Breeders' Cup

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

  • Emotions Flow at White Horse Luncheon

    Todd Malley, Larry Higgs, Beau Smith, and Jason Inabinnett were given the RTCA's White Horse Award at Santa Anita Park Oct. 23. The four men risked their lives to lead 19 of their 40 horses from their stalls before their Vinton, La., barn was engulfed in flames.

  • Mr. Nightlinger

    BC Pedigree Profile: Mr. Nightlinger

    Mr. Nightlinger picked a good year for a strong improvement in form. The son of Indian Charlie could soon find himself in the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred championship, contesting the inaugural Turf Sprint.

  • Visit, in the Filly and Mare Turf, is one of Steve Haskin's longshot plays for Oct. 24.

    Cup Countdown: Big Bucks Time

    This is part 1 of our annual Breeders' Cup longshot column, and you can bet there will be lots of bargains available this year, in what is without a doubt the most perplexing Breeders' Cup in history.

  • Zenyatta and Mike Smith<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D5371640%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Zenyatta Is Smith's Lethal Weapon

    Mike Smith and Zenyatta have been an unbeatable team so far, and they're the heavy favorites to add yet another victory to their sizzling streak in the $2 million Breeders' Cup Ladies Classic (gr. I) Oct. 24 at Santa Anita.

  • Mr. Nightlinger hopes to flaunt his speed at Santa Anita.

    Mr. Nightlinger Ready For Showdown

    A triumph by the powerhouse Mr. Nightlinger in the $1-million Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint Oct. 25 would be tantamount to a Hollywood ending for a couple fond of naming their horses after movie characters.

  • South African De Kock Tries Luck in Cup

    Mike de Kock, the internationally renowned trainer of Eagle Mountain, breaks new ground for the Breeders' Cup World Championships when he becomes the first South African to compete in the event. Eagle Mountain runs in the $3 million Emirates Airline Turf (gr. IT) at Santa Anita Oct. 25.

  • Jonathan Sheppard and George Strawbridge Jr. will try to win their first Breeders' Cup race as a team with Forever Together.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D6170093%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Sheppard, Strawbridge Together 42 Years

    Trainer Jonathan Sheppard and owner George Strawbridge Jr. have been together, well, forever. Forty-two years strong, they will try to win their first Breeders' Cup race as a team with the aptly named Forever Together in the $2 million Emirates Airline Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf (gr. IT) at Santa Anita Oct. 24.

  • BC Seeks Sponsor for Shipping Costs

    Breeders' Cup, in a bold move to make the event even more international, has been actively seeking a sponsor to underwrite all shipping costs for overseas-trained horses, and maybe also pay for their trainers, owners, jockeys and grooms to fly to America, as well.

  • Smooth Air is one of 10 Breeders' Cup starters in the Race for Education program.

    Ten Starters for Race for Education

    More owners than ever before have joined The Race For Education by pledging a portion of winnings from a record 10 starters in Breeders' Cup World Championships races Oct. 24-25.

  • Cigar Wins Simulated Racing Game

    The Breeders' Cup and Horse Racing Simulation LLC, a leading developer of horse racing and virtual racing simulations, unveiled the "Dream Classic," a simulation featuring some of the greatest Breeders' Cup Classic winners over the last 24 years in a showdown with defending Breeders' Cup Classic Champion and North America's all-time richest horse Curlin to determine his place among the great champions.

  • Dearest Trickski <br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D5654908%0D%0A%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Dearest Trickski Proves Quite a Claim

    Dearest Trickski's road to the Sentient Flight Group Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint began late last year, when the Kalookan Queen Stakes at Santa Anita failed to fill. That pushed the filly into the grade I La Brea Stakes Dec. 29, and a victory there gave owner Tom Mankiewicz and trainer John Sadler grander ideas.

  • Wayne Lukas will send out Be Smart in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Oct. 24.

    Lukas, VanMeter Looking 'Smart'

    There's a certain feeling of deja vu around Barn 38 on the backstretch of Santa Anita Park. If Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas and owner Tom VanMeter II have the funny feeling they've been here before, they're right.

  • Midnight Lute training at Santa Anita

    Baffert Hopes for Big BC with Trio

    Bob Baffert will send out a pair of Breeders' Cup champions this weekend in Midnight Lute and Indian Blessing, hoping to repeat his strong 2007 World Championships.

  • Goldikova shown winning the Prix du Moulin

    Head Seeks a First: Win as Jock, Trainer

    Freddie Head knows all about winning the Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT). He did so twice -- as a jockey -- with the filly Miesque in 1987-88. Now he's trying to win a championship as a trainer with Goldikova.

