Headlines for Monday, November 2, 2009

  • Mine That Bird

    'Pretty Much Perfect' Work for Derby Winner

    In what trainer Chip Woolley labeled "pretty much perfect," Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner Mine That Bird worked five furlongs in 1:01 2/5 at Santa Anita Nov. 2 in preparation for the Nov. 7 Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I).

  • Vosburgh winner Kodiak Kowboy will not run in the Breeders' Cup 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%3D8530546%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Kodiak Kowboy, Two Others Withdrawn

    The Breeder's Cup World Championships experienced its first defections Nov. 2 with the withdrawal of three horses from consideration. They are Kodiak Kowboy, Allicansayis Wow, and Dave in Dixie.

  • Cocoa Beach will be vying for the Ladies' Classic title.<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%3D6910926%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Cocoa Beach, Music Note are 'Dangerous Duo'

    Cocoa Beach and Music Note have been here before. In 2008, at the end of long campaigns, they were still able to finish second and third, respectively, to Zenyatta in the Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic (gr. I) at Santa Anita.

  • ESPN, ABC Breeders' Cup Coverage Outlined

    The 2009 Breeders' Cup World Championships on Nov. 6-7 from Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif., will receive nine hours of live television coverage, including 2 1/2 hours on ABC. The 26th running of the Breeders' Cup will feature 14 races over two days on ABC, ESPN and ESPN2.

  • Ken Dunn

    Dunn Joins Gulfstream Management Team

    Ken Dunn, formerly of Calder Casino & Race Course, has joined the Gulfstream Park management team, the South Florida racetrack announced Nov. 2.

  • USO and BC Partner to Host Soldiers

    In recognition and unqualified support of U.S. service members, the Breeders' Cup, in partnership with the USO, will host more than 350 American troops and their families for a day of championship Thoroughbred racing Nov. 7 at Santa Anita Park, as part of the 2009 Breeders' Cup World Championships. The day at the races will be sponsored by West Point Thoroughbreds, headed by Terry Finley, a former U.S. Army captain and West Point graduate.

  • Jockey Julia Brimo

    Brimo Still in Critical Condition

    Jockey Julia Brimo, who suffered multiple injuries from a spill at Keeneland Oct. 30, was still listed in critical condition at the University of Kentucky Medical Center the afternoon of Nov. 1.

  • Derby Museum Announces Plans; Reopen in April

    The Kentucky Derby Museum announced renovation plans Nov. 2, an action necessitated by damage from a flood in Louisville, Ky., three months ago. The Museum is located on the grounds of Churchill Downs.

  • California Flag in the Morvich Handicap at Oak Tree. <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%3D8523823%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    California Flag: Relaxed and Ready for BC

    California Flag has an opportunity that few horses ever get -- a do-over at the Breeders' Cup. A diabolically fast pace cooked him in last year's inaugural Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint, but the improved version of California Flag may be much tougher in this year's running.

  • Colonel John<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%3D4085194%0D%0A%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Harty Confident as Col. John Has Final Work

    Eoin Harty had a hop in his step as he walked back to barn to meet Colonel John, who moments before turned in his final tune-up for the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I). The son of two-time Classic winner Tiznow was clocked in :59.80 for five furlongs over the Santa Anita Pro-Ride surface Nov. 2. It was the third best of 33 works during the morning sessions.

  • Richard's Kid scored a major upset with his win in the Pacific Classic at Del Mar.<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%3D8461201%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Richard's Kid Sharp in Work, 'Ready to Roll'

    Richard's Kid, upset winner of the Pacific Classic (gr. I), turned in another sharp work at Santa Anita Nov. 2, getting four furlongs in :47.20 in his final tune-up for the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I).

  • Rip Could Have Eclipsed 'Stars'

    There is no way of telling what might have been in any given race had circumstances been different. And it would be seem audacious to say that Rip Van Winkle was the best horse in the Coral Eclipse Stakes (Eng-I), won by Sea the Stars, but a close look at the race reveals several reasons why that statement might have validity.

  • Ventura comes into this year's Filly & Mare Sprint off of a win in the Woodbine Mile.

    Ventura Back for More in Filly & Mare Sprint

    Juddmonte Farms homebred Ventura will be defending her title in the Sentient Jet Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Sprint Nov. 6 at Santa Anita, and she's ready to roll, according Garrette O'Rourke, who manages Juddmonte's nursery near Lexington.

  • Breeders' Cup 2009: Kent Desormeaux

    Jockey Kent Desormeaux discusses Summer Bird, Zenyatta, & the rest of  his competition in the Breeders' Cup Classic. Presented by O.C.D. Pellets.

  • Miami Trail Riders Find Butchered Horse

    The number of horses apparently butchered for their meat in the Miami area since January rose to 21 on Saturday when trail riders discovered the remains of a Thoroughbred mare alongside a rural road in Miami-Dade County.