Some have retired, a hearty few race on, but the winners of last year's Breeders' Cup World Championships will always have their place in history. Here we check in with the 14 runners who put on a great show in 2013.
Defending champion Saratoga Snacks takes on eight fellow New York-breds Oct. 18 in the $300,000 Empire Classic Handicap, the main feature on Empire Showcase Day at Belmont Park.
Charles Town Oaks (gr. III) winner Miss Behaviour is the 120-pound highweight in a field of 13 sophomore fillies entered for the $250,000 Lexus Raven Run Stakes (gr. II) at Keeneland.
Normandy Invasion, the talented but trouble-prone Fox Hill Farms runner who finished fourth in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), has fractured a sesamoid, according to owner Rick Porter.
Landaluce Educe Stables' Rosalind and Sagamore Farm's Daring Dancer head an overflow field of 14 plus two also-eligibles for the $150,000 Pin Oak Valley View (gr. IIIT) slated for Oct. 17 at Keeneland.
Wise Dan has developed a non-displaced fracture at the bottom of his right front cannon bone that will put him on the sidelines for at least 30 days, ending his hopes for a third consecutive Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) win.
If Lady Eli continues her progress as planned, 43-year-old Jay Hanley will come full circle back to Santa Anita on Oct. 31 when he is represented by his first Breeders' Cup starter in the Juvenile Fillies Turf (gr. I).
Trainer Charlie LoPresti said he has yet to exactly pinpoint a date for the final pre-race breeze of two-time Horse of the Year Wise Dan leading up to the Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT), but the gelding is training lights out.
Walter Swinburn's Legendary (GB) attended the pace in the $200,000 Knickerbocker Stakes (gr. IIIT) and kicked clear to hold off 2-1 favorite Up With the Birds Oct. 11 at Belmont Park, collecting his first graded score.
Jockey Anthony Stephen was taken to UK Medical Center Oct. 10 after being unseated from his mount after the third race at Keeneland.
For every big-name contender expected to arrive at the Breeders' Cup World Championships every season, there are several whose connections agonize over the decision to send them there.
Claire Novak and Tom LaMarra handicap the QE II Challenge Cup Stakes at Keeneland. Tom discusses the soggy forecast and if the turf will be firm. watch video
- By Claire Novak
Trainer Kellyn Gorder got the Autumn meet off to a good start on Friday, Oct. 3, when he took the first race of the season with WinStar's Race Day. read blog
No matter what obstacles are thrown at him this season, Wise Dan refuses to lose. The 7-year-old gelding was slow at the break of the Shadwell Turf Mile, but recovered to blast past his rivals in the final strides.
WinStar Farm and Stonestreet Stables' Carpe Diem seized control from front-runner Conquest Tsunami and rolled away to a powerful victory in the $500,000 Claiborne Breeders' Futurity (gr. I) Oct. 4 at Keeneland,
Good Luck Gus took the $252,098 New York Breeders' Futurity Oct. 4 at Finger Lakes, securing his first stakes score for trainer Rudy Rodriguez.
Jay Em Ess Stable's By the Moon upset the $500,000 Frizette Stakes (gr. I) at odds of 24-1 Oct. 4 at Belmont Park, well-rested after a runner-up finish in the Aug. 31 Spinaway Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga Race Course.
Qatar Racing's Peace and War notched her U.S. debut at Keeneland in impressive fashion Oct. 3, taking the $400,000 Darley Alcibiades (gr. I) with a determined closing run.
Tom LaMarra and Claire Novak at Keeneland to preview the Shadwell Turf Mile featuring Wise Dan, Optimizer, Silver Max, Kaigun, and Seek Again. Watch Video
Two-time Horse of the Year Wise Dan faces the stiffest challenge of his remarkable return from colic surgery when he takes on Seek Again and Silver Max among seven rivals in the $1 million Shadwell Turf Mile (gr. IT) Oct. 4.
Rockville Centre Stakes winner Bustin It heads a field of nine for the $252,098 New York Breeders' Futurity Oct. 4 at Finger Lakes.
- By Claire Novak
Jockeys Russell Baze and Jorge Ricardo compete in the Champions Challenge at Cristal Racetrack in Porto Alegre, Brazil. view slideshow
Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winner Tonalist returned to winning ways Sept. 27 at the site of his greatest triumph, defeating older horses in the $1 million Jockey Club Gold Cup (gr. I) at Belmont Park.
Former claimer Belle Gallantey continued her grade I success Sept. 27, taking the Beldame Stakes (gr. I) at Belmont Park in a wire-to-wire romp.
Claire Novak and Tom LaMarra handicap the Jockey Club Gold Cup and examine it's implications for the Breeders' Cup. The duo also touch on several other big races and key horses from around the country. watch video
American Pharoah looks to solidify his status as the likely favorite for the Nov. 1 Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) in the $300,000 FrontRunner Stakes (gr. I) Sept. 27, taking on nine others at Santa Anita Park.
