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Countdown to the Cup: Can it Happen Twice?

Countdown to the Cup: Can it Happen Twice?

On April 17, 2008, American racing fans were immersed in the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), and no one was even giving the Breeders' Cup a second thought. But across the Atlantic, there was a scene being played out that would have a far greater effect on the Breeders' Cup than anyone could have imagined.

Maram Wins Juv Fillies Turf Nail-Biter

Maram Wins Juv Fillies Turf Nail-Biter

Undefeated Maram got up to win the inaugural Grey Goose Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf by a nose in the final strides over Heart Shaped. The $1 million contest was the second Breeders' Cup race on the Oct. 24 Ladies Day card of the two-day World Championships card at Santa Anita.

Turf: Course Obstacles

Turf: Course Obstacles

Although they have dominated the $3-million Emirates Airline Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) at other venues, top European imports have not performed especially well when the Breeders' Cup has been held at Santa Anita, where they must contend with tighter turns, hard turf, and warm temperatures.

British Race Provides Path to Derby

British Race Provides Path to Derby

Churchill Downs and Great Britain's Kempton Park Racecourse have announced a race for 3-year-old Thoroughbreds that will provide a clear path for the winner to a starting spot in the field for the 2009 running of the $2 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).

Tizdejavu Eyes Fourth Straight Turf Win

Tizdejavu Eyes Fourth Straight Turf Win

Michael Cooper and Pamela Ziebarth's Tizdejavu, undefeated on turf, will be after his fourth consecutive victory over the surface in the $400,000 Secretariat Stakes (gr. IT) Aug. 9 at Arlington Park. Tizdejavu, trained by Gregory Fox, was installed as the 6-5 morning line favorite in the 1 1/4-mile test for 3-year-olds. Nine were entered.

Archipenko Should Be Tough in 'Million'

Archipenko Should Be Tough in 'Million'

Archipenko, who has won stakes events in four different countries in the past 15 months, has been installed as the 2-1 favorite and is one of three formidable European invaders vying for top honors in the 26th running of the Arlington Million (gr. IT) Aug. 9.

King Henry Rules at Royal Ascot

King Henry Rules at Royal Ascot

The Aidan O'Brien-trained Henrythenavigator won the St. James's Palace Stakes (Eng-I) on opening day of Royal Ascot meeting. Other winners on the day include Haradasun, winner of the Queen Anne (Eng-I), and Equiano, winner of the King's Stand Stakes (Eng-I).

Dylan Thomas Out of Japan Cup

Dylan Thomas Out of Japan Cup

Dylan Thomas, who was recently named Cartier Horse of the Year and top older horse in Europe, is no longer a contender for the Nov. 25 Japan Cup (Jpn-I) due to not testing negative for equine viral arteritis.

Dylan Thomas Gets Cartier Award

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Dylan Thomas Gets Cartier Award

Dylan Thomas was named Cartier Horse of the Year and top older horse at the 2007 Cartier Racing Awards, presented in the ballroom of the Four Seasons Hotel in London's Mayfair Nov. 14.

Murtagh Muses on His Breeders' Cup Chances

Murtagh Muses on His Breeders' Cup Chances

The Europeans felt more at home around the Monmouth Park quarantine barn the morning of Oct. 24, thanks to the clouds and rain that became heavy at times. None of the British or Irish trainers with Breeders' Cup runners had arrived, so leading Irish jockey Johnny Murtagh held center stage. He has four excellent rides in the 11 Breeders' Cup races Friday and Saturday.

O'Brien Likely to Have Pair of Breeders' Cup Starters

O'Brien Likely to Have Pair of Breeders' Cup Starters

Aidan O'Brien, who has been a dominant force in the Breeders' Cup World Championships, likely will have only two starters in this year's event, but they will be a formidable pair. O'Brien will send out Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (Fra-I) winner Dylan Thomas in the John Deere Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) and Excellent Art in the NetJets Mile (gr. IT).

Dylan Thomas Survives Inquiry, Wins Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe

Dylan Thomas Survives Inquiry, Wins Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe

After a tense 20-minute stewards' inquiry into the result of the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe Lucien Barriere (Fr-I), the order of finish stood and Dylan Thomas officially won the 10th race of his 18-start career and sixth at the group I level.

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