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Horses Americans Should Know VII: Sea the Stars

While the US racing world waits for news of where Rachel Alexandra will appear next after another effortless bullet work, European racing fans got a chance to see their all-conquering hero again today when Sea the Stars set a track record at York in the Juddmonte International. The 3-year-old colt had scared off most of […]

Horses Americans Should Know VI: Raven’s Pass

Welcome to readers of The Blood-Horse; today’s post is one in a semi-regular series called Horses Americans Should Know.

With the uproar over Big Brown’s retirement, the confirmation that Curlin will be defending his title and the news that both Henrythenavigator and Duke of Marmalade will be contesting the Breeders’ Cup Classic, one strong […]

Horses Americans Should Know V: Montmartre

Given Curlin’s (relatively) disappointing finish in the Man O’ War, many European betting agencies have upped his odds for the Arc; they have also installed a new favorite in the appropriately-named Montmartre. Montmartre won the Grand Prix de Paris yesterday (Bastille Day, as you no doubt noticed) in very impressive style (video).

Despite his win, […]

Horses Americans Should Know IV: Yeats

We don’t breed many horses like Yeats in North America; while his sire, Sadler’s Wells, has plenty of familiar Northern Dancer blood, his dam, Lyndonville, is entirely European. Yeats also has a half-brother, Tsukuba Symphony, who won over $2 million in Japan and is now at stud there, and another Group-winning half-brother named Solskjaer who […]

Horses Americans Should Know III: Zarkava

This post also appears at TheRail.

Big Brown isn’t the only unbeaten three-year-old looking for racing glory this year; the French-trained filly Zarkava looks set to be a major story throughout the summer and beyond. Trained by Alain de Royer Dupré, she has won all four of her races effortlessly, despite going up against top-class […]

Horses Americans Should Know II: Soviet Song

Welcome to the second installment in our occasional series. Today’s featured horse is Irish-bred, British-based mare Soviet Song.

Soviet Song was bred and raced by Elite Racing Club; she remains a part of their operation today as a broodmare. The Club’s structure is one that would be most welcome in American racing; […]

Horses Americans Should Know I: Makybe Diva

We are taking a slight break from the Triple Crown trail today (although I’ll be talking about Saturday’s Peter Pan and its Belmont implications tomorrow) to deliver the first installment in what will be an occasional series – Funny Foreign Horses Americans Should Know More About. First up: Makybe Diva.

Although bred […]