It’s Horse of the Year time in Australia (after a two-month delay due to equine influenza); not surprisingly, the phenomenal sprinter Miss Andretti gets the title this year. She’s the latest in a line of mares dominating the Aussie turf scene, following Sunline and the great Makybe Diva. Her frequent rival Takeover Target [...]
Things may be slow in the US, but it’s all go in Australia. Tuesday is the 147th running of the Melbourne Cup and while equine influenza means that there are only a few overseas contenders, English-based Purple Moon is one of the favorites and the Aidan O’Brien-trained Mahler (the understudy to Scorpion, who was [...]
The big 3-year-old races this weekend (the Super Derby and the Brooklyn, in case you have not been paying attention) almost seem like episodes of The Love Boat or Fantasy Island — some mid-level, otherwise not newsworthy regular cast members, and a very special guest star for each one. Playing the roles that might [...]
Apologies for the lack of updates, it’s been a busy few days. Without further ado, a quick rundown:
Rags to Riches: I hope we do see her next year; I doubt we will. One has to wonder whether she is truly delicate (as her half-brother, Jazil, seemed to be) or if she is simply [...]
Obviously this would have happened a lot sooner if the US were affected by equine influenza in the same fashion, but it seems that a class action lawsuit is starting to come together in Australia. I am intrigued to see exactly who they plan to sue.
Disagreement continues over whether or not vaccination [...]
Equine influenza continues to march across New South Wales and Queensland, although Victoria still remains flu-free at this point and no horses are allowed into the state from infected areas.
Among the stud farms now affected is Emirates Park (part of the Darley empire) — three yearlings, some mares as well as a teaser [...]
Racing will resume in Sydney this week at Warwick Farm racecourse, but without any spectators — they will have to watch (and bet) elsewhere to ensure that the biosecurity rules remain in place. There are still strict guidelines for the movement of horses around the country, however, so only horses already stabled at the [...]
The epidemiologists are still on the job in Australia, and they need to be — equine influenza has spread to two breeding farms in the Hunter Valley. Given that the virus is most dangerous to newborn foals and elderly horses, this is especially problematic and could easily scupper the plans under discussion to send some [...]
It’s nice to see that the Woodward is drawing a competitive field — Lawyer Ron will likely be the headliner after his career-best performance last time out, but Diamond Stripes and Corinthian are certainly worthy competitors. I’m going with sentiment and sticking with Brass Hat to win, but would not be surprised to see [...]
First, the good news — the ban on the movement of horses within Western Australia has been lifted, as they have remained free of equine influenza. Unfortunately, that’s about all the good news — Sydney’s Spring Racing Carnival is officially cancelled as a number of horses stabled at Randwick racecourse have tested positive for [...]