It took a photo finish decided by barely an inch, but previously unbeaten champion Songbird did suffer a loss for the first time, losing to now three-time Breeders' Cup winner Beholder in the $2 million Longines Distaff (gr. I) Nov. 4.
Claire Novak recaps the epic Distaff battle between Beholder and Songbird, the highlight of Breeders' Cup Friday.
A Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) for the ages on paper played out in real time in the most dramatic and epic way.
An already career year for trainer Chad Brown continued during the Nov. 4 card of the Breeders' Cup World Championships when New Money Honey collared pacesetter Lull in midstretch to take the $1 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (gr. IT).
Shadwell Stable's Tamarkuz, under all-time leading Breeders' Cup jockey Mike Smith, ranged up outside and rolled past Gun Runner to upset the $1 million Las Vegas Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (gr. I).
About 30 miles from Hollywood, Oscar Performance proved to be no act as he scored a clear victory in the $1 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf (gr. IT) Nov. 4 at Santa Anita Park.
Images from the days leading up to the 2016 Breeders' Cup
Thoroughbred Charities of America's "An Evening with California Chrome" fundraising event was a big hit Nov. 2 in Arcadia, Calif.
Natalma Stakes (Can-IT) winner Victory to Victory will not run in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (gr. IT), trainer Mark Casse said the morning of the Nov. 4 event.
Ten grade I wins, three Eclipse Awards, and two Breeders' Cup race victories into her career, Beholder is set to have one last chance to add to all of the above when she makes what is slated to be her final career start in the 1 1/8-miles Distaff.
Veteran conditioner Christophe Clement is considered by many to be one of the best when money is on the line.
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the thirteen Breeders' Cup races.
A neck away from Breeders' Cup glory only a year ago, trainer Kiaran McLaughlin has opted not to run Lady Shipman in the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint (gr. IT) a second time in favor of the Nov. 5 Senator Ken Maddy Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Santa Anita Park.
The stars will be out in force Saturday, as California Chrome, Arrogate, Tepin, Lady Eli, Flintshire, Frosted and a host of Aidan O'Brien horses, headed by iron filly Found, will be on display in what promises to be a memorable day of racing.
Handicapper Dave LItfin's analysis of the 2016 Breeders' Cup World Championships at Santa Anita
As handicappers look for every possible angle in considering a horse's chances in the Breeders' Cup World Championships, Santa Anita Park security will be monitoring every Breeders' Cup horse from a state-of-the-art surveillance system.
Aron Wellman knows the kind of field his Curalina is up against, but embraces the opportunity to gain the first Breeders' Cup victory for Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners
Claire Novak recaps the news of the day, including Lord Nelson's scratch from the Sprint, and the withdrawal of Suedois from the Turf Sprint, which allows Green Mask to run. Plus, more Europeans hit the track, including 2015 Turf winner Found.
Jeff and Kathleen Hebert fell in love with a Kentucky-bred daughter of Ghostzapper at the 2013 Keeneland yearling sale. She had some veterinary issues, which scared enough bidders away that the couple got her for just $15,000.
"If somebody wants to be in front of Songbird, they can go ahead and try," said Mike Smith, a day before the Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I).
Bob Hubbard Horse Transportation, KC Horse Transport, share White Horse award as given by the Race Track Chaplaincy of America Nov. 3 in Arcadia, Calif.
After winning last year's Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) at Keeneland with a well-rested American Pharoah, trainer Bob Baffert hopes a similar approach with Arrogate delivers this season.
John Shirreffs has enjoyed Breeders' Cup glory at Santa Anita Park with the legendary Zenyatta as well as with Life Is Sweet, but Gormley would represent his first Juvenile winner at World Championships.
Flintshire will be supported by an ownership group that includes Hill 'n' Dale Farms, S.F. Bloodstock, China Horse Club and Juddmonte Farms.
When Twilight Eclipse won his career debut in June 2012, his earnings of $20,400 represented a return of more than 20 times the $1,000 paid by John L. Langemeier when he bought the son of Purim at public auction.
