If Close Hatches can return to her top form, the outcome of the race could end with the familiar sight of trainer Bill Mott entering the winner's circle.
With two-time Horse of the Year Wise Dan sidelined after dominating back-to-back editions of the $2 million Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT), the Nov. 1 race drew a slew of contenders.
Dank is seeking to become the second two-time winner of the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf and the first to complete this feat in consecutive years.
The Breeders' Cup Turf always brings the world into these World Championships. This year's $3 million event attracted another accomplished group of European raiders looking to extend their dominance over America.
A winner of three straight races, Artemis Agrotera could nail down champion female sprinter honors if the daughter of Roman Ruler can extend that victory streak in the DraftKings Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint.
Secret Circle will try to become the second horse to win back-to-back editions of the Xpressbet Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) after a full field of 14 entered the six-furlong race set for Nov. 1 at Santa Anita Park.
Zayat Stables' American Pharoah, a dominant winner of two grade I stakes in his last two starts, drew post 5 versus 12 other 2-year-old males in the $2 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) at Santa Anita Park Nov. 1.
Several 2-year-old fillies with strong last-out efforts in graded stakes figure to grab the most attention in a field of 12 entered for the $2 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) at Santa Anita Park Nov. 1.
With the retirement of Mizdirection, winner of the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint (gr. I) the last two years, this could be Reneesgotzip's year to emerge on top in the 6 1/2-furlong race.
The winner of last year's edition of the $1 million Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (gr. I) leads a group of 11 entered for the 2014 edition as he aims to become the first two-time victor in the race's seven-year history Oct. 31.
Turf test draws a talented and deep field of 2-year-old fillies from U.S. and Europe
Godolphin Racing's Imperia, winner of the Pilgrim Stakes (gr. IIIT) in his last start, drew post 11 in a field of 14 2-year-olds entered for the $1 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf (gr. IT) Oct. 31 at Santa Anita Park.
The Tattersalls autumn horses in training sale got off to a strong start Oct. 27, with eight horses topping six-figures and average and median both well up.
- By Claire Novak
Claire Novak updates us on Breeders' Cup from Santa Anita on Oct. 27, 2014. Learn about today's works, California Chrome and more! watch video
Emily Champion, who practiced veterinary medicine at Delta Downs Racetrack Casino & Hotel in Vinton, La., was the victim of a multiple homicide this weekend while visiting her parents at their rural home in Western Ky.
The recent announcement by Breeders' Cup to ban horses from being entered in the World Championships if their trainers are found to be in violation of its convicted trainers rule, effective 2015, could signal change.
A cracked windshield on a Tex Sutton plane caused minor shuffling in plans for the transportation of Breeders' Cup contenders in New York and Kentucky, but all runners are expected to arrive at Santa Anita Park by Oct. 29.
An Association of Racing Commissioners International's (RCI) committee said regulatory standards for racetrack rail systems should be updated to embrace new systems and technologies developed to protect jockeys and horses.
It seems like just yesterday Stevens looked to have little or no shot to make the Breeders' Cup following knee reconstruction surgery. But if there is one thing we have learned about Stevens it is to never count him out.
Bourbon Lane Stable's XpressBet Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) contender Bourbon Courage had a good Oct. 27 blowout for the Nov. 1 event, breezing three furlongs in :34 1/5 at Keeneland for trainer Kellyn Gorder.
Registration has opened for the Breeders' Cup Classic Million Dollar Finish fantasy game, which offers players the chance to win $1 million for selecting the top 10 finishers in order in the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I).
Camelia "Cam" Casby, a longtime Thoroughbred breeder and owner who managed stables in Minnesota, Kentucky, and New York, died Oct. 25 after complications from a heart attack she suffered a week earlier. She was 63.
- By Claire Novak
Assistant trainer Alan Sherman offers an update on Breeders' Cup Classic contender California Chrome Oct. 27, 2014. Hear why Alan thought "California Chrome trained like a monster today." watch video
Monday, Oct. 27, was another busy work day at Santa Anita Park for horses pointing toward the Breeders' Cup World Championships. Meanwhile, the connections of horses entered were awaiting the post position draw later Monday.
There are so many different aspects to this year's Breeders' Cup Classic and so many little tidbits surrounding the participants, it is time to share some of them. read blog
Keeneland sent representatives to Santa Anita to get a feel for the procedures leading up to the Oct. 31-Nov. 1 Breeders' Cup. Keeneland officials regularly attend the World Championships, but this year is different.
