There are so many different aspects to this year's Breeders' Cup Classic and so many little tidbits surrounding the participants, it is time to share some of them. read blog
Favored That's Who prevailed in the $192,720 Rocky Gulch New Mexico Classic Championship, giving trainer Joel Marr and jockey Alfredo Juarez Jr. four wins apiece on the rich program for state-breds Oct. 26 at Zia Park.
After sharing the spring/summer Belmont meet title with Javier Castellano, Irad Ortiz Jr. made sure he was alone atop the fall leaderboard by winning seven races on closing weekend.
Bobby Flay's Dame Dorothy remained undefeated in four starts when she held off a late run from Catch My Drift to take the $200,000 Turnback the Alarm Handicap (gr. III) by a half length on closing day at Belmont Oct. 26.
Defending Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. I) winner Magician will be retired to stand in 2015 at Coolmore's Ashford Stud near Versailles, Ky., following his expected start in this year's edition of the race Nov. 1.
Group I victor No Nay Never led the quartet with a bullet five furlongs in 1:01 3/5 on a firm course in preparation for the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint (gr. IT).
Tac de Boistron overtook pacesetter High Jinx in the final furlong and struck for a repeat win in the Prix Royal-Oak (Fr-I, French St. Leger) Oct. 26 at Longchamp.
Thoroughbred racing action moves to Aqueduct Racetrack Oct. 29, when the opening weekend will feature the simulcast of the Breeders' Cup World Championships from Santa Anita Park as well as a trio of live graded stakes.
The Trainer of leading Breeders' Cup Sprint contender and defending champion Secret Circle discovers new threat after Fast Anna delivers super-quick move Oct. 26.
Two-time Eclipse champion Beholder will remain with Hall of Fame trainer Richard Mandella for the time being as she recovers fully from a fever that forced her out of Longines Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I).
The 3-year-old Tapit colt is following the route taken by another Winchell-bred son of Tapit, Tapizar, who won the Dirt Mile in 2012.
The Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner arrived by van the morning of Oct. 26 and will begin his training and schooling at Santa Anita for the Breeders' Cup Classic.
Although classic winner California Chrome and champion Shared Belief are among the 3-year-olds sharing top billing in the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I), trainer John Sadler believes Candy Boy belongs.
Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners' grade I winner Capo Bastone will bypass the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (gr. I) at Santa Anita Park and be entered in the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky November sale Nov. 3.
Toho Jackal smashed the Kyoto course record by nearly two seconds in winning the 75th Kikuka Sho (Jpn-I, Japanese St. Leger), the final jewel in Japan's Triple Crown Oct. 26.
One day after nearly two dozen Breeders' Cup World Championships pre-entrants worked at Santa Anita Park, the Oct. 26 work tab was much smaller, with a handful of horses going through their final preps.
Trainer Bob Baffert indicated he liked what he saw from Bayern and American Pharoah after they both worked five furlongs Oct. 26 at Santa Anita Park in preparation for the Breeders' Cup World Championships.
Golden Actor played the starring role in the $200,000 Jean Lafitte Stakes the night of Oct. 25 at Delta Downs Racetrack Casino and Hotel with a 4 1/4-length score in his stakes debut.
Much has been made of Vicar's in Trouble's size--or lack thereof--throughout his career. But the modest 3-year-old has delivered again and again, giving his connections confidence to send him to the Breeders' Cup.
Those exiting graded stakes will grab the most attention in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I), but don't discount several fillies, including a grade I-placed maiden.
The 2014 Thoroughbred season at Northlands Park Racetrack & Casino concluded Oct. 25 with wagering increasing across the board.
Queen's Plate winner Lexie Lou won her first start outside Canada with an eye-catching burst of speed in the drive to take the $100,000 Autumn Miss Stakes (gr. IIIT) Oct. 25 over the Santa Anita turf.
Spendthrift Farm's two-time champion Beholder has been scratched from the Fasig-Tipton November sale in Lexington to continue her recovery from an illness that knocked her out of the Longines Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I).
The Keeneland 2014 fall meet, highlighted by a new dirt surface and the Lexington track's first $1 million race, closed Saturday, Oct. 25 with the third-highest seasonal attendance in Keeneland history.
Pick of the Litter benefited from a ground-saving trip under Corey Lanerie to get up in the last strides over favored Departing in the $200,000 Fayette Stakes (gr. II), earning his first graded win Oct. 25 at Keeneland.
