Triple Crown winner American Pharoah, the day after taking the Breeders' Cup Classic. watch video
The stars aligned in Lexington Oct. 31 as American Pharoah completed his storybook career that included a sweep of the Triple Crown and attracting a large following of regular and non-traditional horse fans.
Wallace "Wally" Dollase, 78, died Oct. 30 following a lengthy illness in Kentucky. He trained Eclipse Award winners Itsallgreektome (male turf horse, 1990) and Jewel Princess (older female, 1996).
Flipcup wore down pacesetter Academic with a sustained outside rally and won the $150,000 Maple Leaf (Can-III) for fillies and mares Oct. 31 at Woodbine.
The 3-year-old filly Found, second to Golden Horn in the Irish Champion Stakes (Ire-I), turned the tables on the 3-year-old colt to take the Longines Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) Oct. 31 at Keeneland.
Nyquist cemented his status as the early favorite for next year's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) when the undefeated colt kicked clear leaving the second turn to win the Sentient Jet Breeders' Cup Juvenile.
Tepin delivered her second straight monster performance in a grade I turf race at Keeneland, this time beating males in the $2 million Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) Oct. 31.
Oklahoma Derby (gr. III) winner Shotgun Kowboy breezed at Remington Park Oct. 31 as he continues to prepare for a start in the Clark Handicap (gr. I) Nov. 27 at Churchill Downs.
Runhappy lived up to the hype and galloped home strong in the $1.5 million TwinSpires Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I), running down veteran grade I winner Private Zone in the final furlong Oct. 31 at Keeneland.
Shadwell Stable's Matrooh was an emphatic winner Oct. 31 in the Bold Ruler Handicap (gr. III) at Belmont Park, upsetting even-money favorite El Kabeir.
Four years after claiming her first Breeders' Cup victory, Stephanie's Kitten returned to a Breeders' Cup winner's circle again Oct. 31 after a courageous rally to win the $2 million Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf (gr. IT).
Wavell Avenue, with a strong late kick, rolled past front runner La Verdad to take the $1 million TwinSpires Filly and Mare Sprint (gr. I) at seven furlongs in 1:22.39.
Mongolian Saturday proved a colorful winner of the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint, as native Mongolian garb filled the winner's circle and showed the event off as a truly international event.
New Zealand-bred Tarzino left the gate the favorite and outstayed his 15 overmatched rivals in the Aus$1.5 million Victoria Derby (Aus-I) Oct. 31 at Flemington.
Songbird delivered a beautiful performance Oct. 31 in the $2 million 14 Hands Winery Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I), controlling the pace throughout and winning by 5 3/4 lengths over Rachel's Valentina.
Speedway Stable's Hard Not to Like and Sheikh Ahmed al Maktoum and Darley Stud Management's Talmada have been scratched from the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf (gr. IT), Breeders' Cup officials said the morning of Oct. 31.
The Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) field was reduced to eight horses after the scratch of Awesome Again Stakes (gr. I) winner Smooth Roller the morning of Oct. 31.
American Pharoah will have one last chance to add to his racing legacy when he starts in $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) Saturday at Keeneland.
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With a patient ride and a sweeping move on the final turn, Bailoutbobby took the 1 3/4-mile $200,000 Marathon Stakes (gr. II) at Keeneland by 5 1/4 lengths.
Pacesetter America turned back a mild challenge entering the stretch and scooted clear to win the $200,000 Turnback the Alarm Handicap, snapping a five-race winless streak, Oct. 30 at Belmont Park.
Stopchargingmaria held off Stellar Wind and withstood a review by the stewards to score a close victory in the $2 million Longines Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) Friday at Keeneland.
Catch a Glimpse had been touting herself in the mornings, and came through Oct. 30, giving trainer Mark Casse his first Breeders' Cup win when taking the $1 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (gr. IT).
Liam's Map, who typically races on the lead, rallied to win Friday's $1 million Las Vegas Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (gr. I) at Keeneland.
Evelyn Stockwell's Hit It a Bomb, last of 14 at the midpoint of the race, found room in the lane and surged late to win the $1 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf (gr. IT) Oct. 30 at Keeneland.
