After the tremendous success of European horses in the last two Breeders'Cup World Championships at Santa Anita in California, it is back to the stark reality of racing in America at Churchill Downs in 2010.
Khalid Abdullah's Workforce, the Arc (Fr-I) and Epsom Derby (Eng-I) winner, was made the 7-5 morning line favorite for the Emirates Airline Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT).
The connections of Workforce, early favorite for the Emirates Airline Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT), have concerns about the condition of the Churchill Downs turf course that could lead to the colt being scratched.
Investec Epsom Derby (Eng-I) and Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (Fr-I) winner Workforce will point toward the Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) at Churchill Downs, his connections revealed on Oct. 23, according to Racing Post.
Each year, it seems the Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) paints the same bleak picture for the American grass horses.
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Eagle Oak Ranch and partners' 4-year-old Allegre, the 50-1 outsider, has been scratched from the Nov. 7 Emirates Airline Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) at Santa Anita.
Though three of the Euros top distance horses -- Mastercraftsman, Rip Van Winkle, and Twice Over -- are being pointed to either the Classic (gr. I) or Dirt Mile (gr. I), they still hold the upper hand on the Americans for the Nov. 7 Turf.
Hill 'n' Dale Farms announced Oct. 13 that champion and leading sire Theatrical has been pensioned from stud duty.
Spring House earned a repeat victory in the $250,000 Del Mar Handicap (gr. IIT) when he came from far off the pace Aug. 30 to catch the outsider Sir Dave by an extremely short nose on the turf.
Trainer Christophe Clement said Aug. 26 that Gio Ponti, winner of four consecutive grade I turf races, will race next in either the $600,000 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational (gr. IT) Oct. 3 at Belmont or the $300,000 Clement L. Hirsch Turf Championship (gr. IT) Oct. 11 at Santa Anita in his final prep for the Breeders' Cup World Championships in November.
English Channel, the 2007 champion turf male, has been relocated to Mr. and Mrs. William S. Farish's Lane's End Farm near Versailles, Ky., for the 2010 season. Owned by Brad Kelley and James Scatuorchio, English Channel entered stud in 2008 and his first foals arrived this year.
In the fall of 2005, Shake the Bank, his name stitched across the front of Breeders' Cup hats, was best known as the rabbit for 2004 John Deere Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) winner Better Talk Now.
- By Tracy Gantz
England's Triple Crown finale, the Ladbrokes St. Leger (Eng-I), isn't considered a normal route to the Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT). But Michael Stoute hasn't ruled England's training ranks for years by playing it safe.
Conduit won the Emirates Airlines Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. I) in stakes record time. The Irish-bred son of Dalakhani ran the 1 1/2-mile race in 2:23.42. Eagle Mountain was second, and long-shot Dancing Forever was third.
Mike de Kock, the internationally renowned trainer of Eagle Mountain, breaks new ground for the Breeders' Cup World Championships when he becomes the first South African to compete in the event. Eagle Mountain runs in the $3 million Emirates Airline Turf (gr. IT) at Santa Anita Oct. 25.
European trainers discussed the strengths of their Breeders' Cup contenders, the largest number from overseas since 1994. Several said they would not have made the trip if the main track had a dirt instead of a synthetic surface.
Trainer Aidan O'Brien discussed the chances of his eight Breeders' Cup contenders, who were followed by a throng of media after their morning walks on the track.
Robert Ribaudo, the small-stable trainer of Grand Couturier, considers himself lucky in a sport of declining fortunes. One of his former owner got back into the racing game and now they have a solid contender in the Emirates Airline Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT).
As it often does, the Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (Fr-I) has produced the morning-line favorite for the the $3-million Emirates Airline Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) as Aidan O'Brien's Irish raider Soldier of Fortune leads a packed field of 11 at Santa Anita Oct. 25.
Red Giant will miss the Oct. 25 Emirates Airline Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) due to fever and has been retired.
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.
Marsh Side emerged from the pack at the midpoint of Woodbine's long homestretch to post a 29-1 upset on the turf in the $2 million Pattison Canadian Invitational (Can-I) for Southern California trainer Neil Drysdale.
