Breeders' Cup

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

  • California Flag powers to a repeat win in the Morvich Stakes on opening day of the Oak Tree meet at Santa Anita.<br><a target="blank" href="">Order This Photo</a>

    Morvich Win Puts California Flag Back in 'Cup

    Favored California Flag led nearly all the way to win the $100,000 Morvich Handicap (gr. IIIT) on opening day of the Oak Tree Racing Association meet at Santa Anita Park Sept. 30, earning a repeat victory in the hillside turf course event over runner-up Get Funky and a berth in the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint.

  • Icon Project<br><a target="blank" href="">Order This Photo</a>

    How Good is Icon Project?

    Looking at Icon Project's last three starts, her only races on dirt in an 11-race career, one can only wonder just how special this 4-year-old daughter of Empire Maker is.

  • Mine That Bird breezes over the Santa Anita track in preparation for the Goodward Stakes on Oct. 10.

    Mine That Bird Drills for Goodwood Stakes

    Mine That Bird, winner of this year's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), registered his first workout at Santa Anita Park Sept. 29 when he drilled five furlongs under Joe Talamo in 1:01.80 in preparation for the $350,000 Goodwood Stakes (gr. I) Oct. 10.

  • Forecast Now Calls for Light Rain in France

    Because of a change in the weather forecast to light rain, the watering of the Longchamp course has ceased, but track officials still hope to get good ground for Sunday's Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (Fr-I).

  • Last year's Breeders' Cup Mile winner Goldikova will try for her fourth consecutive victory in the Prix de la Foret at Longchamp.

    Countdown to the Cup: Arc Weather Looks Good

    The chances of Sea The Stars being withdrawn from Sunday's Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (Fr-I) due to soft ground appear slim to none, as the weather forecast calls for little or no rain through next Tuesday.

  • Indian Blessing (inside) outfights Sara Louise to repeat in the Gallant Bloom. <br><a target="blank" href="">Order This Photo</a>

    Indian Blessing Holds On To Win Gallant Bloom

    Two-time champion Indian Blessing notched her first victory of the season and earned her way back to the Breeders' Cup World Championships by outdueling Sara Louise in a thrilling finish to win the $150,000 Gallant Bloom Handicap (gr. II) by a head Sept. 26 at Belmont Park. It was the Bob Baffert trainee's second consecutive win in the 6 1/2-furlong contest.

  • Desert Code headlines the Morvich on opening day at Oak Tree. <br><a target="blank" href="">Order This Photo</a>

    Morvich Kicks Off Santa Anita's Oak Tree Meet

    Fittingly featuring 2008 Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint champion Desert Code, the Sept. 30 Morvich Handicap (gr. IIIT) heads Oak Tree's 31-day season at Santa Anita, one that will be highlighted by the two-day, $25.5-million Breeders' Cup World Championships on Nov. 6 and 7.

  • Kona Gold<br><a target="blank" href="">Order This Photo</a>

    Champion Kona Gold Euthanized

    Kona Gold, a resident of the Hall of Champions at the Kentucky Horse Park, was euthanized Sept. 25 after a paddock accident. The 15-year-old gelding had resided at the park since November 2007.

  • Saratoga Special winner D' Funnybone may run in the Champagne or go straight to the Breeders' Cup.<br><a target="blank" href="">Order This Photo</a>

    Dutrow Horses Preparing For Plenty of Action

    Trainer Rick Dutrow Jr., reported on several of his top horses Sept. 25 from Aqueduct, including Paul Pompa Jr.'s Futurity (gr. II) winner D' Funnybone, whose next start is still up in the air.

  • Hold Me Back won the Lane's End at Turfway in March.<br><a target="blank" href="">Order This Photo</a>

    Hold Me Back Favored in KY Cup Classic

    WinStar Farm's homebred Hold Me Back, who scored his biggest victory in the Lane's End Stakes (gr. II) earlier this year at Turfway Park, returns to the Florence, Ky., racetrack as the one to beat in the $200,000 Kentucky Cup Classic (gr. II) Sept. 26.

  • Zenyatta will return to defend her title in the Lady's Secret.<br><a target="blank" href="">Order This Photo</a>

    Oak Tree at Santa Anita Meet Set to Begin

    The Oak Tree Racing Association will kick off its 41st racing season Sept. 30 at Santa Anita, and the highlight of the meeting will no doubt be the 26th running of the two-day Breeders' Cup World Championships, which will be hosted by Oak Tree for an unprecedented second consecutive year on Nov. 6 and 7.

