The Brian Lynch trainee has won two in a row and comes into the Nov. 15 Commonwealth Turf Stakes (gr. IIIT) well rested after his wire-to-wire victory in the Jefferson Cup (gr. IIIT).
Claire Novak and Tom LaMarra handicap the $100,000 River City Handicap, which will be run on Saturday, November 8 at Churchill Downs. watch video
Hip 842, the only War Front weanling in session 3, consigned by Nursery Place. This colt, out of Stone Hope, by Grindstone, is a half brother to stakes winner Street Life. Watch Video
Silver Max returns to his favorite track Nov. 8, getting a bit of class relief while looking for a rebound in the $100,000 River City Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Churchill Downs.
Flaxman Holdings' homebred Main Sequence put the cap on a brilliant season Nov. 1 at Santa Anita Park, charging to victory over Flintshire in the $3 million Longines Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT).
There was no Groupie Doll to stand in her way this season, and Judy the Beauty would not be denied victory in the $1 million Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (gr. I) Nov. 1 at Santa Anita Park.
Claire Novak sets the scene for Breeders' Cup Saturday at Santa Anita Park. Watch Video
- By Claire Novak
Jody Petty, exercise rider for 2014 Arlington Million winner Hardest Core, talks about the gelding's training regimen and journey to this year's Breeders' Cup. watch video
Claire Novak recaps the results from Breeders' Cup Friday, including Untapable's win in the Distaff with Rosie Napravnik. Watch Video
Moments after piloting Untapable to victory in the Oct. 31 Longines Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) at Santa Anita Park, jockey Rosie Napravnik announced her plan to retire from riding races.
Wachtel Stable and George Kerr's aptly named Long On Value ran down game front-runner Sawyer's Hill to take the $200,000 Twilight Derby (gr. IIT) Oct. 31 at Santa Anita Park.
Claire Novak and Tom LaMarra are joined by Eric Guillot for the Breeders' Cup Classic edition of That Handicapping Show. watch video
Claire Novak with an Oct. 31 update on Breeders' Cup Friday at Santa Anita Park. Watch Video
Claire Novak provides updates on Shared Belief, Rich Tapestry, and Art Sherman's thoughts on the contenders for Horse of the Year. watch video
- By Claire Novak
Claire Novak and Tom LaMarra handicap several Breeders' Cup Friday races. They look at the Breeders' Cup Distaff, Mile, Juvenile Fillies, and Juvenile Fillies Turf. Return Saturday for the Breeders' Cup Classic! watch video
If you watch Mike Smith in the post parade of the upcoming Nov. 1 Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) at Santa Anita Park, don't be surprised to see him slouched a bit in the saddle, his feet dropped out of the irons.
The team connected to champion Zenyatta reported a saddening loss Oct. 29 when a weanling War Front filly out of the 2010 Horse of the Year was euthanized following an Oct. 28 paddock accident at Lane's End Farm.
Magician, winner of the 2013 Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT), has been withdrawn from this year's race at Santa Anita Park, Breeders' Cup officials confirmed the morning of Oct. 29.
Claire Novak updates the news of the day, including the defections of Magician and Free as a Bird, and California Chrome schooling. Also, Shared Belief is now in the house. Watch Video
Trainer Aidan O'Brien discusses the Oct. 29 defection of 2013 Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) winner Magician. watch video
Every morning at Santa Anita Park, Kelly Breen may be found accompanying an old campaigner on an old dirt oval outside Barn 89 after morning training.
Zayat Stables' American Pharoah will be scratched from the Sentient Jet Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I), trainer Bob Baffert confirmed the morning of Oct. 28.
Trainer Wesley Ward could get his Breeders' Cup Saturday started in a big way Nov. 1 if Richies Party Girl delivers in the $100,000 Senator Ken Maddy Stakes (gr. IIIT)
- By Claire Novak
Claire Novak updates us on American Pharoah's defection, Shared Belief's final breeze, and the first racetrack visits for international contenders Dank and Toronado after clearing quarantine. watch video
International contenders clear quarantine at Breeders' Cup Oct. 28, 2014. Dank won the 2013 Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf. watch video
Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer sent the 3-year-old Candy Ride gelding through an easy half-mile in :52 2/5.
