Bushwood Stable's Better Talk Now stormed to the lead in mid-stretch and rolled on to an upset victory over favored Kitten's Joy in the $2 million John Deere Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT).
How good is Kitten's Joy? Rated at even money to win the John Deere Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) on the morning line, he is the lowest-priced favorite for any of Saturday's World Champion races. Friday morning at Lone Star Park, the El Prado colt received a ringing endorsement from one of the top trainers in the world, Hall of Famer and multiple Eclipse Award winner Bobby Frankel.
Let others worry about track conditions and post positions. Trainer Julio Canani has adopted the "What, Me Worry" stance made famous by Alfred E. Neuman as the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships approach.
Live Oak Plantation's In the Gold was withdrawn from Saturday's Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) after developing a fever.
Ken and Sarah Ramsey's Kitten's Joy was made the even-money favorite by Lone Star Park handicapper Rick Lee for Saturday's John Deere Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT).
John Deere Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) favorite Kitten's Joy probably got some of his competitive toughness from his dam, Kitten's First, who survived a serious injury to become a major producer even though the odds were stacked against her.
Three-year-old filly Ouija Board, the third place finisher in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (Fr-I), could face males in the $2 million John Deere Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) rather than the $1 million Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf (gr. IT).
Provided he is healthy, probable John Deere Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) favorite Kitten's Joy will race again next year, and one of his targets will be the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (Fr-I).
John Velazquez will be aboard Kitten's Joy in the John Deere Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) at Lone Star Park even though the colt's regular rider, Hall of Famer Jerry Bailey, will be back in action after suffering a broken wrist in September.
Left all by himself on the front end, there was no catching the ultra-game Star Over the Bay Sunday in the $250,000 Clement L. Hirsch Turf Championship (gr. IT) on the Santa Anita grass.
He was considered ordinary as a young horse, but Storming Home now ranks among racing's elite. The 5-year-old son of Machiavellian is the probable favorite for Saturday's John Deere Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) at Santa Anita.
Juddmonte Farm's Oasis Dream, a contender for the Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT), took to the Santa Anita turf well Thursday morning, breezing a half-mile in :47 under jockey Richard Hughes.
How talented is Falbrav, a European invader who is one of the favorites in the John Deere Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT)? He's so talented that his jockey, Darryll Holland, isn't worried about being a first-time rider in the World Thoroughbred Championships.
Medaglia d'Oro was installed as the 3-1 favorite for the $4-m illion Breeders' Cup Classic – Powered by Dodge (gr. I) when a field of 10 was entered Wednesday for the 1 1/4 mile race at Santa Anita on Saturday.
Eliciting a "beautiful" from trainer Craig Dollase, J. Paul Reddam's Elloluv turned in a three-furlong work in :36 3/5 before sunrise Tuesday at Santa Anita, completing her serious work toward Saturday's Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I).
The owners of multiple group I winner Falbrav have opted for the John Deere Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) rather than the Breeders' Cup Classic – Powered by Dodge (gr. I) for the Italian champion's next start.
Following a three-hour hearing, Irish racing officials Monday confirmed High Chaparral as the winner of the The Food Island Irish Champion Stakes (Ire-I) at Leopardstown Sept. 7, dismissing an appeal to the original stewards' decision brought by the connections of Falbrav.
Owner Dan Borislow said Wednesday that Russell Baze, the perennial leading rider in Northern California, will ride Toccet in the John Deere Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT).
Dan Borislow, owner of Toccet, said Monday he has pre-entered Toccet in the Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT), with the 1 1/16-mile Seabiscuit Stakes on the dirt as his other option.
Following victories in the Arlington Million (gr. IT) and Turf Classic (gr. IT) under David Flores and Jerry Bailey, respectively, Sulamani will be reunited with regular rider Frankie Dettori for the Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT).
U.S. viewers can catch the weekend's racing action from France on either TVG or HRTV, as both will feature coverage of France's group I races.
Rock of Gibraltar has been retired to stud duty, but the horse's Coolmore connections plan to campaign his well-known stablemates, Breeders' Cup Turf champion High Chaparral and Classic contender Hawk Wing, as four-year-olds.
The Irish connections of Michael Tabor and John Magnier got their first winner on Saturday's Breeders' Cup card when 4-5 favorite High Chaparral won the John Deere Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. I).
With victory in the last three runnings of the Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT), sponsored this year by John Deere, Europe will field another strong team for the 12-furlong, $2-million affair at Arlington Park.
English bookmaking firm William Hill has dropped Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe winner Marienbard from its board for the Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT), citing the horse's "withdrawal" from the race at Arlington Park Oct. 26.
Longchamp's Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (Fr-I) is considered the 12-furlong championship of Europe, but it has never produced a John Deere Breeders' Cup Turf winner.
Horses headed for the John Deere Breeders' Cup Turf at Arlington Park, Oct 26, will have their final major tuneups on both sides of the Atlantic this weekend as Longchamp, in Paris, presents Europe's most important 12-furlong race, the $1.5 million (est) Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (Fr-I), and Santa Anita offers the $300,000 Clement L. Hirsch Memorial at 10 furlongs (gr-IT). Both races are for 3-year-olds and up.
Ballingarry, impressive winner of last Sunday's Canadian International Championship, has been sold by Mrs. John Magnier for an undisclosed seven-figure price to a partnership consisting of Sidney Port, Marsha Naify, and the husband and wife team of Emmanuel and Laura De Seroux.
While last weekend was quiet in North America for horses being prepared for the John Deere Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT), Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (Fr-I) preview day was held at Longchamp on the outskirts of Paris, Sept. 15.
A quiet weekend upcoming for horses preparing for the 12-furlong John Deere Breeders' Cup Turf after major stakes races in New York, California and Ireland last weekend confirmed the status of some of the major players.
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association and Breeders' Cup Limited have announced that John Deere will have entitlement rights to the $2 million Breeders' Cup Turf, its was announced Friday. The Turf is one of eight races that comprise the $13 million Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships. John Deere, the NTRA's official supplier of farm equipment, was the presenting sponsor of the 2001 edition of the Breeders' Cup Turf.
The biggest surprise of the Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) popped up three days before the race was even run. The Maktoum brothers of Dubai shocked just about everyone Oct. 24 when they announced Fantastic Light would tackle the World Thoroughbred Championships' longest grass test instead of the Classic (gr. I)
BC Turf--Milan pedigree
BC Turf Report 10/23
Pedigree Analysis for Timboroa
Pedigree Analysis for Mutamam
Pedigree Analysis for Mutamam
Pedigree Analysis for Senure
A strained ligament in the left foreleg has sidelined turf star King Cugat for the rest of the year and means the 4-year-old son of Kingmambo will miss the Breeders' Cup Turf.
A busy weekend on grass helped pinpoint some of the top contenders for the Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. I). But one of the best probably won't be in the field for the big race.
Breeders' Cup Pedigree Analysis: King Cugat
Breeders' Cup Turf Report, Sept. 21, 2001
Breeders' Cup Turf Report, Sept. 26, 2001
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