  • Pilgrim Stakes winner Elusive Bluff has been withdrawn from the Breeders' Cup.

    Elusive Bluff Withdrawn from Juvenile

    Southern Equine's Elusive Bluff, a 15-1 morning line entrant in the Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I), was scratched Oct. 23 after a problem was detected in the colt's right hind foot.

  • Indyanne won the 2008 Azalea at Calder.

    Indyanne Scratched from F&M Sprint

    Indyanne, a contender in the Oct. 24 Sentient Flight Group Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint, will miss the race after developing a low grade fever, according to her trainer, Greg Gilchrist.

  • The Pro-Ride surface at Santa Anita has attracted 26 horses from Europe to the Breeders' Cup.

    Pro-Ride Surface Attracts Europeans

    European trainers discussed the strengths of their Breeders' Cup contenders, the largest number from overseas since 1994. Several said they would not have made the trip if the main track had a dirt instead of a synthetic surface.

  • Mauralakana has earned a shot at the Filly & Mare Turf.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D4621974%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Mauralakana Exceeding Expectations

    Mauralakana's owner had expected his mare to be in a Southern Hemisphere breeding shed in October, not the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships. The 5-year-old mare is Robert Scarborough's first Breeders' Cup contender.

  • Zenyatta is 3-5 on the morning line for the Ladies Classic.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D6136162%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Next Stop: The Zenyatta Zone

    All horses racing in Friday's Breeders' Cup races had to be on the grounds at Santa Anita at noon today. Zenyatta, accompanied by stablemate Tiago, passed through the stable gate at 11:59. Judging from her 3-5 morning line odds and all the accolades she has received, that should be the only close call the magnificent filly will have this week.

  • And They're Off: At the Breeders' Cup

    Hosted by Lenny Shulman and Steve Haskin, "And They're Off" is a bi-monthly online video series sponsored by Darby Dan Farm. This episode, Lenny and Steve are at Santa Anita discussing the Breeders' Cup, including an interview with Paul Reddam - owner of Square Eddie, Red Rocks, and Black Magic Mama, "Feel Good" Breeders' Cup stories, and some picks. Plus, putting an end to the Big Brown foot conspiracy.

  • Henrythenavigator is one of eight Breeders' Cup contenders for trainer Aidan O'Brien.

    Aidan's Army Ready for Battle

    Trainer Aidan O'Brien discussed the chances of his eight Breeders' Cup contenders, who were followed by a throng of media after their morning walks on the track.

  • Sixties Icon, an invader from England, is the 2-1 morning line favorite for the inaugural Breeders' Cup Marathon.

    Sixties Icon 'Class' of Marathon Field

    Sixties Icon, an invader from England, is the 2-1 morning line favorite for the inaugural Breeders' Cup Marathon Oct. 24 at Santa Anita. Six of his eight career victories have been scored at the Marathon's distance of 1 1/2 miles or longer. In 2006, he became a European classic winner, taking the Ladbrokes St. Leger (Eng-I) by 2 1/2 lengths.

  • Grand Couturier will try to bring Breeders' Cup Glory to Trainer Robert Ribaudo.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D6084314%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Ribaudo Takes on Big Guys in BC Turf

    Robert Ribaudo, the small-stable trainer of Grand Couturier, considers himself lucky in a sport of declining fortunes. One of his former owner got back into the racing game and now they have a solid contender in the Emirates Airline Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT).

  • Mine That Bird won the Grey Stakes at Woodbine prior to coming to Richard Mandella's barn.

    Mandella Seeks More BC Glory

    Trainer Richard Mandella will send out Mine That Bird and One Union in an attempt to add to his total of six Breeders' Cup winners in the last two such events at Santa Anita Park

  • Carriage Trail won the recently run Spinster at Keeneland.

    Carriage Trail Faces 'Monster' Task

    Carriage Trail comes into the Oct. 24 Breeders' Cup Ladies Classic (gr. I) at Santa Anita off a dazzling performance in the Juddmonte Spinster Stakes (gr. I). The 5-year-old daughter of Giant's Causeway rolled to a 7 3/4 length victory in that race while setting a track record for 1 1/8 miles of 1:46.77 over Keeneland's Polytrack.

  • Fabulous Strike, who missed the 2007 Sprint with a lung infection, will make this year's race.

    Fabulous Strike Makes Sprint This Year

    Todd Beattie is happy to be in California with Fabulous Strike for the Sentient Flight Group Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I). He had hoped to be at last year's Sprint, but instead had to battle a lung infection that could have ended the gelding's racing career.