With two-time Horse of the Year Wise Dan sidelined after dominating back-to-back editions of the $2 million Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT), the Nov. 1 race drew a slew of contenders.
The winner of last year's edition of the $1 million Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (gr. I) leads a group of 11 entered for the 2014 edition as he aims to become the first two-time victor in the race's seven-year history Oct. 31.
- By Claire Novak
Claire Novak updates us on Breeders' Cup from Santa Anita on Oct. 27, 2014. Learn about today's works, California Chrome and more! watch video
A cracked windshield on a Tex Sutton plane caused minor shuffling in plans for the transportation of Breeders' Cup contenders in New York and Kentucky, but all runners are expected to arrive at Santa Anita Park by Oct. 29.
Bourbon Lane Stable's XpressBet Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) contender Bourbon Courage had a good Oct. 27 blowout for the Nov. 1 event, breezing three furlongs in :34 1/5 at Keeneland for trainer Kellyn Gorder.
Assistant trainer Alan Sherman offers an update on Breeders' Cup Classic contender California Chrome Oct. 27, 2014. Hear why Alan thought "California Chrome trained like a monster today." watch video
Get up close to key Breeders' Cup Classic contender Bayern before his Oct. 26, 2014 Santa Anita work. watch video
Group I victor No Nay Never led the quartet with a bullet five furlongs in 1:01 3/5 on a firm course in preparation for the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint (gr. IT).
Claire Novak updates us on California Chrome's arrival, Majestic Harbor, Tapiture, Untapable, Bob Baffert's reaction to the works of Bayern and American Pharoah, and Capo Bastone being out of the Breeders' Cup. watch video
The 3-year-old Tapit colt is following the route taken by another Winchell-bred son of Tapit, Tapizar, who won the Dirt Mile in 2012.
Much has been made of Vicar's in Trouble's size--or lack thereof--throughout his career. But the modest 3-year-old has delivered again and again, giving his connections confidence to send him to the Breeders' Cup.
California Chrome turned in his final pre-Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) work Oct. 25 at Los Alamitos Racecourse, clocking a sharp five furlongs in :59 3/5 under jockey Victor Espinoza.
Assistant trainer Alan Sherman talks about Oct 25 breeze of Breeders' Cup Classic contender California Chrome at Los Alamitos. Watch Video
Of 201 horses pre-entered to the Oct. 31-Nov. 1 Breeders' Cup World Championships at Santa Anita Park, 38 raced or trained at Keeneland in September or October. read blog
With two-time Horse of the Year Wise Dan sidelined after dominating back-to-back editions of the $2 million Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT), a slew of contenders pre-entered the turf event to be run Nov. 1 at Santa Anita.
Goldencents, winner of the $1 million Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (gr. I) in 2013, leads a group of 12 pre-entered contenders for the 2014 edition as he aims to become the first two-time winner in the race's seven-year history.
Head began his assault on the storied grass race in 1987-88, riding Miesque, then saddled Goldikova to three consecutive victories in 2008-10 after beginning a training career. Now, Goldikova's full brother could step up.
Effinex pulled the upset Oct. 18 in the $300,000 Empire Classic, reeling in pacesetter So Lonesome to score at odds of 17-1 on Empire Showcase Day, the card for New York-breds at Belmont Park.
Taris blazed to the lead and kept on going in the $250,000 Lexus Raven Run Stakes Oct. 18, drawing off to an authoritative nine-length score in the seven-furlong sprint at Keeneland.
Lady Sheila Stable's La Verdad found her way back to the Belmont Park winner's circle Oct. 18, landing the $150,000 Iroquois on Empire Showcase Day for her fifth stakes score of the year.
Sparkling Review continued her climb through conditions in solid fashion Oct. 17, winning the $150,000 Pin Oak Valley View (gr. IIIT) at Keeneland. It was also the first graded score for trainer Ben Colebrook.
The Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (gr. I) may not have the storied history of many of the World Championship races, but what it lacks in longevity it makes up for in quality with a roster of seven impressive performances.
Irish classic winner Just The Judge can turn an Oct. 19 run in the $500,000 E.P. Taylor Stakes (Can-IT) into a bid at the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf (gr. IT) just a few weekends later.
Claire Novak and Frank Angst handicap the Raven Run Stakes from Keeneland this weekend. With a full field who do you think will win? watch video
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