No one claiming a horse for $12,500 does so thinking that the horse will participate in a Breeders' Cup race. But that didn't stop Seeking the Sherif from earning his way into the Xpressbet Breeders' Cup Sprint Nov. 1.
Any Breeders' Cup race on the dirt would seem to favor American runners over foreigners, and the Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) perhaps stands atop that list.
Fast Anna and Little Alexis prepared for their trips to Santa Anita Park and the upcoming Breeders' Cup the morning of Oct. 11 at Gulfstream Park with quick five-furlong works that pleased both their trainers.
John Sikura's Hill 'n' Dale Farms near Lexington has released its stallion roster and fees for 2015, headed by Stormy Atlantic and Midnight Lute at $25,000 live foal stands and nurses.
Amazombie has a foothold in two states -- California and Kentucky. He was bred in California and did most of his racing there. But his biggest victory came in Kentucky, when he won the 2011 Sentient Jet Breeders' Cup Sprint.
Hong Kong-based sprinter Rich Tapestry, prepping for the Xpressbet Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I), produced a superb come from behind win Oct. 4, nosing out Goldencents in the $300,000 Santa Anita Sprint Championship (gr. I).
Win machine Work All Week remained undefeated in nine starts on dirt and stamped his ticket to the Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) with a smart win in the $200,000 Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix Stakes (gr. III) at Keeneland Oct. 3
Mike McCarty's Lemon Drop Dream tops a field of eight sprinters in the 162nd running of the $200,000 Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix (gr. III) Oct. 3, opening day of Keeneland's fall meet.
Rich Tapestry, who is looking to become the first horse from Hong Kong to compete in a California stakes, went for an easy gallop at Santa Anita Sept. 30.
Having already won the Forego (gr. I) and the Alfred G. Vanderbilt (gr. I) this year, Palace could cement his status as the favorite for the Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) with a victory in the Sept. 27 Vosburgh (gr. I).
Antonio Miuccio's Palace dazzled in the $500,000 Forego Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga Race Course Aug. 30, diving to the rail and drawing off to finish the seven-furlong test in 1:21.95.
Belmont Sprint (gr. III) stakes winner Clearly Now takes on nine opponents as he attempts to duplicate his Herculean performance in the $500,000 Forego Stakes (gr. I) Aug. 30 at Saratoga Race Course.
The $500,000 Kettle One King's Bishop Stakes (gr. I) pits front-running speedster Wildcat Red against proven closer Coup de Grace, both sharing highweight assignments of 121 pounds Aug. 23 at Saratoga.
Heavy fog and chilly temperatures greeted prospective buyers attending the first of two under tack previews for the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s selected sale of 2-year-olds in training at Ocala Training Center March 7.
The first grade I winner for trainer Tim Yakteen is now his first Eclipse Award winner as Points Offthebench received the award as champion male sprinter.
In the male sprinter division, tragedy ended the spectacular season of Points Offthebench, Secret Circle made a memorable return to racing, and Sahara Sky delivered a stirring victory in the Metropolitan Handicap (gr. I).
- By Steve Haskin
Steve Haskin talks about who deserves to win Eclipse Awards for the Sprint divisions.
Grade I winner Cost of Freedom, claimed for $8,000 at Betfair Hollywood Park Dec. 21, appears headed for retirement as he nears the ripe old age of 11.
Bear No Joke caught reigning Canadian champion sprinter and pacesetter Essence Hit Man in midstretch and edged past for a 17-1 upset victory in the Kennedy Road Stakes (Can-II) Nov. 30 at Woodbine.
Grade I winner Phil's Dream puts his four-race win streak on the line against seven rivals in the $150,000 Kennedy Road Stakes (Can-III) Nov. 30 on the Woodbine Polytrack.
Peter and Ross Doyle went to an Irish sale record price of €6 million ($8,128,284 in United States funds) for Darley Irish Oaks (Ire-I) winner Chicquita at the first session of Goffs' November breeding stock sale Nov. 22.
Woodford Thoroughbreds will stand first-year stallions Soldat for $5,000 and Currency Swap for $3,500.
South Florida-based trainer David Fawkes hopes for some racing luck when he saddles Bahamian Squall in the $1.5 million Xpressbet Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) Nov. 2 at Santa Anita Park.
While several top finishers from last year's Xpresset Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) return to this year's edition, a hot Southern California-based blazer not from that group figures in Private Zone.
- By Frank Angst
Frank Angst talks with trainer Doug O'Neil on his Breeders' Cup Sprint contender Private Zone.
|Horse||Trainer||Breeder / Owner|
|Capt. Candyman Can||Ian R. Wilkes||
|Cost of Freedom||Ed Moger, Jr.||
|Crown of Thorns||Richard E. Mandella||
|Dancing in Silks||Anthony K. Saavedra||
|Fatal Bullet||Reade Baker||
|Fleeting Spirit (IRE)||NOSEDA J||
|Gayego||Saeed bin Suroor||
|Join in the Dance||Steve Margolis||
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