Headlines for Friday, November 2, 2012

  • BC Friday handle off 5 percent

    A crowd of 34,619 was on hand at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California, on Friday for the first day of the 29th Breeders' Cup World Championships. The attendance figure was a slight decline over the 2009 Friday attendance at Santa Anita of 37,651, but up from the 2008 figure of 31,257.

  • Breeders' Cup Friday They Said It

    <b><i><font face="Arial" size="4">BREEDERS' CUP FRIDAY </font> </i></b><i> <b><font face="Arial" size="4">THEY SAID IT</font></b></i>

  • Grandeur rudely interrupts Speaking in Twilight Derby

    Yvonne Jacques' Grandeur, who trailed much of the way after stumbling at the start in Friday's Grade 2, $150,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/twilightderby12.pdf"> Twilight Derby</a>, flew home in deep stretch to catch 5-2 favorite Speaking of Which. Trained by Jeremy Noseda and ridden by William Buick, the English shipper bested the Irish colt by a half-length in the all-European exacta.

  • Royal Delta wraps up championship with Ladies' Classic defense

    Besilu Stable's Royal Delta proved herself a true champion on Friday when successfully defending her title in the Grade 1, $1,818,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/bcladiesclassic12.pdf"> Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic</a> at Santa Anita Park despite being taken out of her usual game.

  • Grandeur rallies to win the Twilight Derby at Santa Anita.

    Twilight Simply Grandeur

    Irish-bred Grandeur, with William Buick up, rallies from last after stumbling at the start Nov. 2 to win the $150,000 Twilight Derby (gr. IIT) to cap off the Breeders' Cup Friday card at Santa Anita.

  • Zagora kicks best late in Filly & Mare Turf

    One year ago, owner Martin S. Schwartz and trainer Chad Brown endured the bitter disappointment of watching their 9-5 favorite Stacelita trudge home 10th in the Breeders' Cup Filly &amp; Mare Turf. But in Friday's renewal at Santa Anita, they experienced a much happier reversal of fortune, courtesy of the consistently classy Zagora.

  • Beholder wires Juvenile Fillies

    Spendthrift Farm's Beholder justified trainer Richard Mandella's decision to enter her in the Grade 1, $1,818,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/bcjuvfillies12.pdf"> Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies</a> instead of the Juvenile Sprint earlier on Santa Anita's Friday program with a wire-to-wire win under jockey Garrett Gomez.

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    Game Zagora Prevails in Filly & Mare Turf

    Martin Schwartz's Zagora took the lead leaving the second turn and held off a tenacious Marketing Mix for a game victory in the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf (gr. IT) at Santa Anita Park Nov. 2.

  • Flotilla flows to Juvenile Fillies Turf victory

    Sheikh Mohammed al Thani's Flotilla was sent off at 11-1 to continue the double-digit winners on Breeders' Cup Friday, taking the Grade 1, $909,000 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.brisnet.com/edgeped/bcjuvfilliesturf12.pdf"> Juvenile Fillies Turf</a> by 1 1/4 lengths after coming with furious late rally down the middle of the lawn at Santa Anita. With Christophe Lemaire aboard, the dark bay daughter of Mizzen Mast was forced to swing wide around the turn but kicked into gear to get up and finish a mile on the firm turf in 1:34 3/5.

  • Flotilla (blue silks) sails home to win the Breeders&#39; Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf.&lt;br&gt;&lt;a target=&quot;blank&quot; href=&quot;http://photos.bloodhorse.com/BreedersCup/2012-Breeders-Cup/Juvenile-Fillies-Turf/26130221_nMsRcw#!i=2191257428&amp;k=639HMsN&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Flotilla Flies Home in Juvenile Fillies Turf

    Flotilla avoided trouble with an explosive late run down the center of the course in the $1 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (gr. IT) Nov. 2 at Santa Anita Park, giving jockey Christophe LeMaire his first Cup win.

  • Hightail (inside) outfights favorite Merit Man to win the Breeders&#39; Cup Juvenile Sprint.&lt;br&gt;&lt;a target=&quot;blank&quot; href=&quot;http://photos.bloodhorse.com/BreedersCup/2012-Breeders-Cup/Juvenile-Sprint/26130236_bRN9v4#!i=2191121620&amp;k=htSfGmX&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Hightail Captures Juvenile Sprint for Lukas

    Hightail, exploiting a slight opening at the rail in upper stretch, upset 1-2 favorite Merit Man in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Sprint Nov. 2, giving trainer D. Wayne Lukas his 19th lifetime victory in the Championships.

  • Southern Lights Stroll returns for 11th season

    With the return of the Southern Lights holiday festival, the Southern Lights Stroll once again debuts as its opening night on November 15. The only evening of the entire event when the public is allowed to experience a major portion of the lighted route on foot, visitors may choose to run, walk or stroll their way through thousands of dazzling holiday lights in the heart of horse country, on the grounds of the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky.

  • Soaring Empire to Vinery New York

    Graded stakes-winning son of Empire Maker to stand at Vinery New York for $2,500. He won or placed in eight graded stakes and is a half brother to multiple graded stakes winner Hungry Island.

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    BC Prepared for Handle Hit After Hurricane

    Breeders' Cup is prepared to take a hit in pari-mutuel handle given the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast even though many wagering outlets were back in operation Nov. 2.

  • Final preparations underway for Breeders' Cup runners

    With co-owner and trainer Buff Bradley looking on for the first time this week, Breeders' Cup Filly &amp; Mare Sprint favorite Groupie Doll jogged three-quarters of a mile and then galloped one mile under exercise rider Jada Schlenk.

  • Mott reflects on Classic winner Cigar ahead of possible record-setting weekend

    Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott was smiling and content Friday morning with his horses safely back in their stalls after completing their exercise. Mott will run defending champion Royal Delta in the Ladies' Classic Friday afternoon and has three runners -- Flat Out, Ron the Greek and To Honor and Serve -- in the $5 million Classic on Saturday.

  • Super Ninety Nine&lt;br&gt;&lt;a target=&quot;blank&quot; href=&quot;http://photos.bloodhorse.com/BreedersCup/2012-Breeders-Cup/Works/26130247_gxH6nS#!i=2189106521&amp;k=292nk2d&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Three Scratched out of Breeders' Cup

    Sustained has been scratched out of the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf, Worth Repeating will not run in the Marathon, and Super Ninety Nine is out of the Juvenile Sprint.

  • THS: Breeders' Cup Classic

    Tom LaMarra and Claire Novak analyze the talented field of the Breeders' Cup Classic.