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A to the Croft A to the Croft
Though A to the Croft has been experiencing a case of "seconditis" lately in stakes company, trainer Kenny McPeek still believes the filly has enough talent to put it all together in the Oct. 27 Grey Goose Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) at Monmouth Park. View Full Profile

 


Argentina Argentina
Argentina may only have one overseas black-type score under her girth, but the 5-year-old mare's multiple on-the-board efforts have spoken volumes of her potential as she heads toward the Emirates Airline Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf (gr. IT). View Full Profile

 


Awesome Gem
Terry Finley and his wife, Debbie, started West Point Thoroughbreds in 1991. Their first horse was a $5,000 claimer from Philadelphia Park. At that time, the Finleys were just trying to scrape together enough money to cover training and feed bills. View Full Profile

 


Clearly Foxy
Trainer Mark Casse took an unusual route to the Grey Goose Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) with Clearly Foxy, starting her twice on the Woodbine lawn, where she broke her maiden at first asking. View Full Profile

 


Corinthian
Corinthian is being pointed to the inaugural $1 million Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile at Monmouth Park Oct. 26. By Pulpit, out of Easy Goer mare Multiply, Corinthian was one of two yearlings purchased by Centennial Farms at the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga 2004 select yearlings sale. He was purchased for $385,000. View Full Profile


English Channel
If any horse loves the Monmouth Park turf course, it’s Jim Scatuorchio’s English Channel, who won back-to-back runnings of the track’s United Nations Stakes (gr. IT) and twice set the course record in doing so. View Full Profile

 


 

Globetrotter Globetrotter
Though he has only made two starts, Earle Mack's Globetrotter is on his way to living up to his name, as he has already traveled from Presque Isle Downs in Pennsylvania to Woodbine near Ontario, Canada, scoring victories at both locations. View Full Profile

 


Gottcha GoldGottcha Gold
When the Breeders’ Cup hits Monmouth Park Oct. 26-27, most of the horses entered in the 11 World Championships races will come from ownership operations based in Kentucky, California, and Florida. One of the states that won't be well-represented is Minnesota, which isn't considered horse country when compared with some other locations. View Full Profile  

 


Grand CouturierGrand Couturier
In his last victory, the Aug. 11 Sword Dancer (gr. IT) at Saratoga, Grand Couturier hardly got the respect he deserved. Lodging a dynamic late bid up the inside, he ran down English Channel and Trippi’s Storm to reward a few wise backers with a $33.20 payoff – and following a third-place finish Sept. 8 in Belmont’s Man O’ War Stakes (gr. IT), it stands to reason his odds may offer a similar return in the John Deere Breeders’ Cup Turf (gr. IT). View Full Profile  


Idiot ProofIdiot Proof
Idiot Proof is a 3-year-old homebred of Pam and Martin Wygod. Bred in California, he is a son of Benchmark out of Perfectly Pretty (by Bertrando). On Oct. 27 he will be one of the favorites to take home top prize, based on his performances this year. View Full Profile  


 

Irish Smoke
West Point Thoroughbreds president Terry Finley said the leader board in the 2-year-old division can change every week. Because of the unpredictable nature of juveniles, he does not put too much stock in any one race. That attitude helps Finley remain confident his talented filly Irish Smoke still has a solid chance to win the $2-million Grey Goose Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I).  View Full Profile 


Kelly’s Landing
Eddie Kenneally would rather his horses be fresh than have to worry about fatigue. The veteran trainer will put that theory to the test when he sends out multiple graded-stakes winner Kelly’s Landing in the $2-milion TVG Breeders’ Cup Sprint (gr. I) Oct. 27 at Monmouth Park. View Full Profile



Kodiak Kowboy
Ask Rick Porter and Vinery Farm manager Tom Ludt to comment on the sales histories of the 2-year-old Posse colt Kodiak Kowboy and his dam, Kokadrie, and the two spin a tale of circular dimensions. The story begins with Porter, who purchased Kokadrie at Keeneland’s 2003 November mixed sale for $110,000. He didn’t keep the Coronado’s Quest mare for long.  View Full Profile  


 Lady Joanne
Bentley Smith is well-connected when it comes to Breeders’ Cup horses. As the son-in-law of the late Frances Genter, he managed Frances Genter Stable for nearly 30 years and sent Smile to a 1986 Breeders’ Cup Sprint (gr. I) victory – and, of course, watched Unbridled win the Classic (gr. I) in 1990.  View Full Profile  


Miss Macy Sue Miss Macy Sue
Her connections have thought highly of her for quite some time. But Miss Macy Sue needed to keep proving herself in her order to be considered for the inaugural $1-million Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint Oct. 26 at Monmouth Park.  View Full Profile  


Old Man Buck
Though Old Man Buck came from humble beginnings, the juvenile has proven himself capable of fighting his way to the top.  After winning the Sept. 3 Miller Lite Cradle Stakes on the grass at River Downs and running third in the Oct. 6 Lane's End Breeders' Futurity (gr. I) on Polytrack at Keeneland trainer Kenny McPeek decided to try the son of Hold that Tiger in either the Oct. 26 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf or the Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) at Monmouth Park. View Full Profile


Shakespeare
Any starter who makes it to the 2007 Breeders' Cup World Championships at Monmouth Park is an extraordinary story. But with all due respect to the rest of the starters, none makes a better fairy tale than Shakespeare, who has returned from a near career-ending injury to become one of favorites for the $2 million NetJets Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) Oct. 27. View Full Profile


Tiago
Tiago, by Pleasant Tap, out of Stop the Music mare Set Them Free, burst onto the 3-year-old scene this year by winning the Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) in April. After finishing seventh in the Kentucky Derby, the bay colt turned in an improved third-place performance in the Belmont Stakes (gr. I). View Full Profile  


Trippi's Storm
E. Paul Robsham and his wife, Joyce, began breeding and racing Thoroughbreds in 1983. Despite years of success in the industry, the couple never had a horse make it to the Breeders’ Cup. Now, three years after her husband passed away, Joyce Robsham will have connections to not one, but two starters at the World Championships Oct. 26-27 at Monmouth Park. View Full Profile  


Unbridled Belle
Bred in Kentucky out of the Silver Buck mare Little Bold Belle by Joe Sutton and Laszlo Makk, Unbridled Belle was consigned to Keeneland’s September yearling sale in 2004 by Taylor Made Sales Agency. There, trainer Gary Capuano purchased the filly for a mere $4,000 on behalf of Baltimore native Paul Fowler Jr. A little more than a year later, she broke her maiden at first asking by an impressive 3 1/4 lengths. That was when Team Valor president Barry Irwin came on the scene. View Full Profile  

Wicked Style
Look at Wicked Style’s sales history, and the 2-year-old son of Macho Uno   could almost be defined as the horse no one wanted. Given a chance to prove his worth, however, he’s quickly risen above his modest background. An unbeaten grade I winner with earnings of $445,000, the colt is on track for the Bessemer Trust Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (gr. I), according to trainer George “Rusty” Arnold. View Full Profile


Wild Gams
New Jersey-bred Wild Gams, who is fully accustomed to running in the Northeast, will have a home-court advantage if she competes in the $1-million Filly & Mare Sprint Oct. 26 at Monmouth Park.  Trained by Ben Perkins Jr., the 4-year-old filly's Oct. 6 victory in the Thoroughbred Club of America Stakes (gr. III) at Keeneland showed her connections she was ready to face elite company in the new Breeders' Cup race. View Full Profile

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