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USA Concert Tour bypasses Kentucky Derby
One-time ante-post favourite Concert Tour has been ruled out of the Kentucky Derby on Saturday week [May 1], with trainer Bob Baffert favouring instead a crack at the Preakness Stakes, second leg of the Triple Crown, a fortnight later.
Despite a flawless effort in the Santa Anita Derby, US-based Italian Umberto Rispoli has been jocked off leading fancy Rock Your World in favour of Joel Rosario, who has previously been committed to Concert Tour. UAE Derby runner-up Panadol has also been ruled out.
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Australia Phoenix Thoroughbreds prize-money frozen
Australia’s two main racing states, New South Wales and Victoria, have frozen all the prize-money earned by Phoenix Thoroughbreds over the money-laundering allegations that continue to surround the operation.
Phoenix, which has extensive racing and bloodstock interests around the world, has been under scrutiny since 2019 when its principal Amer Abdulaziz was named in a US court as being involved in $100 million fake cryptocurrency fraud, allegations which he has repeatedly denied. It is banned from racing horses in France and Britain.
Racing NSW chief steward Marc Van Gestel told ANZ Bloodstock News that horses owned or part-owned by Phoenix could continue to race, but no prize-money would be paid out until “such a time that the matter has been resolved in the US, or until such time that it’s been resolved to our satisfaction”.
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France Arc runner-up In Swoop second again on return
Last year’s German Derby winner In Swoop had to settle for second place again on his first start since finishing behind Sottsass in last year’s Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.
The four-year-old was beaten three quarters of a length by Sublimis, to whom he was conceding 3lb, in the Listed Prix Seymour.
Trainer Francis Graffard said In Swoop needed the run and would have his next start in a G3 in three weeks’ time.
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USA NYRA lures Japan with $1m Belmont bonus
The New York Racing Association is putting up a $1 million bonus to the connections of any runner from Japan who wins the Belmont Stakes, final leg of the Triple Crown on June 5.
Last offered in 2017, when Lani finished third at Belmont Park, the bonus would be paid out in addition to the $800,000 first prize-money.
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Japan World All-Star Jockeys series to return in 2021
After the COVID pandemic led to its cancellation last year, Japan’s international event for jockeys, the World All-Star Jockeys, will return in August in its original format.
The contest comprises both an individual and team competition in which five leading overseas riders compete with two from Japan’s second tier National Association of Racing circuit against seven from the Japan Racing Association.
Won last year by Christophe Lemaire, it is scheduled to take place at Sapporo racecourse on August 28 and 29.
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