East meets West when Verrazano, Alpha, and Pants On Fire head to California to do battle with locals Fed Biz, Centralinteligence, and Goldencents in $1 million Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile.
- By Claire Novak
Hall of Fame trainer talks about Paynter and Game On Dude after their Oct. 28 works at Santa Anita. Claire asks Bob Baffert if Game On Dude is a different horse from last year, listen to his answer. watch video
Donn Handicap (gr. I) winner Graydar will be forced to miss the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (gr. I) Nov. 1 at Santa Anita Park after a quarter crack in his left front hoof was discovered Monday morning.
- By Steve Haskin
Steve Haskin gives us an update on who worked at Santa Anita, the dense fog that rolled in, and much more! watch video
While most of the New York-based horses for the Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) are traveling to California Oct. 28, Authenticity has been at Santa Anita since running second in the Zenyatta Stakes (gr. I) a month earlier.
Kaleem Shah's Fed Biz worked four furlongs in a quick :46 3/5 to lead a bevy of Breeders' Cup World Championships contenders who were on the track at Santa Anita Park Oct. 27.
- By Claire Novak
Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) contender Game On Dude has priorities on his mind on the Sunday before the World Championships. Who can resist a peppermint? watch video
Top Xpressbet Breeders' Cup Sprint contender fractured his right front fetlock while working Oct. 26 on the Santa Anita Park main track.
Wishing Gate made her 7-5 odds look like a gift as she overcame a wide starting berth to claim the $100,000 Autumn Miss Stakes (gr. III) while easily the best Oct. 26 on turf at Santa Anita Park.
Dance With Fate, a $120,000 graduate of the OBS April Spring Sale of 2-year-olds in training by Larry Zap and trainer Peter Eurton, will seek his first stakes victory in the $2 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile Nov. 2.
Ten Breeders' Cup runners slated for the turf events, led by Obviously (IRE), worked on the grass at Santa Anita Park Oct. 26.
Santa Anita Park announcer Trevor Denman called it "unique" and that's a fair description of the call late night comedy host Conan O'Brien gave during the second race on the afternoon of Oct. 25.
After a big season with their juveniles last year at the Breeders' Cup, leading consignor Wavertree Stables has even more contenders this year.
Mizdirection tuned up for the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint (gr. IT) with a sparkling five furlongs in :57 4/5 Oct. 25 at Santa Anita Park with Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith in the irons.
Wishing Gate, second in the Del Mar Oaks (gr. I) this summer, heads a well-matched field of 11 sophomore fillies in the $100,000 Autumn Miss Stakes (gr. IIIT) at one mile on turf Oct. 26 at Santa Anita Park.
Trainer Richard Mandella notes that he wins the Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) once a decade, so this could be the year he does it again with the Argentine-bred Indy Point.
Bob Baffert, Todd Pletcher, and Bill Mott each will saddle two horses in the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) Nov. 2 at Santa Anita Park, with Baffert sending out likely favorite Game On Dude.
Santa Anita's downhill turf course with a right then left turn will make it tougher on Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint contenders that haven't had a race over the course.
Trevor Denman gets a rare time-out Oct. 25 when late-night funny man Conan O'Brien will step up to the Santa Anita Park microphone and call the second race.
Steve Haskin provides his insight and thoughts on this year's Breeders' Cup World Championships during a special podcast. listen to podcast
Led by champion Royal Delta and Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) contender Ron the Greek, horses conditioned by Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott got in their Belmont Park works Oct. 19 in advance of the Nov. 1-2 Breeders' Cup.
Klaravich Stables and William Lawrence's two-time Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix winner Sum of the Parts worked a half under jockey Leandro Goncalves Oct. 19, prepping for the Xpressbet Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I).
Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) winner Goldencents worked five furlongs on Santa Anita's main track in 59 seconds flat under leading rider Rafael Bejarano Oct. 18 as he prepares for the $1 million Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile.
Nate Newby, who has served in various capacities in the Santa Anita Park marketing department for more than 11 years, has been named the department's vice president, it was announced Oct. 17.
Grade I winner Private Zone worked four furlongs on the Santa Anita Park main track Oct. 17 in a bullet :45 4/5 with regular rider Martin Pedroza aboard as he prepares for the $1.5 million Xpressbet Breeders' Cup Sprint.
Fans sporting the most fabulous headwear, including, but not limited to, fascinators and fedoras, will be eligible to win up to $10,000 in Westfield gift cards.
