One of the few things lacking for Prince Abdullah was the stalwart West Coast presence his farm previously enjoyed under the late Hall of Fame trainer Bobby Frankel. In his desire to amend that situation, he sought out whom he considered the best.
Defending Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) heroine Tepin made her first appearance on the Santa Anita Park track Nov. 1, highlighting a relatively quiet morning of activity in advance of the two-day Breeders' Cup World Championships Nov. 4-5.
Owner Lloyd Williams wins a record-setting fifth Melbourne Cup
Barbara Banke and the other panelists described the exhilaration of their Breeders' Cup victories to those attending the conference.
A talented group of 2-year-olds will line up for the one-mile Nashua Stakes (gr. II) at Aqueduct Racetrack Nov. 4.
When deciding to get into horse ownership, go slowly and spread your risk, advised a panel of experts at the opening session of the Thoroughbred Owner Conference Oct. 31 at Santa Anita Park.
After giving his connections and fans standout victories in the Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) and the TVG Pacific Classic (gr. I), California Chrome will try to extend his perfect 5-year-old campaign in the richest race ever run in North America.
One of the finest fields ever assembled for the Distaff will face off Nov. 4, as undefeated superstar Songbird duels with fellow champions Stellar Wind and Beholder, with I'm a Chatterbox and Forever Unbridled also in the mix.
The Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I) will see its purse drop from $1 million in 2016 to $750,000 in 2017, Joe Morris, senior vice president of West Coast operations for The Stronach Group, said Oct. 31.
Set for a ninth running Nov. 4 at Santa Anita Park, the $1 million Juvenile Fillies Turf (gr. IT) has packed impressive amounts of quality into its short existance.
Together, champion Tepin and grade I winner Miss Temple City now stand as the top threats and one another's biggest obstacles in the $2 million Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) Nov. 5 at Santa Anita Park.
Gary Barber and Sequel Racing's Haveyougoneaway has proven her talent and mettle on the New York circuit this season.
Pre-entered in both the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) and the Longines Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT), 2015 Turf winner Found will defend her title instead of taking on the boys on dirt.
Conventional wisdom suggests a West Coast-based horse might have the edge in the six-furlong Sprint, but historic results tell us otherwise.
With her health on point and her talent wicked as ever, Lady Eli remarkably heads into the Nov. 5 Filly and Mare Turf in her usual spot as the one to beat.
Trainer Christophe Clement is still seeking his first Breeders' Cup victory, but could be situated to break through Nov. 5 in the $2 million Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) at Santa Anita Park.
Without a full field and without a whole lot of speed in the race—at least on paper—the $1 million Las Vegas Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (gr. I) looks to be Runhappy’s race to lose.
A geographically diverse and evenly matched field is set to face the starter in the $2 million Sentient Jet Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (gr. I) going 1 1/16 miles at Santa Anita Park Nov. 5.
The Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (gr. IT) kicks off the 2016 World Championships at Santa Anita Park Nov. 4. Since joining the Breeders’ Cup lineup in 2007, the one-mile race has been won by European-based horses six out of its nine runnings.
The 2016 edition of the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint (gr. IT) will be a competitive race loaded with talented runners including last year’s winner Mongolian Saturday.
Peter Cantrell's Miss Southern Miss, who provided a standout performance in the Surfer Girl Stakes last time out, will miss the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (gr. IT) because of a shin injury, trainer Keith Desormeaux said Oct. 31.
New York regulators are poised to approve a rule setting minimum annual continuing education thresholds for Thoroughbred trainers.
Joking will likely miss the Nov. 5 TwinSpires Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) because of a fever, owner and trainer Charlton Baker said Oct. 31.
Travers Stakes (gr. I) winner Arrogate logged his final tune-up ahead of the Nov. 5 Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) with a smooth-as-could-be half-mile workout Oct. 31 at Santa Anita Park.
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Michael Dubb was securely perched atop the owner's standings to lock in the 2016 Belmont Park fall meet owner's title.
Conquest Vivi remained perfect through three career starts with a stalking score in the $125,000 Victorian Queen Stakes at Woodbine Oct. 30.
Son of Warrior's Reward took the inaugural Spendthrift Stallion Stakes in a front-running fashion Oct. 30 at Churchill Downs
After a 2015 spill kept him away from racing for nearly 16 months, jockey Rajiv Maragh is set to make his long-awaited return Nov. 4, opening day of the Aqueduct Racetrack fall meet.
