Headlines for Thursday, November 1, 2012

  • Baffert: Dude's on his game

    Game On Dude, the Classic morning-line favorite, had another strong gallop Thursday morning, heading out with trainer Bob Baffert's 7:45 a.m. (PDT) set under regular exercise rider Dana Barnes. He returned to the Baffert barn on the Santa Anita backstretch and got a treat of a couple of carrots from Barnes, who is married to Baffert's chief assistant, Jim Barnes.

  • Team Europe takes to the track

    Having cleared quarantine Wednesday evening, Aidan O'Brien's powerful Breeders' Cup team took to the Santa Anita track for the first time to stretch their legs Thursday morning.

  • Shanghai Bobby gets first look at Santa Anita

    Undefeated Grade 1 winner Shanghai Bobby, trainer Todd Pletcher's morning-line favorite for Saturday's Breeders' Cup Juvenile, got his first glimpse of picturesque Santa Anita Thursday morning after arriving on the Tex Sutton flight Wednesday.

  • Amazombie, Musical Romance try for title defenses in Sprint races

    Amazombie, defending champion of Saturday's Breeders' Cup Sprint, was put through what amounted to a faster-than-usual gallop on Thursday morning at Santa Anita under exercise rider Javier Meza that trainer Bill Spawr likened to the one or two days before the 2011 Sprint at Churchill Downs.

  • Ladies' Classic runners put in final gallops

    Trainer Bill Mott's champion Royal Delta galloped 1 3/8 miles on Thursday morning over the main track at Santa Anita in preparation for a title defense run in Friday's Breeders' Cup Ladies'.

  • Nashua, Tempted draw baker's dozen of juveniles

    A baker's dozen of two-year-olds will vie for the spotlight at Aqueduct on Sunday afternoon as they take the next step in their careers in the Grade 2, $200,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/nashua12.html"> Nashua</a> and the Grade 3, $150,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/tempted12.html">Tempted</a> for fillies.

  • Goldikova attracts eight

    One day after wrapping up the 2012 Breeders' Cup, Santa Anita will offer the Grade 2, $150,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/goldikova12.html"> Goldikova</a> (formerly Las Palmas) sending a competitive field of eight distaffers one mile over the turf on closing day Sunday.

  • Challenges Await 'Kitty' in Juvenile Sprint

    When asked about the chances of Ceiling Kitty in the $500,000 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Sprint Nov. 2, British trainer Tom Dascombe replied with a refreshing, "The truthful answer is I don't really know."

  • White Horse Award to Late Remington Worker

    A Remington Park maintenance department employee who died as a result of injuries sustained in an accident in March was honored posthumously Nov. 1 with the White Horse Award from the Race Track Chaplaincy of America.

  • Breeders' Cup News Minute - 11/01/2012

    Lenny Shulman reports on the news of the day, including the first track visits for the last arriving horses, including Mucho Macho Man.

  • Mark Casse at Santa Anita.

    Trainers Pletcher, Casse Criticize Salix Ban

    Trainers Todd Pletcher and Mark Casse took issue with the Breeders' Cup decision banning the anti-bleeding medication furosemide in this year's five juvenile races during the World Thoroughbred Championships.

  • Yavapai Racing

    Racing Likely to Return to Yavapai in 2013

    Plans call for the usual 60-day summer meeting in 2013 beginning on Memorial Day. The track has not raced since 2010 and last year former owner Yavapai County Farm and Agriculture Association filed Chapter 7 bankruptcy.

  • My Happy Face (right) finished just a head behind Dreaming of Julia in the Frizette Stakes.&lt;br&gt;&lt;a target=&quot;blank&quot; href=&quot;http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/at-the-races-2012/22274956_jFd5jM#!i=2134879633&amp;k=Fj7mZVV&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    My Happy Hoping for Smiles in Tempted

    After just missing out on a grade I victory in her previous start, My Happy Face will try to put smiles on her connections' faces Nov. 4 in the $150,000 Tempted Stakes (gr. II) at Aqueduct.

  • Groupie Doll
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    Groupie Doll Becoming California Girl

    According to assistant trainer Maria Kabel, Groupie Doll is making the adjustment from her Kentucky home to her California digs just fine in advance of her run in the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint.

  • Breeders' Cup Comments: Charlie Lopresti

    European correspondent Graham Cunningham lets us drop in on his Charlie Lopresti interview, while Mile favorite Wise Dan cools out in the background Nov. 1.

  • Loch Garman Wins Criterium International

    Loch Garman scored a last-gasp victory in the Criterium International (Fr-I) Nov. 1 at Saint-Cloud, coming from near the back of the field to catch pacesetter Anna's Pearl in the final strides for a half-length win.

  • Potesta

    Potesta Recovering Well, Set for January Sale

    Potesta, the Hollywood Oaks winner who suffered a career-ending condylar fracture to her left foreleg during a workout Sept. 14, is recovering well and will be offered at the Keeneland January horses of all ages sale.

  • Executiveprivilege preps for the Breeders&#39; Cup at Santa Anita.&lt;br&gt;&lt;a target=&quot;blank&quot; href=&quot;http://photos.bloodhorse.com/BreedersCup/2012-Breeders-Cup/Works/26130247_gxH6nS#!i=2189108879&amp;k=FTFDBqx&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Executiveprivilege Has Baffert's Confidence

    Trainer Bob Baffert carries his usual quiet confidence about the chances of favored Executiveprivilege into the $2 million Grey Goose Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) Nov. 2 at Santa Anita Park.

  • Breeders' Cup Morning with The Fugue

    John Gosden walked along the surface of the Santa Anita main track. Beside him strode his main hope and one of Europe's top contenders for the Breeders' Cup World Championships, a 3-year-old filly named The Fugue.

  • Boisterous won the 2011 Red Smith by two lengths.

    Boisterous Looks to Add Another Stakes Win

    While most of Shug McGaughey's focus Nov. 3 will be on preparing Point of Entry for the Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) at Santa Anita Park, the Hall of Fame trainer also will be starting a talented turf runner at Aqueduct.

  • Mares and Hormones

    Many owners stand by the statement that there&#39;s nothing quite like a hard-trying, intelligent mare. But if you ask for her full attention and cooperation while she&#39;s showing signs of estrus (heat), good luck! Whether they&#39;re causing unsavory behavior in the show arena or preventing a broodmare from coming into estrus, a mare&#39;s hormones can...

  • THS: Breeders' Cup

    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.

  • Equine Performance and Psychological Factors Linked

    Ever feel like your horse is in a bad mood? Well, according to a British equine behavior research team, you could be right. In fact, team members said, paying attention to all of horses&#39; main psychological factors--temperament, moods, and emotional reactions--is key to ensuring their mental well-being and their success.