Breeders' Cup

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

  • Delightful Kiss

    Delightful Kiss an 'Ornery Rascal'

    Delightful Kiss, a top contender in the $500,000 Breeders' Cup Marathon Oct. 25, does not want to be your friend. He would rather nip off one of your fingers than nuzzle your cheek.

  • Tiz Elemental winning the 2008 Honest Lady Stakes at Santa Anita <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%3D3672208%0D%0A%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    'House' Rooting for Tiz Elemental

    When it comes to the Sentient Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint, the Oak Tree Racing Association board members can be forgiven a little partisanship. The hosts of the 2008 Breeders' Cup Oct. 24-25 should be impartial, but fellow board member Warren Williamson bred and owns Filly & Mare Sprint contender Tiz Elemental.

  • Fatal Bullet, shown winning the Bold Venture at Woodbine

    Fatal Bullet Strikes at Santa Anita

    Fatal Bullet, the Canadian invader for the Sentient Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I), worked five furlongs in 1:01.40 over the Santa Anita Pro-Ride surface Oct. 19. Trainer Reade Baker and his wife, Janis, watched the work from the grandstand, as regular jockey Eurico Rosa Da Silva was in the saddle.

  • Ancient Title winner Cost of Freedom<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%3D6136201%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Cost of Freedom Hoping For Sprint Upset

    Gary and Cecil Barber arrived at Clocker's Corner Oct. 19 in time to see the sunrise. However, they were paying more attention to Cost of Freedom, their $50,000 claim who has soared into contention for the Oct. 25 Sentient Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I).

  • Schwarzenegger to Present Classic Trophy

    Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has announced he will attend the Breeders' Cup World Championships at Santa Anita Park on Oct. 25, and he will become the first California governor to ever present the winner's trophy for the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I).

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    Unique Breeders' Cup Attracts 180 Horses

    In what promises to be a unique edition of the Breeders' Cup, a total of 210 pre-entries were announced Oct. 16, with 180 horses pre-entered for the 14 races, to be run at Santa Anita on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 24-25.

  • Curlin<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%3D6084310%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Classic: Step Right Up

    Although the Breeders' Cup dirt races will have some element of the unknown due to the Pro-Ride surface at Santa Anita, the unchartered waters of the $5-million Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) will be the deepest of all.

  • Red Rocks won the 2006 BC 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%3D5106729%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Turf: Course Obstacles

    Although they have dominated the $3-million Emirates Airline Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) at other venues, top European imports have not performed especially well when the Breeders' Cup has been held at Santa Anita, where they must contend with tighter turns, hard turf, and warm temperatures.

  • Kip Deville looks to repeat his 2007 BC Mile victory.<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%3D5116175%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Mile: Firm Foundation

    Oklahoma-bred Kip Deville has come a long way since November 2005, when he broke his maiden at Remington Park in his career debut.

  • Midnight Lute won the 2007 BC Sprint at Monmouth Park.<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%3D2626447%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Sprint: Double Time

    Trainer Bob Baffert will be trying to accomplish something in the Sentient Flight Group Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) never done before-win the race twice with the same horse.

  • The American contingent for the Filly & Mare turf is led by Wait a While.<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%3D6136110%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    F&M Turf: Girl Power

    A sparkling group of female turf runners, representing both sides of the Atlantic, were pre-entered in the $2-million Emirates Airline Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf (gr. IT).

  • Well Armed used Oak Tree's Goodwood as a prep for the BC Dirt Mile.

    Dirt Mile: Pool Party

    This year the Breeders' Cup World Championships has expanded to 14 races. Trainer Eoin Harty was hoping for a 15th event, for swimming, not running.

  • Bittel Road

    Juv. Turf: The Road Out West

    Bittel Road, Elusive Bluff, Grand Adventure, and Skipadate have shown they possess enough turf talent to suggest there is a good chance one of them will win the Oct. 25 Grey Goose Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf.

  • Mr. Nightlinger is a multiple stakes winner on the grass this year.

