Claire Novak updates the news of the day, including the defections of Magician and Free as a Bird, and California Chrome schooling. Also, Shared Belief is now in the house. Watch Video
Souper Colossal, perfect in his three races, steps into deeper water in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile, but trainer Eddie Plesa Jr. thinks he's got something special on his hands.
Churchill Downs announced plans for a $4.2 million capital improvement project Oct. 29 designed to upgrade accommodations for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands and Longines Kentucky Oaks (both gr. I).
Airdrie Stud announced 2015 stud fees Oct. 29. Topping the roster is Creative Cause at $15,000; newcomer Cairo Prince to stand for $10,000.
Free as a Bird was scratched from the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint (gr. IT) the morning of Oct. 29 after the 5-year-old mare refused to fly, according to trainer Ian Wilkes.
Trainer Aidan O'Brien discusses the Oct. 29 defection of 2013 Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) winner Magician. watch video
The Breeders' Cup World Championships will be held for the first time under reforms included in the National Uniform Medication Program.
Silver Charm, winner of the 1997 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes (both gr. I), is returning to Kentucky to retire at Old Friends near Georgetown after serving stud duty in Japan since 2005.
Can't get enough Breeders' Cup? Catch up on what's made headlines at Santa Anita Park over the past few days. Photos, commentary, candid behind the scenes access, and more!
Multiple graded stakes winner Handsome Mike on Oct. 28 was declared from the upcoming Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (gr. I) because of a leg injury.
Churchill Downs Inc. announced Oct. 28 it had signed a purchase agreement to acquire 25% interest in Saratoga Casino Holdings for approximately $30.6 million in cash.
The contest is open to participants in the farm's Stablemates program. Top prize is two tickets to the 2015 Breeders' Cup World Championships at Keeneland.
- By Ron Mitchell
Kentucky Derby winner California Chrome was composed and then acted up in a Tuesday October 28, 2014 paddock visit. watch video
When speedy Longines Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) hopeful Belle Gallantey arrived at Santa Anita Park Sunday it actually marked a return to California for the veteran of 43 races.
The Top 3 Projected Fastest Paces in the 2014 Breeders' Cup. read blog
Every morning at Santa Anita Park, Kelly Breen may be found accompanying an old campaigner on an old dirt oval outside Barn 89 after morning training.
Trainer Phil Sims talks about the prospects of his Breeders' Cup Distaff contender Don't Tell Sophia, and also how she got her name. Watch Video
All four F&M Turf European contenders left quarantine Oct. 28 and got their first feel of Santa Anita heading into Breeders' Cup weekend.
Mark DeDomenico and North American Thoroughbred Horse Co.'s Majestic Presence galloped on the main track at Santa Anita Park Oct. 28, and her connections believe she is primed for a big effort.
Bob Baffert stablemates Midnight Hawk and Chitu figure prominently in the $100,000 Damascus Stakes Oct. 31, at Santa Anita Park, the final race before four Breeders' Cup World Championships races on Friday's card.
Zayat Stables' American Pharoah will be scratched from the Sentient Jet Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I), trainer Bob Baffert confirmed the morning of Oct. 28.
Trainer Wesley Ward could get his Breeders' Cup Saturday started in a big way Nov. 1 if Richies Party Girl delivers in the $100,000 Senator Ken Maddy Stakes (gr. IIIT)
Lakerville, a son of six-time California leading sire and all-time California-bred progeny earnings leader Unusual Heat, will stand at John C. Harris' Harris Farms in Coalinga, Calif, for the 2015 season.
The action stepped up a notch on the second day of the Tattersalls autumn horses-in-training sale Oct. 28, with 19 lots selling for 100,000 guineas ($169,619 in United States funds) or more and a 90% clearance rate.
If success over the unique downhill turf course at Santa Anita Park is a precursor to success in the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint (gr. IT), Ambitious Brew should have some sort of advantage in the Nov. 1 race.
