Ben's Cat, the formidable iron horse who keeps on campaigning for Hall of Fame trainer King Leatherbury, could take home his fourth consecutive edition of the $200,000 Fabulous Strike Handicap Nov. 25 at Penn National.
Smarty Jones, whose 2004 Triple Crown bid and affable connections earned him legions of fans, is returning to Central Kentucky from Pennsylvania to take up stallion duties at Calumet Farm. His fee for 2016 will be $7,500.
Claire Novak, Ellis Starr, and Tom LaMarra preview the Delta Downs Jackpot featuring Exaggerator, Whitmore, Forevamo, and Found Money. Watch Video
Shotgun Kowboy, winner of the Oklahoma Derby (gr. III) and Oklahoma Classics Cup at Remington Park, turned in his final breeze Nov. 18 at his home track leading up to the $500,000 Clark Handicap (gr. I).
Undefeated La Appasionata will be chasing her first graded win Nov. 21 in the $400,000 Delta Downs Princess Stakes (gr. III), as the runners she easily conquered last out face her for another try at Delta Downs.
The horse who ran fourth in the Oct. 31 Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) will get a chance to run that same distance on dirt in the Nov. 28 Cigar Mile (gr. I) at Aqueduct Racetrack.
Claire Novak, Tom LaMarra, and Ellis Starr of Equibase handicap the overflowing field of the Mrs. Revere Stakes November 14, 2015. Presented by Equibase. watch video
Commonwealth Oaks (gr. IIIT) winner Onus looks for her second graded stakes win in the Nov. 14 Mrs. Revere Stakes (gr. IIT) at Churchill Downs.
Dual grade II winner Madefromlucky seeks a rebound from his seventh in the Sept. 19 Pennsylvania Derby (gr. II) in the $150,000 Discovery Handicap (gr. III) Nov. 11 at Aqueduct Racetrack.
About four lengths clear at the wire under jockey Shaun Bridgmohan, the 4-year-old Awesome Again filly completed her first graded score for trainer Brad Cox and Sea Jay Racing.
- By Claire Novak
Claire Novak, Tom LaMarra and special guest Ellis Starr handicap the Long Island Handicap. Presented by Equibase watch video
Big World easily made the lead and kept it Nov. 4 in the $200,000 Tempted Stakes (gr. III) on opening day at Aqueduct Race Track, securing her first graded win and becoming the first stakes winner for her sire.
American Pharoah will be the first Triple Crown winner to stand at stud since Affirmed was retired in 1979, and the first available to breeders since Affirmed died in 2001. A stud fee announcement is expected soon.
- By Claire Novak
Claire Novak gives an update on American Pharoah's arrival at Ashford Stud near Versailles, Ky., on Nov. 2, 2015. Watch Video
American Pharoah, the first Triple Crown winner to run in the Breeders' Cup, went out an emphatic winner Oct. 31 at Keeneland.
Claire Novak explains plans for American Pharoah and talks about how the Classic contenders have exited the race. watch video
Triple Crown winner American Pharoah, the day after taking the Breeders' Cup Classic. watch video
Runhappy lived up to the hype and galloped home strong in the $1.5 million TwinSpires Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I), running down veteran grade I winner Private Zone in the final furlong Oct. 31 at Keeneland.
Claire Novak sets the scene for Breeders' Cup Saturday on Oct. 31, 2015, at Keeneland. Watch Video
Songbird delivered a beautiful performance Oct. 31 in the $2 million 14 Hands Winery Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I), controlling the pace throughout and winning by 5 3/4 lengths over Rachel's Valentina.
Claire Novak recaps Breeders' Cup Friday, including Stopchargingmaria's win in the Breeders' Cup Distaff.
Catch a Glimpse had been touting herself in the mornings, and came through Oct. 30, giving trainer Mark Casse his first Breeders' Cup win when taking the $1 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (gr. IT).
