It is now 2011 and that means we have officially embarked on the Kentucky Derby trail. Read Blog
MAHUBAH'S CORNER, by Avalyn Hunter
With an excellent race record, a fine pedigree, and superb conformation, Bernardini looked as close to a sure thing as exists in the ranks of prospective stallions.
Todd Pletcher said all 11 of his Breeders' Cup horses were fine the morning of Nov. 7.
Musket Man, Paddy O'Prado, and Fly Down offer good value in Breeders' Cup Classic.
Bernardini leads the freshman sire ranks by number of graded stakes winners and also is the leader with four contenders in the Breeders' Cup World Championships.
Jason and Tom cover ten races from the Breeders' Cup card. The Breeders' Cup Classic will be covered in tomorrow's THS episode. Watch Video
Post position may play a big role in this year's Breeders' Cup especially in the Classic, Mile and Ladies Classic.
Uncle Mo, winner of the Champagne Stakes (gr. I) Oct. 9 at Belmont Park, is the 7-5 morning line favorite for the Grey Goose Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I).
Edward Evans' Quality Road breezed a half-mile in :48 3/5 at Churchill Downs Oct. 31 in his final work before the Nov. 6 Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) at the Kentucky racetrack.
Todd Pletcher has pre-entered 11 horses -- more than any other trainer at the two-day Breeders' Cup World Championships to be held Nov. 5-6 at Churchill Downs.
Part of Todd Pletcher's Breeders' Cup brigade took to Belmont's training track to breeze one final time before they depart for Churchill Downs Oct. 26.
A heavyweight battle between the two top juveniles looms at Churchill Downs. Read Blog
Led by Quality Road, Breeders' Cup World Championship contenders from the barn of trainer Todd Pletcher were hard at work at Belmont Park over the weekend.
PORTER ON PEDIGREES, by Alan Porter
Rising quickly in the first-crop juvenile sire standings is Bernardini. As the year winds down, he's competing for supremacy over other A.P. Indy-influenced young sires.
Quality Road headed Todd Pletcher's worktab at Belmont Park the morning of Oct. 10, breezing five furlongs in 1:01.06 in preparation for the Nov. 6 Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) at Churchill Downs.
Uncle Mo is favored in the $300,000 Champagne Stakes (gr. I) Oct. 9 at Belmont Park, where he will likely face five rivals in his stakes debut.
Trainer Todd Pletcher, who won last year's Frizette Stakes (gr. I) with Devil May Care, is likely to have a foursome for the $300,000 race Oct. 9 at Belmont Park.
Keep an eye on two juveniles and an older horse heading for the Breeders' Cup.
Odds-on choice Boys At Tosconova, under a hand ride from jockey Ramon Dominguez, showed his class with a measured win in the $250,000 Three Chimneys Hopeful Stakes (gr. I) on closing day at Saratoga Sept. 6.
Three of the most impressive maiden winners this summer -- Boys At Tosconova, Stay Thirsty, and Wine Police -- headline a field of seven in the Hopeful Stakes (gr. I), the marquee event for juveniles at Saratoga.
A long wait between races is in store for recent impressive 2-year-old winners.
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