Ahmed Zayat still has Mr. Z and Prayer for Relief in the Breeders' Cup World Championships, but the injury that knocked American Pharoah out of the Juvenile was devastating to the owner.
St. Elias Stable and West Point Thoroughbreds' Ring Weekend, who has developed nicely into a solid turf runner, is the morning-line favorite for the $200,000 Twilight Derby (gr. IIT) Oct. 31 at Santa Anita Park.
- By Claire Novak
Claire Novak updates us on American Pharoah's defection, Shared Belief's final breeze, and the first racetrack visits for international contenders Dank and Toronado after clearing quarantine. watch video
Big Cazanova, an Argentine-bred who is on the also-eligible list for the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic, is also the 5-2 morning-line choice in the Las Vegas Marathon (gr. II) at Santa Anita Park.
Churchill Downs Inc. announced Oct. 28 an annual dividend of $1 per outstanding share, a 15% increase over prior year, on CDI's common stock, payable Jan. 7, 2015, to shareholders of record Dec. 5, 2014.
Godolphin has purchased a majority share in Prince Faisal's gutsy Dubai Dewhurst Stakes (Eng-I) winner Belardo, who eventually is to join the Darley stallion roster.
Ken and Sarah Ramsey, who were disappointed last year by Bobby's Kitten's third-place finish in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf, will send out both International Star and Luck of the Kitten to try to win this year's version
One of the many questions surrounding the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) is whether the European-trained Toast of New York, a top-class synthetic specialist, will be as effective on dirt. read blog
Thirty-two horses in the Breeders' Cup cost $50,000 or less as yearlings. read blog
As Palace prepares for the Nov. 1 Xpressbet Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I), he doesn't simply represent New York by stabling and racing there. He is a New Yorker down to his bones.
Cairo Prince, the early spring favorite for this year's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum Brands (gr. I), has been retired and will stand in 2015 at Airdrie Stud near Midway, Ky. under a partnership deal with Darley.
Genting Americas is using its casino anniversary at Aqueduct Racetrack Oct. 28 as part of a well-timed message to proclaim how valuable it has been to New York State government.
The California Chrome camp appears very confident heading into the Nov. 1 Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) despite the 3-year-old colt's disappointing trip in the Sept. 20 Pennsylvania Derby (gr. II).
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Trainer Bob Baffert on scratch of favorite American Pharoah from the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Oct. 28. Watch Video
- By Claire Novak
International contenders clear quarantine at Breeders' Cup Oct. 28, 2014. Dank won the 2013 Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf. watch video
Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer sent the 3-year-old Candy Ride gelding through an easy half-mile in :52 2/5.
I think every handicapper is aware of the success European-trained horses have enjoyed in the non-sprint turf races contested at Breeders' Cup, but I'm not sure as many players are aware that the value. read blog
Participants in the 2004 Breeders' Cup at Lone Star Park have made quite an impact. view slideshow
The global horse community has long recognized the necessity of vaccinating against equine influenza (EI). However, immunization protocols are not universal: There is no recognized standard regarding intervals between EI vaccinations.
The 2014 Thoroughbred Mares Bred Report shows what stallions approximately 34,540 North American mares were bred to in 2014 as reported to The Jockey Club. The statistics reported include about 90% of actual mares bred. Download Report
J. Keeler Johnson shares his preliminary thoughts on the Breeders' Cup post position draw. read blog
Trainer Wesley Ward provides insight into how his Breeders' Cup contenders are coming into the race. Ward's contenders include No Nay Never, Undrafted, Judy the Beauty, Hootenanny, and Luck of the Kitten. watch video
It is time for the questions to be answered, as 14 horses, seven of them 3-year-olds, will contest the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) Nov. 1 at Santa Anita Park, with Horse of the Year up for grabs.
An Indiana veterinarian charged with administering cobalt to a horse before a race and several other offenses was suspended for 20 years and fined $20,000 by the Indiana Horse Racing Commission.
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