Beholder's smashing victory in the Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) ensured her a second consecutive Eclipse Award. She was voted champion 3-year-old filly of 2013 over finalists Princess of Sylmar and Close Hatches.
Perhaps no Eclipse Award category overflowed with more talent than among the 3-year-old fillies of 2013. They performed admirably against each other and then went out and defeated the best of their older counterparts.
Javier Castellano, Joel Rosario, and Gary Stevens took three entirely different routes to their positions as jockey finalists in the Eclipse Awards. Who wins could depend upon what criteria voters choose to use.
A mini-break in Santa Anita's 2014 dates, an agreement to allow HRTV and TVG to broadcast all major California racetracks, and reduced takeout on Santa Anita's Daily Double wagering were discussed at the Nov. 21 CHRB meeting.
A detailed report to the California Horse Racing Board at its Nov. 21 meeting concluded that the cluster of sudden deaths from Bob Baffert's Hollywood Park barn did not have any similarities to each other.
- By Tracy Gantz
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Due to a late career start in 2012, Princess of Sylmar is the only one of the big three in the Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I), only who doesn't yet have a Breeders' Cup victory and an Eclipse Award to her credit.
Owner Ron Lombardi and trainer Jason Servis will have their first starter in the Breeders' Cup with a horse they claimed twice, Tightend Touchdown, who is an outsider in the Turf Sprint (gr. IT) Nov. 2.
Conor Murphy, owner and trainer of Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint (gr. IT) hopeful Dimension, was born in 1983, just one year before the Breeders' Cup began.
Beholder not only brings her stellar record into the Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I), she has a first-class team behind her. It begins with her Hall of Fame trainer, Richard Mandella, and extends to the rest of his barn.
All trainers want to win big races for their owners, but in Mike Pender's case, it would be especially sweet to win the Geico Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint (gr. IT) for B.J. Wright with Jeranimo or Boat Trip.
Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott oversaw Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) contenders Royal Delta and Close Hatches as they stretched their legs at Santa Anita on Oct. 29 after arriving from New York the day before.
The Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) may only have a field of six, but they have created perhaps the most riveting puzzle in the entire series this year.
Despite the 2012 winner, Mizdirection, returning to try for a double, a full field of 14 entered the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint (gr. IT) Nov. 2. Mizdirection, who won last year from post 11, drew the 12 hole this time around.
Caracortado has overcome a lot during his career, including a cut in his face as a foal that required 30 stitches and missing 20 months due to an injury to make it to the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint (gr. IT).
While most of the New York-based horses for the Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) are traveling to California Oct. 28, Authenticity has been at Santa Anita since running second in the Zenyatta Stakes (gr. I) a month earlier.
Ten Breeders' Cup runners slated for the turf events, led by Obviously (IRE), worked on the grass at Santa Anita Park Oct. 26.
Trainer Bill Mott said he was happy with the final works by Royal Delta and Close Hatches at Belmont Park Oct. 26 before they head to California for the Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I).
Mizdirection tuned up for the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint (gr. IT) with a sparkling five furlongs in :57 4/5 Oct. 25 at Santa Anita Park with Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith in the irons.
This Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) may be shaping up as one of the most competitive fields of the Nov. 1-2 World Championships at Santa Anita Park. But Eddie Delahoussaye remembers a few other Distaffs just as memorable.
Santa Anita's downhill turf course with a right then left turn will make it tougher on Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint contenders that haven't had a race over the course.
A flashy gray colt by The Pamplemousse impressed trainers and pinhookers at the Barretts Sales & Racing October yearling sale, with Bob Baffert going to $160,000 to buy the top-priced offering at the Oct. 8 sale.
The 1989 Breeders' Cup Classic was a West Coast vs. East Coast showdown.
Having completed its first race meet under the rebranded Barretts Sales & Racing, the company will offer its annual yearling sale Oct. 8 with a catalog of 248 young prospects.
When the Breeders' Cup World Championships returns to Santa Anita Nov. 1-2, several key areas of the grandstand will sport new, updated looks, including the Chandelier Room in the turf club.
Golfers and horsemen will support the Winners Foundation and California Racetrack Chaplaincy Outreach by participation in the Aug. 12 Del Mar Charity Classic Golf Tournament, to be held at Lomas Santa Fe Country Club.
