• Mixed day for Nicky Henderson as Charli Parcs fails to shine
    The Telegraph

    Mixed day for Nicky Henderson as Charli Parcs fails to shine

    It is never straight-forward Nicky Henderson might have mused on Saturday. In the credit column at the conclusion of the last weekend of serious Cheltenham trials was a perfect racecourse gallop for his Champion Hurdle hope Brain Power and a victory in the Sky Bet Dovecote Novice Hurdle for River Wylde. Charli Parcs may have tarnished his status when falling two out in the Betbright Adonis Juvenile Hurdle, putting Barry Geraghty out of action, certainly temporarily, while neither of the trainer’s two runners in the Betbright Chase managed to complete the first circuit.

  • ESPN.com

    Charismatic filled out Old Friends triptych

    It figures that Charismatic would not go quietly into that good night. From his noble birth in Kentucky to his roller coaster of a career to his shocking death last week at Old Friends Equine because of a pelvic fracture, the shimmering chestnut spent most of his 21 years as a poster boy for the triumph and tragedy of the racing game. After taking forever to win a maiden race and running twice for high-priced claiming tags, no American Thoroughbred ever got more out of two winning races than Charismatic, who crept into the 1999 Kentucky Derby on tiptoe, won by a neck at 31-1, then proved it was no fluke two weeks later in the Preakness. And certainly, no American racehorse has ever inspired his

  • UPI

    UPI Horse Racing Preview and Dubai Report, plus preps in New Orleans and New Mexico

    Kentucky Derby and Oaks preps stretch from coast to coast this weekend with major action in the Risen Star Stakes at Fair Grounds in New Orleans and a surprisingly strong field in the Mine That Bird Derby in New Mexico. On the international front: Winx goes for her 15th straight win in Australia, Hong Kong stars shine Sunday at Sha Tin and Qatar hosts the Emir's Sword Festival. England's weekend features the Winter Derby. On Thursday at Meydan in Dubai, it was another big evening for the Godolphin home team and a bit of an upset in a potential prep for the $10 million Dubai World Cup. Let's roll. The Road to the Roses Stakes winners from New York, California and Oklahoma are in the Big Easy to