    Turf Sprint: It's All Downhill

    The return of the Breeders' Cup World Championships to Santa Anita Park Oct. 24-25 will usher in a trio of races new for the event's 25th edition.

  • Delightful Kiss

    Marathon: Long May You Run

    Thoroughbreds in this country don't get much of an opportunity to race that far, and most of them aren't bred to cover such a long route of ground.

  • Laragh will get some play off her stakes win at Keeneland.

    Juv Filly Turf: Race Without a View

    With the undefeated English star 2-year-old filly Rainbow View skipping the Breeders' Cup, the inaugural running of the $1-million Grey Goose Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf figures to be a wide-open affair

  • Keeneland to Sponsor HRRN BC Broadcasts

    The Horse Racing Radio Network announced Oct. 16 it has reached an agreement with Keeneland to be the title sponsor of its national Breeders' Cup radio broadcasts.

  • An interest in Curlin, shown prepping for the 2008 Breeders' Cup Classic, will be marketed through Keeneland.<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%3D6330612%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Keeneland to Market Bids for Curlin

    Keeneland has been chosen to market the sealed bid auction of the 20% minority ownership interest in reigning Horse of the Year Curlin. Deadline for submitting bids is 3 p.m. Nov. 5.

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    Race Order Announced for Breeders' Cup

    Breeders' Cup has announced its official race order for the 25th Breeders' Cup World Championships, to be held Oct. 24 and Oct. 25 at Santa Anita Park. Post time for the Oct. 25 Breeders' Cup Classic will be 6:45 p.m.ET.

  • Curlin, shown working at Santa Anita on Oct. 13, will be pre-entered in the Breeders' Cup 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%3D6315883%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Curlin to Defend Breeders' Cup Title

    Majority owner Jess Jackson announced Oct. 14 that reigning Horse of the Year Curlin will defend his title in the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic at California's Santa Anita Park on Oct. 25.

  • Laragh goes gate-to-wire in the JPMorgan Chase Jessamine Stakes.

    Laragh Earns Final Automatic BC Berth

    Golden Goose Enterprise and IEAH Stables' Laragh took an early lead and never let it go, romping home to a 4 3/4-length victory in the $150,000 JPMorgan Chase Jessamine Stakes Oct. 9 on the Keeneland turf.

  • Casino Drive won his BC Classic prep at Santa Anita Oct. 12. <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%3D6294744%0D%0A%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Casino Drive on Course for Classic

    Casino Drive came out of his three-quarter length victory at Santa Anita Oct. 12 in good order and is on course for the $5-million Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) Oct. 25.

  • Curlin, at left, works with stablemate Hawaii Calls between races Oct. 13 at Santa Anita. <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%3D6308537%0D%0A%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Curlin Works Toward Classic Start

    Curlin took another step closer to the Oct. 25 Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) when he executed a flawless workout between races at Santa Anita Oct. 13. With regular exercise rider Carlos Rosas aboard and in company with Hawaii Calls, Curlin traveled five furlongs in :59.11, galloping out in 1:12.14.

  • Mike Iavarone

    Iavarone Reflects on Big Brown's Injury

    One minute, Mike Iavarone was all smiles after watching Big Brown work a sharp six furlongs in 1:12 4/5 over the Aqueduct turf course in company with stablemate Kip Deville on Oct. 13, and the next he was announcing the colt's retirement.

  • Casino Drive wins with ease in an allowance race designed as a prep for the Breeders' Cup Classic at Santa Anita Oct. 12. <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%3D6294744%0D%0A%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Casino Drive Cruises in BC Classic Prep

    Casino Drive, the Japan-based half-brother to two Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winners, cruised to an easy victory in a Santa Anita allowance race Oct. 12 to prepare for the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I).

  • HRTV: Pursuit of the Cup Oct 10 (Video)

    HRTV's weekly series analyzing each division of the Breeders' Cup. This episode includes works from Curlin and Big Brown, recaps of the Spinster, Alcibiades, and Frizette and much, much more.