In only its second year, the Barretts paddock sale at Del Mar grew in nearly every category July 21, with Oscar Party topping the sale at $510,000.
Children aged 7 and older as well as adults lined up to take advantage of the free rides in the Del Mar infield July 21 as part of the Time to Ride program.
Schiaparelli, winner of the July 6 Royal Heroine Mile (gr. IIT) at Betfair Hollywood Park, has been retired.
Santa Anita Park unveiled renovation plans for its Chandelier Room May 14 in advance of this year's Breeders' Cup World Championships and that it may have more dates with the pending closure of Hollywood Park.
A son of Into Mischief sold for $320,000 to top the Barretts May 2-year-old sale that saw increases in all categories. A total of 85 juveniles averaged $56,079, an increase of 29.6% over last year.
A colt by Into Mischief out of group II winner Smolensk brings a final bid of $320,000 from trainer Bob Baffert to top the early portion of the Barretts May sale May 13 in Pomona, Calif.
Coming off a March sale that jumped more than 30% in average, Barretts offers a catalog of 142 juveniles plus a catalog supplement of another 13 for its May 2-year-old sale in Pomona, Calif. The sale is May 13.
A daughter of Dixie Chatter breezed a quarter-mile in :21, and 11 other 2-year-olds went a furlong in :10 at the May 10 under tack preview for the Barretts May 2-year-old sale in Pomona, Calif.
When more than 50,000 people cheered Zenyatta to victory in the 2009 Breeders' Cup Classic, they were responding to the mare's personality and charisma as well as the sheer athletic prowess with which she defeated rivals repeatedly.
- By Tracy Gantz
A New York regulatory panel has approved a new 10-year tote contract between the New York Racing Association and AmTote International. NYRA had been aligned with Churchill Downs Inc.'s United Tote.
More than 60 Thoroughbreds, most of them former racehorses, will be competing April 20-21 in the first Thoroughbred Classic Horse Show at the Mission Viejo Horse Park in San Juan Capistrano, Calif.
California Thoroughbred Trainers officials met with members March 21 to update them on industry discussions for an alternative to Betfair Hollywood Park when it eventually closes for expected development.
The Southern California racing industry is rallying around Joy Scott, a local jockey who was injured March 12 in a training accident at Santa Anita Park. A fund has been set up to help her with medical expenses.
Topped by a $675,000 son of Malibu Moon, the Barretts March sale of selected 2-year-olds in training March 4 produced across-the-board gains in gross, average, and median prices.
A week after Barretts extended its brand to include racing at Fairplex Park, the auction company will host its March sale of selected 2-year-olds in training in Pomona, Calif. The March 4 sale has cataloged 138 youngsters.
Eleven youngsters shaded 10 seconds for a furlong at the March 1 under-tack preview for the Barretts March sale of selected 2-year-olds in training in Pomona, Calif. Two went in :09 3/5 for the fastest previews.
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Two juveniles from the H & E Ranch consignment had local trainers buzzing at the Jan. 22 Barretts mixed sale in Pomona, Calif., and by sale's end Mike Harrington and Jim Cassidy ended up with them.
In addition to Keeneland graduate American Winner capturing a race on the Japan Cup card at Tokyo Racecourse, Barretts sales grad Shigeru Acerola won an allowance race at Kyoto by 1 1/2 lengths.
Zachary Purton, an Australian riding in Hong Kong, won the 2012 World Super Jockeys Series at Tokyo Racecourse Nov. 25.
American Winner, a $140,000 graduate of the 2010 Keeneland September yearling sale, won the Marvelous Jockeys Trophy on the Nov. 25 Japan Cup day card at Tokyo Racecourse.
In a battle between Triple Crown winners, Gentildonna became the first 3-year-old filly to win the Japan Cup (Jpn-I) when she took on favored Orfevre in a furious stretch duel and edged the older colt by a nose.
Japanese jockey Masayoshi Ebina took a six-point lead into the second day of Japan's 2012 World Super Jockeys Series.
When the 17 horses enter the starting gate at Tokyo Racecourse Nov. 25 for the 32nd Japan Cup (Jpn-I), nearly every one of them will bring North American bloodlines to the task.
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