A time of year when tracks across the country are featuring their state-bred stars, California Cup, a fixture on the fall racing calendar at Santa Anita since it was established in 1990, will not be contested this season
Steve Haskin and Lenny Shulman discuss Princess of Sylmar, Breeders' Cup "sleepers," and "And They're Off at the Derby Dozen." They also review a Breeders' Cup top 10 list for additional BC races. Sponsored by Darby Dan Farm watch video
The Breeders' Cup announced Oct. 16 that pre-entries for all 14 of the World Championships races at Santa Anita Park will close Monday, Oct. 21 at noon (local time of place of pre-entry).
A mobile guide to the 2013 Breeders' Cup with race details, events, maps and more. View Guide
Trainer Chad Brown tells us every horse he possibly has running in the Breeders' Cup. listen to podcast
- By Ron Mitchell
Hear what trainer Dale Romans' contenders are currently doing and what he thinks through prior to entering Breeders' Cup races. watch video
McCann's Mojave, a multiple graded stakes winner of more than $1.5 million, was euthanized due to colic Oct. 11, said Santa Anita Park publicity director Mike Willman, owner of the California-bred son of Memo.
Mucho Macho Man, fresh off his first grade I victory for trainer Kathy Ritvo, posted a half-mile workout Oct. 12 at Santa Anita Park, where he is expected to make a return start in the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic.
Owner Ed Stanco says he is "expecting and hoping" top 3-year-old filly Princess of Sylmar will run in the Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) following the filly's half-mile breeze in :49 3/5 at Belmont Oct. 12.
Garrett Gomez, who took off his six riding assignments at Santa Anita Park Oct. 6 due to a missed flight from Kentucky, will be off his mounts for the remainder of the week pending a hearing before track stewards.
Keeneland, Belmont Park, Europe, Indiana Downs, Santa Anita and more. view slideshow
Trainer Wayne Catalano was doing a little advance planning the morning of Oct. 7, both in the short term for the Keeneland meet and for a few weeks down the road at the Breeders' Cup World Championships at Santa Anita.
Both Wise Dan and Groupie Doll, who led the list of notable upsets nationwide in major stakes tests Oct. 5, remain on target for their respective dates in the Breeders' Cup World Championships, according to their trainers.
Obviously (IRE) looms a standout against eight rivals in the $150,000 City of Hope Mile (gr. IIT) on the Santa Anita turf as he goes for his fourth consecutive graded stakes triumph Oct. 5.
Winless in three starts this season, champion Trinniberg returns to the track where he won last year's Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I), against a strong field in the $250,000 Santa Anita Sprint Championship (gr. I).
Rebounding from a dismal try in the Arlington Million (gr. IT), Indy Point charged to victory in the $150,000 John Henry Turf Championship (gr. IIT) Sept. 29 at Santa Anita Park for red-hot jockey Gary Stevens.
The first three finishers in the Jockey Club Gold Cup (gr. I) are headed for a rematch in the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) at Santa Anita Park, their trainers indicated on the morning of Sept. 29.
Mucho Macho Man earned his long-anticipated first grade I victory and stamped his return ticket to the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) with an impressive performance in the $250,000 Awesome Again Stakes Sept. 28.
Bond Holder went from maiden to grade I winner when he closed from well off the pace to capture the $250,000 FrontRunner Stakes (gr. I) for 2-year-olds Sept. 28 at Santa Anita Park.
Tiz Flirtatious flew on the outside and caught pacesetter Vionnet and Marketing Mix nearing the finish line to win $250,000 Rodeo Drive Stakes (gr. IT) Sept. 28 at Santa Anita Park.
Westrock Stables' Secret Compass prevailed over favorite She's a Tiger in the $250,000 Chandelier Stakes (gr. I) at Santa Anita Park Sept. 28 for trainer Bob Baffert.
Chips All In, back on his favored Santa Anita turf course, staved off the late-charging Boat Trip by a nose to capture the $101,750 Eddie D Stakes (gr. IIIT) on the opening day of the autumn meet Sept. 27 in Arcadia, Calif.
Thirteen opponents await Slim Shadey in the $150,000 John Henry Turf Championship (gr. IIT) as the British-bred 5-year-old attempts to defend his title Sept. 29 at Santa Anita Park.
She's a Tiger and Fascinating, the one-two finishers in the Del Mar Debutante (gr. I), square off again, this time around two turns, in the $250,000 Chandelier Stakes (gr. I) at Santa Anita Sept. 28.
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