  • Ventura winning the Woodbine Mile (Can-I)

    Countdown to the Cup: More Fantastic Fillies

    With Rachel Alexandra, Zenyatta, and Ventura, familiar standbys like Forever Together and Music Note, and rapidly rising stars Icon Project, Careless Jewel, and Swift Temper, as well as Goldikova in Europe, this is truly a special year for fillies.

  • Breeders' Cup Releases Post Times, Schedule

    The Breeders' Cup announced Sept. 21 that an all Breeders' Cup Pick 6 wager will be offered on both days of this year's Breeders' Cup World Championships, Nov. 6-7 at Santa Anita Park. Breeders' Cup also released the tentative race schedule for the two days.

  • Regal Ransom overpowers the field in the Super Derby.

    No Catching Regal Ransom in Super Derby

    Concerns about Regal Ransom's readiness coming into the $750,000 Super Derby (gr. II) proved inconsequential when the well-bred Godolphin colt rolled to a front-running victory at Louisiana Downs Sept. 19.

  • Bridgetown leaves the rest behind in the Summer Stakes at Woodbine.

    Brilliant Bridgetown Scores in Summer Stakes

    Bridgetown surged past favored Stormy Lord in the stretch and held sway to win the $286,891 Summer Stakes (Can-IIIT) on the Woodbine lawn Sept. 19, locking up a berth in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf with the victory.

  • D' Funnybone cruises to victory in the Futurity at Belmont.<br><a target="blank" href="">Order This Photo</a>

    Another Laugher For D' Funnybone in Futurity

    Paul Pompa Jr.'s D' Funnybone followed up his impressive Saratoga Special (gr. II) win with another no-doubt-about-it victory, this one in the $250,000 Futurity (gr. II) Sept. 19 at Belmont Park. The 2-year-old son of D'wildcat is sure to be one of the favorites for the $2 million Grey Goose Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) later this fall, if he is entered.

  • Bay to Bay holds off Jungle Tale to take the Natalma at Woodbine.

    Bay to Bay Sails to Natalma Stakes Victory

    Bay to Bay could have a date in the $1 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf after an impressive victory in the $147,266 Natalma Stakes (Can-IIIT) in her first try against winners on the Woodbine lawn Sept. 19.

  • Juddmonte Could Hold Strong Hand at BC

    Juddmonte Farms, who already has Breeders' Cup victories with Banks Hill (2001) and Intercontinental (2005), could have a strong presence in this year's World Championships with several horses, including Midday, who is targeting the $2 million Emirates Airline Filly & Mare Turf (gr. IT) Nov. 6 at Santa Anita.

  • Rahy's Attorney won the 2008 Woodbine Mile.

    Rahy's Attorney Defends Woodbine Mile Crown

    Canadian turf champion Rahy's Attorney returns to defend his Woodbine Mile (Can-IT) crown against a strong group of turf specialists in the $1 million event Sept. 20, which includes the sharp mare Ventura and New York invader Bribon.

  • Champs Elysees, who won the Northern Dancer in 2008, is back to defend his title in 2009.

    Strong Field Lines Up For Northern Dancer

    Juddmonte Farms' homebred Champs Elysees is back to defend his title in the $750,000 Northern Dancer Turf Presented by Vtech (Can-IT), but will have to take down a deep field of turf routers Sept. 20 at Woodbine, including Melynk Racing Stables' Marchfield, who defeated the 6-year-old horse last month over the same course.

  • Forever Together takes on 6 in the Canadian Stakes.<br><a target="blank" href="">Order This Photo</a>

    Forever Together Readies for Breeders' Cup

    Last year's champion grass mare Forever Together will attempt to add some more black-type to her already stellar resume when facing six other fillies and mares, including the highly regarded Points of Grace, in the $300,000 Canadian Stakes (Can-IIT) Sept. 20 at Woodbine.

  • Stephen Foster winner Macho Again<br><a target="blank" href="">Order This Photo</a>

    West Point Pair Aiming For BC Classic

    West Point Thoroughbreds will be represented by graded stakes winners Macho Again and Awesome Gem in the $5-million Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I), West Point president Terry Finley confirmed Sept. 16.

  • Breeders' Cup Launches Specialized Web Site

    The Breeders' Cup announced Sept. 16 the launch of BreedersCup360, a specialized Web site focused on all aspects related to wagering on the Breeders' Cup. The site,, places a particular focus on the international competitors who are not as well known to many U.S.-based horseplayers.