Claire Novak updates viewers on the latest Breeders' Cup news on Oct. 30, 2015, at Keeneland. Watch Video
Claire Novak, Ellis Starr, and Tom LaMarra preview the Breeders' Cup Classic featuring American Pharoah, Keen Ice, Frosted, Tonalist, Effinex, and Honor Code. Watch Video
Claire Novak, Ellis Starr, and Tom LaMarra preview the Breeders' Cup Distaff featuring Got Lucky, Frivolous, Wedding Toast, Sheer Drama, and I'm a Chatterbox. Watch Video
Claire Novak delivers the news of the day, including the activities of American Pharoah, Beholder, Honor Code, Frosted, Wedding Toast, and Tonalist. Watch Video
The multiple grade I winner had a brisk gallop at Keeneland after visiting the paddock Oct. 28. Frosted and Keen Ice also made appearances on the track for the first time.
Obviously faces a deep field for the Mile, but his connections know the brilliant bay with the heart of gold will lay it all on the line as he returns for his remarkable fourth attempt.
Triple Crown winner American Pharoah walked the shedrow and did not go to the track Oct. 28, his first morning at Keeneland after arriving Oct. 27.
Triple Crown winner American Pharoah arrives at Keeneland for the 2015 Breeders' Cup Classic. Watch Video
- By Claire Novak
Claire Novak provides information on Untapable's scratch from the Breeders' Cup Distaff, Honor Code's walk around the shed row, and what the European horses were doing out and about. watch video
- By Claire Novak
Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) contender Honor Code settles in Kentucky on Oct. 27 after arriving from New York. watch video
Claire Novak shares thoughts from the Breeders' Cup Classic and Distaff post position draw. Hear thoughts from Victor Espinoza, Jerry Crawford and Richard Mandella. watch video
The Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) has a rich history of female winners, and this year three distaffers will attempt to add to that legacy against a strong male lineup.
The son of Unbridled's Song drew post 3 of 11 in the Dirt Mile (gr. I) and will look to use his swift turn of foot in the shorter race rather than throwing in with American Pharoah and Beholder in the Classic (gr. I).
- By Claire Novak
Claire Novak updates us on horses appearing at Keeneland for the Breeders' Cup Monday. How did Beholder look in her workout? Watch to find out. watch video
In the early morning hours, Asmussen worked Untapable, Tapiture, Holy Boss, and Nickname for their respective Breeders' Cup races.
After Lea's strong :47 2/5 half-mile work Oct. 26 at Keeneland, trainer Bill Mott said the horse will run in the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (gr. I).
- By Claire Novak
Claire Novak briefs us on the day's works, cancellations, and who to expect on the track tomorrow. Hear about Beholder's visits to the Keeneland training track and paddock as well as Wesley Ward's turf workers. watch video
When an overnight rain left the main track at Keeneland sloppy and sealed Oct. 25, Richard Mandella trained champion racemare Beholder over the synthetic training track and schooled in the paddock.
Trainer Larry Jones called an audible and sent Longines Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) contender I'm a Chatterbox out to work early Oct. 24 at Keeneland as a light rain fell on the Lexington track.
Trainer Larry Jones discusses Oct. 24 work of Distaff contender I'm a Chatterbox. Watch Video
G. Watts Humphrey Jr.'s Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) contender Frivolous turned in her final work for the Oct. 30 test when she breezed five furlongs in :59 4/5 under trainer Vicki Oliver at Keeneland.
Claire Novak, Tom LaMarra, and special guest Ellis Starr preview the probable field for the Breeders' Cup Classic. Sponsored by Equibase watch video
Gainesway Farm has purchcased a partial interest in 2014 Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) winner Karakontie from the Niarchos family, it was announced Oct. 22. A stud fee will be announced following the Breeders' Cup.
Jockey Julien Leparoux was pleased with the Oct. 22 workout of Longines Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) contender Salama, the Peru-based filly who earned an automatic berth to the race. Yahilwa and Warren's Veneda also worked.
Champion Beholder took to the track in Lexington as dawn was just creeping over the Keeneland grandstand, getting a long-awaited look at the site of her Oct. 31 Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) run.
Sunset Glow and Osaila, the 2-3 finishers from last year's Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (gr. IT), head a field of 14 sophomore fillies for the $150,000 Pin Oak Valley View (gr. IIIT) Oct. 24 at Keeneland.
Conquest Stables' Conquest Daddyo turned in a solid work Oct. 21 at Keeneland, gearing up for a run in the Oct. 30 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf (gr. IT).
The champion racemare takes in her new surroundings at Keeneland Oct. 21. watch video
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