Breeders' Cup

Previews, interviews, features, video and results for the Breeders' Cup World Championships

Steve Haskin's BC Countdown: On to Monmouth

The preps are over and the journey to Jersey begins. This past weekend's stakes orgy did not measure up to the stirring stretch battles and top-class performances we saw the previous week. While there were some big efforts and exciting finishes, it was not a good weekend for favorites, with several big-name stars and division leaders going down to defeat.

Panty Raid Gets Revenge in Spinster Stakes

Panty Raid Gets Revenge in Spinster Stakes

Glencrest Farm's Panty Raid ran a disappointing fifth the last time she met rival Lady Joanne. But in the $500,000 Juddmonte Spinster Stakes (gr. I) Oct. 7 at Keeneland, the 3-year-old daughter of Include exacted her revenge in convincing fashion, launching an impressive four-wide move in the stretch to defeat Lady Joanne by a half-length.

Wicked Style Goes Gate-to-Wire in BC Futurity Upset

Wicked Style Goes Gate-to-Wire in BC Futurity Upset

A victory in the Arlington-Washington Futurity (gr. III) last month was not enough to convince bettors that Wicked Style was for real. Going off at odds of 11-1, the 2-year-old son of Macho Uno broke sharply from post 12 and never looked back, taking the $500,000 Lane's End Breeders' Cup Futurity (gr. I) by 3 1/4-lengths in front-running fashion Oct. 6.

Off Duty Stays on Clock to Pull Phoenix Upset

Off Duty Stays on Clock to Pull Phoenix Upset

In his last two efforts, at Arlington and Turfway Park, 4-year-old colt Off Duty proved an affinity for synthetic surfaces. In the 155th running of the $250,000 Phoenix Stakes (gr. III), the son of Yes It's True used that footing to his benefit again, taking the six-furlong event by a half-length over Keeneland's Polytrack.

Diamond Stripes Earns Bling in Meadowlands Cup

Diamond Stripes Earns Bling in Meadowlands Cup

Based on the company he had been keeping, it was going to be difficult to deny favored Diamond Stripes in the $500,000 Meadowlands Breeders' Cup (gr. II). Magna Graduate did everything he could in a stretch-long duel with the 11-10 choice, but came up a half-length short the night of Oct. 5 in New Jersey.

Country Star Outshines Contenders in Alcibiades

Country Star Outshines Contenders in Alcibiades

Stonerside Stable's Country Star entered the $500,000 Darley Alcibiades (gr. I) as one of only two juveniles without a win to her credit. It did not matter, as the Empire Maker filly showed a finishing kick that was plenty good enough to earn a one-length victory on Keeneland's Polytrack in the opening day feature Oct. 5.

Storm Code Could Rise in Grey Breeders' Cup

Trainer Pat Parente saw big improvement from his 2-year-old Storm Code in the gelding's second start when a game second in his stakes debut three weeks ago. The son of High Yield can take another step forward with his first try around two turns in the $250,000 Grey Breeders' Cup (Can-III) at Woodbine Oct. 8.

'New' Daaher Targets Jerome 'Cap

'New' Daaher Targets Jerome 'Cap

Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin is high on the "new" Daaher, who won an allowance race in a romp at Saratoga with the addition of blinkers. Daaher looks to repeat his Aug. 26 performance in the Oct. 7 Jerome Handicap (gr. II) at Belmont Park. He will meet seven other 3-year-olds in the one-mile dirt race, which has a purse of $150,000.

Rosinka Could Compete in Filly & Mare Turf

Rosinka Could Compete in Filly & Mare Turf

Rosinka, a game runner-up to Lahudood in the Sept. 30 Flower Bowl Invitational (gr. IT) at Belmont Park, is under serious consideration for the Breeders' Cup Emirates Airline Filly & Mare Turf (gr. IT) at Monmouth Park Oct. 27.

Etched May Carve Out a Spot in Breeders' Cup Juvenile

Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin enjoyed a big upset in winning the Sept. 29 Flower Bowl Invitational (gr. IT) at Belmont Park against a stellar field with Lahudood. McLaughlin's less surprising winner earlier on the card, Etched, could be bound for the $2-million Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile at Monmouth Park Oct. 27.

Piratesonthelake Takes KY Cup Sprint by a Nose

Though just a $25,000 2-year-old purchase, Piratesonthelake has proven himself a consistent sprinter at both Hawthorne and Arlington Park, winning four races during the year. Now the bay gelding might get a chance to show his talent on a national stage, as an electrifying victory in the $100,000 Kentucky Cup Sprint (gr. III) at Turfway Park Sept. 29 may have paved his way to the Breeders' Cup next month.

The Leopard Scores in Turf Debut

Todd Pletcher was not overly impressed with The Leopard's first three races, so he decided to change things up for the $2.5-million son of Storm Cat, and the Leopard went gate-to-wire in the $75,000 Pilgrim Stakes over the Belmont Park turf Sept. 29

English Channel Looks to Get Back in Winner's Circle

English Channel Looks to Get Back in Winner's Circle

One month from now, English Channel's connections will be taking dead aim at the elusive $3-million John Deere Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) for a third time. But first, owner James Scatuorchio and trainer Todd Pletcher have to get the 5-year-old son of Smart Strike back on the winning track, as they must tackle six challengers in the one-mile Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational (gr. IT) at Belmont Park Sept. 30.

Flower Bowl Field Blooming With Talent

Flower Bowl Field Blooming With Talent

A few horses making their final Breeders' Cup preps this weekend have landed in rather soft fields. That cannot be said for the nine fillies and mares entered in the $600,000 Flower Bowl Invitational (gr. IT) at Belmont Park Sept. 29, as an all-star cast has been assembled for the 10-furlong test on the turf.

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