Arriving back at Santa Anita Oct. 30 around 11:45 a.m. local time after a smooth ride from Los Alamitos, the world's greatest racehorse soon powered down the ramp, ready for his Nov. 5 engagement as the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) favorite.
Juddmonte Farms' homebred Flintshire put in his final move in advance of the Nov. 5 Longines Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) when he breezed five furlongs in 1:02.85 in company with stablemate Money Multiplier over the inner turf at Belmont Park Oct. 30.
In front of a huge Tokyo crowd, Japan's 2015 Horse of the Year Maurice surged to a clear victory over Dubai Turf Sponsored by DP World (UAE-I) winner Real Steel in the Oct. 29 Autumn Tenno Sho (The Emperor's Cup, Jpn-I).
After working Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (gr. I)-bound Carina Mia and Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) runner Tourist Oct. 30, Mott plans to breeze Turf Sprint (gr. IT) contender Celestine and Juvenile Turf (gr. IT) runner Good Samaritan Oct. 31.
Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) hopeful Masochistic might be the big horse in owner Samantha Siegel's racing stable, but By the Moon has deeper roots in her Jay Em Ess operation.
While some of his top rivals were out of town to ride in stakes races at other venues, Ramon Vazquez stayed put and racked up five wins from this eight mounts on the night.
Gun Runner wore a saddle towel with "Dirt Mile" sewn into the side during his easy half-mile breeze Oct. 30 at Santa Anita Park, and that's where he's almost surely headed for his Breeders' Cup spot.
Keeneland closed its 2016 fall meet, which celebrated the 80th anniversary of racing at the world-famous track, on Oct. 29 with record total on-track attendance of 276,543 and substantial gains in on-track and all-sources wagering.
Spendthrift Farm's Cover Song had to wait out an extended inquiry, but her connections still got to celebrate her first stakes victory in the Santa Anita Park winner's circle Oct. 29.
The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission will likely run double-blind quality assurance testing on its lab after the state’s Equine Drug Research Council approved plans to carry out such tests.
The 5-year-old son of Birdstone set a track record Oct. 29 at Keeneland, winning the $200,000 Hagyard Fayette Stakes (gr. II) by 5 3/4 lengths and running 1 1/8 miles in 1:47.75.
From his Fair Hill headquarters Oct. 28, trainer Graham Motion talked about the group of horses he will send out for this year's Breeders' Cup World Championships.
Jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. won the two graded stakes on the Oct. 29 Belmont Park card when he guided Lewis Bay to an easy victory in the Turnback the Alarm Handicap (gr. III) and Stallwalkin' Dude to a clear win in the Bold Ruler Handicap (gr. III).
When Taylor Made Sales inquired last season about whether Jason Loutsch and his father-in-law, Dennis Albaugh, were going to offer their homebred half brother to Liam's Map at the yearling sales, the response was a prophetic 'Not this time.'
While many Breeders' Cup pre-entered horses already are in Southern California, several also wrapped up final serious works elsewhere Oct. 29, including I'm a Chatterbox at Keeneland and 2015 Travers Stakes (gr. I) winner Keen Ice at Belmont Park.
Masochistic worked five furlongs from the gate in 1:00 with jockey Mike Smith aboard in a relaxed manner that had all of his connections pleased with the Oct. 29 move at Santa Anita Park.
As the deluge of workers lined up, eagerly awaiting the second training session to begin near the top of the Santa Anita stretch, trainer John Shirreffs held back Jerry and Ann Moss' Gormley for a few minutes to let the track clear.
Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner Nyquist will not run in the Nov. 5 Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I). The multiple grade I winner exited an Oct. 27 workout with a "puffy ankle," according to a release from trainer Doug O'Neill.
Still full of antics but much more willing than in his penultimate move, reigning champion male sprinter Runhappy turned in his final work in advance of the Nov. 4 Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (gr. I) when he drilled five furlongs in :58 2/5 Oct. 29.
Margaret Hiers, of Marietta, Ga., is the winner of the California Chrome Breeders' Cup Sweepstakes it was announced Oct. 28.
Undefeated Three Rules worked five furlongs in a sharp :57.64 at Gulfstream Park the morning of Oct. 28 in preparation for a scheduled start in the $2 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) Nov. 5 at Santa Anita Park.
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