California Chrome started slow early in his five-furlong drill under regular exercise rider Dihigi Gladney, but kicked into another gear in the long stretch at Los Alamitos and hit the wire in 1:00 2/5.
Godolphin didn’t make the right decision pointing Frosted for the Breeders’ Cup Classic instead of the Dirt Mile. They made the only decision.
Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin confirmed Frosted would be pre-entered in the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) only.
Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin and owner Godolphin Racing are likely to announce Oct. 20 if Frosted goes in the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) or Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (gr. I).
The gray son of Unbridled's Song broke off well back of stablemate Mor Spirit but finished with a monster kick as he readies for an expected showdown with California Chrome.
Trainer Doug O'Neill said the son of Uncle Mo is progressing well toward the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I)
- By Steve Haskin
Question: How good is Arrogate and do you think he can beat California Chrome in the Breeders' Cup Classic?
As most of the barns at Los Alamitos Race Course only started to rustle with activity during the early morning Oct. 15, California Chrome stood like a sentinel at the top of the longest stretch run in North America.
With his impervious victory in the Awesome Again Stakes (gr. I), California Chrome (133) retains the top spot in the eighth edition of the Longines World's Best Racehorse Rankings for 2016.
It was a move trainer Doug O'Neill hopes will bring him to the $6 million Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) at Santa Anita on Nov. 5.
Despite reservations expressed by owner J. Paul Reddam after what he called "the worst performance of (Nyquist's) life" in the Pennsylvania Derby (gr. II), the Uncle Mo colt will target the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I).
After watching Godolphin Racing's Frosted breeze Oct. 5 at Greentree Training Center, trainer Kiaran McLaughlin confirmed the gray son of Tapit will train up to the Breeders' Cup.
Trainer Art Sherman reported Oct. 2 that California Chrome came out of his dominant victory in the Oct. 1 Awesome Again Stakes (gr. I) in good order.
With the slightest morning chill Southern California would allow in late September, Los Alamitos Race Course's resident star logged his final timed workout for the upcoming Awesome Again Stakes (gr. I).
Shaman Ghost, Mubtaahij, Effinex lead cast
Frosted emerged from his Aug. 6 Whitney (gr. I) victory in fine fettle at Saratoga Race Course, and returns Sept. 3 to take on eight rivals in the $600,000 Woodward Stakes (gr. I).
Barn CC on the Del Mar backside had a party-like atmosphere Sunday morning—with a large group of connections and fans huddled around the 2014 Horse of the Year's stall—following what Sherman called the best performance of his career.
No one is expecting all the big names in racing to make the Breeders' Cup Classic, but one can always hope, especially when you have a year like this with such a wide variety of talent gearing up for a run at America’s richest horse race.
Juddmonte Farms' Arrogate had the look of something special June 24 at Santa Anita Park.
The Breeders' Cup World Championships will have its purses increased this year to $28 million from $26 million. Purses for the Classic and the Turf will each get $1 million bumps.
In her 6-year-old debut in the $100,000 Adoration Stakes (gr. III) May 8 at Santa Anita Park, Spendthrift Farm's three-time champion Beholder breezed to her seventh straight victory and 16th overall.
The Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe sits atop the list of the world's top 100 group I and grade I races for 2015, according to International Federation of Horseracing Authorities rankings released April 22.
Donegal Racing's Keen Ice, the Curlin colt who beat Triple Crown winner American Pharoah in the Travers Stakes (gr. I) last year, has been moved from the barn of trainer Dale Romans to Todd Pletcher.
Unbridled was a star as a runner and a sire. While those mattered incredibly to his connections, trainer Nafzger's lingering memories center around the Derby race call he gave owner Mrs. Genter, and Unbridled's gentle nature.
The Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (Fr-I) has been deemed the inaugural winner of the Longines World's Best Horse Race by the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities, the IFHA announced Jan. 19.
Owner Ahmed Zayat of Zayat Stables reflected on the accomplishments of American Pharoah, the homebred colt who was named champion 3-year-old male and Horse of the Year for 2015.
Triple Crown winner American Pharoah already had ranked first in the Longines World's Best Racehorse Rankings for 2015 but his 6 1/2-length Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) victory increased his rating.
Comments from the connections of 2015 Breeders' Cup Classic winner American Pharoah, including Bob Baffert, Ahmed Zayat, and Victor Espinoza. Watch Video
Triple Crown and Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) winner American Pharoah is among 12 candidates for the 2015 Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year.
The amazing energy emitted by American Pharoah in his stirring swan song performance had to be felt 650 miles away through a television screen. read blog
American Pharoah's Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) victory helped NBC post the highest-rated Breeders' Cup telecast in 20 years.
American Pharoah dominates the Breeders' Cup Classic and more in the November 7, 2015 issue of Blood-Horse magazine.
Revisit the history making run of American Pharoah in the Breeders' Cup Classic. view interactive
American Pharoah will be the first Triple Crown winner to stand at stud since Affirmed was retired in 1979, and the first available to breeders since Affirmed died in 2001. A stud fee announcement is expected soon.
American Pharoah, the first Triple Crown winner to run in the Breeders' Cup, went out an emphatic winner Oct. 31 at Keeneland.
- By Steve Haskin
At 2 a.m Sunday morning, America turned the clocks back an hour. Approximately eight hours earlier, the Thoroughbred racing world turned the clocks back 40, 50, 60 years, back to the Golden Era of the sport. read blog
The broadcast of American Pharoah's victory in the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) Oct. 31 on NBC posted a 2.63/6 overnight rating--the best for a Breeders' Cup Classic since 2010.
The morning after Triple Crown champion American Pharoah's triumph in the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) Oct. 31, his Hall of Fame trainer was still marveling at the colt's accomplishment.
Claire Novak explains plans for American Pharoah and talks about how the Classic contenders have exited the race. watch video
Triple Crown winner American Pharoah, the day after taking the Breeders' Cup Classic. watch video
Triple Crown winner American Pharoah, the day after taking the Breeders' Cup Classic.
Tom LaMarra recaps American Pharoah's victory in the 2015 Breeders' Cup Classic. Watch Video
Tom LaMarra recaps American Pharoah's victory in the 2015 Breeders' Cup Classic.
Comments from the connections of 2015 Breeders' Cup Classic winner American Pharoah, including Bob Baffert, Ahmed Zayat, and Victor Espinoza.
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.
A Florida senator has filed a resolution honoring J.B. and Kevin McKathan, who played a major role in the early development of Triple Crown winner and Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) favorite American Pharoah.
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.
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.
Claire Novak, Ellis Starr, and Tom LaMarra preview the Breeders' Cup Classic featuring American Pharoah, Keen Ice, Frosted, Tonalist, Effinex, and Honor Code. Watch Video
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