  • Ventura finished 2nd in the 2009 Woodbine Mile.<br><a target="blank" href="">Order This Photo</a>

    Ventura Back For Woodbine Mile

    Juddmonte Farms' stellar 5-year-old mare Ventura will take another crack at the boys on Sept. 20 when she does battle with a probable field of 11 in the $1-million Woodbine Mile (Can-IT).

  • Midshipman<br><a target="blank" href="">Order This Photo</a>

    Midshipman Working, Nears Comeback Race

    Godolphin Stables' Midshipman, unraced since taking the Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) last fall en route to the Eclipse Award as champion 2-year-old male, is close to making a return to the races, said assistant trainer Rick Mettee.

  • Informed Decision pulls away to win the Presque Isle Downs Masters.

    Informed Decision Right Choice in PID Masters

    Odds-on choice Informed Decision improved to five-for-five on synthetic tracks and cemented her position as a leading candidate for the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Sprint when she sailed to a 2 1/2-length victory in the $398,000 Presque Isle Downs Masters (gr. III) in Erie, Pa., on the evening of Sept. 12.

  • Miss World comes home strong to upset the Garden City.<br><a target="blank" href="">Order This Photo</a>

    Miss World Stunning Winner of Garden City

    Making her stakes debut, Miss World scored an upset in the $300,000 Garden City Handicap (gr. IT) when odds-on choice Gozzip Girl had all kinds of trouble on a soft Belmont Park inner turf course Sept. 12.

  • Swift Temper splashes home in front in the Ruffian.<br><a target="blank" href="">Order This Photo</a>

    Swift Temper Downs Seventh Street in Ruffian

    Mark Stanley's Swift Temper, returning to action off less than two weeks rest, upset odds-on favorite Seventh Street in the $300,000 Ruffian Handicap (gr. I) Sept. 12 in the mud at Belmont Park. The 1 3/4-length victory earned the 5-year-old daughter of Giant's Causeway an automatic berth in the $2 million Breeders' Cup Ladies Classic (gr. I) Nov. 6 at Santa Anita.

  • Rachel Alexandra<br><a target="blank" href="">Order This Photo</a>

    Jackson Reaffirms No Breeders' Cup for Rachel

    The Breeders' Cup board of directors Sept. 11 said the organization will increase the purse of the $5-million Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) by $1 million if Rachel Alexandra and Zenyatta start in the 1 1/4-mile event Nov. 7 at Santa Anita Park.

  • Seventh Street looks to notch her third grade I win of the season in the Ruffian.<br><a target="blank" href="">Order This Photo</a>

    Seventh Street Should Be a Handful in Ruffian

    Godolphin Stable's Seventh Street looks to notch her third grade I win of the season and lock up a spot in the Breeders' Cup later this season when she faces five fillies and mares in the $300,000 Ruffian Handicap (gr. I) Sept. 12 at Belmont Park.

  • Flashing, who won the Test in her most recent start, faces older horses for the first time in the Presque Isle Downs Masters.<br><a target="blank" href="">Order This Photo</a>

    Grade I-Winning Quartet Heads Masters' Field

    Four grade I winners -- Diamondrella, Flashing, Game Face, and Informed Decision -- are part of an overflow field entered for the $400,000 Presque Isle Downs Masters (gr. III) on tap Sept. 12 in Erie, Pa.

  • Nite Light is one of 2 entered by trainer Todd Pletcher in the Turfway Park Fall Championship Stakes.

    BC Spot On the Line in Fall Championship S.

    Todd Pletcher is always a presence at the Breeders' Cup World Championships, and with a spot to the Nov. 7 Breeders' Cup Marathon up for grabs via the $100,000 Turfway Park Fall Championship Stakes (gr. IIIT), the Eclipse Award-winning trainer will look to bolster his chances with a pair of solid contenders.

  • Dublin, the 2-year-old son of Afleet Alex, posted a two-length win in the Hopeful Stakes at Saratoga.<br><a target="blank" href="">Order This Photo</a>

    Dublin Leaves No Doubt in Hopeful Triumph

    Trainer D. Wayne Lukas earned his fifth victory in the $300,000 Three Chimneys Hopeful (gr. I) when favored Dublin posted a two-length win on closing day of the 2009 Saratoga Race Course meet Sept. 7.

  • Mine That Bird at Ruidoso Downs.

    Mine That Bird Works at Ruidoso Downs

    Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner Mine That Bird worked one-half mile in :48 on Sept. 7 at Ruidoso Downs, continuing his preparations for the $5 million Breeders Cup Classic (gr. I) Nov. 7 Tree at Santa Anita.