Breeders' Cup

Previews, interviews, features, video and results for the Breeders' Cup World Championships

  • Bobby Frankel won't be on hand to saddle his Breeders' Cup horses.

    Frankel Assistant Subs for Hall of Famer

    The main reason trainer Bobby Frankel is able to attend to his ill dog back in California and not make it to the Breeders' Cup is his fantastic staff of assistants who are able to step in and run the show.

  • Trainer Doug O'Neill

    O'Neill Dissects Grace Anatomy

    When it comes to Grace Anatomy, trainer Doug O'Neill has her all figured out. She is a filly with "above average" talent and likes to come from off the pace.

  • Friday Morning Line: A Brand New Day

    On the chute, trainer Graham Motion is on his pony, circling his John Deere Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) runner Better Talk Now. They're waiting to go onto the soggy turf course for a last-minute tune-up.

  • Any Given Saturday at Monmouth Park.

    Steve Haskin's BC Analysis: Wet and Wild on the Jersey Shore

    The Breeders' Cup World Championships and the Jersey Shore met head on this week, and judging from the weather forecast, a good portion of the shore will be washing up on Monmouth Park Friday and Saturday. The expected heavy rains will leave the 11 Breeders' Cup races pretty much a mess and a guess.

  • Greg's Gold trains at Monmouth earlier this week.

    Hofmans Confident in Balance and Greg's Gold

    David Hofmans, who will send out two horses in this year's Breeders' Cup World Championships, is convinced the advantages will outweigh the obstacles facing his runners in the Oct. 27 races at Monmouth Park.

  • Lawyer Ron

    Any Given Saturday and Lawyer Ron Ready for Classic

    Trainer Todd Pletcher is again in the eye of the Breeders' Cup storm. The Eclipse Award-winning trainer will saddle 11 runners, including Any Given Saturday and Lawyer Ron, both of whom are set to go 1 1/4 miles in the Breeders' Cup Classic - Powered by Dodge (gr. I) during the two-day World Championship event Oct. 26-27 at Monmouth Park.

  • Johnny Murtagh

    Murtagh Muses on His Breeders' Cup Chances

    The Europeans felt more at home around the Monmouth Park quarantine barn the morning of Oct. 24, thanks to the clouds and rain that became heavy at times. None of the British or Irish trainers with Breeders' Cup runners had arrived, so leading Irish jockey Johnny Murtagh held center stage. He has four excellent rides in the 11 Breeders' Cup races Friday and Saturday.

  • Todd Pletcher

    Pletcher Reviews Breeders' Cup Starters

    Two days before the Oct. 26-27 Breeders' Cup World Championships, trainer Todd Pletcher reviewed his 11 starters and shared his thoughts on the upcoming races, including possible scratches should the surfaces turn up wet or yielding due to weekend showers.

  • Out-of-Competition Tests Negative on BC Horses

    The random out-of-competition testing of Breeders' Cup World Championships participants for Epogen (EPO) and total carbon dioxide (TCO2) have all returned negative, officials announced Oct. 24.

  • The versatile Purim faces a full field in the Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. 1T).

    Tom Proctor Relaxed for Purim's Mile Run

    If the relaxed confidence of trainer Tom Proctor could be passed on to his Netjets Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) candidate Purim, then the 5-year-old will have a major advantage over his rivals come the $2 million race at Monmouth Park Oct. 27.

  • Octave would be Jack and Laurie Wolf's second Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. 1) winner.

    Distaff Owners Seek to Double Their Fun

    Jack and Laurie Wolf and John and Jerry Amerman will all be looking for their second victory in the Breeders' Cup Distaff when they send out Octave and Balance, respectively, Saturday at Monmouth Park.

  • Breeders' Cup Will Showcase Solid 3-year-old Crop

    There are five top 3-year-olds in the Breeders' Cup Classic - Powered by Dodge (gr. I), but there are strong 3-year-old contenders in at least three other World Championship races.

  • Wednesday Morning Line: A Little Damp Around the Edges

    It's 10 a.m. Time for the first group meeting of the "Big Event Team" put together by the Thoroughbred Racing Protective Bureau. In all 22 agents are prowling the backstretch of Monmouth Park 24/7 looking for evil doers.

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    Front-end Tactics Loom Key to Breeders' Cup Classic

    A field of nine was drawn Oct. 23 for one of the deepest and most contentious runnings of the Breeders' Cup Classic - Powered by Dodge (gr. I). The two horses who drew the most attention were Hard Spun and Lawyer Ron, who likely will dictate how the race will be run.

  • Excellent Art leads the European contingent in the Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. 1).

    Excellent Art Draws Outside, Favored in Mile

    Excellent Art, who is less than a length shy of being a winner of his last three races in England, all group I events, was made the 3-1 favorite for the Oct. 27 NetJets Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) at Monmouth Park.

  • Honey Ryder could have an advantage in the Filly & Mare Turf if the course comes up soft.

    Course Condition Key to Filly & Mare Turf

    The condition of Monmouth Park's turf course Oct. 27, with rain in the forecast for the middle part of Breeders' Cup week, is a major concern for horsemen with runners in the $2-million Emirates Airline Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf (gr. IT).

  • Midnight Lute comes into the Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. 1) off a huge win in the Forego (gr. 1).

    Midnight Lute Favored Among 11 in Breeders' Cup Sprint

    Watson and Weitman Performances and Mike Pegram's Midnight Lute, impressive winner of the Sept. 1 Forego Handicap (gr. I) at Saratoga in his last start, is the early 2-1 favorite in a field of 11 entered in the $2-million TVG Breeders' Cup Sprint at Monmouth Park Oct. 27.

  • La Traviata's connections ultimately chose the Filly & Mare Sprint rather than facing the colts.

    La Traviata Opts for Filly & Mare Sprint; Meets Dream Rush

    La Traviata opted for the new Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint Oct. 26 rather than the TVG Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) the following day, making that race much more intriguing than it would have been had she opted to run against males.

  • Prussian will be ridden by Kent Desormeaux in the newly created Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf

    Prussian Installed 3-1 Favorite for Juvenile Turf

    Heading into uncharted territory, Monticule's homebred Prussian was made the 3-1 favorite for the inaugural Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf. Run as the second Breeders' Cup race on the new Friday program, the $1-million race will be run at a mile Oct. 26.

  • Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile favorite Discreet Cat will break from Post One in the first running of this event.

    Discreet Cat Draws Rail for Inaugural Dirt Mile

    Godolphin Racing's Discreet Cat, third in the Sept. 30 Vosburgh Handicap (gr. I) at Belmont Park in his last start, was installed the 2-1 morning-line favorite for the inaugural Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile Oct. 26 at Monmouth Park.

  • Street Sense finalized his Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. 1) preparations with Tuesday morning's five furlong work

    Street Sense Sizzles in Final BC Work

    With Calvin Borel up, Street Sense had his final work Oct. 23 for the Breeders' Cup Classic - Powered by Dodge (gr. I) four days later, rolling around the Monmouth Park turn and finishing a five-furlong work in 1:01 1/5.

  • Tuesday Morning Line: Getting a Bead on the Draw

    After the post position draw, which clocked in right at one hour to introduce all the dignitaries and draw 11 races, trainer Todd Pletcher takes a seat at table. He's quickly surrounded by a circle of cameras, tape recorders, and notebooks.

  • Breeders' Cup Saturday Could Be a Wet One

    With showers forecast for Oceanport, N.J., on Saturday, the weather could be a factor on the second day of the Oct. 26-27 Breeders' Cup World Championships at Monmouth Park.