Headlines for Wednesday, November 1, 2006

  • Cushion Track Praised as Hollywood Opens

    California horsemen, who have been nearly unanimous in their praise of the new Hollywood surface in recent weeks of training, continued to give Cushion Track a thumbs up after the first day of racing at the fall meeting.

  • Day Pass Tops Rescheduled Nashua Line-Up

    Impressive debut winner Day Pass makes his highly anticipated second start for trainer Kiaran McLaughlin in the $100,000-added Nashua (gr. III) for 2-year-olds at one mile at Aqueduct Friday.

  • McGaughey's Filly Looks Best in Tempted Rerun

    Five Star Daydream, a winner of her last three starts for trainer Shug McGaughey, could be the filly to beat in Friday's re-scheduled $100,000-added Tempted (gr. III) for 2-year-old fillies at Aqueduct.

  • Restored Fair Grounds to Open for Training

    Fair Grounds Race Course reopens for training Thursday for the first time since the New Orleans track was devastated during Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath 14 months ago.

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    BC Classic Post Position Analysis: Anatomy of a Theft

    Looking at the post positions for the Breeders' Cup Classic – Powered by Dodge (gr. I), one can expect plenty of action up front, with several jockeys having to make a split decision whether or not to commit their horse to the lead, or at least to be a major pace factor. But is it possible a horse can get a clear lead...and actually hold it?

  • Barretts Mixed Sale Suffers Setbacks

    The Barretts October mixed sale ended its two-day run at California's Fairplex Park Tuesday with downturns in its key business figures.

  • Mile Draw: Favored Gorella in Post 12

    Gorella, a beast on the turf course this year against the girls and a formidable foe against the boys, drew post position 12 of 14 for Saturday's NetJets Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) at Churchill Downs.

  • Ouija Board Returns to Filly & Mare Turf as Favorite

    European sensation Ouija Board drew post two and was made the 8-5 morning line favorite for the Nov. 4 Emirates Airline Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf (gr. IT) at Churchill Downs, where she will face nine challengers, including 3-year-old sensation Wait a While and race veteran Film Maker.

  • Talk Is Money to Highcliff in New York

    Stakes winner Talk Is Money, a successful second-crop sire, will stand at Carl Lizza and Joe Bartone's Highcliff Farm near Delanson, N.Y.

  • Montbrook Tops Ocala Stud Farms' Fees

    Michael O'Farrell's Ocala Stud Farms, which stands four of Florida's top eight stallions by 2006 progeny earnings, announced 2007 fees for all its stallions.

  • Sprint Choice Henny Hughes Draws Post Four

    Henny Hughes, undefeated this year since coming to the barn of Kiaran McLaughlin, was installed as the 2-1 favorite for the $2-million TVG Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) after drawing post position four in the six-furlong contest.

  • Cash Included Slight Favorite for Juvenile Fillies

    Cash Included, winner of the Oak Leaf Stakes (gr. I) at Santa Anita Park in her first start around two turns, is the 3-1 morning-line favorite for the $2-million Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) at Churchill Downs.

  • Draw No Impact on Well-Matched Juvenile Field

    Everyone had been saying the field for the Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) was evenly matched. Obviously Mike Battaglia, who makes the morning line at Churchill Downs, agreed.

  • Art Master Likely Choice in Friday's River City

    Juddmonte Farms' homebred Art Master, the beaten favorite in his U.S. debut in Belmont Park's Kelso Handicap (gr. IIT), can make amends when he faces eight rivals in the $150,000-added River City Handicap (gr. IIIT) Friday at Churchill Downs.

  • Bernardini no surprise favorite for Saturday Classic.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprocess%3Dgallery%26gallery_id%3DS210287%26provider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D504529%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Bernardini Even-Money Favorite for Classic

    Bernardini, leading candidate for Horse of the Year honors, drew the three post position and was installed as the even-money favorite for Saturday's Breeders' Cup Classic -- Powered by Dodge (gr. I).

  • Thoroughbreds Back at Post-Hurricane Delta Downs

    Thoroughbred racing returns to Delta Downs Racetrack & Casino in Vinton, La., Nov. 1 after a 19- month hiatus brought on by Hurricane Rita. The 88-night season, which runs through March 31, 2007, offers a 39-race stakes schedule worth more than $4 million.

  • Senior Citizens Ripe for Breeders' Cup

    Entered in this year's Breeders' Cup Championships is a horse who has not let the increasing years of his life affect his racing career. Perfect Drift, still going strong at age 7, has aged like fine wine, continuing to post impressive efforts as Nov. 4 rapidly approaches.

  • Denman Ready to Call Cup

    As soon as ESPN and the NTRA announced that Trevor Denman would replace Tom Durkin as the racecaller for the 23rd Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships, Denman's phone started to ring.

  • Wednesday Morning Line at the Breeders' Cup

    Right before the draw of the Breeders' Cup races takes place on the fourth floor of the clubhouse at Churchill Downs, Lisa Underwood surveys the scene. She's not eating breakfast from the buffet, but that's not to say she doesn't have a lot on her plate.