Following another blowout by Lawyer Ron in Saturday's Woodward Stakes (gr. I), we're down to one champion-caliber older horse who looks capable of withstanding this year's 3-year-old juggernaut in the Breeders' Cup Classic Powered by Dodge (gr. I).
The equine influenza outbreak in Australia has had an unexpected positive implication for the Breeders' Cup World Championships, as Hong Kong-based Viva Pataca is now scheduled to compete at Monmouth Park and become Hong Kong's first runner on racing's biggest day in the United States.
James Tafel's Street Sense, winner of this year's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) and the Aug. 25 Travers Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga, returned to his home base at Churchill Downs early Sept. 3 to continue training for his fall campaign.
The Miller Lite Cradle Stakes has long been known as the first major two-turn test for 2-year-olds. And though it will be run as usual at 1 1/16 miles Sept. 3, there's a major change that reflects expansion of the Breeders' Cup World Championships.
The Horse Racing Radio Network has been named the exclusive radio network for the 2007 Breeders' Cup World Championships, it was announced Aug. 29.
A long-range look at how the Breeders' Cup Classic Powered by Dodge (gr. I) is shaping up, ranked in order, and with the latest odds in the Wynn Las Vegas Race Book.
Officials at Monmouth Park said Aug. 28 that "due to great demand," additional tickets are available for the Saturday, Oct. 27, Breeders' Cup World Championships.
A $3.4-million stakes schedule, highlighted by the $500,000 Meadowlands Breeders' Cup (gr. II) on Oct. 5, will be offered during Meadowlands' 41-date Thoroughbred meet that begins Sept. 3.
There was the rubber match between Street Sense and Curlin in the Belmont Stakes (gr. I). Didn't Happen. There was the showdown between the two in the Travers Stakes (gr. I). Not going to happen. There was Rags to Riches headlining Lady's Day at Belmont for the CCA Oaks (gr. I). Didn't Happen. There was Rags in the Saratoga limelight for the Alabama. Not going to happen.
Eclipse Award winner Fleet Indian, carrying a Storm Cat colt, is headed to the Keeneland November breeding stock sale.
- By Dan Liebman
To help ensure the proper design and execution of temporary facilities such as bleachers, tents, mutuels, and concessions, Monmouth Park hired the well-known firm HOK Sport, which in turn also brought onboard M Group Scenic Studios, to prepare for the Breeders' Cup World Championships.
Street Sense is back and so is Rags to Riches. All is once again right with the racing world. If Curlin emerges victorious from next week's Haskell Invitational Handicap (gr. I), then the Breeders' Cup World Championships will have the star power it so desperately needs.
It may be a foregone conclusion that many of the horses that win Breeders' Cup Challenge races would qualify for the World Championships anyway, but the first of six "Win and You're In" programs is said to have done much for recognition of Breeders' Cup and racetrack business.
Breeders' Cup president and chief executive officer Greg Avioli said the organization hopes to achieve a number of goals with the newly created Breeders' Cup Challenge.
The 10-cent superfectas that have become popular at North American racetracks will make their Breeders' Cup World Championships debut at Monmouth Park Oct. 26-27.
Any number of horses -- Lava Man, Street Sense, Rags to Riches, Papi Chullo, Sun King, Any Given Saturday, and Curlin -- could fill the void left by the recent departures of some of racing's biggest stars.
The economic impact of Monmouth Park hosting the Oct. 26-27 Breeders' Cup World Championships is estimated to be $57.6 million, according to a study released by the Center for Urban Policy Research at Rutgers University in New Brunswick.
Though Breeders' Cup this year will add a second championship day of racing, post positions for all 11 Breeders' Cup World Championships races will be drawn on one day.
Breeders' Cup president and chief executive officer Greg Avioli will be the guest for the July 26 edition of bloodhorse.com "Talkin' Horses," sponsored by AIRshod.
Hollywood Park closed its 63-day spring meet July 15 with a record average in all-sources handle, fueled by increases in on-track and advance deposit wagering, the Inglewood, Calif. racetrack reported.
Members of the Breeders' Cup Members and Trustees and the Board of Directors discussed a proposal before the state of New Jersey, home to Monmouth Park, site of the 2007 Breeders' Cup World Championships, to conduct out of competition testing for erythropoietin (EPO).
Having the Breeders' Cup World Championships at Churchill Downs a record sixth time and a hike in nomination fees for some stallion owners resulted in a financial boon for Breeders' Cup Ltd. during fiscal 2006.
Thirteen individuals have been elected to the Breeders' Cup board of members and trustees from a field of 25 candidates, the organization announced June 27.
