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Who would have thought a claiming trainer who has won more than a thousand races, and lost many more than that, would be a perfect one-for-one in the Breeders' Cup? But it happened Nov. 4, appropriately at his home base, when Caressing, at 47-1 the longest shot on the board, won the $1,025,920 Juvenile Fillies (gr. I).
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Both horses had been here before. At first, it seemed like just another brawl, in another alley, in another town. Tiznow and Giant's Causeway thrived on bare-knuckle street fights, and because of this lust for battle, their reputations preceded them as they strutted into Louisville, Ky., for the 17th Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I). Sneak up from behind and hit them on the head if you have to, but do not under any circumstances look them in the eye. In this skirmish, however, things were different. When Tiznow and Giant's Causeway looked into each other's eyes, they saw something they'd never seen before: a fire that matched their own.
Cecilia Straub-Rubens, who was at Churchill Downs for Saturday's victory by Tiznow in the Breeders' Cup Classic, died Tuesday night at Hoag Hospital in Newport Beach, Calif. Straub-Rubens, who owned Tiznow with Michael Cooper, would have been 84 years old next month. According to the Los Angeles Times, she suffered from cancer
Breeders' Cup Ltd. and the TV Games Network allowed Beulah Park's Winticket.com interactive wagering subsidiary to accept bets on the Nov. 4 Breeders' Cup at Churchill Downs after the owner of the Ohio racetrack filed a lawsuit just days before the championship. Beulah Park general manager Mike Weiss said Winticket.com secured the rights to offer wagering through its automated account-wagering system, but the terms were not disclosed.
Headed by Classic winner Tiznow, six of the eight Breeders' Cup Championship Day winners were among the top 10 vote-getters in the final weekly poll conducted by the Thoroughbred Racing Association.
Magna Entertainment chairman Frank Stronach went two-for-three as a Thoroughbred owner in Saturday's Breeders' Cup at Churchill Downs with a couple of nail-biting finishes. But the real drama unfolded in the winner's circle after the Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I), when Stronach was presented a trophy by National Thoroughbred Racing Association commissioner Tim Smith.
Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf (gr. IT) winner Perfect Sting may return for a 2001 campaign, according to trainer Joe Orseno.
A day after the Breeders' Cup races were run, the connections of the beaten favorites offered excuses ranging from a possible illness in development to a too hard track surface for their charges disappointing performances on the big day.
The connections of Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) fifth-place finisher More Than Ready and Golden Missile, who finished last in the Classic (gr. I), have indicated their horses will be pointed to the $350,000 Cigar Mile (gr. I) at Aqueduct later this month. Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) fourth-place finisher Affirmed Success, who won the 1999 Cigar Mile after having finished second in the 1998 renewal, will also contest the Nov. 25 race.
A North American wagering record of $107,692,932 was set on Saturday's Breeders' Cup Championship Day card at Churchill Downs. The figure, based on preliminary figures that did not include some international simulcast outlets, surpassed the previous record of $100,336,230 set on Breeders' Cup Day 1999
Juddmonte Farms' Spanish Fern died Saturday evening from internal bleeding that resulted from a fractured pelvis, suffered at the start of the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf (gr. IT) at Churchill Downs. The 5-year-old daughter of El Gran Senor pulled herself up shortly after the break, noticeably favoring her left hind leg.
Tiznow will be pointed toward the two legs of the Strub series that are run at Santa Anita, with the Dubai World Cup also possible for the Breeders' Cup Classic winner. Meanwhile, trainer Joe Orseno said Golden Missile will run one more time this year, in the Nov. 25 Cigar Mile.
Juddmonte Farms' Spanish Fern died Saturday evening from internal bleeding that resulted from a fractured pelvis, suffered at the start of the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf (gr. IT) at Churchill Downs.
With the second-largest crowd in Breeders' Cup history in attendance, California-bred Tiznow held off a strong closing kick from Giant's Causeway to win the Breeders' Cup Classic on Saturday.
The Aga Khan's Kalinisi rallied in the stretch to win the Breeders' Cup Turf at Churchill Downs, establishing himself as the world's best grass horse.
Stronach Stable, Joseph Orseno, and Jerry Bailey teamed for their second straight victory on the Breeders' Cup Championship Day card as Macho Uno won the Juvenile by a scant margin over Point Given.
In the first victory by non-favorite as part of the Breeders' Cup Ultra Pick Six, 5-1 Perfect Sting rallied leaving the turn into the stretch and won the Filly & Mare Turf over Tout Charmant. The 4-year-old Red Ransom filly trained by Joseph Orseno for Stronach Stables, ran the 1 3/8 miles in 2:13.07.
