Critics Acclaim, the dam of grade I winner Rosalind, died May 24 after delivering a full brother at Hurstland Farm near Midway, Ky. She was 20.
On Nov. 1 Take Charge Brandi won the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I). It was her first score for Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas since breaking her maiden in June, but launched her championship season.
Two half-length losses from arguably being a champion, Top Decile has zeroed in on the listed $125,000 Silverbulletday Stakes Jan. 17 at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots as her sophomore debut for trainer Al Stall Jr.
Favored Take Charge Brandi registered her second grade I win of the year and third graded victory in a row when she narrowly captured the $350,000 Starlet Stakes for 2-year-old fillies Dec. 13 at Los Alamitos Race Course.
Take Charge Brandi, the surprising winner of last month's 14 Hands Winery Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I), will return to California for the $350,000 Starlet (gr. I) Dec. 13 at Los Alamitos Racecourse.
Delta Downs Racetrack & Casino said Nov. 11 it received 13 pre-entries for the $1 million Delta Downs Jackpot (gr. III), the richest 2-year-old stakes in North America outside of the Breeders' Cup World Championships.
Top Decile didn't win the Darley Alcibiades Stakes at Keeneland in early October, but she raced well enough to capture second and earn a trip to California for the Nov. 1 14 Hands Winery Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies.
- By Claire Novak
Claire Novak and Tom LaMarra handicap several Breeders' Cup Friday races. They look at the Breeders' Cup Distaff, Mile, Juvenile Fillies, and Juvenile Fillies Turf. Return Saturday for the Breeders' Cup Classic! watch video
Jay Em Ess Stable's By the Moon shipped well from New York to California Oct. 28 and is getting some light exercise in advance of the 14 Hands Winery Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) Nov. 1.
Mark DeDomenico and North American Thoroughbred Horse Co.'s Majestic Presence galloped on the main track at Santa Anita Park Oct. 28, and her connections believe she is primed for a big effort.
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.
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.
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).
14 Hands Winery will be the name-in-title sponsor of the $2 million 14 Hands Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) Nov. 1.
Three automatic qualifiers are among the 15 2-year-old fillies pre-entered in the $2 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) set for Nov. 1 at Santa Anita Park.
Trainer Dale Romans has had success keeping his 2-year-olds in western Kentucky during July and August rather than upstate New York -- and it has nothing to do with purse money.
Jay Em Ess Stable's By the Moon upset the $500,000 Frizette Stakes (gr. I) at odds of 24-1 Oct. 4 at Belmont Park, well-rested after a runner-up finish in the Aug. 31 Spinaway Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga Race Course.
Qatar Racing's Peace and War notched her U.S. debut at Keeneland in impressive fashion Oct. 3, taking the $400,000 Darley Alcibiades (gr. I) with a determined closing run.
After a troubled third-place finish in the Adirondack Stakes (gr. II) at Saratoga, Wonder Gal will try to nail down her first grade I victory in the $500,000 Frizette Stakes on Oct. 4.
Siena Farm's Angela Renee, beaten more than 19 lengths in the Spinaway Stakes (gr. I) in her last start, rebounded in a big way with a victory in the $300,000 Chandelier Stakes (gr. I) for 2-year-old fillies at Santa Anita.
Trainer Bob Baffert will be seeking a record 10th win in the $300,000 Chandelier Stakes (gr. I) when he sends out recent maiden winner Maybellene to battle a promising field of 11 other 2-year-old fillies Sept. 27.
Challenged throughout, Cristina's Journey defied all rivals to deliver a front-running victory in the $231,000 Pocahontas Stakes (gr. I) Sept. 6 at Churchill Downs.
Odds-on favorite Sunset Glow bulled her way between horses at the top of the stretch to get the lead and repelled the determined rally of Her Emmynency to capture the $300,000 Del Mar Debutante (gr. I) Aug. 30.
She's a Tiger, last year's champion 2-year-old filly, has been retired and will be offered for sale in the fall at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky November sale.
Treadway Racing Stable's Sweet Reason, winner of the Spinaway Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga Race Course last summer, made a successful return to the races March 7 at Aqueduct Racetrack in the featured eighth race.
