Nearly two dozen contenders for the Breeders' Cup World Championships worked at Churchill Downs Oct. 30.
Rick Porter's Havre de Grace, the 4-year-old filly seeking to earn a Horse of the Year title with a victory in the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I), will remain in training in 2012, according to trainer Larry Jones.
Preston Stables' Flat Out, who could be one of the favorites for the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I), zipped a half-mile in an impressive :46 3/5 in the pre-dawn cold at Churchill Downs Oct. 30.
Keeneland overcame national trends during its 75th anniversary meet with a 9.3% gain in all-sources pari-mutuel handle on live races and an all-time attendance record for one meet.
Wise Dan came away with the lead coming off the turn and ran away to a four-length victory in the $150,000 Fayette Stakes (gr. II) on closing day of Keeneland Oct.29.
Havre de Grace, who was pre-entered in both the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) and Breeders' Cup Ladies Classic (gr. I), will only be entered in the Classic when final entries are drawn Oct. 31.
Celebrity chef Bobby Flay's two Breeders' Cup contenders were on the Oct. 29 worktab at Churchill Downs, as Her Smile turned in a sparkling four-furlong breeze in :48 2/5 and Super Espresso worked five furlongs.
Jockey Javier Castellano was at Churchill Downs Oct. 29 to send Stopshoppingmaria through a sparkling turf breeze in company with Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (gr. IIT) contender Sweet Cat.
Drosselmeyer went a powerful five furlongs in 1:01 at Churchill Downs on Oct. 29, leaving Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott completely satisfied by his final move before the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I).
The Emirates Airline Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) lost one of its contenders Oct. 29 when Mr. and Mrs. Bertram Firestone's Winchester was taken out of consideration following a workout at Belmont Park.
Carl Moore Management's Chamberlain Bridge worked a professional half-mile in :50 3/5 on the turf at Churchill Downs Oct. 29 in preparation for defense of his Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint (gr. IIT) title from last year.
After watching Flaxman Holdings' homebred Aruna work at Churchill Downs Oct. 29, trainer Graham Motion said he was leaning toward running the 4-year-old filly in the Emirates Airline Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf (gr. IT).
Trainer Dale Romans Oct. 29 signaled that two of his horses--Shackleford and Dullahan--are ready for their respective races Nov. 5 in the Breeders' Cup World Championships.
Live Oak Plantation's Dynaslew is an outsider in the $2 million Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf (gr. IT), but is a front-running danger while rounding into best form after a rough start to the year.
You and I, winner of the 1995 Metropolitan Handicap (gr. I) and most recently a stallion in Washington, arrived Oct. 27 at Old Friends near Georgetown, Ky., where he will be pensioned.
Shane Ryan, president of Castleton Lyons, announced Oct. 27 that Gio Ponti will run in the Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) rather than the Classic (gr. I) at Churchill Downs Nov. 5.
Pluck will resume his racing career Nov. 3 in the Commonwealth Stakes (gr. III) at Churchill Downs, the site of his victory in the 2010 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf (gr. IIT).
Believe You Can, on a three-race winning winning streak for trainer Larry Jones, is likely the horse to beat in the $150,000 Pocahontas Stakes (gr. II) for 2-year-old fillies on opening day of the Churchill Downs fall meet.
Hunt Crossing, runaway winner of the NATC Futurity at Monmouth Park, suffered an injury to his right knee during his most recent work at Churchill Downs and will miss the Sentient Jet Breeders' Cup Juvenile Sprint .
Mr. Bowling, the lone stakes winner in a field of seven juveniles, will carry top weight of 120 pounds in the $100,000 Iroquois (gr. III) on opening day of the Churchill Downs fall meet Oct. 30.
The Breeders' Cup announced Oct. 20 that ESPN and ABC will televise more than nine hours of live television coverage of the Nov. 4-5 World Championships at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky.
By every measure, the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky fall yearling sale was a resounding success. Fasig-Tipton president Boyd Browning said Oct. 26 the company had high expectations, and they were exceeded.
A Lemon Drop Kid filly brought the top price of $375,000 during phase I of the dispersal of the late Carl Lizza Jr.'s Flying Zee Stable Oct. 26 at Fasig-Tipton's Newtown Paddocks complex in Lexington.
Churchill Downs Inc. reported net earnings from continuing operations of $19.7 million for the third quarter of 2011, up significantly from $3.7 million for the third quarter of 2010.
