Sam-Son Farm will be represented by two sons of Stormy Atlantic -- Up With the Birds and His Race to Win -- in Saturday's C$250,000 Coronation Futurity, at Woodbine.
The New York Racing Association (NYRA) has canceled live racing at Aqueduct Racetrack on Thursday following a nor'easter that passed through the region Wednesday and left behind several inches of wet snow.
Title defenses in the $125,000 Bonnie Heath Turf Cup by Bad Debt and the $150,000 Elmer Heubeck Distaff by My Pal Chrisy highlight the 11th Florida Million Day at Calder on Saturday, an afternoon featuring eight stakes restricted to registered Florida-bred horses and named in honor of Florida racing dignitaries totaling $1 million in purse money.
Multiple Grade 1-winning millionaire PURE CLAN (Pure Prize) brought a session-topping $4.5 million from Brazilian Goncalo Torrealba of Stud TNT at Wednesday's second session of the Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale in Lexington, Kentucky. The seven-year-old mare, who was listed in foal to Bernardini, entered the ring as Hip No. 279 from the Hill 'n' Dale Sales Agency, agent, consignment.
Yogi Berra's "it was deja vu all over again" was never truer than during the 2012 Breeders' Cup Betting Challenge at Santa Anita on Saturday. Defending champion Patrick McGoey staged another improbable last race comeback to defeat last year's second-place finisher Christian Hellmers to win the tournament and $255,341.
Five of the seven Breeders' Cup winners with Churchill Downs ties will be paraded at the home of the Kentucky Derby between races on Sunday.
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Daisy Devine will be a strong favorite to win her third stakes of the year in Saturday's Grade 3, $100,000 Cardinal Handicap at Churchill Downs, a nine-furlong grass test which has attracted a field of nine fillies and mares.
The New York Racing Association (NYRA) has canceled live racing at Aqueduct on Wednesday due to forecast rain and high winds. Racing is scheduled to resume Thursday.
Lane's End Farm, in Versailles, Kentucky, released their 2013 stud fees on Monday. All contracts carry a live foal guarantee and are payable when the foal stands and nurses.
PLUM PRETTY (Medaglia d'Oro), winner of last year's Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks and the Grade 1 Apple Blossom Handicap in April, brought a final bid $4.2 million at Tuesday's opening session of the 2012 Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale in Lexington, Kentucky. The winning bidder was Mandy Pope's Whisper Hill Farm, which bought reigning Horse of the Year Havre de Grace (Saint Liam) for $10 million Monday night at the Fasig-Tipton November Sale.
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Hollywood Park will begin its 32nd Autumn Meet Thursday, with post time at 12:30 p.m. (PST). Scheduled for 24 days through December 16, the meet is highlighted by four Grade 1 events and the annual Autumn Turf Festival (November 23-25).
Fair Grounds is asking fans for help naming a race that is new to the 2012-13 stakes schedule. The winner of the "Name the Stakes Race" contest will present the trophy to the winning connections after the inaugural running and enjoy lunch for four in the Clubhouse, a replica of the trophy and a $100 win bet.
Net revenues from continuing operations for the third quarter of 2012 declined 1 percent, or $1.5 million, to $164.9 million compared to the same period of the prior year. Third quarter EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization) declined to $21.3 million, from $43.0 million, during the third quarter of 2011. Net earnings from continued operations for the period were $6.0 million, or $0.34 per diluted common share, a decrease of 70 percent from net earnings from continued operations of $19.7 million, or $1.16 per diluted common share, during the third quarter of 2011. The decline in EBITDA and net earnings was predominately the result of the $19.3 million in Illinois Horse Racing Equity Trust Fund payments that were received in the third quarter of 2011.
Hansen, the champion two-year-old colt of 2011, has been purchased to stand at Ashford Stud near Versailles, Kentucky.
