If Close Hatches can return to her top form, the outcome of the race could end with the familiar sight of trainer Bill Mott entering the winner's circle.
With two-time Horse of the Year Wise Dan sidelined after dominating back-to-back editions of the $2 million Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT), the Nov. 1 race drew a slew of contenders.
The Breeders' Cup Turf always brings the world into these World Championships. This year's $3 million event attracted another accomplished group of European raiders looking to extend their dominance over America.
Secret Circle will try to become the second horse to win back-to-back editions of the Xpressbet Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) after a full field of 14 entered the six-furlong race set for Nov. 1 at Santa Anita Park.
Zayat Stables' American Pharoah, a dominant winner of two grade I stakes in his last two starts, drew post 5 versus 12 other 2-year-old males in the $2 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) at Santa Anita Park Nov. 1.
Several 2-year-old fillies with strong last-out efforts in graded stakes figure to grab the most attention in a field of 12 entered for the $2 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) at Santa Anita Park Nov. 1.
With the retirement of Mizdirection, winner of the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint (gr. I) the last two years, this could be Reneesgotzip's year to emerge on top in the 6 1/2-furlong race.
The winner of last year's edition of the $1 million Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (gr. I) leads a group of 11 entered for the 2014 edition as he aims to become the first two-time victor in the race's seven-year history Oct. 31.
Godolphin Racing's Imperia, winner of the Pilgrim Stakes (gr. IIIT) in his last start, drew post 11 in a field of 14 2-year-olds entered for the $1 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf (gr. IT) Oct. 31 at Santa Anita Park.
The recent announcement by Breeders' Cup to ban horses from being entered in the World Championships if their trainers are found to be in violation of its convicted trainers rule, effective 2015, could signal change.
A cracked windshield on a Tex Sutton plane caused minor shuffling in plans for the transportation of Breeders' Cup contenders in New York and Kentucky, but all runners are expected to arrive at Santa Anita Park by Oct. 29.
Bourbon Lane Stable's XpressBet Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) contender Bourbon Courage had a good Oct. 27 blowout for the Nov. 1 event, breezing three furlongs in :34 1/5 at Keeneland for trainer Kellyn Gorder.
Registration has opened for the Breeders' Cup Classic Million Dollar Finish fantasy game, which offers players the chance to win $1 million for selecting the top 10 finishers in order in the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I).
Monday, Oct. 27, was another busy work day at Santa Anita Park for horses pointing toward the Breeders' Cup World Championships. Meanwhile, the connections of horses entered were awaiting the post position draw later Monday.
Keeneland sent representatives to Santa Anita to get a feel for the procedures leading up to the Oct. 31-Nov. 1 Breeders' Cup. Keeneland officials regularly attend the World Championships, but this year is different.
The Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance, an official Breeders' Cup charity, is pleased to announce two exciting fan experiences to promote Thoroughbred Aftercare at the upcoming Breeders' Cup World Championships Oct. 31-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).
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.
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.
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.
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).
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).
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
14 Hands Winery will be the name-in-title sponsor of the $2 million 14 Hands Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) Nov. 1.
Tommy Town Thoroughbreds, in partnership with Gary Barber, will stand new stallion Boisterous for the 2015 breeding season at Tom and Debi Stull's farm near Santa Ynez, Calif.
Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens, a 10-time Breeders Cup winner, will be riding in this year's event at Santa Anita Park, exactly 14 weeks to the day after undergoing total knee replacement surgery July 25.
Famous Swiss watchmaker Longines has become an official partner of the 2014 Breeders' Cup World Championships, which take place Oct. 31 and Nov. 1 at Santa Anita Park, it was announced Oct. 23.
Horse racing network TVG begins its week-long Breeders' Cup programming Saturday, Oct. 25, with the return of "The Works--Breeders' Cup 2014."
Although the Hall of Fame trainer is closely associated with the legendary Cigar, he has always had that 'je ne sais quoi' with the fillies, including Breeders' Cup contenders Emollient and Close Hatches.
Now in its eighth year, the Breeders' Cup Challenge provides automatic bids to horses that win top stakes in the U.S. and throughout the world that correspond with one of the 13 Breeders' Cup World Championships races.
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