Claire Novak briefs us on the day's works, cancellations, and who to expect on the track tomorrow. Hear about Beholder's visits to the Keeneland training track and paddock as well as Wesley Ward's turf workers.
When an overnight rain left the main track at Keeneland sloppy and sealed Oct. 25, Richard Mandella trained champion racemare Beholder over the synthetic training track and schooled in the paddock.
- By Ron Mitchell
Trainer Richard Mandella and Beholder in Keeneland's paddock Oct. 25. watch video
Trainer Richard Mandella and Beholder in Keeneland's paddock Oct. 25.
Hopes for a spike in pari-mutuel handle at Keeneland this fall in advance of this year's Breeders' Cup World Championships did not materialize.
Dixiana Farms' homebred Tiger Ride made it two in a row for trainer Graham Motion and picked up a third 2015 stakes score Oct. 24 at Keeneland, holding off favored Include Betty to win the $150,000 Pin Oak Valley View.
"She took off so hard, it made the saddle slip up on her withers. So he couldn't do much riding, but that was OK."
Trainer Chad Brown unleashed a cavalcade of Breeders' Cup-bound horses at Belmont Park Oct. 24 for their final works, including Big Blue Kitten, Slumber, Shining Copper, Stephanie's Kitten, and Dacita.
Two maiden-winning fillies were out on the main track at Santa Anita Park Oct. 24, with their connections hoping for upset scores in the upcoming Breeders' Cup at Keeneland.
Dale Romans is conditioning a different Keen Ice in the afternoons and the mornings these days compared with the spring, and for the Kentucky-based trainer the development has been something to see.
Trainer Larry Jones called an audible and sent Longines Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) contender I'm a Chatterbox out to work early Oct. 24 at Keeneland as a light rain fell on the Lexington track.
Under Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith just as the sun peeked over the horizon, 14 Hands Winery Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) contender Songbird breezed four furlongs in :47 2/5.
Big Chief Racing's Exaggerator, pointed to the Sentient Jet Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I), worked earlier than planned the morning of Oct. 24 at Keeneland, but it paid off, according to trainer Keith Desormeaux.
Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) contenders Private Zone and Limousine Liberal get in their final works Oct. 24 over a wet track at Keeneland.
Tonalist, under jockey John Velazquez, worked five furlongs in 1:01 at Belmont Park Oct. 24 in his final work before the Oct. 31 Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) at Keeneland.
Trainer Larry Jones discusses Oct. 24 work of Distaff contender I'm a Chatterbox. Watch Video
Trainer Larry Jones discusses Oct. 24 work of Distaff contender I'm a Chatterbox.
Hronis Racing's Hard Aces has benefited from a West Coast racing lineup without Shared Belief or California Chrome, but will take his shot in the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) nonetheless. acquiring
Frosted fired a half-mile bullet in :47 at Greentree Training Center near Saratoga Race Course and will arrive at Keeneland the morning of Oct. 27.
A proven star on the track, Reddam Racing's undefeated Nyquist got the full star treatment Oct. 23 at Santa Anita Park, with the track all to himself and a workmate for his final breeze in preparation for Breeders' Cup.
Untapable was a dominating winner of the 2014 Longines Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) but has underwhelmed thus far this season. She gets a chance at redemption when she goes for a Distaff repeat Oct. 30.
Lael Stables' Ageless will not run in next Saturday's $1 million Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint (gr. IT), trainer Arnaud Delacour said Oct. 23.
Beholder, wearing earmuffs to block noise, schools in the Keeneland paddock on October 23, 2015.
With one week go before the Breeders' Cup World Championships at Keeneland Race Course, trainer Todd Pletcher is confident in how his large contingent of hopefuls is coming into their respective races.
Todd Pletcher discusses the October 23 works from his Breeders' Cup contenders including Sweet Whiskey, Red Rifle, Dame Dorothy, and Rachel's Valentina.
