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Fusao Sekiguchi's Kentucky Derby winner Fusaichi Pegasus returned to Churchill Downs Monday afternoon to continue his preparation for the $4 million Breeders' Cup Classic (GI) on Nov. 4.
The overnight rating on NBC's Breeders' Cup Preview climbs 25% higher compared with last year's preview.
By Steve Haskin -- Remember the time when the big Breeders' Cup preps served to clear up the picture rather than confuse it? Well, it seems those days are long gone.
Aaron and Marie Jones' brilliant Riboletta led a planeload of Breeders' Cup contenders who arrived at Churchill Downs Monday morning. Meanwhile, Behrens, who suffered a cut on his leg in the Jockey Club Gold Cup, didn't make the flight and could be retired.
Michael Cooper and Cecilia Straub-Ruben's Tiznow led from the start and held off a determined Captain Steve and possibly a ticket to the Breeders' Cup.
With the Breeders' Cup just around the corner, more questions were asked than were answered as favorites were upset in graded stakes.
The Breeders' Cup Turf may have gained an additional starter but lost a contender as a result of Saturday's Dubai Champion Stakes (Eng-I) at Newmarket, England.
Jorge (Chop Chop) Chavez moved Celtic Pride Stable's A P Valentine through on the rail and gamely outdueled Point Given for a 1 3/4-length triumph in the $500,000 Champagne Stakes (gr. I).
Riboletta, the leading West Coast older female, and champion Beautiful Pleasure will face off in the $750,000 Beldame Stakes at Belmont Park.
Lemon Drop Kid was exercised in a two-minute clip over the Belmont Park main track Friday and Hall of Fame trainer Scotty Schulhofer declared the colt fit and ready for Saturday's $1 million Jockey Club Gold Cup (gr. I).
At its annual membership meeting in Lexington, Ky., the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) and Breeders' Cup Limited unveiled details of the licensing agreement for the operational merger ofthe two organizations.
Part of a series on handicapping the 2000 Breeders' Cup.
By Steve Haskin -- When the smoke of battle clears on Sunday night, those still standing will pack up and head to Churchill Downs, where riches, glory, and Eclipse Awards await. Of course, we all know by now that the most feared warrior of them all, Fusaichi Pegasus, has put back his sword and armor and will fight his final fight in Kentucky.
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Saturday's "Breeders' Cup Preview" from Belmont Park will be televised live on the NBC network from 4:30-6:00 p.m. ET.
Barn notes from Churchill Downs include notable workouts and plans for top horses.
Notes from Belmont Park for Staurday's Breeders' Cup Preview card.
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Notes from Belmont Park on contenders for Saturday's Breeders' Cup Preview Day.
As the European picture takes shape for this year's Breeders' Cup, some potential contenders will be in action this weekend.
By Steve Haskin -- If it weren't for the heroics of Bob Baffert-trained 2-year-olds Flame Thrower, Arabian Light, and Notable Career, the first of the two big Breeders' Cup prep weekends would have been a lot more fizzle than sizzle.
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By Tim McCarthy, Thoroughbred Sports Network -- There are many graded turf stakes races carded across the country on Columbus Day weekend, and after the sun sets on Monday, some prime picks for the championship day's grassy events are likely to be discovered.
Trainer Aidan O'Brien confirmed Saturday that Giant's Causeway likely will make his next start in the 1 1/4-mile Champion Stakes at Newmarket Oct. 14 as a prep for the Breeders' Cup Classic. O'Brien had considered sending the son of Storm Cat to Belmont for the Jockey Club Gold Cup, but decided to keep him at home.
By Steve Haskin -- Just think, there are eight Grade I stakes and six Grade II stakes this weekend, and it's only a prelude to the monster weekend coming up on Oct. 14 and 15. After that, horses will fill the skies over land and sea, and the only ground action will be in the form of behemoth horse vans rumbling into Louisville.
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By Steve Haskin -- Despite some brilliant performances this past weekend on both sides of the Atlantic, it is unlikely that any of the top races will have much of an impact on the Breeders' Cup. The big question will be whether the owners of Tiznow will cough up $480,000 to run in the Classic following the colt's powerful race in the Super Derby.
