It was the proverbial calm before the storm at Santa Anita Park the morning of Friday, Oct. 31, as the Southern California track prepared for the first of two Breeders' Cup World Championships cards.
Two of America's best chances to wrest the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf (gr. IT) from the firm grip of European challengers both reside in trainer Chad Brown's barn.
Joe Rocco Jr. has found that one drawback in being a jockey is that he doesn't spend as much time with the horses as he would like.
Top Decile didn't win the Darley Alcibiades Stakes at Keeneland in early October, but she raced well enough to capture second and earn a trip to California for the Nov. 1 14 Hands Winery Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies.
Recalling the strides Untapable made -- and top races she delivered -- during an extended stay at Fair Grounds, trainer Steve Asmussen shipped the top 3-year-old filly early to Santa Anita Park.
Jockey Rodolfo Arvizu, who assisted fellow rider Anne Von Rosen after a racing accident earlier this year at Turf Paradise, was presented with the 2014 White Horse Award by the Race Track Chaplaincy of America Oct. 30.
As Santa Anita Park prepares to host the Breeders' Cup World Championships Oct. 31-Nov. 1, track management is confident its new dirt surface will perform well and safely.
Leading North American sire Tapit has piled up impressive numbers this season and, as you might expect, his progeny figure prominently in the weekend's Breeders' Cup World Championships Oct. 31-Nov. 1 at Santa Anita Park.
As unlikely as it seems, a couple of grizzled bantamweights from Northern California are playing the heavyweights as their respective 3-year-olds approach the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) Nov. 1.
The good old college days continue for Ken McPeek and Rusty Jones, whose Lawn Ranger goes in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf, and adds to their success with graded stakes winners such as My Baby Baby, War Dancer, and Pure Fun
Dual champion Lookin At Lucky has two colts from his first crop in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile, and trainer Bob Baffert, who lost favorite American Pharoah from the race, hopes One Lucky Dane can fill the void.
The Breeders' Cup will again present the most outstanding jockey of the Breeders' Cup World Championships with the Bill Shoemaker Award based on competition in the 13 races Oct. 31-Nov. 1 at Santa Anita Park.
Aktabantay has been scratched out of the Oct. 31 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf (gr. IT) due to a stress fracture of his right rear leg caused by kicking his stall, according to Breeders' Cup officials.
At only six furlongs, the Xpressbet Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) raises more questions regarding post positions than do many of the longer races. Yet historically Sprint wins have been scattered throughout the starting gate.
TVG has announced it will offer a guaranteed 5-2 return for win bets on Shared Belief for wagers up to $20 made Friday, Oct. 31, through TVGe's mobile platforms.
Eastern based Filimbi and Strathnaver, along with four-time Santa Anita turf stakes winner Pontchatrain, head a strong field of nine fillies and mares Nov. 2 in the $200,000 Goldikova Stakes (gr. IIT) at Santa Anita Park.
NBC Sports Group is lengthening its media rights partnership with Breeders' Cup through 2025 with a 10-year extension, it was announced Oct. 30.
If you watch Mike Smith in the post parade of the upcoming Nov. 1 Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) at Santa Anita Park, don't be surprised to see him slouched a bit in the saddle, his feet dropped out of the irons.
Magician, winner of the 2013 Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT), has been withdrawn from this year's race at Santa Anita Park, Breeders' Cup officials confirmed the morning of Oct. 29.
Jay Em Ess Stable's By the Moon shipped well from New York to California Oct. 28 and is getting some light exercise in advance of the 14 Hands Winery Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) Nov. 1.
Should Valiant Emilia register an upset victory in the $2 million Longines Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I), it not only would be a dream come true for owner-breeder Bernardo Calderon but could spark interest in Peru.
Tonalist, the Belmont Stakes and Jockey Club Gold Cup winner, settled in at Santa Anita Park after Fed Ex flight the night of Oct. 28.
Juddmonte Farms' homebred daughter of Empire Maker is approaching the Filly & Mare Turf in top form.
Animal Kingdom, it turns out, played an important role in Main Sequence's success in the United States with trainer Graham Motion.
Rich Tapestry from Hong Kong isn't the only foreign runner headed for the Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I). Wind Fire, a 3-year-old filly from England, will also try to defeat the best U.S. speedsters at six furlongs on dirt.