On the wings of a sensational two-day Breeders' Cup World Championships, Santa Anita's 24-day Autumn Meet ended on an upbeat note Sunday as overall handle on Santa Anita races was up 2 percent compared to last year and on-track attendance (excluding November 2-3) was up 1 percent.
Trainer Ian Wilkes had a not-so-surprising revelation Sunday morning, a little more than 12 hours after Fort Larned's front-running victory in the Breeders' Cup Classic at Santa Anita.
Deal, Lowe and Silver's well-traveled Rhythm of Light was last seen landing the September 1 International Istanbul Trophy at Veliefendi Racecourse. Patiently handled by Garrett Gomez, the four-year-old daughter of Beat Hollow loped along near the rear of the field early in her U.S. debut.
Powered by victories on Royal Delta in the Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic and Mizdirection in the Breeders' Cup Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint, Hall of Fame rider Mike Smith has won the Bill Shoemaker Award as the most outstanding jockey of the 29th Breeders' Cup World Championships, held November 2-3 at Santa Anita Park.
Richard Mandella reported all was well with his Breeders' Cup trio Sunday morning and that they all had earned a bit of vacation. Beholder captured the Juvenile Fillies while stablemates Jimmy Creed ran ninth in the Sprint and Rumor filled the fifth spot in the Filly & Mare Sprint.
Trainer Shivananda Parbhoo said that Breeders' Cup Sprint victor Trinniberg came out of his three-quarters of a length victory over The Lumber Guy on Saturday in good order and opened the door to a return trip to Santa Anita next year.
The first of three flights carrying most of the European Breeders' Cup team of two dozen horses left Santa Anita Sunday morning for LAX International Airport, according to Alastair Donald, managing director of the International Racing Bureau, the first contingent with Ireland's Coolmore team of eight runners trained by Aidan O'Brien.
Trainer Todd Pletcher left for his return trip to the East Coast early Sunday morning. Assistant trainer Mike McCarthy said that all of the Pletcher horses were fine after participating in the Breeders' Cup.
Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert, who had high hopes and 10 horses to run in the two-day Breeders' Cup events, was an 0-fer for the weekend, but still managed to smile and put a philosophical turn to things Sunday morning at Clockers' Corner.
Wise Dan, the course record-setting victor in Saturday's Breeders' Cup Mile, left Santa Anita early Sunday morning and arrived at Blue Grass Airport in Lexington, Kentucky, at 11:35 a.m. (EST).
Despite coming over twice on his opponents in Sunday's Grade 2, $200,000 Nashua at Aqueduct, Black Rock Stables' Violence crossed under the wire first and survived a stewards' inquiry to claim victory in the one-mile contest under jockey Javier Castellano.
Not many people get to celebrate their birthday with a $270,000 payday, but that's exactly what Brian Hernandez Jr. did when he guided Fort Larned to victory in the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic at Santa Anita on his 27th birthday.
Michael Dubb's My Happy Face got the head-bobbing win on Sunday in Aqueduct's Grade 3, $142,500 Tempted over Cue the Moon. The Rudy Rodriguez-trained daughter of Tiz Wonderful just missed by a head in the Grade 1 Frizette last out, but would not be denied a second time, completing this one-mile, fast-track in 1:36 1/5.
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Morton Fink's homebred Wise Dan stated his case for Horse of the Year by blitzing an international field in Saturday's $1,818,000 Breeders' Cup Mile, and put an exclamation point on his victory by speeding in a Santa Anita course-record 1:31.78 on the firm turf. With jockey John Velazquez orchestrating an ideal passage throughout, Wise Dan powered past longtime leader Obviously in midstretch and drew off to extend his winning streak to four.
Despite some scary moments in the stretch, Shanghai Bobby lived up to his 6-5 favoritism to take Saturday's Grade 1, $1,818,000 Breeders' Cup Juvenile by a head over He's Had Enough.
