Trainer Mikel Delzangles discusses Dunaden, his Caulfield Cup Contender.
Trainer Clinton McDonald talks about Pacino, who runs in the David Jones Cup on Caulfield Cup Day.
One race prior to Frankel's anticipated career finale in the Group 1 QIPCO Champion Stakes on Saturday at Ascot, a field of eight will take to the green in the Group 1 Queen Elizabeth II Stakes. The four-year-old Excelebration, trained by Aidan O'Brien, has been beaten five times by Frankel and finally has the chance to prove himself the top miler in Europe without having to take on his nemesis.
Todd Pletcher, whose barn of bluebloods leads the nation in purse earnings this year with nearly $17 million, was at Santa Anita Friday morning to coordinate strategy first hand as his locally based contenders prepare for the Breeders' Cup on November 2 and 3.
Angel Terrace, rallying from last on the turn for home, and fast-closing Miz Ida scored divisions of the $125,000 Pin Oak Valley View Stakes (gr. IIIT) on the Keeneland turf Oct. 19.
Jockey Jesse Campbell enjoyed a memorable day at Woodbine Oct. 19, riding five winners on the nine-race card.
Churchill Downs Inc. hopes to improve returns for its already successful online segment while drawing new customers to pari-mutuel wagering with its new on-line wagering site Luckity.com.
Miz Ida made a successful rally from more than seven lengths down to deny 25-1 longshot English Class the upset in Friday's second division of the Grade 3, $125,000 Valley View for three-year-old fillies at Keeneland. A homebred racing for Richard, Bert and Elaine Klein, Miz Ida paid $11.40, $6.40 and $4 as the 9-2 second choice.
Augustin Stable's homebred Angel Terrace outperformed her 27-1 odds when fending off the 4-1 Miss Cato by a nose in Friday's first division of the Grade 3, $125,000 Valley View Stakes at Keeneland. A fast-finishing fourth in the July 29 Nani Rose Stakes at Saratoga last out, the Jonathan Sheppard pupil rallied from last under an enterprising ride by James Graham and sparked mutuels of $57.60, $20.60 and $15.80.
Stephanie Nigge, travelling foreman for Trainer Alain de Royer-Dupre, talks about Americain. Watch Video
Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin had Godolphin Racing stars Alpha, Emcee, and Questing prepare for the Breeders' Cup World Championships with workouts at Darley's Greentree Training Center on Oct. 19 in Saratoga Springs.
Mark Johnson, longtime manager of national sales for John Deere's agricultural division and an important figure to the Thoroughbred industry, died Oct. 3 after a lengthy battle with lung cancer.
A son of Exceed and Excel topped Book 3 of the Tattersalls October yearling sale, bringing 52,000 guineas ($88,051 in U.S. funds).
Caixa Eletronica, who at age seven finished second in the Grade 1 Vosburgh Invitational last out, returns next Saturday in Belmont Park's Grade 3, $150,000 Bold Ruler Handicap, a race in which he finished third last year.
New York state, in the first full day controlling the New York Racing Association, said it will review a tentative deal track officials previously made to replace United Tote as NYRA's totalizator contractor.
Donn Handicap (gr. I) winner Hymn Book returned to winning ways Oct. 19, taking the $80,750 Frank "Pancho" Martin Stakes by 5 3/4 lengths in the slop at Belmont Park.
The Fasig-Tipton Kentucky October yearling sale is bigger than ever. There are 1,254 horses cataloged for the auction, which will be held Oct. 22-24 in Lexington. The number is up 24.5% from 2011's total of 1,007.
Churchill Downs Inc. announced Oct. 19 that Senior Vice President of Racing Donnie Richardson will leave the company at the end of the year.
Jockey Joseph Rocco, Jr. was transported to the University of Kentucky Medical Center for observation after his mount, Thermal Cat, broke down during the first race at Keeneland Oct. 19.
The Breeders' Cup announced Oct. 19 that professional poker player Michael "The Grinder" Mizrachi will play in the $10,000 Breeders' Cup Betting Challenge at Santa Anita Park Nov. 2-3 during the World Championships.
Presvis, the highest-earning British-trained horse of all time, died Oct. 17 from a bout with colic, according to the Racing Post.
