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Mark Popham

Mark Popham also writes for The Blood-Horse, sister magazine to The Horse.

Articles by Mark Popham

Zenyatta Above Rachel in World Thoroughbred Rankings

Zenyatta has received another boost. The 2009 Breeders’ Cup Classic winner was rated one pound ahead of Rachel Alexandra in the World Thoroughbred Rankings, comprising horses that raced worldwide last year and achieved a rating of 115 or more. But Goldikova earned the top ranking of any other female.

Zenyatta was awarded a rating of 128, with her archrival at 127, by the offic

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Sea the Stars Retired

Sea the Stars, who secured his place among Thoroughbred racing’s all-time greats when he powered his way to a thrilling two-length victory over Youmzain in the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (Fr-I) Oct. 4, has been retired to stud.

The announcement that the 3-year-old son of Cape Cross will not go for the Breeders’ Cup Classic (gr. I) was made just before 1 p.m. in Ireland by trainer

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