Ken Kirchner, a former regulator in Pennsylvania, was hired by Breeders' Cup as a consultant in 1996, and since that time has overseen wagering formats, simulcast expansion, and elevating the product with bettors.
Breeders' Cup contender Golden Horn after his first trip to the Keeneland Polytrack training track Oct. 27. Watch Video
She will be offered at Fasig-Tipton Nov. 1, but first Stephanie's Kitten will seek her second Breeders' Cup victory, this time in the Filly & Mare Turf (gr. IT), which she narrowly lost a year ago.
The $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) offers no shortage of interesting storylines in a 10-horse field that includes nine group I/grade I winners.
The 10-furlong distance of the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) provides comfort for trainer Christophe Clement, who will send out Tonalist in this year's edition of North America's richest race.
For the second day in a row, the main track at Keeneland Race Course was sealed due to steady drizzle and occasional rainfall and many of the horses for the Breeders' Cup World Championships went to the training track.
Longines Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) contender Untapable was withdrawn from the Oct. 30 race for fillies and mares the morning of Oct. 27 after the champion 2014 Distaff winner spiked a temperature.
Claire Novak shares thoughts from the Breeders' Cup Classic and Distaff post position draw. Hear thoughts from Victor Espinoza, Jerry Crawford and Richard Mandella. watch video
Defending champion Untapable will have to defeat a strong field that includes grade I winners Wedding Toast, Got Lucky, Sheer Drama, Curalina, I'm a Chatterbox, My Sweet Addiction, and Stopchargingmaria.
Nyquist, undefeated in four starts and a two-time grade I winner, drew post 13 in a full field of 14 for the $2 million Sentient Jets Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) Oct. 31 at Keeneland.
European-based runners have exceled in the Breeders' Cup Turf, having won the 1 1/2-mile race on the grass 23 times.
Two European-based fillies have won the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (gr. IT) since its 2008 inauguration, and Denford Stud's Illuminate will try to become the third in this year's edition Oct. 30 at Keeneland.
Always one of the most competitive races on the World Championships card, this year's Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint (gr. IT) features the return of last year's winner, Bobby's Kitten, and a trio from Wesley Ward.
Godolphin Racing's Cymric, by Kitten's Joy, will be the one to watch in the Breeders' Cup opener, the $1 million Juvenile Turf (gr. IT) Oct. 30 at Keeneland.
As strange as it might seem, when many of the fastest horses in the world meet every year in the Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I), the quickest horses out of the gate mostly don't win.
The Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) has a rich history of female winners, and this year three distaffers will attempt to add to that legacy against a strong male lineup.
Despite not being a factor in his only two starts since last year's Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint (gr. I), Bobby's Kitten is back to defence his title and owner Ken Ramsey is convinced he will "pull a corker" like last year.
Resurgent champion jockey Frankie Dettori will be aboard Judy the Beauty when the reigning champion female sprinter bids for a repeat win in the $1 million Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (gr. I) Oct. 31 at Keeneland.
The top fillies from each coast--both undefeated--are set to tangle in the $2 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) Oct. 31 at Keeneland.
The son of Unbridled's Song drew post 3 of 11 in the Dirt Mile (gr. I) and will look to use his swift turn of foot in the shorter race rather than throwing in with American Pharoah and Beholder in the Classic (gr. I).
Foreign-breds Legatissimo, Dacita, Photo Call, and Secret Gesture will square off against the likes of Stephanie's Kitten and Hard Not to Like in the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf
Champion Judy the Beauty put in her final work toward the defense of her TwinSpires Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Sprint (gr. I) win with a five-furlong breeze at Keeneland Race Course Oct. 26.
In the early morning hours, Asmussen worked Untapable, Tapiture, Holy Boss, and Nickname for their respective Breeders' Cup races.
LNJ Foxwoods' Super Majesty looked sharp in a :48 half-mile work at Keeneland Oct. 26 in preparation for the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (gr. I).