Racing over a Churchill Downs main track that was playing extremely fast on Breeders' Cup Championship Day, Kona Gold set a track record of 1:07.77 for six furlongs when he won the Breeders' Cup Sprint.
Neil Drysdale may or may not win the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr., I) with Fusaichi Pegasus, but he won the Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) with War Chant, who remained unbeaten in his only two starts on grass
We couldn't have two straight 50-1 shots to start Breeders' Cup Championship Day. We didn't; we had a 50-1 shot followed by a 45-1 shot. After Spain sprang the upset in the Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I), Caressing was the shocking winner in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I).
In a shocking upset to begin the XVIIth Breeders' Cup, Riboletta and Beautiful Pleasure both bombed as D. Wayne Lukas ran one-two in the Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) with Spain and Surfside.
Gary Stevens just returned to racing a month ago, after a nine-month retirement, but he swept the early Daily Double at Churchill Downs on Breeders' Cup Day in two thrilling stretch drives.
Chilukki posted a game victory in track record time in the Churchill Downs Distaff, the first race on Saturday's Breeders' Cup Day card at Churchill Downs.
Notes on daily activities of horses entered in the Breeders' Cup Classic.
Notes on daily activities of Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) hopefuls.
Sprint hopeful Bet On Sunshine was "very aggressive" this morning, according to assistant trainer Steve Williams. Also, notes on other Sprint entrants.
Mrs. John Magnier and Michael Tabor's Montjeu will not be administered lasix prior to the Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT), but the 4-year-old colt will be racing on bute in the 1 1/2-mile race, trainer John Hammond told Sporting Life.
The staff and correspondents covering the Breeders' Cup Championship Day races for The Blood-Horse magazine offer their selections in the respective races to which they are assigned.
By Steve Haskin -- You won't find any comments on Fusaichi Pegasus and Riboletta in this space -- we're here to look for value. Like all Breeders' Cups, there should be some live longshots and overlays that slip through the cracks. We'll attempt to ferret out those horses based on what we've seen in the mornings and a few angles in their past performances.
Breeders' Cup Ltd. and TVG officials have granted permission for Beulah Park's WinBet interactive wagering subsidiary to accept bets on Saturday's Breeders' Cup championship day card.
Stronach Stable's Euchre and Stonerside Stable's Freefourracing have been scratched from Saturday's Breeders' Cup races. Euchre has been bothered by a cough and Freefourracing has a minor bruise on a hoof.
Notes on Thursday activities of horses entered in the Breeders' Cup Classic.
Notes on daily activities for horses entered in the Breeders' Cup Distaff.
The turf course at Churchill Downs was crowded Thursday, as some Breeders' Cup contenders completed their final workouts and others exercised on the grass.
Hall of Fame trainer Scotty Schulhofer said Lemon Drop Kid, one of the favorites for Saturday's Breeders' Cup Classic is "hot to handle right now" after his three furlong workout in :35 4/5 on Wednesday.
Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) longshot Trailthefox will race for a new ownership group on Saturday after Dr. Thomas Liang of Hong Kong and partners bought controlling interest in the California-bred son of the first-crop sire Foxtrail.
According to current weather forecasts for Louisville on Saturday, the weather for this year's Breeders' Cup races at Churchill Downs should be excellent for racing.
Stronach Stables' 2-year-old Light The Fuse filly underwent surgery on her right hind leg this morning at Rood and Riddle Clinic in Lexington, Ky. Lemon Drop Kid, Aly's Alley, Crimplene, Fantastic Light, and Muhtathir each worked toward their respective races.
By Steve Haskin -- So, now we have post positions. Who escaped unscathed, who got lucky, and who fell victim to those agonizing little pills? Of course, post positions often wind up having little effect on a horse's performance, but they do have a tendency to alter the running of a race and change strategy.
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Kentucky Derby winner Fusaichi Pegasus was installed the 8-5 morning line favorite for Saturday's $4,770,000 Breeders' Cup Classic when post positions were drawn Wednesday. Trained by Neil Drysdale, Fusaichi Pegasus will start from the 9 post under jockey Kent Desormeaux.
Breeders' Cup Classic Notes from Tuesday, Oct. 31.
Notes from Tuesday, Oct. 31, for Breeders' Cup Juvenile.
Breeders' Cup Sprint Notes for Tuesday, Oct. 31
Breeders' Cup Sprint notes for Tuesday, Oct. 31
Breeders' Cup Turf notes for Tuesday, Oct. 31.
Breeders' Cup Mile notes for Tuesday, Oct. 31
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