Matthew Schera's Race Day moved between horses leaving the second turn and continued his momentum to win the Hagyard Fayette Stakes (gr. II) in track-record time on the Oct. 30 Breeders' Cup card at Keeneland.
The Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) is one of the few big U.S. races to elude Racing Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey, who will send out Honor Code in the race on Saturday.
McIngvale has the big horse he's always wanted, and the master of promotion through his Gallery Furniture stores in Houston wants to make him the most popular horse in racing.
Laurel Park has attracted 110 horses, including those on also-eligible lists, for its $410,000 Claiming Crown preview Nov. 1. The Claiming Crown will be held Dec. 5 at Gulfstream Park.
Chad Brown's success has been synonymous with the Breeders' Cup since he handled saddling Ginger Punch to victory in the 2007 Distaff as an assistant trainer. That success has continued unabated.
The large crowds that had lined the Keeneland apron hoping to get a glimpse of Triple Crown winner American Pharoah the previous two days were nowhere around when the colt went to the main track Oct. 30.
Songbird, the unbeaten daughter of Medaglia d'Oro, is the morning-line favorite for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) for a reason.
Bawina has been scratched from the Filly & Mare Turf (gr. IT) and Tale of S'avall from the Juvenile (gr. I). The defections allow Talmada and Siding Spring to draw into the respective fields.
Wedding Toast has gotten good at the right time, and her family history suggests she has the pedigree power to win the Distaff. That family has been nurtured by Elmendorf, Stonerside, and now Darley.
Rejuvenated from a six-month winter/spring Florida vacation, The Pizza Man has come back remarkably strong this season and is now on-track to face Europe's best runner in the Longines Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT).
Is breeding a Breeders' Cup horse as easy as throwing a dart at a dartboard? It is if you're breeders Bob Austin and John Witte.
Jerry and Jan Hawthorne have attended the Breeders' Cup World Championships many times, but this year's renewal marks their debut as participants with TwinSpires Turf Sprint (gr. IT) hopeful No Silent.
A winner in her last five starts over synthetic footing, HnR Nothhaft Horse Racing's Living The Life will head back to the Southern California turf Nov. 1 in the $200,000 Goldikova Stakes (gr. IIT) at Del Mar.
John Magnier's Coolmore operation will try to secure its first Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) win this year with English and Irish classic winner Gleneagles.
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Rene and Lauren Woolcott didn't necessarily plan to be the breeders of Tonalist, but they've loved every moment of their association with the classic winner.
Following the scratch of Beholder from the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I), oddsmaker Mike Battaglia has lowered Triple Crown winner American Pharoah's morning-line odds from 6-5 to 4-5.
Phillips Racing Partnerships' two Breeders' Cup pre-entries, Recepta and Time and Motion, both were also-eligibles but drew into the Mile and Juvenile Fillies Turf, respectively.
Trainer Richard Mandella said Beholder will not run in the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) after being scoped the morning of Oct. 29 and discovering the mare had bled.
When it's all said and done, American Pharoah will be known as a Triple Crown winner -- those three words say it all -- but make no mistake, a victory in the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) would add to that legacy.
Triple Crown winner American Pharoah received his first look at a Keeneland track Oct. 29, though it was not the surface he'll race on in the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) Oct. 31.
Bear Stables' Academic will look to clear another hurdle in the $150,000 Maple Leaf Stakes (Can-III) Oct. 31 at Woodbine.
Off since being scratched from the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), Zayat Stables' El Kabeir will make his return in the Oct. 31 Bold Ruler Handicap (gr. III) at Belmont Park.
Rachel's Valentina, the daughter of 2009 Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra, seeks to extend the family legacy in the Oct. 31 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) at Keeneland.
Breeders' Cup has again expanded its welfare, safety, and integrity protocol for this year's World Championships, with a big assist from host track Keeneland.
Cymric is the morning-line favorite for the Oct. 30 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf (gr. IT). Raced in England and France, the son of Kitten's Joy was foaled and raised at Mill Ridge Farm, just about two miles from Keeneland.
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