Slip Away, the champion steeplechaser of 2010, makes his return from a layoff of more than 14 months in Saturday's Grade 1, $250,000 Grand National. Contested over 2 5/8 miles at Far Hills, New Jersey, the Grand National is the richest event of the American jump season and last year yielded the season's eventual Eclipse Award champion, Black Jack Blues.
Michael "The Grinder" Mizrachi, Poker Pro and World Series of Poker Bracelet Winner, confirmed Friday that he will play in the $10,000 Breeders' Cup Betting Challenge (BCBC) taking place at Santa Anita Park on November 2-3 during the World Championships.
The Jockey Club on Friday released Report of Mares Bred (RMB) statistics for the 2012 breeding season. Based on RMBs received through October 14, 2012, The Jockey Club reports that 1,861 stallions covered 35,391 mares in North America during 2012.
Meadowlands Racetrack has canceled live racing Oct. 19 after heavy rains throughout the night and early morning in northern New Jersey and with rain in the forecast throughout the afternoon.
Stately Victor, a grade I winner in Kentucky, and Bring the Heat, a 14-year-old stallion, will stand in 2013 at Doug Arnold's Buck Pond Farm near Versailles, Ky.
Santiva, a grade II winner by 2012 leading sire Giant's Causeway, has been retired from racing for stallion duty in 2013 at Gerry and Dana Aschinger's War Horse Place near Lexington.
Churchill Downs Inc. (CDI) announced Friday that Donald R. "Donnie" Richardson, CDI's senior vice president of racing, will leave at the end of the year.
When Sir Henry Cecil saddles Frankel at Ascot ahead of the Group 1 QIPCO Champion Stakes on Saturday, the poignancy of the moment will be far from lost on him.
Trainer Wesley Ward discusses Breeders' Cup contenders Great Attack and Politicallycorrect. Watch Video
According to the Report of Mares Bred released Oct. 19 by the Jockey Club, breeding activity declined 3% in 2012 as 35,591 mares were covered.
Listen to Tom LaMarra discuss the 2012 Claiming Crown with TOBA president Dan Metzger, Gulfstream Park COO Tim Ritvo, and Owner/Breeder Ken Ramsey.
Trainer Wesley Ward discusses Breeders' Cup contenders Great Attack and Politicallycorrect.
Comments from Trainer Peter Moody on the barrier draw for the Caulfield Cup.
Trainer John Sadler talks about Winchester, his entry in the Caulfield Cup. Watch Video
For the second time in eight days, Animal Kingdom breezed six furlongs on the turf in preparation for the Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) Nov. 3 at Santa Anita Park.
Trainer Mark Kavanagh talks about his Caulfield Cup contender December Draw.
Trainer John Sadler talks about Winchester, his runner in the Caulfield Cup.
The standout among this year's juvenile males will likely shine at the Breeders' Cup. His pedigree, however, raises questions about his stamina when it comes to next year's classics.
Champion Musical Romance breezed six furlongs in 1:14 1/5 at Calder Casino & Race Course Oct. 18 as she continues to work toward a defense of her title in the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (gr. I).
Trainer Colin Little talks about his runners on Caulfield Cup day.
Con Karakatsanis trains Howmuchdoyouloveme who is running in the Group Two Caulfield Sprint.
Charlie Henderson travelling foreman for Luca Cumani.
Corey Brown jockey of My Quest for Peace in the Caulfield Cup.
Simon O'Donnell owner of Gatewood and My Quest for Peace comments after the barrier draw for the Caulfield Cup.
Stephanie Nigge, travelling foreman for Trainer Alain de Royer-Dupre, talks about Americain.
Paul Snowden trainer runners on Caulfield Cup day.
Trainer Simon Zahra discusses his runners on Caulfield Cup day.
Wayne Hawkes trainer of Niwot in the Caulfield Cup.
Freshman sire Bedford Falls was represented by his first winner Oct. 18 when There Goes Donnie won by 3 1/2 lengths at Santa Anita Park.
Daaher, who stands at Sheikh Hamdan's Shadwell Farm near Lexington, will stand in 2013 for $5,000.
The Utah Department of Agriculture and Food is investigating one confirmed case of equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1) in the state, and has placed a quarantine on a farm in Cache County. Two other horses at the location were euthanized after showing neurologic signs consistent with the disease.
Editor's Note: This article is part of TheHorse.com's ongoing coverage of topics presented at the 2012 American Association of Equine Practitioners' Focus on Ophthalmology conference, held Sept. 6-8 in Raleigh, N.C.
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