Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) winner Arrogate got back to business Dec. 1 at Santa Anita Park, turning in his first work since that Nov. 5 victory over California Chrome.
Win or lose, Mike Smith is at the top of his game
With Arrogate’s scintillating victory over Horse of the Year California Chrome in the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic fresh in the minds of buyers, the dams of both horses are among the top horses to watch during Fasig-Tipton’s November sale.
Breeder's Cup Classic (gr. I) winner Arrogate came out of the race in good condition, trainer Bob Baffert said Nov. 6, the morning after the climactic end to the World Championships.
Claire Novak recaps what's next for Breeders' Cup Classic contenders Arrogate and California Chrome.
Trainer Art Sherman said California Chrome will train up to the Jan. 28 Pegasus World Cup (gr. I) at Gulfstream Park.
Relive Arrogate's victory in the 2016 Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I). See where your favorite horse was at several crucial points of the race with our interactive slideshow.
Claire Novak recaps Arrogate's victory in the 2016 Breeders' Cup Classic over California Chrome.
Arrogate came roaring down the Santa Anita Park stretch to catch champion California Chrome in the final strides.
Stronach Stables' Shaman Ghost, the winner of the Sept. 3 Woodward Stakes (gr. I), will be scratched from the $6 million Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) at Santa Anita Park after spiking a fever in recent days, trainer Jimmy Jerkens said Nov. 5.
California Chrome has a chance at redemption—the rarest of opportunities in today’s racing—when he starts in the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic (gr. I) at Santa Anita Park, the same race and site where he finished a close third to Bayern in 2014.
The stars will be out in force Saturday, as California Chrome, Arrogate, Tepin, Lady Eli, Flintshire, Frosted and a host of Aidan O'Brien horses, headed by iron filly Found, will be on display in what promises to be a memorable day of racing.
After winning last year's Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) at Keeneland with a well-rested American Pharoah, trainer Bob Baffert hopes a similar approach with Arrogate delivers this season.
A look back at Awesome Again winning the 1998 Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) in a field that many still argue is the best in the race's history.
The world's top-ranked horse, California Chrome, will try for a landmark international sweep when he starts the $6 million Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) Nov. 5 at Santa Anita Park.
Trainer Jimmy Jerkens will send out a pair of horses as he tries to win the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) for the first time and secure the third Breeders' Cup win of his career Nov. 5 at Santa Anita Park.
Tarabilla Farms' Breeders' Cup Clasic (gr. I) contender Melatonin got out on the Santa Anita Park main track Nov. 2 around 7:45 a.m. and stretched his legs, moving smoothly through a four-furlong work in :47 4/5 with a gallop out in 1:01 2/5.
Craig and Holly Bandoroff always hope to see a few of their Denali Stud sales graduates make it to the top level of competition at the Breeders' Cup, but having nine entered this year was more than they ever expected.
After giving his connections and fans standout victories in the Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) and the TVG Pacific Classic (gr. I), California Chrome will try to extend his perfect 5-year-old campaign in the richest race ever run in North America.
Travers Stakes (gr. I) winner Arrogate logged his final tune-up ahead of the Nov. 5 Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) with a smooth-as-could-be half-mile workout Oct. 31 at Santa Anita Park.
Arriving back at Santa Anita Oct. 30 around 11:45 a.m. local time after a smooth ride from Los Alamitos, the world's greatest racehorse soon powered down the ramp, ready for his Nov. 5 engagement as the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) favorite.
Gun Runner wore a saddle towel with "Dirt Mile" sewn into the side during his easy half-mile breeze Oct. 30 at Santa Anita Park, and that's where he's almost surely headed for his Breeders' Cup spot.
Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner Nyquist will not run in the Nov. 5 Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I). The multiple grade I winner exited an Oct. 27 workout with a "puffy ankle," according to a release from trainer Doug O'Neill.
How is a California-bred filly, who died in 2005, the star of the 2016 Breeders’ Cup Classic?
Footage from California Chrome's work on October 27, 2016, including comments from Art and Alan Sherman. Courtesy Los Alamitos Race Course
Spendthrift Farm's Beholder logged what will likely be the final breeze of her career Oct. 27, in preparation for what should be her final start in the Nov. 4 Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I).
Nyquist's two-turn workout Oct. 27 in preparation for the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) didn't start off as planned, but trainer Doug O'Neill was ultimately OK with how the Uncle Mo colt immediately came out of the work--covered in dirt.
California Chrome works six furlongs in 1:12 1/5 Oct. 27 at his base at Los Alamitos in preparation for the Nov. 5 Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I).
In the world of Thoroughbred racing, Aidan O'Brien can be called the modern day Alexander the Great and his four-legged Ballydoyle bruisers the Macedonian army.
Donegal Racing's grade I winner worked one mile at Belmont Park Oct. 23 in preparation for the Breeders' Cup Classic.
Trainer Aidan O'Brien said Oct. 23 that Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (Fr-I) winner Found could make her first start on dirt against the likes of California Chrome, Arrogate, and Frosted in the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I).
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.
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