What makes a man take a longshot gamble, and how often can he expect to be on the winning end? In a restaurant on Bourbon Street, Ron Paolucci contemplated this question. "That's how you hit the home runs," he said.
She's a Tiger was taken down and placed second for interfering with Ria Antonia in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I), but gets the Eclipse as the top juvenile filly based on her sterling 3-3-0 slate from six starts.
The two leading candidates in the 2-year-old filly category -- Ria Antonia and She's a Tiger -- could only be separated by a photo finish themselves in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies, and the order of finish was reversed.
The longshot winner of the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) doesn't know she's competing against girls, just knows she wants to beat other runners, according to owner Ron Paolucci.
Jockey John Velazquez, who is recuperating from injuries suffered Nov. 2 when when his mount Secret Compass broke down during the running of the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I), reports he expects a full recovery.
Evan Hammonds takes us through the highlights of Breeders' Cup weekend. Review the Juvenile races, the Distaff and Classic as well as several other gems. watch video
Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez, injured in the Nov. 2 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I), was resting a day later after undergoing surgery on his spleen, according to a Jockeys' Guild official.
Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez, injured in the Nov. 2 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I), was undergoing surgery later that afternoon according to officials at Santa Anita Park.
Comments from the connections of Ria Antonia, winner of the 2013 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Filllies. Watch Video
Ray Struder, in racing as owner since 2010, has his first Breeders' Cup starter in Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) hopeful Rosalind. The Broken Vow filly is trained by Ken McPeek.
Owner Paul Reddam and trainer Doug O'Neill take their shot with 15-1 hopeful Concave in the Nov. 2 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I).
Juvenile filly Artemis Agrotera had long travel day Oct. 29, but with the rail, will have short run to the lead in the Nov. 2 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I).
Winchell Thoroughbreds' homebred Tapit filly Untapable may surprise in the Nov. 2 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I).
Chester and Mary Broman's Artemis Agrotera worked a half in a bullet :46.77 at Belmont Park Oct. 18. The Frizette Stakes (gr. I) winner is being prepared for a run at the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I).
A relatively few number of women's names crop up on trainer and jockey rosters in general, but in the 30 years of Breeders' Cup history the numbers are smaller still.
Artemis Agrotera proved her smashing debut maiden win over New York-breds at Saratoga Race Course was no fluke when she captured the $500,000 Frizette Stakes (gr. I) for 2-year-old fillies Oct. 5 at Belmont Park.
Conquest Stables' My Conquestadory turned in a dazzling performance Oct. 4 at Keeneland, taking the $400,000 Darley Alcibiades (gr. I) after all sorts of trouble early on.
Sweet Reason, smashing winner of the Spinaway Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga, is the headliner in the 1 1/16-mile Frizette Stakes (gr. I) Oct. 5 at Belmont Park.
Trainer Leah Gyarmati hopes her Spinaway (gr. I) winner Sweet Reason will earn her Breeders' Cup ticket with a victory in the Oct. 5 Frizette.
She's a Tiger and Fascinating, the one-two finishers in the Del Mar Debutante (gr. I), square off again, this time around two turns, in the $250,000 Chandelier Stakes (gr. I) at Santa Anita Sept. 28.
PORTER ON PEDIGREES, by Alan Porter
One of the more interesting features of the last 10 days or so has been the hot streak for young sire sons of Street Cry.
Untapable, under a patient ride from Rosie Napravnik, collared favored Stonetastic in deep stretch and edged away to a half-length victory in the $150,000 Pocahontas Stakes (gr. III) Sept. 7 at Churchill Downs.
Twilight Ridge, winner of the 1985 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I), died April 2 at Mike Rutherford's Manchester Farm. At 30, she was the oldest living Breeders' Cup victress.
Gal About Town finished second best to Sign in the Oct. 28 Pocahontas (gr. II) at Churchill Downs, but trainer Bret Calhoun is hopeful she'll build off that effort and prove best in the Golden Rod Stakes (gr. II) Nov. 24.
Comments from Trainer Richard Mandella and B. Wayne Hughes after Beholder's win in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies. Watch Video
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