Well, if you want good stories, the results of the races this past weekend affecting the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) division couldn't have been more perfect.
The Ruffian Handicap (gr. I) put two horses on the Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) trail. One enters the hunt for the first time, while the other is returning to the chase.
The Breeders' Cup Challenge, an Internet- and e-mail-based sweepstakes to promote the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships, was launched Sept. 18 at ntra.com. The promotion offers participants the opportunity to win a guaranteed $10,000 grand prize for selecting the most correct winners among the eight Breeders' Cup races at Arlington Park on Oct. 26.
Racing and breeding news and information.
- By Steve Haskin
With Godolphin leaning heavily toward running Irish Champion Stakes winner Grandera in Australia's Cox Plate on Oct. 26, there is a good chance that regular rider Frankie Dettori will be assigned the mount, costing him a chance to compete in this year's Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships.
Should Godolphin Racing go ahead with its plan to run Grandera in the Cox Plate in Melbourne on Oct. 26, the same day as the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships at Arlington, it is likely that jockey Frankie Dettori will also skip the American bonanza.
The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association hopes to launch a for-profit, televised racing series with the assistance of Breeders' Cup and the National Thoroughbred Racing Association, but much work remains to be done, officials said.
n the latest graded race for juveniles, trainer Bob Baffert led a sweep of the top four positions in the Sept. 11 Del Mar Futurity (gr. I) on the closing-day card at the southern California oval. The effect of the seven-furlong race on the Bessemer Trust Juvenile remains to be seen, however, as Baffert said winner Icecoldbeeratreds is more of a sprinter and will be kept at one-turn races.
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.
Goldolphin Racing's Imperial Gesture became one to watch in the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Champion distaff division when she won the Gazelle Handicap (gr. I) in near gate-to-wire fashion Sept. 7.
Separating top juveniles is always tough early in the year because so many are unbeaten or have won a majority of their starts. Still, when it comes to the early favorites for this year's Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I), all lists must start with Awesome Humor.
NetJets, a company headed by Thoroughbred owner Richard Santulli, has become title sponsor of the $1-million Breeders' Cup Mile.
Champion Xtra Heat's next appearance following the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships will be in Fasig-Tipton's auction pavilion in November.
The last Saturday in October in 2005 works for NBC Sports in regard to coverage of the World Thoroughbred Championships, but Breeders' Cup might have another problem.
It appears that the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships will have to either change its date or its location in 2005.
- By Ray Paulick
By Ray Paulick -- A number of the policies for the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships are beginning to resemble those at other major sporting events. That's a good thing, even if it means some people will be unhappy. The Breeders' Cup should be a tough ticket.
The Breeders' Cup has received a dozen phone calls this week from persons asking about the eligibility of stallions that stood in 2000 (foals of 2001) and 2001 (foals of 2002) at Dr. William O. Reed's Mare Haven Farm near Lexington.
For the third time, the Breeders' Cup has had to alter its pre-entry and field selection announcement dates because of the Columbus Day holiday.
Saturday's Hopeful Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga kicks off the Bessemer Trust Two-Year-Old Challenge, which offers bonus monies of up to $1.3 million.
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association has set the fields for this weekend's Period Three of the Breeders' Cup Future Bet. Races open for wagering this Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday are the Breeders' Cup Classic, the Breeders' Cup Distaff and the Breeders' Cup Sprint, all grade I.
The Breeders' Cup Classic will be run at approximately 4:35 p.m. local time in Chicago. The World Thoroughbred Championships will be run for the first time this year at Arlington Park. Chicago is on central time. The post times and wagering menu were released today for the Oct. 26 event.
Damon Thayer, vice president of Breeders' Cup and event marketing for the National Thoroughbred Racing Association, has filed a letter of intent with the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance as a "future year candidate" for Kentucky Senate District 17.
Steeplechase Farm's Mandy's Gold will be shooting for her fifth consecutive win in the $250,000 Ballerina Stakes (gr. I) for fillies and mares at seven furlongs Aug. 25.
As it is renewed for the 50th year, the annual Jockey Club Round Table has changed from an exchange of ideas to 'Turf congress' of prepared remarks.
