• Grandeur rudely interrupts Speaking in Twilight Derby

    Yvonne Jacques' Grandeur, who trailed much of the way after stumbling at the start in Friday's Grade 2, $150,000 <a target="_blank" href=""> Twilight Derby</a>, flew home in deep stretch to catch 5-2 favorite Speaking of Which. Trained by Jeremy Noseda and ridden by William Buick, the English shipper bested the Irish colt by a half-length in the all-European exacta.

  • Royal Delta wraps up championship with Ladies' Classic defense

    Besilu Stable's Royal Delta proved herself a true champion on Friday when successfully defending her title in the Grade 1, $1,818,000 <a target="_blank" href=""> Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic</a> at Santa Anita Park despite being taken out of her usual game.

  • Zagora kicks best late in Filly & Mare Turf

    One year ago, owner Martin S. Schwartz and trainer Chad Brown endured the bitter disappointment of watching their 9-5 favorite Stacelita trudge home 10th in the Breeders' Cup Filly &amp; Mare Turf. But in Friday's renewal at Santa Anita, they experienced a much happier reversal of fortune, courtesy of the consistently classy Zagora.

  • Beholder wires Juvenile Fillies

    Spendthrift Farm's Beholder justified trainer Richard Mandella's decision to enter her in the Grade 1, $1,818,000 <a target="_blank" href=""> Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies</a> instead of the Juvenile Sprint earlier on Santa Anita's Friday program with a wire-to-wire win under jockey Garrett Gomez.

  • Flotilla flows to Juvenile Fillies Turf victory

    Sheikh Mohammed al Thani's Flotilla was sent off at 11-1 to continue the double-digit winners on Breeders' Cup Friday, taking the Grade 1, $909,000 <a target="_blank" href=""> Juvenile Fillies Turf</a> by 1 1/4 lengths after coming with furious late rally down the middle of the lawn at Santa Anita. With Christophe Lemaire aboard, the dark bay daughter of Mizzen Mast was forced to swing wide around the turn but kicked into gear to get up and finish a mile on the firm turf in 1:34 3/5.

  • Southern Lights Stroll returns for 11th season

    With the return of the Southern Lights holiday festival, the Southern Lights Stroll once again debuts as its opening night on November 15. The only evening of the entire event when the public is allowed to experience a major portion of the lighted route on foot, visitors may choose to run, walk or stroll their way through thousands of dazzling holiday lights in the heart of horse country, on the grounds of the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky.

  • Final preparations underway for Breeders' Cup runners

    With co-owner and trainer Buff Bradley looking on for the first time this week, Breeders' Cup Filly &amp; Mare Sprint favorite Groupie Doll jogged three-quarters of a mile and then galloped one mile under exercise rider Jada Schlenk.

  • Mott reflects on Classic winner Cigar ahead of possible record-setting weekend

    Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott was smiling and content Friday morning with his horses safely back in their stalls after completing their exercise. Mott will run defending champion Royal Delta in the Ladies' Classic Friday afternoon and has three runners -- Flat Out, Ron the Greek and To Honor and Serve -- in the $5 million Classic on Saturday.

  • Baffert: Dude's on his game

    Game On Dude, the Classic morning-line favorite, had another strong gallop Thursday morning, heading out with trainer Bob Baffert's 7:45 a.m. (PDT) set under regular exercise rider Dana Barnes. He returned to the Baffert barn on the Santa Anita backstretch and got a treat of a couple of carrots from Barnes, who is married to Baffert's chief assistant, Jim Barnes.

  • Team Europe takes to the track

    Having cleared quarantine Wednesday evening, Aidan O'Brien's powerful Breeders' Cup team took to the Santa Anita track for the first time to stretch their legs Thursday morning.

  • Shanghai Bobby gets first look at Santa Anita

    Undefeated Grade 1 winner Shanghai Bobby, trainer Todd Pletcher's&nbsp;morning-line favorite for Saturday's Breeders' Cup Juvenile, got his first glimpse of picturesque Santa Anita Thursday morning after arriving on the Tex Sutton flight Wednesday.