There was only one worker out on the Santa Anita Park main track to kick off the 7:45 a.m. session Oct. 26, but there was still a crowd of horsemen out in the grandstand to watch the horse, as if he were their own.
Beholder completed her serious training for the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) with a :59 2/5 five-furlong move Oct. 26 at Keeneland.
After Lea's strong :47 2/5 half-mile work Oct. 26 at Keeneland, trainer Bill Mott said the horse will run in the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (gr. I).
The Breeders' Cup and TwinSpires.com announced that the online and mobile betting platform will sponsor all three Breeders' Cup sprint races on the Oct. 31 card at Keeneland.
Sticksstatelydude was withdrawn from the Sentient Jet Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) the morning of Oct. 26 after developing a strained tendon.
The oldest living Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) winner injected the dead-on balance of precocity, stamina, and grit into those that carry his blood.
Gary Barber's Appealing Tale, a grade II winner in his last two starts, will miss the Breeders' Cup due to an ankle injury he sustained in training, trainer Peter Miller said Oct. 25.
Trainer Linda Rice Oct. 25 said Lady Sheila Stable's La Verdad, who won the Iroquois Stakes for New York-breds at Belmont Park the previous day, will be entered in the Oct. 31 Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (gr. I).
With two of just four turf workers Oct. 25 at Santa Anita Park, trainer Phil D'Amato was intentionally easy on his expected Breeders' Cup runners.
James Lovat and Charles Pigram's Nemoralia went a half-mile on the "good" turf course in :51 3/5 Oct. 25 at Keeneland, gearing up for a Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (gr. IT) run.
The last two winners of the Pennsylvania Derby (gr. II) have run well in the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I); the connections of Frosted would love to see that trend continue.
Trainer Ron Ellis could only shake his head with a slight grin after watching Masochistic's final Santa Anita Park workout Oct. 25 before shipping to Keeneland for a run in the Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I).
Jim and Susan Hill's son of Arch went four furlongs in an easy :50 4/5 Oct. 25 at Keeneland, a maintenance work for the Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT).
When an overnight rain left the main track at Keeneland sloppy and sealed Oct. 25, Richard Mandella trained champion racemare Beholder over the synthetic training track and schooled in the paddock.
With no main track workers, morning workouts for Breeders' Cup hopefuls at Keeneland Oct. 25 were highlighted by breezes over the turf course, including a quartet from trainer Wesley Ward.
Honor Code worked a half-mile in :48 Oct. 25 over Belmont's main track in preparation for the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I).
Hopes for a spike in pari-mutuel handle at Keeneland this fall in advance of this year's Breeders' Cup World Championships did not materialize.
Epsom Derby (Eng-I) and Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (Fr-I) winner Golden Horn arrived at Keeneland the evening of Oct. 24 ahead of his expected start in the Longines Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. I) Oct. 31.
"She took off so hard, it made the saddle slip up on her withers. So he couldn't do much riding, but that was OK."
Trainer Chad Brown unleashed a cavalcade of Breeders' Cup-bound horses at Belmont Park Oct. 24 for their final works, including Big Blue Kitten, Slumber, Shining Copper, Stephanie's Kitten, and Dacita.
One of these years Aidan O'Brien is going to set off that bang and that zoom in the Breeders' Cup Classic. read blog
Two maiden-winning fillies were out on the main track at Santa Anita Park Oct. 24, with their connections hoping for upset scores in the upcoming Breeders' Cup at Keeneland.
Taris' final timed workout at Santa Anita Park before shipping to Keeneland for the Breeders' Cup Filly &Mare Sprint (gr. I) was impressive enough on paper, a bullet five furlongs in :59 flat.
Although he's yet to win on the Southern California sprint circuit this season, Kobe's Back is heading to Keeneland for the Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) for good reason.
Dale Romans is conditioning a different Keen Ice in the afternoons and the mornings these days compared with the spring, and for the Kentucky-based trainer the development has been something to see.
Trainer Larry Jones called an audible and sent Longines Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) contender I'm a Chatterbox out to work early Oct. 24 at Keeneland as a light rain fell on the Lexington track.
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