  • The 2008 Breeders' Cup logo

    BC Pre-Entries to Be Announced Oct. 16

    Pre-entered fields for all 14 Breeders' Cup World Championships races will be announced on Thursday, Oct. 16. The 25th Breeders' Cup will be held on Friday, Oct. 24 and Saturday, Oct. 25 at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif.

  • Breeders' Cup Sets Post Draw Schedule

    Post positions for all 14 Breeders' Cup races will be drawn Oct. 21, with fields for 10 races drawn in the morning and four in the afternoon.

  • Short and Sweet: The Queen Elizabeth II

    The major Breeders' Cup preps are in the books, so let's see if we can figure Saturday's Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Keeneland, an outstanding competition for 3-year-old fillies on the turf. We'll keep it short and, we hope, sweet.

  • Red Giant in this year's Fourstardave Handicap. <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%3D5403345%0D%0A%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Haskin's Cup Countdown: A Time for Kudos

    Now that we're in the eye of the Breeders' Cup storm, with the deluge of preps behind us and the main event only two weeks away, this is the perfect time to recognize a trainer and a horse whose accomplishments may have gone overlooked - Steve Asmussen and Red Giant.

  • That Handicapping Show: Oct. 9 (Video)

    Jason and Tom discuss the Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup (gr.IT). Plus, picks from John Pricci of Equiform for the Harold C. Ramser Sr. Handicap, Oak Tree at Santa Anita.

  • Delightful Kiss is headed to the Breeders' Cup Marathon.

    'Kiss' Going in Marathon, Not Classic

    There has been talk about Delightful Kiss running in the $5-million Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I). But the Hobeau Farm homebred will be entered in the inaugural $500,000 Breeders' Cup Marathon at 1 1/2 miles because his connections want a win in the World Championships sooner rather than later, and time is running out. Hobeau owner Jack Dreyfus is in his 90s.

  • Casino Drive won the Peter Pan at Belmont Park this past spring. <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%3D4477198%0D%0A%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Casino Drive to Prep Sunday for Classic

    Undefeated Casino Drive has been entered to run at Santa Anita on Oct. 12 in what his connections hope will lead to a start in the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I).

  • And They're Off: Oct 8 (Video)

    Hosted by Lenny Shulman and Steve Haskin, "And They're Off" is a bi-monthly online video series sponsored by Darby Dan Farm. This week's topics include the Win & You're In system, suitors for the Magna tracks, and a tie story from Lenny.

  • Churchill Gets 2010 Cup; More on Way?

    The Breeders' Cup World Championships will return to Churchill Downs in 2010 to begin what could be a regular run of the Kentucky racetrack serving as a host site, officials indicated Oct. 8.

  • Cozzene

    BC Winner/Sire Cozzene Dead

    Cozzene, a champion and Breeders' Cup winner and sire of two Breeders' Cup winners, was euthanized Oct. 7 at the Beck family's Gainesway Farm near Lexington.

  • Big Brown<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%3D4538585%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Big Brown Works on Turf

    Big Brown continued his preparation for the $5-million Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I), breezing six furlongs on the turf at Aqueduct in 1:14 3/5 with exercise rider Michelle Nevin aboard.

  • Churchill, BC Plan 'Major' Announcement

    Officials of Breeders' Cup and Churchill Downs will make what the racetrack calls a "major economic development announcement" -- probably hosting the Breeders' Cup World Championships in 2010 at the earliest -- during a press conference scheduled for Oct. 8 at the Louisville, Ky., racetrack.

  • Robby Albarado will ride Abbott Hall, the morning line favorite in the JPMorgan Chase Jessamine Stakes.

    Jessamine Final Chance For Free BC Berth

    A full field of 14 juvenile fillies were entered for the $150,000 JPMorgan Chase Jessamine Stakes at Keeneland Oct. 9. Though ungraded, the 1 1/16-mile turf event is the 57th and final Breeders' Cup Challenge "Win and You're In" contest of the season.

  • Out-of-Competition Testing for Cup

    The California Horse Racing Board announced Oct. 7 that in conjunction with Breeders' Cup, it will be conducting random out-of-competition testing for horses pre-entered in the World Championships.