The racing days of Beholder have finally drawn to a close, as Spendthrift Farm officially announced the 6-year-old’s retirement Nov. 6, two days after her thrilling victory over Songbird in the Longines Breeders’ Cup Distaff (gr. I).
Trainer Art Sherman said California Chrome will train up to the Jan. 28 Pegasus World Cup (gr. I) at Gulfstream Park.
Fox Hill Farm's champion Songbird will get a freshening at WinStar Farm near Versailles, Ky., before returning to Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer for her 4-year-old campaign.
It was nonstop action on Breeders' Cup Saturday, with 9 grade I races: 14 Hands Winery Juvenile Fillies, Filly & Mare Turf, TwinSpires Sprint, Turf Sprint, Sentient Jet Juvenile, Longines Turf, Filly & Mare Sprint, Mile and Classic.
Mike Smith, who won three races and finished second in three others, earned the 14th Bill Shoemaker Award, given to the most outstanding jockey of the 2016 Breeders' Cup at Santa Anita Park.
A crowd of 72,811 at Santa Anita Park Nov. 5 set a record for the highest single-day attendance for a Breeders' Cup since the event switched to a two-day format.
Claire Novak recaps Arrogate's victory in the 2016 Breeders' Cup Classic over California Chrome.
Arrogate came roaring down the Santa Anita Park stretch to catch champion California Chrome in the final strides.
WinStar Farm, Wachtel Stable, and Gary Barber's Tourist turned the tables on several horses and did it on the biggest stage Nov. 5 in the $2 million Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) at Santa Anita Park.
Finest City wins the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (gr. I) over Wavell Avenue. The 4-year-old City Zip filly gets the seven furlongs in 1:22.37.
Highland Reel set a stiff pace and was never seriously challenged en route to a win in the $4 million Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT).
Trainer Mark Casse was openly confident regarding John Oxley's Classic Empire, and was proven right when the bay colt held off favored Not This Time to win the $2 million Sentient Jet Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I).
A two-time grade I winner at a mile, Obviously cut back a bit in distance to take the $1 million Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint (gr. IT) Nov. 5 at Santa Anita Park.
Baoma Corporation's Drefong came in off the bench, racing for the first time since his Aug. 27 Ketel One King's Bishop (gr. I) score, and turned back 8-5 choice Masochistic to land his second consecutive grade I by 1 1/4 lengths.
European invader Queen's Trust denied Lady Eli a rousing finish to her fairytale comeback from laminitis, getting her nose down just in time to take the $2 million Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf (gr. IT) Nov. 5 at Santa Anita Park.
Champagne Room rewarded her backers handsomely, running back to her Sorrento Stakes (gr. II) form and winning the 14 Hands Winery Breeders' Cup Juvenile Filles (gr. I) to kick off the Nov. 5 World Championships card at Santa Anita Park.
Coolmore's son of Sadler's Wells set a new single-season record with nine starters in this year's Breeders' Cup World Championships.
The beat went on, as it always does, but Richard Mandella doesn't want to think about moving on from the bay mare who gave one final brilliant display Nov. 4 at Santa Anita Park.
Stronach Stables' Shaman Ghost, the winner of the Sept. 3 Woodward Stakes (gr. I), will be scratched from the $6 million Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) at Santa Anita Park after spiking a fever in recent days, trainer Jimmy Jerkens said Nov. 5.
In one of the most intriguing races of the Breeders' Cup World Championships, a stellar cast has assembled for the Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT), topped by the queen of American turf, Tepin, whose best effort wins the race.
California Chrome has a chance at redemption—the rarest of opportunities in today’s racing—when he starts in the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic (gr. I) at Santa Anita Park, the same race and site where he finished a close third to Bayern in 2014.
Images from an exciting Breeders' Cup Friday, including the Juvenile Turf, Las Vegas Dirt Mile, Juvenile Fillies Turf and Longines Distaff.
With no one correctly tabbing six winner's in Friday's Pick 6, there is a two-day carryover of $511,261 into Nov. 5 which is Breeders' Cup Classic Day at Santa Anita Park.
It took a photo finish decided by barely an inch, but previously unbeaten champion Songbird did suffer a loss for the first time, losing to now three-time Breeders' Cup winner Beholder in the $2 million Longines Distaff (gr. I) Nov. 4.