  • Amazombie, Musical Romance try for title defenses in Sprint races

    Amazombie, defending champion of Saturday's Breeders' Cup Sprint, was put through what amounted to a faster-than-usual gallop on Thursday morning at Santa Anita under exercise rider Javier Meza that trainer Bill Spawr likened to the one or two days before the 2011 Sprint at Churchill Downs.

  • Ladies' Classic runners put in final gallops

    Trainer Bill Mott's champion Royal Delta galloped 1 3/8 miles on Thursday morning over the main track at Santa Anita in preparation for a title defense run in Friday's Breeders' Cup Ladies'.

  • Nashua, Tempted draw baker's dozen of juveniles

    A baker's dozen of two-year-olds will vie for the spotlight at Aqueduct on Sunday afternoon as they take the next step in their careers in the Grade 2, $200,000 <a target="_blank" href=""> Nashua</a> and the Grade 3, $150,000 <a target="_blank" href="">Tempted</a> for fillies.

  • Goldikova attracts eight

    One day after wrapping up the 2012 Breeders' Cup, Santa Anita will offer the Grade 2, $150,000 <a target="_blank" href=""> Goldikova</a> (formerly Las Palmas) sending a competitive field of eight distaffers one mile over the turf on closing day Sunday.

  • O'Brien gives updates on Breeders' Cup runners

    While the Cup horses from Aidan O'Brien's Ballydoyle Stables remain in quarantine until they are able to make their first appearance on the track Thursday, the trainer was at the barn on Wednesday morning and spent some time with members of the international media discussing some of his Breeders' Cup hopefuls:

  • My Best Brother, Old Time Hockey meet again in Twilight Derby

    My Best Brother and Old Time Hockey, who landed the major three-year-old grass stakes at Del Mar over the summer, will renew rivalry Friday in the Grade 2, $150,000 <a target="_blank" href=""> Twilight Derby</a> at Santa Anita. Formerly known as the Oak Tree Derby, the grassy 1 1/8-mile Twilight Derby is the last of 10 races on the first of two Breeders' Cup programs.

  • Red Smith featured at Big A; Chilukki at Churchill

    Boisterous will be heavy favorite to successfully defend his title in the Grade 2, $200,000 <a target="_blank" href="">Red Smith Handicap</a> at Aqueduct, the first of two non-Breeders' Cup graded stakes that will be held across the country on Saturday.

  • Dominus, Neck 'n Neck square off in Ack Ack

    Grade 2 winners Dominus and Neck 'n Neck highlight an eight-horse field in Friday's Grade 3, $100,000 Ack Ack at Churchill Downs. The one-mile event also features the U.S. debut of Group 1 Argentinean hero Grand Berry.

  • Stakes-filled opening weekend at Aqueduct

    Thoroughbred racing action in New York moves to Aqueduct on Friday, with opening weekend featuring a &quot;Welcome Back&quot; event for patrons on the newly refurbished second floor, the simulcast of the Breeders' Cup from Santa Anita, and exciting live racing action.

  • Royal Delta suffers cut on flight; Awesome Feather seeks second BC win

    Trainer Bill Mott said the champion and defending Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic winner Royal Delta went to the track Tuesday morning and was not having any problems with the small cut she suffered on her right rear hip while being shipped from Newburgh, New York, early Monday morning.

  • Mott loaded in Classic; Nonios works a bullet

    Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott said all three of his Breeders' Cup Classic horses -- Flat Out, To Honor and Serve, and Ron the Greek -- traveled well from the East Coast Monday and went to the track for light exercise Tuesday morning.

  • Point of Entry settling in; Wise Dan gallops at Keeneland

    Point of Entry, the 3-1 Breeders' Cup Turf morning-line favorite, took his first tour of Santa Anita on Tuesday morning, galloping a mile over the main track. The four-year-old colt arrived from New York on Monday.