Breeders' Cup will get some major-league media exposure June 22 when two racing industry participants address attendees at the Associated Press Sports Editors Convention in St. Louis, Mo.
Damon Thayer, vice president of Breeders' Cup event management and an employee since 1999, has taken a consultant's position with Breeders' Cup Ltd.,
The Longacres Mile (gr. III), the most important race in the Pacific Northwest since its inception in 1935, will be sponsored by TVG in 2007 and include Breeders' Cup incentives with a record $400,000 purse.
Ticket applications for the 2007 Breeders' Cup World Championships must be received at Monmouth Park by June 6 to be included in a random drawing that will determine the order in which tickets applications will be processed.
Eclipse Award winner Dreaming of Anna, who sealed her division honors last season with a victory in the Nov. 4 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I), returns to the turf at her hometown race course in Saturday's Double Delta Stakes at Arlington Park.
Breeders' Cup foal and stallion nominators are currently voting to elect 13 individuals to the Breeders' Cup board of members and trustees.
- By Ray Paulick
By Ray Paulick - The Tin Man and John Henry have more in common than grade I victories at the ripe old age of 9.
Circular Quay is now headed for the Preakness Stakes (gr. I). It wasn't so much a question of why the colt should run in the Preakness, but why shouldn't he run? He's obviously sound, fit, and ready, and this is the perfect spot for him.
Monmouth Park, home of this year's Breeders' Cup World Championships, begins its live racing season Saturday with top local sprinters squaring off in the Decathlon Stakes.
Monmouth Park opens its 62nd season of Thoroughbred racing on Saturday with an 11-race program scheduled, topped by the $60,000 Decathlon Stakes.
- By Ray Paulick
By Ray Paulick - Finally, after 23 years, Breeders' Cup officials can let out a sigh of relief. James Tafel's Street Sense proved that life does exist for a horse after winning the Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I).
- By Ray Paulick
By Ray Paulick - For some, just getting a horse to Churchill Downs on the first Saturday in May is the realization of a dream. For others who've been there before, it's about winning -- pure and simple.
The board of directors of Breeders' Cup Limited named Gregory Avioli as the organization's president and chief executive officer at a Lexington meeting Thursday, April 19. Avioli, 42, had been serving as the interim president and CEO since June of last year.
The Breeders' Cup World Championships will return to Southern California, where the event began in 1984, for its 25th running, Breeders' Cup Limited announced April 19. The two-day races will be held Oct. 24-25, 2008.
Round Pond, who won last year's Emirates Airline Breeders' Cup Distaff, is retired with a slab fracture.
- By Dan Liebman
By Dan Liebman - New Jersey's Monmouth Park was formally announced as the host site in the fall of 2004, and from the look of the plant in mid-March, the first-time site will be ready to take racing's center stage, though much still remains to be done.
The addition of a Breeders' Cup turf event for 2-year-olds has led River Downs to move its $200,000 Miller Lite Cradle Stakes from the dirt to the turf in 2007.
The NTRA board of directors has approved a 2007 budget that projects $19.5 million in revenue and $19.2 million in expenses.
A record number of foals were nominated to the Breeders' Cup program in 2006, and now a record 52% of the eligible North American foal crop can participate in the program.
The group I Hong Kong Jockey Club Champions Mile will become the first race held outside the United States in the new Breeders' Cup Challenge, a series of official qualifying races for the Breeders' Cup World Championships, officials of Breeders' Cup Limited announced Feb. 23 in conjunction with the Hong Kong Jockey Club.
The winning margins of the 2006 Emirates Airline Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) and NetJets Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) at Churchill Downs have been changed after further review by Equibase.
The purse for the 72nd running of the Longacres Mile (gr. III) on Aug. 19 gets a $50,000 increase to $300,000, highlighting for the 2007 Emerald Downs stakes schedule.
The head of the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority, which operates Monmouth Park and Meadowlands, plans to retire from the post after five years on the job.
The New York Racing Association has rescheduled four fall stakes to avoid a conflict with the expanded Breeders' Cup World Championships.
- By Dan Liebman
By Dan Liebman - On the night of the 36th Eclipse Awards Jan. 22 in Beverly Hills, Calif., every equine flat winner had one thing in common: all raced on Breeders' Cup World Championships day.
- By Steve Haskin
Shadwell Farm's Invasor, brought to the U.S. last winter from Uruguay, was named Horse of the Year during Monday's annual Eclipse Awards dinner.
Another repeat for Lord Derby's globe-trotting mare Ouija Board -- first in the Emirates Airline Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf (gr. IT), and because of that performance, a second title as champion grass mare.
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