Breeders' Cup

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

  • 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.

  • Todd Pletcher

    Cup Countdown: Pletcher on the Prowl

    Remember two years ago when Todd Pletcher sent a Napoleon-like army to the Breeders' Cup at Churchill Downs, only to come away without a single victory? Well, that 17-horse assault is behind him, and now he returns to racing's biggest stage with a mere five-horse platoon.

  • Midnight Lute winning the 2007 BC Sprint

    Midnight Lute in 'Beautiful' Sprint Work

    Midnight Lute, the defending Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) winner, worked a half-mile at Santa Anita Oct. 20. The official clockers timed him in :46.80 on the Pro-Ride surface, while trainer Bob Baffert clocked him in :47.07.

  • J Be K won the Bay Shore earlier this year.

    J Be K Out of Breeders' Cup Sprint

    J Be K is out of the Oct. 25 Sentient Flight Group Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) at Santa Anita, according to Sobhy Sonbol, racing manager for Ahmed Zayat's Zayat Stables.

  • Curlin

    Curlin, Stablemates in Classic Preps

    On a foggy, overcast morning Oct. 20 at Santa Anita Park, trainer Steve Asmussen worked three of his star stablemates, including Horse of the Year Curlin, who will contend against one another in the Oct. 25 Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I).

  • Colonel John

    Final Works For Col. John, Well Armed

    Stablemates Colonel John and Well Armed, both pre-entered for Saturday's Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I), turned in final works at Santa Anita Oct. 20 for trainer Eoin Harty, who reported he was pleased with both efforts.

  • Bewitch winner Communique is out of the BC Filly & Mare Turf.

    Communique Out of F&M Turf

    Communique will not run in the $2-million Emirates Airline Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf (gr. IT) at Santa Anita Oct. 24 due to a foot abscess in her right front leg.

  • Zenyatta looks to run her undefeated streak to nine in the BC 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%3D4706423%0D%0A%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Zenyatta One to Beat in Ladies Classic

    Jerry and Ann Moss' Zenyatta likely will be the heavy favorite in the $2-million Breeders' Cup Ladies Classic (gr. I) Oct. 24 at Santa Anita Park. She is undefeated in her career, with an eight-race win steak heading into the World Championships.

  • Juvenile Hopeful Gallant Son Works at SA

    In his final workout prior to the Breeders' Cup, Emerald Downs' prodigy Gallant Son smoked six furlongs in 1:12 on the Pro-Ride synthetic surface Oct. 19 at Santa Anita Park.

  • 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).

  • The 2008 Breeders' Cup logo

    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).