Articles posted October 19, 2012

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Excelebration faces rematch with Cityscape, Elusive Kate on Champions 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.

Pletcher on hand at Santa Anita to direct BC workers

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.

Miz Ida captures fourth stakes in Valley View division

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.

27-1 shot Angel Terrace outduels Cato in first Valley View division

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.

Slip Away returns to action in Grand National

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.

Jockey Club releases Report of Mares Bred

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.

Cecil thankful for Frankel

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.

Claiming Crown 2012

Claiming Crown 2012

Listen to Tom LaMarra discuss the 2012 Claiming Crown with TOBA president Dan Metzger, Gulfstream Park COO Tim Ritvo, and Owner/Breeder Ken Ramsey.

BC Interview: Wesley Ward

BC Interview: Wesley Ward

Trainer Wesley Ward discusses Breeders' Cup contenders Great Attack and Politicallycorrect.

Caulfield Cup: Simon O'Donnell

Caulfield Cup: Simon O'Donnell

Simon O'Donnell owner of Gatewood and My Quest for Peace comments after the barrier draw for the Caulfield Cup.

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