Main Sequence, Imagining, and Twilight Eclipse -- the top three finishers from the last month's Sword Dancer Stakes (gr. IT) at Saratoga -- will face off again Sept. 27 in the $600,000 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic (gr. IT)
Jorge Ricardo took the Sept. 18 Champions Challenge at Hipodromo Cristal in Brazil much the way he has has maintained a 38-year career resulting in more than 12,000 victories -- with a sweepingly emotional score.
Let's Go Stable's Divine Oath looks to get back on track Sept. 20 in the $150,000 Kent Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Delaware Park, coming off a sixth-place finish in the Aug. 16 Secretariat Stakes (gr. IT) at Arlington International.
Chester and Mary Broman's Ballerina Stakes (gr. I) winner Artemis Agrotera will face five rivals as she looks to continue her winning ways in the $300,000 Gallant Bloom Handicap (gr. II) Sept. 20 at Belmont Park.
Five Fillies Stable's Sistas Stroll gave jockey Drayden Van Dyke his first graded stakes score Sept. 13 as Tom Proctor trainees ran 1-2 in the $150,000 Pucker Up Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Arlington International Racecourse.
Maiden Conquest Typhoon capped a big day for Conquest Stables in a big way at Woodbine Sept. 13, galloping clear in a dominant performance over seven other 2-year-olds in the $211,673 Summer Stakes (Can-IIT).
Margano scored a determined victory over Holiday Star in the the $200,000 PTHA President's Cup Stakes Sept. 13 at Parx Racing, earning his first victory of 2014 by a nose.
Kaigun, winner of the Play the King Stakes (Can-IIT) for trainer Mark Casse, heads a field of 11 as the 5-2 favorite for the $1 million Ricoh Woodbine Mile (Can-IT) Sept. 14 at Woodbine.
Claire Novak and Tom LaMarra preview the Sands Points Stakes (gr. IIT) which will be run on Saturday, September 13, 2014 at Belmont Park. Watch Video
Two-time Horse of the Year Wise Dan, making his first start since returning after May 16 colic surgery, held off 29-1 shot Optimizer to win the $250,000 Bernard Baruch Handicap (gr. IIT) at Saratoga.
Antonio Miuccio's Palace dazzled in the $500,000 Forego Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga Race Course Aug. 30, diving to the rail and drawing off to finish the seven-furlong test in 1:21.95.
After acing his graded stakes debut Aug. 8 with a 23-1 upset of the National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame Stakes (gr. IIT) at Saratoga, Wallyanna looks to continue his success Sept. 1 in the Saranac (gr. IIIT).
Claire Novak and Tom LaMarra discuss the return of Wise Dan in the Bernard Baruch Handicap and handicap the Woodward Stakes at Saratoga this week. watch video
New York-bred Startup Nation rolled to an impressive victory Aug. 28 in the $200,000 With Anticipation Stakes (gr. IIT) at Saratoga, surviving and inquiry and claim of foul to earn his first graded stakes score.
Southern Equine Stables' Whitney (gr. I) winner Moreno and runner-up Itsmyluckyday will face off again Aug. 30 in the final grade I event for older horses of the Saratoga Race Course season, the $600,000 Woodward Stakes.
On Aug. 30, Wise Dan will face a solid field in the $250,000 Bernard Baruch Handicap (gr. IIT) as the 127-pound highweight while making his long-awaited return after May 16 colic surgery.
Trainer Jimmy Jerkens had the best horse in the $1.25 million Travers Stakes (gr. I), but it wasn't the one everyone was betting on.
Alex and JoAnn Lieblong's The Big Beast jumped up from allowance company to grade I competition and did not disappoint his connections Aug. 23, winning the King's Bishop (gr. I) by a neck.
It seems hard to believe that a year has passed since eventual Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (gr. I) winner Goldencents was run down by rival Fed Biz in a thrilling edition of the Pat O'Brien, but here we are at Del Mar again.
California Chrome, unlikely hero of the Triple Crown series who won the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and Preakness Stakes (gr. I), will make his return from a brief layoff in the $1 million Pennsylvania Derby (gr. II) Sept. 20.
- By Claire Novak
Claire Novak and Evan Hammonds handicap the exciting Travers Stakes at Saratoga this week. Will you pick the Jim Dandy Stakes winner? watch video
The Chad Brown trainee used the 2013 United Nations to propel his way to victory in back-to-back grade I races, now looks to Cliff Hanger (gr. IIIT) Aug. 24 to return to graded victory.
The $500,000 Kettle One King's Bishop Stakes (gr. I) pits front-running speedster Wildcat Red against proven closer Coup de Grace, both sharing highweight assignments of 121 pounds Aug. 23 at Saratoga.
Filimbi, winner of the De La Rose Stakes over a comebacking Dayatthespa, will attempt to repeat her advantage Aug. 23 in the $250,000 Ballston Spa Stakes (gr. IIT) at Saratoga.
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