Claire Novak recaps the epic Distaff battle between Beholder and Songbird, the highlight of Breeders' Cup Friday.
A Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) for the ages on paper played out in real time in the most dramatic and epic way.
An already career year for trainer Chad Brown continued during the Nov. 4 card of the Breeders' Cup World Championships when New Money Honey collared pacesetter Lull in midstretch to take the $1 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (gr. IT).
Shadwell Stable's Tamarkuz, under all-time leading Breeders' Cup jockey Mike Smith, ranged up outside and rolled past Gun Runner to upset the $1 million Las Vegas Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (gr. I).
About 30 miles from Hollywood, Oscar Performance proved to be no act as he scored a clear victory in the $1 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf (gr. IT) Nov. 4 at Santa Anita Park.
Images from the days leading up to the 2016 Breeders' Cup
Thoroughbred Charities of America's "An Evening with California Chrome" fundraising event was a big hit Nov. 2 in Arcadia, Calif.
Natalma Stakes (Can-IT) winner Victory to Victory will not run in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (gr. IT), trainer Mark Casse said the morning of the Nov. 4 event.
Ten grade I wins, three Eclipse Awards, and two Breeders' Cup race victories into her career, Beholder is set to have one last chance to add to all of the above when she makes what is slated to be her final career start in the 1 1/8-miles Distaff.
Veteran conditioner Christophe Clement is considered by many to be one of the best when money is on the line.
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the thirteen Breeders' Cup races.
A neck away from Breeders' Cup glory only a year ago, trainer Kiaran McLaughlin has opted not to run Lady Shipman in the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint (gr. IT) a second time in favor of the Nov. 5 Senator Ken Maddy Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Santa Anita Park.
The stars will be out in force Saturday, as California Chrome, Arrogate, Tepin, Lady Eli, Flintshire, Frosted and a host of Aidan O'Brien horses, headed by iron filly Found, will be on display in what promises to be a memorable day of racing.
Handicapper Dave LItfin's analysis of the 2016 Breeders' Cup World Championships at Santa Anita
As handicappers look for every possible angle in considering a horse's chances in the Breeders' Cup World Championships, Santa Anita Park security will be monitoring every Breeders' Cup horse from a state-of-the-art surveillance system.
Aron Wellman knows the kind of field his Curalina is up against, but embraces the opportunity to gain the first Breeders' Cup victory for Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners
Claire Novak recaps the news of the day, including Lord Nelson's scratch from the Sprint, and the withdrawal of Suedois from the Turf Sprint, which allows Green Mask to run. Plus, more Europeans hit the track, including 2015 Turf winner Found.
Jeff and Kathleen Hebert fell in love with a Kentucky-bred daughter of Ghostzapper at the 2013 Keeneland yearling sale. She had some veterinary issues, which scared enough bidders away that the couple got her for just $15,000.
"If somebody wants to be in front of Songbird, they can go ahead and try," said Mike Smith, a day before the Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I).
Bob Hubbard Horse Transportation, KC Horse Transport, share White Horse award as given by the Race Track Chaplaincy of America Nov. 3 in Arcadia, Calif.
After winning last year's Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) at Keeneland with a well-rested American Pharoah, trainer Bob Baffert hopes a similar approach with Arrogate delivers this season.
John Shirreffs has enjoyed Breeders' Cup glory at Santa Anita Park with the legendary Zenyatta as well as with Life Is Sweet, but Gormley would represent his first Juvenile winner at World Championships.
Flintshire will be supported by an ownership group that includes Hill 'n' Dale Farms, S.F. Bloodstock, China Horse Club and Juddmonte Farms.
When Twilight Eclipse won his career debut in June 2012, his earnings of $20,400 represented a return of more than 20 times the $1,000 paid by John L. Langemeier when he bought the son of Purim at public auction.
Since teaming up with trainer Mark Casse, John and Debby Oxley have experienced a strong uptick in success with their Thoroughbred runners, evidenced by Breeders' Cup contenders Classic Empire and La Coronel.
Trainer Brad Cox shipped D. J. Stable's Green Mask, third in the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint (gr. IT) in 2015, out to Santa Anita Park with the hopes of making the race again, despite being the second horse on the also-eligible list in a full field.
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