Bettors believe that the winner of the three Breeders' Cup races that were offered in the second wagering pool of the NTRA Future Book Bet – the Turf, the Mile and the Filly & Mare Turf – is someone they don't know about yet.
With Pool 1 of the Breeders' Cup Future Bet in the books, fans will have some idea what to expect when they wager on Pool 2, which will be conducted from Aug. 9-11. The races in Pool 2 are the John Deere Breeders' Cup Turf, Breeders' Cup Mile, and Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf.
Having moved its sponsorship sales initiatives in house, the National Thoroughbred Racing Association is no longer using Host Communications of Lexington as its official agency. The one-year agreement, which was sealed in late 2000, ended earlier this year and wasn't renewed.
The board of directors at Breeders' Cup Ltd. voted unanimously July 13 to pursue a contract with Lone Star Park to host the World Thoroughbred Championships in 2004.
Breeders' Cup elected 13 new board members using a new method that gave foal and stallion nominators more input. The board also approved new eligibilty rules for horses entering a Breeders' Cup race.
The Thoroughbred industry today is still paying for a bad decision made more than 40 years ago. Not only did its popularity plummet as a result of being off television during that medium's original boom time, but more recently the struggle to get possession of the sport's archives and control and coordinate its television presence has cost the industry millions of dollars.
Belterra is being taken out of training and will miss the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships. Wagering on the Unbridled filly in the Breeders' Cup Future Wager has been suspended.
Street Cry, Azeri, and Officer and Swept Overboard were the favorites for their respective races after the first day of betting for the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships Future Wager.
Keeneland officials announced Wednesday the track's fall meeting will feature 19 stakes races, including an opening weekend featuring six graded stakes races. The 19 stakes races--11 of which are graded--will be worth a total of $4,425,000. Racing begins Friday, Oct. 4 and continues through Saturday, Oct. 26.
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association has set the fields for this weekend's inaugural Breeders' Cup Future Bet. Street Cry, winner of the Dubai World Cup, has been listed as the morning line favorite for the Breeders' Cup Classic at 6-1 odds.
Grand Prairie (Texas) mayor Charles England signed an agreement on June 28 with Lone Star Park to grant the North Texas racetrack $2.9 million for facility improvements in order to host a future Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships.
The city of Grand Prairie, Texas, signed an agreement with Lone Star Park June 28 to grant the racetrack $2.9 million for facility improvements to host a future Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships.
Ascot is planning to have the finest racecourse in the world when the £180 million (U.S. $250 million) new grandstand is completed by June, 2007.
Arlington Park has several thousand seats still available for the Oct. 26 Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships despite an early sales push and good demand.
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association and Breeders' Cup unveiled some new initiatives for this year's World Thoroughbred Championships.
Arlington Park received 6,066 applications for the initial allocation of tickets for the Oct. 26 Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships.
The deadline for ticket applications to be included in the lottery for the 2002 Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships is Sunday, June 16.
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association has announced it will distribute $350,000 from the NTRA Charities--New York Heroes Fund on Belmont Stakes day, June 8.
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association will disburse an additional $350,000 from the NTRA Charities-New York Heroes Fund, including $250,000 to the Silver Shield Foundation on Belmont Stakes Day June 8.
A large group of talented turf runners are keeping the Aug. 17 Million open as an option.
Coppertree Farm's Quel Senor, who won the 2001 Breeders' Cup Steeplechase, headlines a six-horse field in the $30,000 Miles Valentine Memorial Stakes at the Fair Hill Races on May 27 in Fair Hill, Md.
In its 2001-02 annual report, the National Thoroughbred Racing Association outlines a $59.5-million budget that relies heavily on revenue from Breeders' Cup Ltd. and membership dues. The NTRA and Breeders' Cup now operate under a joint spending plan.
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association, in its 2001-02 annual report released May 7, outlines a $59.5-million budget that relies heavily on revenue from Breeders' Cup Ltd. and membership dues.
Brand equity will give Thoroughbred racing a legitimate shot at winning the interest of the public and sponsors, National Thoroughbred Racing Association commissioner Tim Smith said May 2 during the Warner L. Jones Distinguished Lecture sponsored by the University of Louisville.
A major renovation of Churchill Downs may give Lone Star Park its first Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships a year ahead of schedule.
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