Multiple grade II winners Out of Control, Red Giant, and Spring House head a field of seven entered for the $250,000 Clement L. Hirsch Turf Championship (gr. IT) at Oak Tree's Santa Anita meet Sept. 27.
Peter Vegso's 8-year-old homebred Silver Tree added another chapter to his remarkable career Aug. 3 at Monmouth Park when he split horses in deep stretch and prevailed by a neck over Giant Wrecker in the $150,000 Oceanport Stakes (gr. IIIT).
A nearly 10-month layoff did not seem to bother Peachtree Stable's Red Giant, as the 4-year-old colt powered down the stretch under John Velazquez and caught Stalingrad just before the wire to win the $150,000 Fourstardave (gr. IIT) by a neck Aug. 2 on the Saratoga turf.
Breeders' Cup and Emirates Airline have announced a renewal of their sponsorship agreement through which Emirates, an intercontinental airline based in the United Arab Emirates, will become title sponsor of the $3-million Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) at the 2008 Breeders' Cup World Championships.
Colonial Downs' 45-day summer meet will host 17 stakes worth $2.52 million, it announced Feb. 27.
The turf event at Fair Grounds will test 10 older horses, five of which met each other last month.
English Channel is a dream come true for a small, 13-mare Central Kentucky Thoroughbred nursery named Keene Ridge Farm. The 170-acre farm has not only produced a Breeders' Cup winner but may also have a turf champion.
Transduction Gold will face his stiffest competition ever in the John Deere Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT).
Dylan Thomas will be trying to become the first Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (gr. I) winner to capture a Breeders' Cup World Championships race.
Better Talk Now, who will make his fourth appearance Satuday in the John Deere Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT), hasn't lost his competitive edge.
Star European turf horse Dylan Thomas and Jim Scatuorchio's English Channel will enter the starting gate next to each other as the first and second morning-line choices for the Oct. 27 John Deere Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT).
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).
Jambalaya, who upset The Tin Man in the Arlington Million (gr. IT) and was headed to the $3-million John Deere Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT), will not race again this year because an acute bone bruise at the end of a cannon bone was discovered Sept. 18.
In his first start since a 12th-place finish in the 2005 Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. I), Shakespeare made a victorious return at Saratoga Race Course Aug. 2.
Shakespeare, winner of the 2005 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational Stakes (gr. IT) and Belmont Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. IIT), is back in training under the supervision of Kiaran McLaughlin after spending more than a year on the sidelines.
Red Rocks, rated far off an honest pace, rallied boldly in the stretch under Frankie Dettori to win the $2,748,000 John Deere Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. I) over fast-closing Better Talk Now.
A decision on whether Shirocco will attempt to defend his title in the John Deere Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) has been delayed "until the last possible moment," according to Paul Harley, racing manager to the 5-year-old's owner breeder Baron von Ullmann.
The German-bred Shirocco opened up a big lead in the stretch of the John Deere Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) and held off a late rally by Ace to win by 1 3/4 lengths. Favored Azamour was a neck back in third making for an all-European trifecta in the 1 1/2-mile, $2.09 million race at Belmont Park.
Alkaased, winner of the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud (Fr-I), was scratched out of the John Deere Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) due to an infection, according to trainer Luca Cumani.
The Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships lost one of its European stars Saturday when Vodafone Epsom Derby (Eng-I) winner Motivator came up lame following a workout.
Newmarket trainer Michael Bell has told the English Press Association that Classic winner Motivator is on course for the $2 million John Deere Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) at Belmont Park on Oct. 29.
Ken and Sarah Ramsey's Kitten's Joy, last year's champion turf male, will be sent to Dr. Larry Bramlage at Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington on Sunday to have his left knee examined following two sub par workouts, and will be forced to miss the Joe Hirsch Turf Classic (gr. IT).
Tim Smith, chief executive of the Friends of New York Racing and former commissioner of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association, has been recruited to the World Series – the global racehorse championship – in an "advisory capacity".
John Deere Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) winner Better Talk Now will make his next start in the $250,000 Hollywood Turf Cup (gr. IT) on Dec. 4, trainer H. Graham Motion said Wednesday from Fair Hill, Md.
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.
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