Since teaming up with trainer Mark Casse, John and Debby Oxley have experienced a strong uptick in success with their Thoroughbred runners, evidenced by Breeders' Cup contenders Classic Empire and La Coronel.
Trainer Brad Cox shipped D. J. Stable's Green Mask, third in the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint (gr. IT) in 2015, out to Santa Anita Park with the hopes of making the race again, despite being the second horse on the also-eligible list in a full field.
Dean Reeves cut short a Bahama vacation to buy Spain Burg out of this year's Arqana Arc sale for €1.5 million. He and partner Randy Hill now have a starter in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (gr. I).
It's been a whirlwind 2 1/2 years for jockey Angel Cruz since he won his first race at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races April 6, 2014, a period where the 20-year-old has had more than his share of new and exciting experiences.
Spendthrift Farm's son of Pulpit has a cut on his right leg that has become infected and requires treatment with antibiotics.
Ashleyluvssugar's owners hope home field advantage gives them an edge in a tough Longines Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT).
Phipps fillies are three of a kind
A look back at Awesome Again winning the 1998 Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) in a field that many still argue is the best in the race's history.
Ian Kruljac has one horse under his name and she could run big in the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (gr. I).
The world's top-ranked horse, California Chrome, will try for a landmark international sweep when he starts the $6 million Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) Nov. 5 at Santa Anita Park.
Eddie Olczyk, a star hockey player and current NBC analyst for both hockey and horse racing, told owners and prospective owners at the national OwnerView conference of his love for all things horses in his keynote address.
Friday’s card provides a little bit of everything, with a pair of tough, 2-year-old turf events, Dortmund getting away from California Chrome, Songbird’s attempt to remain unbeaten, and the continuing rivalry between Beholder and Stellar Wind.
Sophomore Accelerate is being asked to make a major step forward in the Las Vegas Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (gr. I).
Trainer Jimmy Jerkens will send out a pair of horses as he tries to win the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) for the first time and secure the third Breeders' Cup win of his career Nov. 5 at Santa Anita Park.
Tarabilla Farms' Breeders' Cup Clasic (gr. I) contender Melatonin got out on the Santa Anita Park main track Nov. 2 around 7:45 a.m. and stretched his legs, moving smoothly through a four-furlong work in :47 4/5 with a gallop out in 1:01 2/5.
Samantha Siegel joins forces with Los Pollos Hermanos Racing on Masochistic and now has the favorite for the $2 million TwinSpires Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I).
Claire Novak recaps the news of the day including Melatonin's work and track appearances by Flintshire, Lady Eli, Miss Temple City, Songbird, and California Chrome.
Klimt will try to win the Breeders' Cup Juvenile for owner Kaleem Shah and trainer Bob Baffert, two years after the team sent out Bayern to take the Breeders' Cup Classic, also at Santa Anita.
Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) entrant Metaboss was pulled up and transported off the Santa Anita Park turf course in an equine ambulance Nov. 2 during a routine gallop in preparation for the Nov. 5 race.
- By BloodHorse Staff
- Thoroughbred Racing, Breeders' Cup, Southeast Region, West Region, Mid-Atlantic Region
As Belinda Stronach takes the reins of The Stronach Group from her father, Frank, she said the company will emphasize the entertainment value in horse racing.
Breeders' Cup Announces Social Media Plans
Rick Porter is no stranger to owning good horses, but Songbird has come along at just the right time to help him overcome a long illness and keep his spirits up.
Craig and Holly Bandoroff always hope to see a few of their Denali Stud sales graduates make it to the top level of competition at the Breeders' Cup, but having nine entered this year was more than they ever expected.
This year we not only have a deep, talented field for the Juvenile, but the vast majority of them also look like Derby horses in terms of class, pedigree, and running style.
Claire Novak recaps the news of the day, including works from American Gal, Holy Lute, and Mongolian Saturday, and the first Europeans on track, including Turf contender Ulysses. Also, I'm a Chatterbox, and the daily California Chrome report.
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