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  • Ring Weekend is the morning-line favorite for the Twilight Derby.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/At-the-Races-2014/i-GbZFG7G">Order This Photo</a>

    Sharp Ring Weekend Ships for Twilight Derby

    St. Elias Stable and West Point Thoroughbreds' Ring Weekend, who has developed nicely into a solid turf runner, is the morning-line favorite for the $200,000 Twilight Derby (gr. IIT) Oct. 31 at Santa Anita Park.

  • Big Cazanova will face 8 in the Las Vegas Marathon.

    Big Cazanova Favored in Las Vegas Marathon

    Big Cazanova, an Argentine-bred who is on the also-eligible list for the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic, is also the 5-2 morning-line choice in the Las Vegas Marathon (gr. II) at Santa Anita Park.

  • Churchill Increases Dividend to $1

    Churchill Downs Inc. announced Oct. 28 an annual dividend of $1 per outstanding share, a 15% increase over prior year, on CDI's common stock, payable Jan. 7, 2015, to shareholders of record Dec. 5, 2014.

  • International Star has not been worse than second in his four starts.

    Ramseys Double Up in BC Juvenile Turf

    Ken and Sarah Ramsey, who were disappointed last year by Bobby's Kitten's third-place finish in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf, will send out both International Star and Luck of the Kitten to try to win this year's version

  • Pedigree Says 'Toast' Should Handle Dirt

    One of the many questions surrounding the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) is whether the European-trained Toast of New York, a top-class synthetic specialist, will be as effective on dirt.

  • Breeders' Cup News Update for October 28, 2014

    Claire Novak updates us on American Pharoah's defection, Shared Belief's final breeze, and the first racetrack visits for international contenders Dank and Toronado after clearing quarantine.

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    California Chrome Camp Likes Classic Chances

    The California Chrome camp appears very confident heading into the Nov. 1 Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) despite the 3-year-old colt's disappointing trip in the Sept. 20 Pennsylvania Derby (gr. II).

  • Magician wins the 2013 Breeders' Cup Turf.

    European Depth Provides Value in BC Races

    I think every handicapper is aware of the success European-trained horses have enjoyed in the non-sprint turf races contested at Breeders' Cup, but I'm not sure as many players are aware that the value.

  • 2014 Report of Thoroughbred Mares Bred

    The 2014 Thoroughbred Mares Bred Report shows what stallions approximately 34,540 North American mares were bred to in 2014 as reported to The Jockey Club. The statistics reported include about 90% of actual mares bred.

  • Breeders' Cup 2014: Trainer Wesley Ward

    Trainer Wesley Ward provides insight into how his Breeders' Cup contenders are coming into the race. Ward's contenders include No Nay Never, Undrafted, Judy the Beauty, Hootenanny, and Luck of the Kitten.

  • Shared Belief

    Breeders' Cup Classic Will Answer Questions

    It is time for the questions to be answered, as 14 horses, seven of them 3-year-olds, will contest the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) Nov. 1 at Santa Anita Park, with Horse of the Year up for grabs.

  • Magician
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    Turf Favorite Flintshire Draws Favorable Post

    The Breeders' Cup Turf always brings the world into these World Championships. This year's $3 million event attracted another accomplished group of European raiders looking to extend their dominance over America.

  • Artemis Agrotera
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    Artemis Agrotera Well-Placed in F&M Sprint

    A winner of three straight races, Artemis Agrotera could nail down champion female sprinter honors if the daughter of Roman Ruler can extend that victory streak in the DraftKings Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint.

  • Secret Circle
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    Secret Circle Back for More in BC Sprint

    Secret Circle will try to become the second horse to win back-to-back editions of the Xpressbet Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) after a full field of 14 entered the six-furlong race set for Nov. 1 at Santa Anita Park.

  • American Pharoah
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    American Pharoah Lands Post 5 for Juvenile

    Zayat Stables' American Pharoah, a dominant winner of two grade I stakes in his last two starts, drew post 5 versus 12 other 2-year-old males in the $2 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) at Santa Anita Park Nov. 1.

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    Angela Renee Inside for Juvenile Fillies

    Several 2-year-old fillies with strong last-out efforts in graded stakes figure to grab the most attention in a field of 12 entered for the $2 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) at Santa Anita Park Nov. 1.

  • Goldencents

    Goldencents Draws Rail for BC Dirt Mile

    The winner of last year's edition of the $1 million Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (gr. I) leads a group of 11 entered for the 2014 edition as he aims to become the first two-time victor in the race's seven-year history Oct. 31.

  • Imperia
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    Imperia Draws Post 11 in BC Juvenile Turf

    Godolphin Racing's Imperia, winner of the Pilgrim Stakes (gr. IIIT) in his last start, drew post 11 in a field of 14 2-year-olds entered for the $1 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf (gr. IT) Oct. 31 at Santa Anita Park.

  • Delta Downs Vet, Parents Killed in Kentucky

    Emily Champion, who practiced veterinary medicine at Delta Downs Racetrack Casino & Hotel in Vinton, La., was the victim of a multiple homicide this weekend while visiting her parents at their rural home in Western Ky.

  • New BC Policy: Will Industry Embrace Action?

    The recent announcement by Breeders' Cup to ban horses from being entered in the World Championships if their trainers are found to be in violation of its convicted trainers rule, effective 2015, could signal change.

  • Flight Plan for BC Horses Slightly Altered

    A cracked windshield on a Tex Sutton plane caused minor shuffling in plans for the transportation of Breeders' Cup contenders in New York and Kentucky, but all runners are expected to arrive at Santa Anita Park by Oct. 29.

  • Ed Martin, president of the Association of Racing Commissioners International.

    RCI Considers New Model Rule on Safety Rails

    An Association of Racing Commissioners International's (RCI) committee said regulatory standards for racetrack rail systems should be updated to embrace new systems and technologies developed to protect jockeys and horses.

  • Gary Stevens

    Stevens Lands Juvenile Fillies Turf Mount

    It seems like just yesterday Stevens looked to have little or no shot to make the Breeders' Cup following knee reconstruction surgery. But if there is one thing we have learned about Stevens it is to never count him out.

  • Bourbon Courage

    Bourbon Courage Has BC Sprint Blowout

    Bourbon Lane Stable's XpressBet Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) contender Bourbon Courage had a good Oct. 27 blowout for the Nov. 1 event, breezing three furlongs in :34 1/5 at Keeneland for trainer Kellyn Gorder.