Thoroughbred racing's most prestigious global event, the Breeders' Cup
consists of 15 races worth a total of more than $25 million and hosted by Santa
Anita for the sixth time with six races on Friday and nine on Saturday to be
televised on NBC Sports Network and NBC. For the first time, the $5 million
Breeders' Cup Classic will be televised live and in primetime on NBC from 8-9
While Groupie Doll's stellar 2012 record puts her in a different league than many of her competitors in the Nov. 3 Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Sprint (gr. I), the favorite will still have to face five other grade I winners.
Marketing Mix, easy winner of the Sept. 29 Rodeo Drive Handicap at Santa Anita Park, hopes to hold the home track advantage against a European invasion in the $2 million Filly and Mare Turf (gr. IT) over the same course.
Trainer Dale Romans has confirmed that Grade 1 Pacific Classic winner
Dullahan and Grade 1 Arlington Million winner Little Mike will both start in the
Turf. Dullahan had been pre-entered for the Classic, while Little Mike had been
considered for the Mile.
Morton Fink's homebred Wise Dan drew post 2 and was installed as the 9-5 favorite Oct. 29 for the $2 milion Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) at Santa Anita Park Nov. 2, but must run the race of a lifetime to get the job done.
Groupie Doll blasted three furlongs in :34 2/5 Monday morning at Santa Anita with regular exercise rider Jada Schlenk aboard in preparation for Saturday's Filly & Mare Sprint. The work
was the co-fastest of 19 at the distance.
Pit last year's European-based Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) winner against New York's finest coming off five consecutive victories, and the Turf might look like a two-horse race between St Nicholas Abbey and Point of Entry.
Kenny Troutt's WinStar Farm canceled the Oct. 31 preview show that was to be held at the Versailles, Ky. operation for its annual horses in training that will be sold at the upcoming Keeneland November mixed sale.
Turfway Park, which has again cut racing dates in the hope of increasing overnight purses when it reopens in late November, will offer a slimmed down stakes schedule for its holiday and winter/spring meets.
Some of horse racing's biggest stars are stepping up to the plate to support
New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program by pledging a percentage of their purse
earnings from the Breeders' Cup World Championships.
Horse Racing Radio Network, the Eclipse Award-winning broadcast organization based in Lexington, will provide 20 hours of on-site Breeders' Cup coverage live from Santa Anita Park beginning Tuesday, Oct. 3.
A flight carrying a contingent of Breeders' Cup horses from New York to California was rescheduled to 1 a.m. EDT Oct. 29 and was able to take off as Hurricane Sandy approached the Northeast, Breeders' Cup officials said.
For the fourth consecutive year, New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program is working with trainers and owners of Breeders' Cup contenders to pledge a percentage of their earnings to support New Vocations.
Horse owners along the East Coast are bracing for a superstorm that the National Weather Service expects to deliver high winds, heavy rains, and storm surge flooding to states from Maryland to New York and beyond.