Articles posted November 3, 2012

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Wise Dan stakes Horse of the Year claim in record-setting Mile

Morton Fink's homebred Wise Dan stated his case for Horse of the Year by blitzing an international field in Saturday's $1,818,000 Breeders' Cup Mile, and put an exclamation point on his victory by speeding in a Santa Anita course-record 1:31.78 on the firm turf. With jockey John Velazquez orchestrating an ideal passage throughout, Wise Dan powered past longtime leader Obviously in midstretch and drew off to extend his winning streak to four.

Groupie Doll makes it five straight to take Filly & Mare Sprint

Groupie Doll overcame a wide trip in Saturday's Grade 1, $909,000 Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint at Santa Anita to score an easy win and wrap up the Eclipse Award as champion female sprinter. The Bowman's Band filly is now five-for-five since trainer Bill "Buff" Bradley added blinkers for her run in the Grade 1 Madison at Keeneland in April, and finished this seven-furlong, fast-dirt event in 1:20 3/5.

Fort Larned battles to Classic victory

Fort Larned rewarded his connections' faith with a scintillating victory in Saturday's Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Classic at Santa Anita, holding off a game Mucho Macho Man to score by a neck on the wire.

2012 Breeders' Cup Wrap Day 2

2012 Breeders' Cup Wrap Day 2

Lenny Shulman recaps an exciting Saturday at the Breeders' Cup, including Fort Larned's victory in the Breeders' Cup Classic.

Little Mike scorches the Turf in 2:22 4/5

Priscilla Vaccarezza's homebred Little Mike bounced back from a drubbing in the Grade 1 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational at a boggy Belmont Park to upstage Point of Entry and defending champion St Nicholas Abbey in Saturday's $2,727,000 Breeders' Cup Turf in record time at Santa Anita. Widely regarded as a doubtful prospect at the 1 1/2-mile trip with a hot pace scenario on tap, the Dale Romans charge showed a new dimension by drafting behind the pacesetters, pouncing at the top of the stretch, and blazing the firm turf in 2:22.83.

Mizdirection beats the boys in Turf Sprint

Noted sports broadcaster Jim Rome, a convert to Thoroughbred racing in recent years and operator of Jungle Racing stable, celebrated his biggest win as an owner Saturday when Mizdirection, a filly he owns in partnership with Strauss, Grohs, Beljak and KMN Racing, turned in a spectacular stretch run to win the $909,000 Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint at Santa Anita.

Brushed by a Star denies Joyful Victory in Chilukki

Team Forster's Brushed by a Star outdueled Joyful Victory by a head in Saturday's Grade 2, $168,900 Chilukki Stakes at Churchill Downs. Under a Corey Lanerie drive, the Grant Forster filly ranged up in midstretch and proved just the stronger. Her second graded stakes victory will serve as a nifty catalog update for Monday's Fasig-Tipton November Sale, where she is listed as Hip No. 29.

George Vancouver navigates winning trip in Juvenile Turf

Michael Tabor, Mrs. John Magnier and Derrick Smith's George Vancouver showed a turn of foot worthy of his freshman sire, Henrythenavigator, to score handily in Saturday's $909,000 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf. By beating the Chad Brown duo of Noble Tune and Balance the Books, the Irish shipper gave his Coolmore connections, and trainer Aidan O'Brien and jockey Ryan Moore, their second straight win in this race, following Wrote a year ago at Churchill Downs.

Boisterous retains Red Smith crown

Phipps Stable's homebred Boisterous successfully defended his title in Saturday's Grade 2, $200,000 Red Smith Handicap at Aqueduct. Rating in third under Edgar Prado for more than a mile, Boisterous eased into the lead at the top of the stretch and drew off to win by a comfortable three lengths. The final time for 1 3/8 miles over yielding turf was 2:19 1/5. An overwhelming 1-5 favorite, Boisterous returned $2.70, $2.20 and $2.10.

Breeders' Cup Friday winners doing well

Trainer Bill Mott spelled out how Royal Delta was doing Saturday, the morning after her gate-to-wire victory in the Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic. It was the four-year-old filly's second consecutive win in the race and Mott's third straight and fifth overall.

BC 2012 - Ladies' PC Questing

BC 2012 - Ladies' PC Questing

Dr. C. Wayne Mcllwraith gives an update on the condition of Questing after the 2012 Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic Press Conference.

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