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'Emirates Airline Countdown to Breeders' Cup' on ESPN2

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association's "Emirates Airline Countdown to the Breeders' Cup" presents six live races Oct. 7 on ESPN2. Highlighting the show are the final Breeders' Cup Classic – Powered by Dodge (gr. I) tune-up races for Bernardini and Lava Man. They are expected to meet in the $5 million Classic Nov. 4 at Churchill Downs.

All Out

All Out

By Ray Paulick - Reaction to the Congressional ban on Internet wagering was swift and severe -- at least from stock market investors who previously were bullish about online poker, sports and horse race betting, and casinos.

Countdown to the Cup: Where Will the Cat Strike Next?

Countdown to the Cup: Where Will the Cat Strike Next?

The picture for the Breeders' Cup World Championships did not take on any new vibrant colors over the weekend, only the two "wow" performances by horses who were expected to do so, one of whom likely will not be competing at Churchill Downs on Nov. 4.

Classic Pedigree Profile: Invasor

Classic Pedigree Profile: Invasor

Like Colonia, Invasor has a pedigree that combines the male line of *Nasrullah with old South American bloodlines. In his case, the *Nasrullah line comes via Candy Stripes, a son of Blushing Groom and the Lyphard mare Bubble Company.

Classic Pedigree Profile: Invasor

Classic Pedigree Profile: Invasor

Like Colonia, Invasor has a pedigree that combines the male line of *Nasrullah with old South American bloodlines. In his case, the *Nasrullah line comes via Candy Stripes, a son of Blushing Groom and the Lyphard mare Bubble Company.

Breeders' Cup Signal Withheld From Indiana OTB Parlors

Breeders' Cup officials are working with Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association to ensure wagering on this year's World Championships is available at two Indiana off-track betting parlors near the Kentucky border.

Old Timers Day on Tap This Weekend

Old Timers Day on Tap This Weekend

When the dust settles following this weekend's major stakes, we could be saluting the geriatric set if 8-year-old The Tin Man and 7-year-olds Perfect Drift and Meteor Storm come away with victories in their respective races.

Countdown to the Cup: No Doubting Thomas

Countdown to the Cup: No Doubting Thomas

The wheels have been turning at Ballydoyle. The decision to send group I Irish Derby and Irish Champion winner Dylan Thomas to Belmont for the Jockey Club Gold Cup (gr. I) is a departure from their normal strategy. But they have done it before, and it is understandable why they would want to try a different approach

Becrux Not Eligible for Breeders' Cup Mile

Bell Woodbine Mile (Can-I) winner Becrux is an unlikely candidate for the NetJets' Breeders' Cup Mile (Gr. IT) at Churchill Downs Nov. 4 because he isn't nominated, according to Barry Irwin, president of Team Valor, the syndicate that co-owns the 4-year-old colt along with Gary Barber.

Becrux Not Eligible for Breeders' Cup Mile

Bell Woodbine Mile (Can-I) winner Becrux is an unlikely candidate for the NetJets' Breeders' Cup Mile (Gr. IT) at Churchill Downs Nov. 4 because he isn't nominated, according to Barry Irwin, president of Team Valor, the syndicate that co-owns the 4-year-old colt along with Gary Barber.

Countdown to the Cup: All Eyes on JC Gold Cup

Countdown to the Cup: All Eyes on JC Gold Cup

The main topic of conversation at Belmont Park these days is the much-awaited showdown between Bernardini and Invasor in the Oct. 7 Jockey Club Gold Cup. Both colts are doing extremely well, according to their connections, with Bernardini already on the muscle and itching for a fight. The winner likely will take on the role as favorite for the Breeders' Cup Classic - Powered by Dodge (gr. I).

Pincay to Co-Host White Horse Heroes Luncheon

Hall of Fame jockey Laffit Pincay Jr. will co-host the Taylor Made Farm White Horse Heroes Luncheon and the presentation of Race Track Chaplaincy of America's fourth White Horse Award, held in conjunction with the Breeders' Cup World Championships this fall at Churchill Downs.

Locks

Locks

By Ray Paulick - Last time I looked there were no sure things in racing. There are, however, some pretty safe bets. Here are a few I see.

Durkin Out as TV Voice of Breeders' Cup

Durkin Out as TV Voice of Breeders' Cup

Besides being seen on a new network this year, the Breeders' Cup World Championships will have a different sound as well. For the first time since the event's inception in 1984, Tom Durkin will not be calling the Breeders' Cup races for television viewers.

NetJets Renews Sponsorship Through 2007

NetJets, the National Thoroughbred Racing Association, and Breeders' Cup Limited announced Aug. 3 that NetJets has renewed its marketing partnership with the NTRA/Breeders' Cup through 2007. NetJets has been a sponsor of the NTRA and Breeders' Cup since 2002.

"Road" Shows on ESPN Grab More Viewers

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association announced Wednesday that television viewership for the first four shows of its "Road to the Breeders' Cup World Championships -- Powered by Dodge" was up 45% over last year's numbers.

Cut Down to Size

Cut Down to Size

By Ray Paulick - In light of the industry's reticence to hand over any real power to the NTRA, downsized expectations and downsized staffing make perfect sense.

Turfway Moves Kentucky Cup to End of Meet

In an effort to accommodate horses shipping into Kentuckyk for the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships at Churchill Downs on Nov. 4, Turfway Park has scheduled the Kentucky Cup "Day of Champions" on the last weekend of the 22-day meet that runs from Sept. 6 through Oct. 5.

Equibase Launches Breeders' Cup Information Service

Equibase Company has launched the 2006 Virtual Stable Breeders' Cup World Championships notification service, which provides a daily e-mail of workouts, entries and results for the top contenders for all eight races.

Breeders' Cup, NTRA Boards Tab Avioli Interim CEO

Breeders' Cup, NTRA Boards Tab Avioli Interim CEO

Greg Avioli has been named interim chief executive officer of the Breeders' Cup and National Thoroughbred Racing Association while the two organizations discuss the structure of their relationship beyond 2006

Avioli Named Interim CEO of NTRA, Breeders' Cup

Gregory C. Avioli was appointed interim chief executive officer of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association and Breeders' Cup Limited June 8 during a joint meeting of the two boards in Garden City, N.Y.

Serve It Up

Serve It Up

By Ray Paulick - Why has it been so difficult for the racing industry to put together a meaningful series of races leading up to the Breeders' Cup World Championships?

Breeders' Cup Ticket Applications Due June 1

Churchill Downs must receive ticket applications for the 2006 Breeders' Cup World Championships by June 1 in order to be included in a random drawing that determines the order those applications will be processed.

Breeders' Cup Purses Hiked to $20M This Year

Breeders' Cup Purses Hiked to $20M This Year

Total purses for this year's Breeders' Cup World Championships at Churchill Downs will be $20 million, up $6 million from last year under a new structure officials said is designed to keep the races competitive with other major Thoroughbred stakes around the world.

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