As the Breeders' Cup World Championships approaches its 30th edition, some things have become standard from an operations perspective, while others continue to change. As questions are answered, new ones are asked.
Jockey Rosie Napravnik was unseated from her mount Be Nice or Leave prior to the seventh race at Churchill Downs Oct. 27. The jockey is reportedly body sore with no broken bones and should be back in the saddle Oct. 30.
Sweet Lulu and Ismene, California-based distaffers seeking to dethrone champion Groupie Doll in the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint, posted their final workouts Oct. 27 at Santa Anita Park.
Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) contender Palace Malice breezed a half-mile over the training track Oct. 27, one of 15 horses that were put through their final drills in advance of next weekend's two-day racing extravaganza.
While most of the New York-based horses for the Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) are traveling to California Oct. 28, Authenticity has been at Santa Anita since running second in the Zenyatta Stakes (gr. I) a month earlier.
Kaleem Shah's Fed Biz worked four furlongs in a quick :46 3/5 to lead a bevy of Breeders' Cup World Championships contenders who were on the track at Santa Anita Park Oct. 27.
Top Xpressbet Breeders' Cup Sprint contender fractured his right front fetlock while working Oct. 26 on the Santa Anita Park main track.
Here is the bizarre journey of Rick's Natural Star and owner/trainer Dr. William Livingston...from Artesia, N.M. to the Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) at Woodbine in 1996.
A good number of the Oct. 26 works at Santa Anita were by Breeders' Cup candidates getting in major licks before the Nov. 1-2 World Championships, including Classic contenders Mucho Macho Man and Moreno.
Dance With Fate, a $120,000 graduate of the OBS April Spring Sale of 2-year-olds in training by Larry Zap and trainer Peter Eurton, will seek his first stakes victory in the $2 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile Nov. 2.
Ten Breeders' Cup runners slated for the turf events, led by Obviously (IRE), worked on the grass at Santa Anita Park Oct. 26.
Trainer Bill Mott said he was happy with the final works by Royal Delta and Close Hatches at Belmont Park Oct. 26 before they head to California for the Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I).
Two-time Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix (gr. III) winner Sum of the Parts and Dixiana Breeders' Futurity (gr. I) runner-up Smarty's Echo tuned up for their Breeders' Cup dates with breezes over the Keeneland Polytrack Oct. 26.
Reigning Horse of the Year Wise Dan put in a strong gallop early the morning of Oct. 26 on the main track as the Keeneland phase of his preparations for the $2 million Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) nears completion.
Signaling readiness to defend her title in the Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I), two-time champion Royal Delta zipped a half-mile in :46.52 at Belmont Park the morning of Oct. 26.
The last Breeders' Cup I attended in person was in 2006. It was a profitable day, as I made enough to take my little group out for dinner afterwards. But by far the most memorable race for me was the Breeders' Cup Juvenile.
Santa Anita Park announcer Trevor Denman called it "unique" and that's a fair description of the call late night comedy host Conan O'Brien gave during the second race on the afternoon of Oct. 25.
After a big season with their juveniles last year at the Breeders' Cup, leading consignor Wavertree Stables has even more contenders this year.
Trainer Doug O'Neill had a big contingent of his Breeders' Cup hopefuls out for works on the morning of Oct. 25 at Santa Anita Park, led by Vosburgh Invitational Stakes (gr. I) winner Private Zone.
Mizdirection tuned up for the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint (gr. IT) with a sparkling five furlongs in :57 4/5 Oct. 25 at Santa Anita Park with Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith in the irons.
Gil Campbell's homebred Scandalous Act, who swept the three-race Florida Stallion Series races for fillies, worked a half-mile in :51 4/5 at Calder Oct. 25 in preparation of the Nov. 2 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I).
The Kentucky Court of Appeals has issued a mixed ruling in the John Veitch/Life At Ten case and has ordered reconsideration of the one-year suspension handed the former chief steward for horse racing in the Bluegrass state.
Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (gr. I) contender Dance to Bristol put in her final work at the Bowie Training Center Oct. 25, going five furlongs in a bullet :58 3/5.
This Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) may be shaping up as one of the most competitive fields of the Nov. 1-2 World Championships at Santa Anita Park. But Eddie Delahoussaye remembers a few other Distaffs just as memorable.
Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens shares his favorite Breeders' Cup memories, talks about the hardest Breeders' Cup races to win, and fills us in on his roster of runners as he returns from a seven-year absence.
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Winchell Thoroughbreds' homebred Tapit filly Untapable may surprise in the Nov. 2 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I).
The Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) will be broadcast live in primetime Nov. 2, culminating 9 1/2 hours of Breeders' Cup World Championships coverage over two days by the NBC Sports Group from Santa Anita Park.
This year 2011 Sentient Jet Breeders' Cup Juvenile Sprint winner Secret Circle will try to win the Sprint off a single prep race in 1 1/2 years, an accomplishment that would be similar to Da Hoss in 1998 Mile (gr. I).
HRTV will present comprehensive live coverage leading into, and continuing through, the 30th Breeders' Cup World Championships Nov. 1-2 at Santa Anita Park.
Champagne Stakes winner Havana, undefeated in his first two starts for Michael Tabor, John Magnier, and Derrick Smith, is one of six 2-year-olds in training sale graduates pre-entered in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile.
As a companion to the feature in the October 26 Blood-Horse, we present video highlights of the 12 horses who have had multiple Breeders' Cup victories. Watch Video
Ouija Board is one of only a dozen to achieve multiple Breeders' Cup victories. The brilliant mare personifies everything we love about the sport of racing.
The best of the best will be on display at Santa Anita Park Nov. 1-2, with the leading trainers in the United States and Europe pre-entering a star-studded array of talent for the Breeders' Cup World Championships.
Trainer Richard Mandella notes that he wins the Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) once a decade, so this could be the year he does it again with the Argentine-bred Indy Point.
Although he enters this year's Breeders' Cup off a victory in one of North America's top dirt sprint races, the connections of Capo Bastone are leaning toward a start in the Geico Turf Sprint (gr. I).
Sending a horse to the Breeders' Cup World Championships is not only a difficult feat due to the talent and training requirements, but also from a cost perspective.
Bob Baffert, Todd Pletcher, and Bill Mott each will saddle two horses in the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) Nov. 2 at Santa Anita Park, with Baffert sending out likely favorite Game On Dude.
No Breeders' Cup race stirred the emotions of Americans quite like the 2001 Classic.
Breeders' Cup Oct. 22 announced the official race order, wagering menu, and post times for the 30th World Championships Nov. 1-2 at Santa Anita Park.
Defending Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) winner Fort Larned worked at Churchill Downs on Oct. 22 while fellow Classic contender Game On Dude and Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) runner Beholder breezed at Santa Anita Park.
Santa Anita's downhill turf course with a right then left turn will make it tougher on Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint contenders that haven't had a race over the course.
Two-time group I winner Declaration of War will retire from racing to stand at Coolmore's headquarters in Fethard, County Tipperary, Ireland following his final start in the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) Nov. 2.
Being a tried-and-true Californian in the vast world of horse racing, Tiznow will always be "our" horse, the champion from central California.
Trainer D. Wayne Lukas became the oldest trainer, at 77, to saddle a winner at the Breeders' Cup when he sent Hightail to an upset victory in the 2012 Juvenile Sprint; at 27, Craig Dollase won the 1998 Sprint with Reraise.
Trevor Denman gets a rare time-out Oct. 25 when late-night funny man Conan O'Brien will step up to the Santa Anita Park microphone and call the second race.
Trainer Todd Pletcher sent out Palace Malice, Graydar, and Havana for their penultimate workouts Oct. 20 on the training track at Belmont Park prior to their scheduled Breeders' Cup starts.
Steve Haskin provides his insight and thoughts on this year's Breeders' Cup World Championships during a special podcast. listen to podcast
Oddly enough events conspired to prevent me from watching live one of my best Breeders' Cup wagers. Instead, the welcomed news of Anees' victory arrived via a friend's phone call to the Charleston (W.Va.) Gazette news room.
It was a busy morning Oct. 19 at Santa Anita Park, as Breeders' Cup contenders led by Classic runner Mucho Macho Man turned in moves over the track.
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