Sweet Cassiopeia, a multiple stakes-winning daughter of Five Star Day--My Sweet Caroline, by Salt Lake, has been added to the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky November sale Nov. 3.
The Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance, an official Breeders' Cup charity, is pleased to announce two exciting fan experiences to promote Thoroughbred Aftercare at the upcoming Breeders' Cup World Championships Oct. 31-Nov 1.
Darley's roster of 14 stallions in America will be led by top stallion Medaglia d'Oro who has sired 11 group/grade I winners to date, including 2014 grade I winners Lochte and Coffee Clique.
Equibase Co. will offer separate handicapping tournaments on Friday, Oct. 31, and Saturday, Nov. 1, of the Breeders' Cup World Championships with $10,000 in total cash prizes.
- By Ron Mitchell
Breeders' Cup Classic contender Moreno in the saddling area after schooling in the Santa Anita paddock Sunday Oct. 26, 2014. watch video
Favored That's Who prevailed in the $192,720 Rocky Gulch New Mexico Classic Championship, giving trainer Joel Marr and jockey Alfredo Juarez Jr. four wins apiece on the rich program for state-breds Oct. 26 at Zia Park.
- By Claire Novak
Get up close to key Breeders' Cup Classic contender Bayern before his Oct. 26, 2014 Santa Anita work. watch video
- By Tom LaMarra
Tom LaMarra interviews Breeders' Cup President Craig Fravel and COO Bob Elliston. The trio discuss record pre-entries including European contenders, what to expect at Keeneland next year, and a few possible wagering picks. watch video
After sharing the spring/summer Belmont meet title with Javier Castellano, Irad Ortiz Jr. made sure he was alone atop the fall leaderboard by winning seven races on closing weekend.
Bobby Flay's Dame Dorothy remained undefeated in four starts when she held off a late run from Catch My Drift to take the $200,000 Turnback the Alarm Handicap (gr. III) by a half length on closing day at Belmont Oct. 26.
Defending Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. I) winner Magician will be retired to stand in 2015 at Coolmore's Ashford Stud near Versailles, Ky., following his expected start in this year's edition of the race Nov. 1.
Group I victor No Nay Never led the quartet with a bullet five furlongs in 1:01 3/5 on a firm course in preparation for the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint (gr. IT).
Tac de Boistron overtook pacesetter High Jinx in the final furlong and struck for a repeat win in the Prix Royal-Oak (Fr-I, French St. Leger) Oct. 26 at Longchamp.
Thoroughbred racing action moves to Aqueduct Racetrack Oct. 29, when the opening weekend will feature the simulcast of the Breeders' Cup World Championships from Santa Anita Park as well as a trio of live graded stakes.
- By Claire Novak
Claire Novak updates us on California Chrome's arrival, Majestic Harbor, Tapiture, Untapable, Bob Baffert's reaction to the works of Bayern and American Pharoah, and Capo Bastone being out of the Breeders' Cup. watch video
The Trainer of leading Breeders' Cup Sprint contender and defending champion Secret Circle discovers new threat after Fast Anna delivers super-quick move Oct. 26.
Two-time Eclipse champion Beholder will remain with Hall of Fame trainer Richard Mandella for the time being as she recovers fully from a fever that forced her out of Longines Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I).
The 3-year-old Tapit colt is following the route taken by another Winchell-bred son of Tapit, Tapizar, who won the Dirt Mile in 2012.
Has the Breeders' Cup Classic got you stumped? Are you clueless as to who is going to like the track, like the distance, not mind the traveling, draw a bad post? Do you know how good Shared Belief really is? read blog
The Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner arrived by van the morning of Oct. 26 and will begin his training and schooling at Santa Anita for the Breeders' Cup Classic.
Although classic winner California Chrome and champion Shared Belief are among the 3-year-olds sharing top billing in the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I), trainer John Sadler believes Candy Boy belongs.
Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners' grade I winner Capo Bastone will bypass the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (gr. I) at Santa Anita Park and be entered in the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky November sale Nov. 3.
Toho Jackal smashed the Kyoto course record by nearly two seconds in winning the 75th Kikuka Sho (Jpn-I, Japanese St. Leger), the final jewel in Japan's Triple Crown Oct. 26.
One day after nearly two dozen Breeders' Cup World Championships pre-entrants worked at Santa Anita Park, the Oct. 26 work tab was much smaller, with a handful of horses going through their final preps.
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