One of the few things lacking for Prince Abdullah was the stalwart West Coast presence his farm previously enjoyed under the late Hall of Fame trainer Bobby Frankel. In his desire to amend that situation, he sought out whom he considered the best.
Defending Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) heroine Tepin made her first appearance on the Santa Anita Park track Nov. 1, highlighting a relatively quiet morning of activity in advance of the two-day Breeders' Cup World Championships Nov. 4-5.
Barbara Banke and the other panelists described the exhilaration of their Breeders' Cup victories to those attending the conference.
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After giving his connections and fans standout victories in the Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) and the TVG Pacific Classic (gr. I), California Chrome will try to extend his perfect 5-year-old campaign in the richest race ever run in North America.
One of the finest fields ever assembled for the Distaff will face off Nov. 4, as undefeated superstar Songbird duels with fellow champions Stellar Wind and Beholder, with I'm a Chatterbox and Forever Unbridled also in the mix.
Set for a ninth running Nov. 4 at Santa Anita Park, the $1 million Juvenile Fillies Turf (gr. IT) has packed impressive amounts of quality into its short existance.
Together, champion Tepin and grade I winner Miss Temple City now stand as the top threats and one another's biggest obstacles in the $2 million Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) Nov. 5 at Santa Anita Park.
Gary Barber and Sequel Racing's Haveyougoneaway has proven her talent and mettle on the New York circuit this season.
Pre-entered in both the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) and the Longines Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT), 2015 Turf winner Found will defend her title instead of taking on the boys on dirt.
Conventional wisdom suggests a West Coast-based horse might have the edge in the six-furlong Sprint, but historic results tell us otherwise.
With her health on point and her talent wicked as ever, Lady Eli remarkably heads into the Nov. 5 Filly and Mare Turf in her usual spot as the one to beat.
Trainer Christophe Clement is still seeking his first Breeders' Cup victory, but could be situated to break through Nov. 5 in the $2 million Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) at Santa Anita Park.
Without a full field and without a whole lot of speed in the race—at least on paper—the $1 million Las Vegas Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (gr. I) looks to be Runhappy’s race to lose.
A geographically diverse and evenly matched field is set to face the starter in the $2 million Sentient Jet Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (gr. I) going 1 1/16 miles at Santa Anita Park Nov. 5.
Beholder schooling on October 31 in preparation for the 2016 Breeders' Cup.
The Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (gr. IT) kicks off the 2016 World Championships at Santa Anita Park Nov. 4. Since joining the Breeders’ Cup lineup in 2007, the one-mile race has been won by European-based horses six out of its nine runnings.
The 2016 edition of the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint (gr. IT) will be a competitive race loaded with talented runners including last year’s winner Mongolian Saturday.
Peter Cantrell's Miss Southern Miss, who provided a standout performance in the Surfer Girl Stakes last time out, will miss the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (gr. IT) because of a shin injury, trainer Keith Desormeaux said Oct. 31.
Claire Novak recaps the news of the day including Nyquist's retirement and track workouts from Arrogate, Effinex, By the Moon and Celestine.
Michael Wrona, who started his North American race-calling career at Hollywood Park, gets to call his first Breeders' Cup as the newly installed track announcer crosstown at Santa Anita.
Joking will likely miss the Nov. 5 TwinSpires Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) because of a fever, owner and trainer Charlton Baker said Oct. 31.
Travers Stakes (gr. I) winner Arrogate logged his final tune-up ahead of the Nov. 5 Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) with a smooth-as-could-be half-mile workout Oct. 31 at Santa Anita Park.
Covering the inaugural Breeders' Cup
Claire Novak recaps the news of the day including California Chrome's arrival and track workouts from Dortmund, Gun Runner, Carina Mia, and Frosted.
Arriving back at Santa Anita Oct. 30 around 11:45 a.m. local time after a smooth ride from Los Alamitos, the world's greatest racehorse soon powered down the ramp, ready for his Nov. 5 engagement as the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) favorite.