Four contenders for the Sentient Jet Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) turned in solid works the morning of Oct. 23 at Keeneland, which will host the World Championships Oct. 30-31.
G. Watts Humphrey Jr.'s Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) contender Frivolous turned in her final work for the Oct. 30 test when she breezed five furlongs in :59 4/5 under trainer Vicki Oliver at Keeneland.
While Tepin didn't blaze in her final workout before facing males in the Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT), trainer Mark Casse was pleased with the 4-year-old filly's half-mile breeze Oct. 23 at Churchill Downs.
Breeders' Cup officials announced one change to the pre-entered fields of the $1.5 million Breeders' Cup Sprint and the $1 million Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint for the Breeders' Cup World Championships.
In spending nearly his entire life around horses, trainer Victor Garcia has learned the importance of patience -- and that quality proved important when Smooth Roller arrived in his stable.
Claire Novak, Tom LaMarra, and special guest Ellis Starr preview the probable field for the Breeders' Cup Classic. Sponsored by Equibase watch video
Gainesway Farm has purchcased a partial interest in 2014 Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) winner Karakontie from the Niarchos family, it was announced Oct. 22. A stud fee will be announced following the Breeders' Cup.
Jockey Julien Leparoux was pleased with the Oct. 22 workout of Longines Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) contender Salama, the Peru-based filly who earned an automatic berth to the race. Yahilwa and Warren's Veneda also worked.
Champion Beholder took to the track in Lexington as dawn was just creeping over the Keeneland grandstand, getting a long-awaited look at the site of her Oct. 31 Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) run.
Of the top six finishers from last year's Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I), only fifth-place finisher Tonalist is among the pre-entries in this year's edition Oct. 31 at Keeneland.
Bloodstock agent Pete Bradley, who co-owned 2014 Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf (gr. IT) winner Dayatthespa, is back this year in the same race with Chilean champion Dacita and veteran Watsdachances.
Sunset Glow and Osaila, the 2-3 finishers from last year's Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (gr. IT), head a field of 14 sophomore fillies for the $150,000 Pin Oak Valley View (gr. IIIT) Oct. 24 at Keeneland.
Two Hearts Farm and Don Janes' Fioretti, winner of Keeneland's Thoroughbred Club of America Stakes (gr. II) on Oct. 3 in her most recent start, worked five furlongs Oct. 21 at The Thoroughbred Center north of Lexington.
Harold Queen's multiple grade I winner Sheer Drama breezed five furlongs over Gulfstream Park's main track Oct. 21, her final work for the $2 million Longines Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) at Keeneland.
Breeders' Cup Preview issue of Blood-Horse includes Breeder' Cup past performances from Equibase and more.
The Breeders' Cup has announced the official order of races, and guaranteed multi-race wagering pools, for the 2015 Breeders' Cup World Championships Oct. 30-31 at Keeneland.
Conquest Stables' Conquest Daddyo turned in a solid work Oct. 21 at Keeneland, gearing up for a run in the Oct. 30 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf (gr. IT).
The champion racemare takes in her new surroundings at Keeneland Oct. 21. watch video
The champion racemare takes in her new surroundings at Keeneland Oct. 21.
Champion racemare Beholder is feeling better Oct. 21 after a mild fever. Watch her graze at Keeneland with trainer Richard Mandella.
After being treated with antibiotics the 5-year-old racemare was bright and alert with her temperature back to normal again. She could train Oct. 22 or 23 at Keeneland.
The connections of Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (gr. I) contender Taris are drawing a line through her last race and hoping her true talent shines Oct. 31 in Kentucky.
In what is expected to be his second-last workout before the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I), American Pharoah completed six furlongs in 1:10 4/5 Oct. 20 at Santa Anita Park.
Chasemore Farm's Mutatis Mutandis, pointing for the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf (gr. IT), and Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (gr. IT) contender Catch a Glimpse both worked at Keeneland Oct. 20.
A spokesman for the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission says an "object" found in a test barn at Keeneland that sparked an investigation is not something that would impact the outcome of a race.
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