Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) contender Tiger Hunt breezed five-eighths of a mile in 1:01 at Churchill Downs Oct. 18, and his ownership team has high hopes.
Three year-old Phoenix Reach, expertly ridden by Martin Dwyer, came through on the inside in mid-stretch and went on to win the $1.5 million Pattison Canadian International (Can-I) at Woodbine Sunday.
Stonerside Stable's Congaree, prepping for the Oct. 25 Breeders' Cup Classic-Powered by Dodge (gr. I), showed no negative effects of a quarter crack that has been bothering him when the horse breezed six furlongs in 1:11 1/5 at Santa Anita Sunday morning.
Pearl of Love captured Sunday's Gran Criterium (Ity-I) for 2-year-olds, holding off previously unbeaten Spirit of Desert in a gritty half-length victory at Milan's San Siro.
Spice Island and jockey Cornelio Velasquez stalked patiently, seized the lead with an eighth of a mile remaining and drew away in the closing stages to win the $150,000 Rood & Riddle Dowager Stakes Sunday at Keeneland.
Volga, a mare with a history in the E.P. Taylor Stakes (Can-I), got the job done on her third try Sunday, winning the $750,000 turf test at Woodbine in a three-horse photo.
There was no need for mudslinging after Forever Grand's improbable last-to-first triumph over an off track in Sunday's $161,250 Highlander Stakes at Woodbine.
By late Sunday afternoon, all of the European horses scheduled to compete in the Oct. 25 Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships had arrived in Southern California. As they arrive, they are finding the weather much warmer than where their flights originated.
Hall of Fame jockey Earlie Fires, the fourth-leading rider in Keeneland history, won his first race in Lexington since the 1995 spring meeting, when he piloted Glen Hill Farm's Poydras to a 6 1/2-length score Saturday at Keeneland.
Probable John Deere Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) favorite Storming Home worked seven furlongs in 1:28 2/5 in company with NetJets Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) hopeful Sarafan, who was clocked in 1:28 4/5 over Santa Anita's firm turf course Sunday.
Country music star Toby Keith's homebred Cactus Ridge has been declared out of the Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) due to a knee injury, according to a release from Hawthorne Race Course. Cactus Ridge and trainer Bret Calhoun are based at the Chicago-area track.
Trainer Todd Pletcher worked his trio of Breeders' Cup starters -- Chapel Royal, Ashado, and Balto Star -- at Belmont Park Sunday morning.
Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and Preakness (gr. I) winner Funny Cide breezed six furlongs in 1:13 3/5 over Belmont's fast training track with exercise rider Robin Smullen aboard. It was the gelding's final work before heading out to Santa Anita Wednesday for a run in the Breeders' Cup Classic-Powered by Dodge (gr. I).
Overbrook Farm's Clock Stopper, who would have drawn into the Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) with the defection of any of the 14 horses on the race's preference list, has suffered what is described as a "minor" ankle injury that has knocked the 3-year-old gelding out of consideration for the Oct. 25 race.
It was another sunny morning at Santa Anita Sunday as Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships hopefuls went through their final paces.
Mrs. John Magnier's Old Deuteronomy, part of Irish trainer Aidan P. O'Brien's powerful aresenal, will not be shipped to Southern California for Saturday's Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships at Santa Anita.
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