting him up to continue on toward the March 30 UAE Derby (G2), which awards 2019 Kentucky Derby qualifying points on a 100-40-20-10 scale to the Top.4 finishers.

“He’s a different class horse,” said trainer Ahmed bin Harmash. “…It looks like the horse can travel the Derby distance.

Bin Harmash also conditions for Phoenix Ladies the 3-year-old Superior, another winner during his juvenile season at Meydan who could point toward races such as the 2000 Guineas (G2) on Feb. 7 and UAE Derby.

Walking Thunder, a Florida-bred purchased for $42,000, was off at 3-1 on the U.S. tote Thursday. His victory came at the cost of Royal Marine, a Group 1 winner for Godolphin on the turf who broke while odds-on. Royal Marine raced wide to avoid some of the kickback but did so at one pace, finishing fourth.

As for the winner, jockey Connor Beasley said he let Walking Thunder “find his feet” from the outside post. Kicking away from the gate, the colt crossed over all but one in the field, the pace-setting Power Link.

“As soon as I asked him off the bend there, he felt like he put it to bed in two strides, to be honest,” Beasley said. “He’s just so very professional in his mannerisms — the way he goes to the start, just everything. I haven’t rode many good horses, but to me he feels like a good horse.”

Walking Thunder completed a one-turn mile on the Meydan dirt in 1:38.43.

“Off that, I’d dare say,” said Beasley, asked if the horse can go even farther. “Obviously it was a bit of a question mark these two runs previous. Today he settled a lot better just having a bit more of a rein. I’d say…he never stopped, and I couldn’t pull him up after the line.”

 

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Walking Thunder rises in Dubai

By Jonathan Lintner

December 17, 2018 9:27 AM

Phoenix Ladies Syndicate

Whereas Phoenix Racing made an impact on the 2018 Triple Crown with Gronkowski second in the Belmont Stakes, the Phoenix Ladies Syndicate, an offshoot designed to increase female participation in Dubai, could have a 2019 Kentucky Derby prospect or two on its hands.

Walking Thunder, a son of Violence trained by Ahmed bin Harmas, is 2-for-2 after striking Dec. 6 in a 1-mile race at Meydan. Next, the colt will target the UAE 2000 Guineas (G3) on Feb. 7, according to the latest batch of Dubai Racing Club notes.

Superior, also a debut winner for Phoenix Ladies, will contest January’s 2000 Guineas Trial, keeping stablemates separated on the lead up to the UAE Derby (G2), which on March 30 awards Kentucky Derby qualifying points on a 100-40-20-10 basis to the Top 4 finishers.

“Part of the plan was for him to get an education — put him behind and take the (kickback) to see if he could handle it before he faces it in bigger races,” Amer Abdulaziz, principal of Phoenix Thoroughbreds, said of Walking Thunder’s most-recent effort. It followed a seven-furlong debut win, with the UAE 2000 Guineas a next step.

Jockey Connor Beasley “did an amazing job and kept him in the right place and then he just took off,” Abdulaziz added. “It was very impressive. The Phoenix Ladies have some very good young horses and we also look forward to the older Phoenix big guns coming for the Carnival.”

Those big guns, by the way, are Gronkowski and Axelrod, the soon-to-be 4-year-old colts who will prep locally for runs in the Dubai World Cup, also on March 30. Axelrod has one more domestic start to make in Santa Anita’s Dec. 26 Malibu Stakes (G1) before both horses are turned over to trainer Sandeep Jadhav in Dubai.

Gold Town won the 2018 2000 Guineas before heading into a UAE Derby matchup with Mendelssohn, who romped. Before that, Thunder Snow completed the 2000 Guineas-UAE Derby double in 2017.

Beasley told the Dubai Racing Channel after the Dec. 6 victory that Walking Thunder’s “attitude is unbelievable for a 2-year-old who’s only run twice.” Pamela Cordina, of the Phoenix Ladies syndicate, added that, “He has us dreaming of some big targets during the Carnival and with luck we can win some nice races.”

Both Walking Thunder ($42,000) and Superior ($50,000) were relatively cheap purchases as 2-year-olds at the Ocala Breeders’ Sale last April. We’ll see moving forward if they can hang with the likes of Royal Marine, a Godolphin runner — and already a Group 1 winner — who could also target the UAE Derby.

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