Headlines for Wednesday, October 31, 2012

  • 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:

  • Joyful Victory takes on 10 in the Chilukki Stakes.

    Joyful Victory Back at Churchill for Chilukki

    Fox Hill Farms' Joyful Victory, a multiple graded stakes-winning earner of more than $625,000, heads a competitive field of 11 fillies and mares entered for the $150,000 Chilukki Stakes (gr. II) Nov. 3 at Churchill Downs.

  • Neck 'n Neck won the Indiana Derby by a length.

    Neck 'n Neck Preps for Clark in Ack Ack

    Indiana Derby (gr. II) winner Neck 'n Neck is the 120-pound starting high weight for his first race against older horses when he headlines the $100,000-added Ack Ack Handicap (gr. III) Nov. 2 at Churchill Downs.

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    Sprint is Right Race, Right Time For Duo

    The six-furlong Xpressbet Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) isn't the ideal distance for two top contenders in this race, say their trainers, but it's the race that fits them best at this time.

  • Trade Zone: The Conservative Approach

    Despite the numerous treatments available, time and R&R remain essential for helping a horse recover from tendon or ligament injury.

  • 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="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/twilightderby12"> 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="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/redsmith12">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.

  • THS: Breeders' Cup 2012

    Tom LaMarra and Claire Novak handicap a few choice races from the Breeders' Cup providing insight from past performances and on site impressions. The Classic will  be covered in tomorrow's show. Download Brisnet Past Performances for the Breeders' Cup Classic.

  • Hurricane Sandy aftermath at Country Life Farm in Maryland.

    Hurricane Sandy Impacts Northeast Tracks

    Initial reports suggest tracks across the Northeast suffered some damage and power outages as a result of Hurricane Sandy, but that damage was moderate compared with the devastation in the area.

  • Bob Elliston

    Elliston Has Eye on Future for Breeders' Cup

    Bob Elliston, who took over as chief operating officer at Breeders' Cup earlier this year, said the organization is assessing its position and working to improve the overall experience the World Championships has to offer.

  • For Trainer Ward, Family Comes First

    Although Wesley Ward believes Houyhnhnm Stable's Great Attack has a big chance to win the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint, if the 5-year-old horse gets his picture taken in the winner's circle the trainer will not be in the photo.

  • 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.

  • BC Interview: Freddie Head

    Freddie Head, who won the Breeders' Cup Mile three times with Goldikova, talks about 2012 contender Moonlight Cloud, a filly running against the boys.

  • Nereid

    Nereid Out of Filly & Mare Turf

    Eric Kronfeld's Nereid has been declared out of the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf (gr. IT) after sustaining a minor injury, according to trainer John Shirreffs.

  • BC Interview - Freddie Head Talks BC Mile

    Freddie Head, who won the Breeders' Cup Mile three times with Goldikova, talks about 2012 contender Moonlight Cloud, a filly running against the boys.

  • Flashy Ways on the right

    BC-Bound Flashy Ways has Teenage Breeder

    When Chad Reed's parents gave him a $5,000 budget to pick out a mare at the 2009 Keeneland November mixed sale at age 12, he never dreamed it would eventually result in a Breeders' Cup starter.

  • Hall of Fame Announces New Category

    In an effort to tell a more comprehensive history of Thoroughbred racing in North America, the National Museum of Racing will be expanding its Hall of Fame with a new category, Pillars of the Turf, beginning in 2013.

  • Awesome Feather

    Brown Hopes For Awesome Encore

    Five years after Chad Brown slapped the saddle on Stronach Stables' Ginger Punch to win the Emirates Airline Breeders' Cup Distaff while subbing for Bobby Frankel, he is back with another top Stronach filly.

  • Woodbine

    Ontario Report: Changes Ahead for Racing

    Cutting the number of Thoroughbred race dates in Ontario and reducing purses are some of the recommendations put forth by the government commissioned Horse Racing Transition Panel in a final report released Oct. 30.

  • Fall Feeding Tips for Horses

    As temperatures drop, horse owners should begin to make changes in their horse&#39;s feeding program in preparation for winter. But what alterations are needed? Here are some points to consider when preparing to adjust a nutrition program for the colder weather.