The Jockey Club has added a link from its Live Foal Report to the Breeders' Cup's foal nomination form on its Website.
By Steve Haskin -- With a rare slow weekend coming up, this is a perfect time to search out some live future book horses who are available at generous prices, namely Running Stag and Golden Missile.
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association's board of directors on Tuesday appointed a subcommittee to continue discussions with an advisory committee that has issued a 15-page report recommending some changes within the organization.
Under a long-term agreement announced Tuesday, TVG will have the exclusive right to conduct interactive wagering on all Breeders' Cup championship day races.
By Steve Haskin -- The latest wave of Breeders' Cup preps has hit the shore, leaving us with horses who are either one race away from the big day at Churchill Downs or going straight there off works. As of now, it looks as if there are going to be quite a few fresh horses heading to Kentucky.
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By Steve Haskin -- The big Belmont and Turfway weekends are in the book, and we've come away with a few new characters and plot twists. What normally would be a slow weekend coming up, will be spiced up considerably with the presence of Fusaichi Pegasus in the Jerome Handicap on Saturday.
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Trainer Neil Drysdale told callers on a national media teleconference Tuesday that Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner Fusaichi Pegasus was a "strong possibility" for Saturday's one-mile Jerome Handicap (gr. II) at Belmont Park.
Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winner Commendable and Tiznow, second against older horses in the 1 1/4-mile Pacific Classic (gr. I), head the list of possible starters for the $500,000 Super Derby (gr. I) at Louisiana Downs. D. Wayne Lukas, trainer of Commendable, won both the Belmont Stakes and Super Derby with Editor's Note in 1996.
On Friday, the National Thoroughbred Racing Association and Breeders' Cup Ltd. launched a contest in which fans will have the opportunity to win $1-million for correctly picking all eight winners during this year's championship day races at Churchill Downs on Nov. 4.
Woodbine Race Course rescheduled the Atto Mile (Can-IT) to fit a one-hour slot in NBC's Racing to the Breeders' Cup coverage. The ratings were not sterling, but network coverage provided 618,000 more viewers.
By Steve Haskin -- If you're lucky enough to be in New York or Kentucky this weekend, you're in for some super racing, with a good possibility of seeing a Breeders' Cup winner or two.
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Breeders' Cup Limited has released the wagering menu, race order, and post times for this year's championship day races at Churchill Downs on Nov. 4. The race order is unchanged from last year and the wagering menu includes the $5-million Ultra Pick Six and two additional wagering options.
Jockey Jerry Bailey made a rare foray to the West Coast from his New York base Wednesday, and left with his first two victories at Del Mar. Both of Bailey's wins were for trainer Bob Baffert on the closing-day Del Mar card. In the featured Del Mar Futurity (gr., II), Gary Garber's Flame Thrower posted a game victory over Godolphin Racing's Street Cry.
Rize, the nine-length winner of the Philip H. Iselin Handicap (gr. II) in his most recent start, will breeze Monday morning at Turfway Park in a work that will determine his status for Saturday's $500,000 Kentucky Cup Classic (gr. II). If he is entered, the 4-year-old son of Theatrical will likely face Golden Missile, Cat Thief, Early Pioneer, and Captain Steve in the 1 1/8-mile race.
The Aga Khan's dual Derby winner Sinndar ran away to an eight-length win over fellow 3-year-olds in Sunday's Prix Niel-Casino d'Enghien-les-Bains Barriere (Fr-II) at Longchamp, France.
Twilite Farms' Gaviola swept by Good Game in the stretch and pulled away to a three-length victory to earn her sixth consecutive win in Sunday's $250,000 Garden City Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. IT) at Belmont Park. Under Jerry Bailey, the William H. Turner Jr. trainee completed the 1 1/8 miles in 1:48.89 to earn her first grade I stakes win.
Riviera took a short lead in the stretch and held off the late charge of Arkadian Hero to win the $1-million Atto Mile (Can-IT) by a nose Sunday at Woodbine. With John Velazquez in the irons, the 6-year-old Bobby Frankel trainee completed the mile in 1:33.18 over a firm turf course.
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