Juddmonte Farms' homebred Flintshire put in his final move in advance of the Nov. 5 Longines Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) when he breezed five furlongs in 1:02.85 in company with stablemate Money Multiplier over the inner turf at Belmont Park Oct. 30.
The question arises whether or not Beholder has lost a step and no longer is capable of defeating fillies of this caliber.
After working Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (gr. I)-bound Carina Mia and Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) runner Tourist Oct. 30, Mott plans to breeze Turf Sprint (gr. IT) contender Celestine and Juvenile Turf (gr. IT) runner Good Samaritan Oct. 31.
Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) hopeful Masochistic might be the big horse in owner Samantha Siegel's racing stable, but By the Moon has deeper roots in her Jay Em Ess operation.
Gun Runner wore a saddle towel with "Dirt Mile" sewn into the side during his easy half-mile breeze Oct. 30 at Santa Anita Park, and that's where he's almost surely headed for his Breeders' Cup spot.
A plethora of horses pre-entered in the Breeders' Cup, or their relatives, are cataloged for the Keeneland November breeding stock sale Nov. 8-20.
From his Fair Hill headquarters Oct. 28, trainer Graham Motion talked about the group of horses he will send out for this year's Breeders' Cup World Championships.
When Taylor Made Sales inquired last season about whether Jason Loutsch and his father-in-law, Dennis Albaugh, were going to offer their homebred half brother to Liam's Map at the yearling sales, the response was a prophetic 'Not this time.'
While many Breeders' Cup pre-entered horses already are in Southern California, several also wrapped up final serious works elsewhere Oct. 29, including I'm a Chatterbox at Keeneland and 2015 Travers Stakes (gr. I) winner Keen Ice at Belmont Park.
Horses on track at Santa Anita preparing for the 2016 Breeders' Cup including Gormley, Hoppertunity, and Masochistic
Masochistic worked five furlongs from the gate in 1:00 with jockey Mike Smith aboard in a relaxed manner that had all of his connections pleased with the Oct. 29 move at Santa Anita Park.
As the deluge of workers lined up, eagerly awaiting the second training session to begin near the top of the Santa Anita stretch, trainer John Shirreffs held back Jerry and Ann Moss' Gormley for a few minutes to let the track clear.
Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner Nyquist will not run in the Nov. 5 Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I). The multiple grade I winner exited an Oct. 27 workout with a "puffy ankle," according to a release from trainer Doug O'Neill.
Still full of antics but much more willing than in his penultimate move, reigning champion male sprinter Runhappy turned in his final work in advance of the Nov. 4 Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (gr. I) when he drilled five furlongs in :58 2/5 Oct. 29.
If there is one aspect of Thoroughbred racing where you can say the sport has come a long way, it is the on-air presence of so many talented female analysts and interviewers.
Margaret Hiers, of Marietta, Ga., is the winner of the California Chrome Breeders' Cup Sweepstakes it was announced Oct. 28.
Undefeated Three Rules worked five furlongs in a sharp :57.64 at Gulfstream Park the morning of Oct. 28 in preparation for a scheduled start in the $2 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) Nov. 5 at Santa Anita Park.
Tepin was one of five horses trained by Casse being pointed to Breeders' Cup races who completed workouts Oct. 28 at Churchill Downs.
John Sadler chose to say on schedule instead of moving Stellar Wind's workout up because of looming storms in Southern California.
J. Keeler Johnson shares some thoughts on the Breeders' Cup pre-entries.
At this relatively early stage, before the final make-up of the fields and post positions are known, it's best to merely formulate a rough draft of potential wagering strategies, and avoid getting "married" to any particular horse(s).
Twenty seven OBS graduates have been pre-entered for the 2016 Breeders' Cup Nov. 4 and 5 at Santa Anita Park.
How is a California-bred filly, who died in 2005, the star of the 2016 Breeders’ Cup Classic?
HnR Nothhaft Horse Racing's Living The Life (IRE) has been retired and will not run in the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (gr. I), trainer Gary Mandella said Oct. 27.
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