With two-time Horse of the Year Wise Dan sidelined after dominating back-to-back editions of the $2 million Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT), a slew of contenders pre-entered the turf event to be run Nov. 1 at Santa Anita.
Southern California trainer Phil D'Amato, who starts outsider Big John B in the Breeders' Cup Turf, is an overnight success story that was 16 years in the making.
Two-time champion Beholder spiked a temperature of 104 degrees the morning of Oct. 19 and will not be able to defend her title in the Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) at Santa Anita Park, trainer Richard Mandella said.
Head began his assault on the storied grass race in 1987-88, riding Miesque, then saddled Goldikova to three consecutive victories in 2008-10 after beginning a training career. Now, Goldikova's full brother could step up.
Three horses under consideration for the Breeders' Cup World Championships worked on the fast main track at Keeneland Oct. 18, led by Juddmonte Spinster (gr. I) winner Don't Tell Sophia.
Some have retired, a hearty few race on, but the winners of last year's Breeders' Cup World Championships will always have their place in history. Here we check in with the 14 runners who put on a great show in 2013.
Al Shaqab Racing's British-based Toronado is being aimed for the Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) Nov. 1 after missing last year's World Championships to continue his recovery from throat surgery.
Wise Dan has developed a non-displaced fracture at the bottom of his right front cannon bone that will put him on the sidelines for at least 30 days, ending his hopes for a third consecutive Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) win.
Trainer Charlie LoPresti said he has yet to exactly pinpoint a date for the final pre-race breeze of two-time Horse of the Year Wise Dan leading up to the Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT), but the gelding is training lights out.
Trainer Marcus Vitali got what he was looking for in the $75,000 Eight Miles West Stakes Oct. 11 at Gulfstream Park West -- a sign that Valid deserved a trip to Santa Anita Park for the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (gr. I).
According to the Longines World's Best Racehorse Rankings through Oct. 5, Just a Way, a group I winner in Japan this season, is the top ranked horse in the world with a rating of 130.
Ron Mitchell and Steve Haskin talk Breeders' Cup and end of the year honors. Listen Now
For all those with aspirations of winning either Horse of the Year or the Older Male title or the Male Grass title, there is a force out there even stronger than Eric Guillot's voodoo dolls. It is the curse of Wise Dan. read blog
- By Frank Angst
While owner-breeder Mort Fink likely will keep Wise Dan pointed toward a try at a third straight Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. I) victory this season, trainer Charlie LoPresti can't help but wonder if perhaps... read blog
- By Tom LaMarra
Two-time Horse of the Year Wise Dan continues to amaze. read blog
Hear Evan Hammonds' analysis on Wise Dan's win in the Shadwell Turf Mile and Carpe Diem's victory in the Breeders' Futurity at Keeneland as well as Daredevil's win in the Champagne Stakes at Belmont Park. watch video
Walk with two-time Horse of the Year Wise Dan prior, during, and after his race in Keeneland's Shadwell Turf Mile. watch video
Favored Big Bane Theory threaded his way along the inside for Joe Talamo and put away the field in the stretch to register his first stakes win in the $200,000 City of Hope Mile (gr. IIT) on the turf Oct. 4 at Santa Anita.
No matter what obstacles are thrown at him this season, Wise Dan refuses to lose. The 7-year-old gelding was slow at the break of the Shadwell Turf Mile, but recovered to blast past his rivals in the final strides.
TimeformUS Weekend Stakes Plays for the G1 Shadwell Tuf Mile, featuring lifetime PPs from Wise Dan. read blog
The $200,000 City of Hope Mile (gr. IIT) at Santa Anita Park Oct. 4 has attracted a 12-horse grab-bag, and trainer Tom Proctor's consistent Avanzare would appear to head the crowded field of turf runners.
Tom LaMarra and Claire Novak at Keeneland to preview the Shadwell Turf Mile featuring Wise Dan, Optimizer, Silver Max, Kaigun, and Seek Again. Watch Video
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps six grade I races at Keeneland, Belmont, and Santa Anita. read blog
Two-time Horse of the Year Wise Dan faces the stiffest challenge of his remarkable return from colic surgery when he takes on Seek Again and Silver Max among seven rivals in the $1 million Shadwell Turf Mile (gr. IT) Oct. 4.
Two-time Horse of the Year worked five furlongs on the turf Sept. 23 in 1:01.20.
|Date||Race||Position / Horse / Points|
L'Ormarins Queen's Plate
BMW Doncaster Mile
Shoemaker Mile S.
Prix du Haras de Fresna-le-Buffard-Jacques le Marois
Ricoh Woodbine Mile S.
Shadwell Turf Mile S.
Qatar Prix de la Foret
|Horse||Trainer||Breeder / Owner|
|Animal Kingdom||H. Graham Motion||
|Doubles Partner||Todd A. Pletcher||
|Excelebration (IRE)||Aidan P. O'Brien||
|Little Mike||Carlo Vaccarezza||
|Moonlight Cloud (GB)||HEAD FREDDY||
|Mr. Commons||John A. Shirreffs||
|Obviously (IRE)||Philip D'Amato||
|Suggestive Boy (ARG)||Ronald L. McAnally||
|Turbo Compressor||Todd A. Pletcher||
|Willcox Inn||Michael Stidham||
|Wise Dan||Charles LoPresti||
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