  • Alcibiades winner Dream Empress is a strong contender for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D6170092%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Juvenile Fillies: California Dreamin'

    Put together by Kelly Colliver, the 26-member strong Livin the Dream partnership group owns one horse in training. That horse is Dream Empress, who figures to be a strong contender for Friday's Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I).

  • Favorite Wait a While faces a tough field in the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D5612692%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Wait a While Faces Tough FM Turf Field

    Tepid 3-1 favorite Wait a While faces a tough field in the Emirates Airline Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf Oct. 24. The 10-horse field includes seven other grade or group I winners.

  • Zappa is the 5-2 2nd choice in the Marathon.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D3278417%26ref%3Dprofiles">Order This Photo</a>

    Sixties Icon Leads Marathon Field

    European invader Sixties Icon, who has won three consecutive group III events in England, was installed as the 2-1 morning-line choice for the inaugural $500,000 Breeders' Cup Marathon Oct. 25 at Santa Anita Park.

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    Well Armed Tops Main Track Mile

    Goodwood Stakes (gr. I) winner Well Armed, trained by Eoin Harty for WinStar Farms, was installed the 3-1 morning-line favorite for the TVG Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile, which will be run over the Pro-Ride artificial surface on the main World Championship card Oct. 25.

  • 2007 Juvenile Fillies winner Indian Blessing headlines the 2008 Filly & Mare Sprint.
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    Indian Blessing 2-1 Choice in F&M Sprint

    Champion Indian Blessing drew post position 5 and was installed the 2-1 morning-line favorite in a full field for the Sentient Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint at Santa Anita Oct. 21. That puts the front-running filly three outside another speedster, 12-1 Indyanne, in the seven-furlong event.

  • Aidan O'Brien's Irish raider Soldier of Fortune is the 7-2 choice in a field of 11.

    Soldier of Fortune Leads Turf Invasion

    As it often does, the Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (Fr-I) has produced the morning-line favorite for the the $3-million Emirates Airline Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) as Aidan O'Brien's Irish raider Soldier of Fortune leads a packed field of 11 at Santa Anita Oct. 25.

  • Defending Breeders' Cup Sprint champ Midnight Lute drew post 4 for this year's race.

    BC Sprint Choices Draw Inside

    Cost of Freedom and Street Boss drew posts 1 and 2, respectively, for the Sentient Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I). The pair had finished one-two in the Sept. 27 Ancient Title Stakes (gr. I) over the same Pro-Ride synthetic surface they will be competing on in the Oct. 25 Sprint.

  • Munnings was installed as the lukewarm 7-2 favorite in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile.

    Munnings Lukewarm Juvenile Favorite

    Champagne Stakes (gr. I) runner-up Munnings was installed as the lukewarm 7-2 favorite when 13 horses were entered in the Oct. 25 Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I).

  • 2007 Breeders' Cup Mile winner Kip Deville will try to do it again in 2008.
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    Kip Deville Seeks Repeat in BC Mile

    It won't be easy given the competition, but the connections of Kip Deville believe the 5-year-old horse has an excellent chance to become the fourth repeat winner of the Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT).

  • Ginger Punch could help move Frank Stronach to the lead ranking on the leading breeders list for the Breeders' Cup.

    Stronach Reaches for a New Milestone

    With three Breeders' Cup contenders, Frank Stronach's Adena Springs will attempt to surpass the earnings of Allen Paulson to rank first on the list of leading Breeders' Cup breeders by money won.

  • Mast Track won the 2008 Hollywood Gold Cup.

    Mast Track Questionable for Cup

    Trainer Bobby Frankel reported Oct. 20 that Mast Track, one of the likely pacesetters in the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I), is doubtful for Saturday's $5 million race after a quarter crack was detected while he was being shod, but he still hasn't ruled out the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile.

  • Wait a While won the Yellow Ribbon over the Santa Anita turf course.

    Wait a While Back With Another BC Chance

    Wait a While, undefeated in three starts over Santa Anita's turf course, will be among the favorites in the $2-million Emirates Airline Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf (gr. IT) Oct. 24. It will be the second time the daughter of Maria's Mon out of the A.P. Indy mare Flirtatious has started in the Filly and Mare Turf.

  • Lady Sprinter Flying Under the Radar

    As the media descend daily on barn 27 of the Santa Anita backstretch to get a glimpse of Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) favorite Curlin Oct. 20, trainer Juan Reviriego quietly goes about his business next door at barn 28. He also has a Breeders' Cup contender, though Lady Sprinter doesn't have nearly as high a profile as her neighbor.