Groupie Doll overcame a wide trip in Saturday's Grade 1, $909,000 Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint at Santa Anita to score an easy win and wrap up the Eclipse Award as champion female sprinter. The Bowman's Band filly is now five-for-five since trainer Bill "Buff" Bradley added blinkers for her run in the Grade 1 Madison at Keeneland in April, and finished this seven-furlong, fast-dirt event in 1:20 3/5.
Fort Larned rewarded his connections' faith with a scintillating victory in Saturday's Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Classic at Santa Anita, holding off a game Mucho Macho Man to score by a neck on the wire.
The total two-day common-pool handle for the Friday and Saturday race cards of the 29th Breeders' Cup World Championships at Santa Anita Park was $144,272,332, Breeders' Cup announced Saturday.
Priscilla Vaccarezza's homebred Little Mike bounced back from a drubbing in the Grade 1 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational at a boggy Belmont Park to upstage Point of Entry and defending champion St Nicholas Abbey in Saturday's $2,727,000 Breeders' Cup Turf in record time at Santa Anita. Widely regarded as a doubtful prospect at the 1 1/2-mile trip with a hot pace scenario on tap, the Dale Romans charge showed a new dimension by drafting behind the pacesetters, pouncing at the top of the stretch, and blazing the firm turf in 2:22.83.
Sherry Parbhoo's Trinniberg snapped a three-race losing streak and possibly clinched an Eclipse Award championship with a swift and decisive score in Saturday's $1,363,500 Breeders' Cup Sprint at Santa Anita.
Noted sports broadcaster Jim Rome, a convert to Thoroughbred racing in recent years and operator of Jungle Racing stable, celebrated his biggest win as an owner Saturday when Mizdirection, a filly he owns in partnership with Strauss, Grohs, Beljak and KMN Racing, turned in a spectacular stretch run to win the $909,000 Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint at Santa Anita.
Team Forster's Brushed by a Star outdueled Joyful Victory by a head in Saturday's Grade 2, $168,900 Chilukki Stakes at Churchill Downs. Under a Corey Lanerie drive, the Grant Forster filly ranged up in midstretch and proved just the stronger. Her second graded stakes victory will serve as a nifty catalog update for Monday's Fasig-Tipton November Sale, where she is listed as Hip No. 29.
A return to Santa Anita revived the fortunes of Winchell Thoroughbreds' homebred Tapizar in Saturday's $909,000 Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile. A previous winner over the track in the 2011 Grade 3 Sham and Grade 2 San Fernando this past January, the Tapit colt turned in a dominating performance under Corey Nakatani at odds of 15-1.
Michael Tabor, Mrs. John Magnier and Derrick Smith's George Vancouver showed a turn of foot worthy of his freshman sire, Henrythenavigator, to score handily in Saturday's $909,000 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf. By beating the Chad Brown duo of Noble Tune and Balance the Books, the Irish shipper gave his Coolmore connections, and trainer Aidan O'Brien and jockey Ryan Moore, their second straight win in this race, following Wrote a year ago at Churchill Downs.
Phipps Stable's homebred Boisterous successfully defended his title in Saturday's Grade 2, $200,000 Red Smith Handicap at Aqueduct. Rating in third under Edgar Prado for more than a mile, Boisterous eased into the lead at the top of the stretch and drew off to win by a comfortable three lengths. The final time for 1 3/8 miles over yielding turf was 2:19 1/5. An overwhelming 1-5 favorite, Boisterous returned $2.70, $2.20 and $2.10.
Trainer Bill Mott spelled out how Royal Delta was doing Saturday, the morning after her gate-to-wire victory in the Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic. It was the four-year-old filly's second consecutive win in the race and Mott's third straight and fifth overall.
If there is any crying occurring in Argentina, it's tears of joy following Calidoscopio's upset victory Friday in the $454,500 Breeders' Cup Marathon at Santa Anita.
A crowd of 34,619 was on hand at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California, on Friday for the first day of the 29th Breeders' Cup World Championships. The attendance figure was a slight decline over the 2009 Friday attendance at Santa Anita of 37,651, but up from the 2008 figure of 31,257.
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