A Medaglia d'Oro colt grabbed the spotlight in the middle of the afternoon at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky fall yearling sale in Lexington Oct. 26. He became the auction's highest-priced horse so far when he commanded $380,000.
A field of 12, including six horses that have won over the Keeneland main track, line up for an interesting edition of the $150,000 Fayette Stakes (gr. II) Oct. 29 on closing day of the fall meet.
Regal Ransom, a graded stakes winner in North America and a group winner the United Arab Emirates, has been retired from racing and will stand at Darley America near Lexington in 2012.
B. Wayne Hughes' four-time grade I winner Court Vision will be retired following the Nov. 5 TVG Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) and will enter stud in 2012 at Michael Byrne's Park Stud in Ontario, Canada.
Goldikova, Havre de Grace lead the charge for the 2011 Breeders' Cup World Championships. Eight of the 15 races are over-subscribed.
The Fasig-Tipton Kentucky fall yearling sale is saving the best for last. Early in the afternoon of the third and final session, a Smart Strike colt became the highest-priced horse sold so far when he brought $270,000.
HRTV has set its pre-race coverage of the Breeders' Cup World Championships, which will be held Nov. 4-5 at Churchill Downs.
Tizway, one of the top contenders for the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I), will miss the race with a ligament injury. Trainer Jim Bond confirmed the 6-year-old horse has been retired.
The official race order for the Breeders' Cup World Championships at Churchill Downs indicates some changes from the tentative order released several weeks ago.
Fueled by three horses that sold for more than $200,000 apiece, the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky fall yearling sale kept churning out impressive results during its second session after getting off to a fast start on its opening day.
Multiple grade I winner and millionaire Shakespeare is returning to Central Kentucky for the 2012 breeding season. The son of Theatrical has been relocated from Signature Stallions in Central Florida to Lane's End Farm.
The Fasig-Tipton Kentucky fall yearling sale has a new price leader. An Arch filly brought $260,000 at about 2:30 p.m. EDT during the auction's second session Oct. 25 in Lexington.
Sidney's Candy, a TVG Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) hopeful, covered a half mile on firm turf in :50 at Churchill Downs Oct. 25. He is trained by Todd Pletcher for WinStar Farm and Rubio Stable.
A flashy Unbridled's Song filly became the highest-priced horse sold so far at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky fall yearling sale when she brought $210,000 during the lunch hour of the auction's second session Oct. 25.
The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission will review a regulation that permits tracks to withhold all purses from a day of racing when there is a suspicious post-race test for any horse racing that day.
A Macho Uno colt commanded $180,000 to become the highest-priced horse sold so far during the second session of the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky fall yearling sale Oct. 24 in Lexington.
After a sizzling opening session Oct. 24, it didn't take the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky fall yearling sale long to generate a six-figure price during its second session.
With only a slight modification from the original proposal approved previously by a committee, the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission Oct. 24 unanimously OK'd 2012 racing dates for the state's racetracks.
Fasig-Tipton's Kentucky fall yearling sale soared at the start, and company officials expected the market to remain upbeat throughout the auction's three-day run in Lexington.
Lisa Underwood said Oct. 24 she will step down as executive director of the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission to take a job with Wyatt, Tarrant, and Combs, a law firm for which she had worked previously.
Mike Repole's Uncle Mo and Stay Thirsty, who are being pointed to the Nov. 5 Breeders' Cup Classic, arrived at Churchill Downs Oct. 24 to continue their preparations.
The president of Ellis Park said Oct. 24 he believes implementation of Instant Racing could attract some of the customers in the area who have been whetting their gambling appetite at a nearby Indiana casino.
Ballydoyle, the racing arm of Coolmore, confirmed Oct. 24 that So You Think has been pre-entered in the Nov. 5 Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I).
Fox Hill Farm's Havre de Grace turned in a smooth five-furlong work Oct. 24 at Keeneland in preparation for the Nov. 5 Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) at Churchill Downs.
Hopefuls for the Breeders' Cup World Championships were on the work tab Oct. 24 at Keeneland and Santa Anita Park, including Euroears, who scorched five furlongs in :56 3/5 at the Southern California racetrack.
Ohio horseman Robert Butzer died Oct. 16 in Canton, Ohio, after a period of declining health.
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