The Xpressbet Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) field size appears to have grown by one after Salutos Amigos launched a powerful rally down the center of the track to take the $200,000 Bold Ruler Handicap (gr. III) Oct. 25 from Be
Qatar Racing and Kingsclere Racing's progressive Elm Park stepped up to the group I level with style Oct. 25 at Doncaster, scoring an authoritative win in the Racing Post Trophy for 2-year-olds.
Despite Prayer for Relief having not visited the winner's circle since December, trainer Dale Romans believes the 6-year-horse belongs in the field for the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I).
Ryan Moore piloted Irish raider Adelaide from last to victory in the Aus$3 million Sportingbet Cox Plate (Aus-I), Australia's premier weight-for-age race Oct. 25 at Moonee Valley.
As part of the board revision of the convicted trainer rule, Breeders' Cup prohibits the participation by assistant trainers or other employees that affected trainers may transfer horses to following sanctions.
It was a busy day Oct. 25 on the track at Santa Anita Park, where nearly two dozen participants in the two-day Breeders' Cup World Championships went through their final paces.
California Chrome turned in his final pre-Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) work Oct. 25 at Los Alamitos Racecourse, clocking a sharp five furlongs in :59 3/5 under jockey Victor Espinoza.
Kaleem Shah and Fed Biz LLC's Fed Biz, a strong second to undefeated Shared Belief in the Awesome Again Stakes (gr. I) in his last start, worked a half mile Oct. 25 at Santa Anita in preparation for the BC Dirt Mile.
Susan and Jim Hill's Grand Arch, who is having a career season at age 5, worked five furlongs on the dirt Oct. 25 at Keeneland in his final drill for the Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) at Santa Anita Park.
Hong Kong's Rich Tapestry and California's Big Macher each worked Oct. 25 at Santa Anita Park in preparation for the Xpressbet Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I).
Sixty-year-old jockey Perry Ouzts was planning to visit Santa Anita as a spectator during a vacation with his wife, but instead landed his first mount at the California track in the Oct. 25 Autumn Miss Stakes.
The Classic outcome most likely will be determined by what transpires on the front end, as we have two, possibly three, horses all trying to prove who is the fastest of the fast.
A temporary restraining order requested by professional sports leagues has put New Jersey's plans to allow sports betting on hold. The state had planned to begin taking wagers Oct. 26.
The Louisiana Racing Commission Oct. 21 ordered Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots to restore $2.7 million in purse supplements from video poker revenue for the upcoming Thoroughbred meet.
Hootenanny has proven himself against talented juvenile turf runners in Europe and Luck of the Kitten banked a graded stakes at Santa Anita, giving trainer Wesley Ward two good chances to land his first Breeders' Cup win.
Officials at a Lexington equine drug-testing laboratory blamed recent long delays in processing samples on a spike of nearly 100 times the number of usual suspicious results this year compared with 2013.
The racing career of California Chrome would come to an end with a poor performance in the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) Nov. 1, one of his owners said in a published report.
Dual grade I winner Midnight Lucky has been withdrawn from consideration for the DraftKings Breeder's Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (gr. I) following a six-furlong workout Oct. 24 and will be retired, trainer Bob Baffert confirmed.
The chestnut daughter of City Zip had been overlooked at a 2-year-olds in training sale for immaturity, offset knees, and a wider than typically accepted way of walking in front. She has since soared above all expectations
Ruler of The World, winner of the 2013 Investec Epsom Derby (Eng-I), has been retired from racing and will stand in 2015 at Coolmore Stud in Ireland.
Whitney Stakes (gr. I) winner Moreno drilled six furlongs in 1:12 3/5 Oct. 24 in preparation for the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) Nov. 1 at Santa Anita Park.
Don't Tell Sophia and Ria Antonia, pre-entered for the $2 million Longines Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) Oct. 31, turned in half-mile breezes Oct. 24 at Keeneland.
Horse Racing Radio Network, the Eclipse Award-winning broadcast organization based in Lexington, Ky., plans to to provide 17 hours of live Breeders' Cup coverage from Santa Anita Park beginning Wednesday, Oct. 29.
Lankan Rupee, Australia's newly minted Horse of the Year and champion sprinter, blasted from the starting gate at Moonee Valley Oct. 24 and held on for a narrow victory in the Aus$1 million Manikato Stakes (Aus-I).
The Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation has elected TV racing analyst and former jockey Richard Migliore to its board of directors.
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