Filly Living The Life keeps forcing her connections to find new challenges for her, which puts a smile on the faces of owner Hank Nothhaft and trainer Gary Mandella.
Barretts Sales, which has conducted Thoroughbred auctions at Fairplex in Pomona, Calif., since its inception in 1990, announced its primary sales location will the Del Mar Fairgrounds, starting in 2015.
Souper Colossal, perfect in his three races, steps into deeper water in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile, but trainer Eddie Plesa Jr. thinks he's got something special on his hands.
Free as a Bird was scratched from the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint (gr. IT) the morning of Oct. 29 after the 5-year-old mare refused to fly, according to trainer Ian Wilkes.
The Breeders' Cup World Championships will be held for the first time under reforms included in the National Uniform Medication Program.
Multiple graded stakes winner Handsome Mike on Oct. 28 was declared from the upcoming Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (gr. I) because of a leg injury.
When speedy Longines Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) hopeful Belle Gallantey arrived at Santa Anita Park Sunday it actually marked a return to California for the veteran of 43 races.
Every morning at Santa Anita Park, Kelly Breen may be found accompanying an old campaigner on an old dirt oval outside Barn 89 after morning training.
Mark DeDomenico and North American Thoroughbred Horse Co.'s Majestic Presence galloped on the main track at Santa Anita Park Oct. 28, and her connections believe she is primed for a big effort.
Bob Baffert stablemates Midnight Hawk and Chitu figure prominently in the $100,000 Damascus Stakes Oct. 31, at Santa Anita Park, the final race before four Breeders' Cup World Championships races on Friday's card.
Zayat Stables' American Pharoah will be scratched from the Sentient Jet Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I), trainer Bob Baffert confirmed the morning of Oct. 28.
Trainer Wesley Ward could get his Breeders' Cup Saturday started in a big way Nov. 1 if Richies Party Girl delivers in the $100,000 Senator Ken Maddy Stakes (gr. IIIT)
Lakerville, a son of six-time California leading sire and all-time California-bred progeny earnings leader Unusual Heat, will stand at John C. Harris' Harris Farms in Coalinga, Calif, for the 2015 season.
If success over the unique downhill turf course at Santa Anita Park is a precursor to success in the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint (gr. IT), Ambitious Brew should have some sort of advantage in the Nov. 1 race.
St. Elias Stable and West Point Thoroughbreds' Ring Weekend, who has developed nicely into a solid turf runner, is the morning-line favorite for the $200,000 Twilight Derby (gr. IIT) Oct. 31 at Santa Anita Park.
Big Cazanova, an Argentine-bred who is on the also-eligible list for the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic, is also the 5-2 morning-line choice in the Las Vegas Marathon (gr. II) at Santa Anita Park.
As Palace prepares for the Nov. 1 Xpressbet Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I), he doesn't simply represent New York by stabling and racing there. He is a New Yorker down to his bones.
The California Chrome camp appears very confident heading into the Nov. 1 Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) despite the 3-year-old colt's disappointing trip in the Sept. 20 Pennsylvania Derby (gr. II).
Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer sent the 3-year-old Candy Ride gelding through an easy half-mile in :52 2/5.
If Close Hatches can return to her top form, the outcome of the race could end with the familiar sight of trainer Bill Mott entering the winner's circle.
With two-time Horse of the Year Wise Dan sidelined after dominating back-to-back editions of the $2 million Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT), the Nov. 1 race drew a slew of contenders.
The Breeders' Cup Turf always brings the world into these World Championships. This year's $3 million event attracted another accomplished group of European raiders looking to extend their dominance over America.
Secret Circle will try to become the second horse to win back-to-back editions of the Xpressbet Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) after a full field of 14 entered the six-furlong race set for Nov. 1 at Santa Anita Park.
Zayat Stables' American Pharoah, a dominant winner of two grade I stakes in his last two starts, drew post 5 versus 12 other 2-year-old males in the $2 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) at Santa Anita Park Nov. 1.
Several 2-year-old fillies with strong last-out efforts in graded stakes figure to grab the most attention in a field of 12 entered for the $2 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) at Santa Anita Park Nov. 1.
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