Besides giving thanks, eating turkey, and shopping this weekend, Churchill Downs hopes race fans find some time to think about next year's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
Getting back into the swing of things with some photos from Breeders' Cup weekend. read blog
There weren't any audible groans when post positions were drawn for the Nov. 2 Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I), but with a field of 13--one short of the maximum permitted--the run to the first turn could prove critical.
Reddam Racing's Bond Holder, trained by Doug O'Neill, has a strong foundation with five previous races, including a victory in the grade I FrontRunner Stakes at Santa Anita Park in his last start Sept. 29.
Champagne Stakes winner Havana, undefeated in his first two starts for Michael Tabor, John Magnier, and Derrick Smith, is one of six 2-year-olds in training sale graduates pre-entered in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile.
Trainer Todd Pletcher sent out Palace Malice, Graydar, and Havana for their penultimate workouts Oct. 20 on the training track at Belmont Park prior to their scheduled Breeders' Cup starts.
Evan Hammonds recaps the Shadwell Turf Mile, Darley Alcibiades, Frizette, and Champagne Stakes. watch video
Havana extended his neck in the final strides and reached the wire just in time over a surging Honor Code to capture the $500,000 Foxwoods Champagne Stakes (gr. I) for 2-year-olds Oct. 5 at Belmont Park.
TimeformUS Weekend Plays: The Champagne, Shadwell Turf Mile, and Sprint Championship. read blog
Hopeful Stakes (gr. I) winner takes on brilliant maiden winners Honor Code and Havana in $500,000 headline event for 2-year-olds Oct. 5 at Belmont Park.
- By Vic Zast
Tempo rising at Spa Course for Travers Stakes. read blog
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