Claire Novak

  • Liam's Map

    Liam's Map Takes on All Comers in Dirt Mile

    The son of Unbridled's Song drew post 3 of 11 in the Dirt Mile (gr. I) and will look to use his swift turn of foot in the shorter race rather than throwing in with American Pharoah and Beholder in the Classic (gr. I).

  • Breeders' Cup News Update for Sunday Oct. 25

    Claire Novak briefs us on the day's works, cancellations, and who to expect on the track tomorrow. Hear about Beholder's visits to the Keeneland training track and paddock as well as Wesley Ward's turf workers.

  • Beholder schools in the Keeneland paddock Oct. 25.

    Beholder's Grand Adventure

    When an overnight rain left the main track at Keeneland sloppy and sealed Oct. 25, Richard Mandella trained champion racemare Beholder over the synthetic training track and schooled in the paddock.

  • I'm a Chatterbox worked five furlongs in 1:00 2/5 at Keeneland on Oct 24.

    I'm a Chatterbox Breezes Early at Keeneland

    Trainer Larry Jones called an audible and sent Longines Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) contender I'm a Chatterbox out to work early Oct. 24 at Keeneland as a light rain fell on the Lexington track.

  • Frivolous worked five furlongs in :59 4/5 at Keeneland on Oct 23.

    Frivolous Tunes Up for Distaff Run

    G. Watts Humphrey Jr.'s Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) contender Frivolous turned in her final work for the Oct. 30 test when she breezed five furlongs in :59 4/5 under trainer Vicki Oliver at Keeneland.

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    Gainesway Buys Interest in Karakontie

    Gainesway Farm has purchcased a partial interest in 2014 Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) winner Karakontie from the Niarchos family, it was announced Oct. 22. A stud fee will be announced following the Breeders' Cup.

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    Salama, Yahilwa, 'Veneda' Work for Distaff

    Jockey Julien Leparoux was pleased with the Oct. 22 workout of Longines Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) contender Salama, the Peru-based filly who earned an automatic berth to the race. Yahilwa and Warren's Veneda also worked.

  • Beholder checks out the track at Keeneland on Oct 22.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/BreedersCup/2015-Breeders-Cup/Works/i-8t5vzhG">Order This Photo</a>

    Classic Contender Beholder Takes to Track

    Champion Beholder took to the track in Lexington as dawn was just creeping over the Keeneland grandstand, getting a long-awaited look at the site of her Oct. 31 Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) run.

  • Sunset Glow is seeking her first victory of 2015.

    Sunset Glow, Osaila Top Pin Oak Valley View

    Sunset Glow and Osaila, the 2-3 finishers from last year's Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (gr. IT), head a field of 14 sophomore fillies for the $150,000 Pin Oak Valley View (gr. IIIT) Oct. 24 at Keeneland.

  • Beholder and trainer Richard Mandella at Keeneland Oct. 21.
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    Beholder Alert, 'Back in the Game'

    After being treated with antibiotics the 5-year-old racemare was bright and alert with her temperature back to normal again. She could train Oct. 22 or 23 at Keeneland.

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    Breeders' Cup 'Not Ruled Out' for Beholder

    The 5-year-old racemare's white blood cell count was only slightly elevated, and the 101.3 degree temperature she had in the early morning hours of her first day in Kentucky was likely caused by shipping.

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    Beholder Misses Training Due to Fever

    Champion racemare Beholder missed her first day of training for the Oct. 31 Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) at Keeneland Oct. 20, when she spiked a slight temperature after shipping from California to Kentucky Oct. 19.

  • Beholder arrives at Keeneland for the Breeders' Cup.
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    Beholder Arrives at Keeneland

    Champion Beholder arrived in the bluegrass on a sun-splashed afternoon Oct. 19, 11 days before her engagement in the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) and a showdown with Triple Crown winner American Pharoah.

  • Lucky Lindy rolls to victory in the Hawthorne Derby.

    Lucky Lindy Invades for Hawthorne Derby Win

    Augustin Stables' Lucky Lindy traveled south from Woodbine on an Illinois raiding trip and easily claimed his second graded score, sailing home in the $150,000 Hawthorne Derby (gr. IIIT) by 2 1/4 lengths.

  • Dr. Shane and Jaime Rodriguez take the New York Breeders' Futurity.

    Dr. Shane Upsets NY Breeders' Futurity

    Dutchess Views Farm's homebred Dr. Shane upset 1-4 favorite Championofthenile by two lengths in the $206,963 New York Breeders' Futurity Oct. 17, collecting his first stakes win at Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack.

  • Annual Report shakes free from King Kranz to win the Futurity Stakes<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-Races-2015/i-CZjzSC3">Order This Photo</a>

    Annual Report Rallies to Futurity Score

    Annual Report was in tight at the break and trailed the field early on, but the 2-year-old colt rallied with a big late run to win the $200,000 Futurity Stakes (gr. II) Oct 17 at Belmont Park.

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    Keen Ice Heads BC Works for Romans

    Travers Stakes (gr. I) winner Keen Ice turned in a steady breeze Oct. 17 at Churchill Downs, preparing for a rematch in the Oct. 31 Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) with Triple Crown winner American Pharoah.

  • Holiday Star wins the Sycamore Stakes for a second time.
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    Holiday Star Posts Sycamore Repeat

    Homebred Holiday Star defended his title in the $100,000 Sycamore Stakes (gr. IIIT) Oct. 15, galloping to a second consecutive win for Augustin Stable in the 1 -mile turf test at Keeneland.

  • Runhappy works at Keeneland Oct. 14.
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    Speedster Runhappy Breezes from Gate

    The 3-year-old Super Saver colt was caught in splits of :12 1/5, :23 1/5, :34 3/5, and :45 2/5, with a five-furlong time in :57 4/5, and a 1:10 3/5 gallop-out under Marcus O'Donnell.

  • Shotgun Cowboy

    Shotgun Kowboy Tackles OK Classics Cup

    Oklahoma Derby (gr. III) winner Shotgun Kowboy looks to add another stakes score to his resume Oct. 17, when he heads a field of six for the $175,000 Oklahoma Classics Cup at Remington Park.

  • Her Emmynency (inside) takes the Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup over Miss Temple City.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-Races-2015/i-rMxhMjq">Order This Photo</a>

    Her Emmynency Upsets QEII for Grade I Score

    Twice a runner-up in previous grade I races, Her Emmynency would not be denied on Saturday, Oct. 10 as she held off Miss Temple City in the Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup (gr. IT) Presented by Lane's End at Keeneland.

  • THS: The Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup

    Claire Novak, Ellis Starr, and Tom LaMarra preview the Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup featuring Sentiero Italia, Blond Me, Miss Temple City, Her Emmynency, and Feathered. Sponsored by Equibase

  • Harmonize and Junior Alvarado take the JPMorgan Chase Jessamine Stakes.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-Races-2015/i-2ZTxVzd">Order This Photo</a>

    Harmonize Shows New Dimension in Jessamine

    Harmonize showed a new dimension Oct. 7 at Keeneland, coming from far off the pace with a strong stretch run to win the Jessamine (gr. IIIT) and an automatic berth in the Oct. 30 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (gr. IT).

  • Liam's Map

    Liam's Map to Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile

    Grade I winner Liam's Map will contest the Las Vegas Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (gr. I) Oct. 30 at Keeneland and not the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I), trainer Todd Pletcher confirmed Oct. 7.