  • Final European contingent arrives at Santa Anita

    The final shipment of European runners for this year's Breeders' Cup arrived late Monday night at the quarantine barn at Santa Anita. Aidan O'Brien's party of nine runners, including St Nicholas Abbey (Turf) and Excelebration (Mile), touched down in California shortly after 8 p.m. (PDT), and having cleared customs were safely bedded down by 11 p.m.

  • Coolmore buys half of Shanghai Bobby

    Starlight Racing has sold a 50 percent interest in Shanghai Bobby, the 2-1 morning line favorite in Saturday's Breeders' Cup Juvenile, to the Coolmore connections of Mrs. John Magnier, Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith. Trained by Todd Pletcher, the unbeaten two-year-old is considered an early favorite for next year's Kentucky Derby.

  • Damascus tops Breeders' Cup Saturday undercard

    Breeders' Cup Saturday at Santa Anita kicks off with three $100,000 stakes, the highlight being the seven-furlong <a target="_blank" href="">Damascus</a> for three-year-olds.

  • Aikenite retired due to ankle injury

    Dogwood Stable's Aikenite -- a multiple Grade 2-winning earner of $875,385 -- has been retired after re-injuring an ankle while prepping for his final appearance in Saturday's Grade 3 Ack Ack Stakes at Churchill Downs, according to Cot Campbell, Dogwood Stable president.

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  • Champions line up for 29th Breeders' Cup

    Thoroughbred racing's most prestigious global event, the Breeders' Cup consists of 15 races worth a total of more than $25 million and hosted by Santa Anita for the sixth time with six races on Friday and nine on Saturday to be televised on NBC Sports Network and NBC. For the first time, the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic will be televised live and in primetime on NBC from 8-9 p.m. (ET).

  • Dullahan, Little Mike both opt for Turf

    Trainer Dale Romans has confirmed that Grade 1 Pacific Classic winner Dullahan and Grade 1 Arlington Million winner Little Mike will both start in the Turf. Dullahan had been pre-entered for the Classic, while Little Mike had been considered for the Mile.

  • Groupie Doll blitzes three furlongs at Santa Anita

    Groupie Doll blasted three furlongs in :34 2/5 Monday morning at Santa Anita with regular exercise rider Jada Schlenk aboard in preparation for Saturday's Filly &amp; Mare Sprint. The work was the co-fastest of 19 at the distance.

  • BC participants running for racehorse adoption program

    Some of horse racing's biggest stars are stepping up to the plate to support New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program by pledging a percentage of their purse earnings from the Breeders' Cup World Championships.

  • Sun sets on Ryehill's dream comeback

    Ryehill Dreamer, who had been sidelined by injury since capturing the Grade 2 American Handicap in May 2011, tracked Red Sun through fractions of :23 4/5 and :47 1/5 on the firm turf. Rounding the far turn, Ryehill Dreamer went after the pacesetter in earnest. He drew alongside through six furlongs in 1:10 3/5, and appeared ready to go by at the top of the stretch, but Red Sun refused to yield.

  • Gomez hopes for another BC grand slam at Santa Anita

    Garrett Gomez is no stranger to winning Breeders' Cup races, especially at Santa Anita. The 40-year-old Tucson, Arizona, native has 12 such victories overall on his growing and glowing resume, including four in 2008 and one in 2009 when the World Championship events were held at The Great Race Place.

  • Game On Dude continues to impress ahead of Classic

    Multiple Grade 1 star Game On Dude shored up his early favoritism for the Breeders' Cup Classic with a strong seven-furlong drill in 1:25 over Santa Anita's fast main track Sunday morning.

  • Sign goes two-for-two in Pocahontas

    Claiborne Farm and Adele Dilschneider's homebred Sign made a couple of rookie mistakes in her stakes debut in Sunday's Grade 2, $168,150 <a target="_blank" href="">Pocahontas</a> at Churchill Downs, but the 4-5 favorite easily overcame them to win as much the best.