Headlines for Saturday, October 25, 2008

  • Keeneland Attendance, Handle Decline

    Keeneland closed its 2008 fall season on Saturday, Oct. 25, with near-record attendance for the 17-day race meeting that began Oct. 3. On-track handle fell 8.3% and all-source wagering was down 17.8%.

  • Raven's Pass leaves Curlin behind in the Breeders' Cup Classic.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D6458912%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Stunner! Raven's Pass Upsets Curlin

    European challengers Raven's Pass and Henrythenavigator plus U.S. contender Tiago defeat fourth-placed Curlin. Despite a big move by Curlin at the top of the stretch that put him on the lead, Raven's Pass roared past him on the outside. Meanwhile, Henrythenavigator came along the rail to take second.

  • Conduit draws off in the Breeders' Cup Turf.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D6458147%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Conduit Sets Record in BC Turf

    Conduit won the Emirates Airlines Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. I) in stakes record time. The Irish-bred son of Dalakhani ran the 1 1/2-mile race in 2:23.42. Eagle Mountain was second, and long-shot Dancing Forever was third.

  • Midnight Lute takes the Breeders' Cup Sprint for the 2nd consecutive year.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D6457794%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Midnight Lute Makes It a Double

    Riding his fourth Breeders' Cup winner of the weekend, Garrett Gomez guided Midnight Lute to his second win in the Sentient Flight Group Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) Oct. 25 at Santa Anita Park. The son of Real Quiet won the Sprint last year. The final time for six furlongs was 1:07.08.

  • Donativum holds off Westphalia to take the Breeders' Cup Juvenile.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D6457418%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Euros Are 1-2 in the BC Juvenile Turf

    In an thrilling stretch duel, English-bred invader Donativum bested Irish rival Westphalia by a half length to capture the $1-million Grey Goose Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf at Santa Anita Park Oct. 25.

  • Midshipman and Garrett Gomez take the Breeders' Cup Juvenile all the way on the lead.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D6457152%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Midshipman Wins BC Juvenile

    Midshipman moved quickly to the lead going into the first turn of the Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I). The son of Unbridled's Song stayed in front for the rest of the 1 1/16-mile race to win by over a length. Favorite Square Eddie finished second, and Street Hero finished third.

  • Goldikova flies to victory in the Breeders' Cup Mile.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D6457157%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Accelerating Goldikova Wins Mile

    European challenger Goldikova, undefeated in her previous three starts in French group races, won the Breeders' Cup Mile with a thrilling burst of speed in mid-stretch. Trainer Freddie Head becomes the first person to win a Breeders' Cup World Championship race as a jockey(Miesque, 1987-88) and now as a trainer.

  • Beulah, Horsemen Have Temporary Deal

    Beulah Park and the Ohio Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association have "agreed to disagree" on contractual issues, but a temporary agreement has allowed the track to restore previous purse levels and export its signal.

  • Albertus Maximus (left) sweeps by to take the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D6456494%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Albertus Maximus Wins Dirt Mile

    Albertus Maximus powered past longshots Two Step Salsa and My Pal Charlie inside the final furlong to win the $1-million TVG Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile by 1 1/4 lengths over the late-closing Rebellion.

  • Land: Ladies' Day a Success

    After having some time to reflect upon how the first Breeders' Cup Ladies' Day turned out, Peter Land, chief marketing officer of Breeders' Cup Ltd. said it was a success on most fronts, though it's still early to claim total victory.

  • Desert Code and Richard Migliore power home in the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D6456198%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Desert Code Cracks First BC Turf Sprint

    It took hillside course specialist Desert Code, the longest shot on the board at odds of 36-1, to crack the inaugural $1-million Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint at Santa Anita Oct. 25.

  • Muhannak holds of Church Service to take the first running of the Breeders' Cup Marathon.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D6455748%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Muhannak Gets Perfect Trip in Marathon

    Richard Pegum's Muhannak got a dream trip under jockey Patrick Smullen to win the inaugural Breeders' Cup Marathon in track-record time at Santa Anita Park Oct. 25, second day of the Breeders' Cup World Championships.

  • Add Heat Out of Marathon

    Add Heat, listed at 20-1 morning line odds for the Breeders' Cup Marathon, the first race on the Oct. 25 World Championships card, was scratched by trainer Barry Abrams.

  • First-Day Cup Handle Tops $47 Million

    A crowd of 31,257 was on hand at Santa Anita on Oct. 24 for the first day of the two-day event with the first five of 14 Breeders' Cup World Championship races on Oct. A North American record Friday all sources common pool handle on the 10-race card was $47,863,774.