West Region

News and features for Western farm owners, racehorse owners, and breeders

  • Trainer Shug McGaughey has Point of Entry ready for the Breeders' Cup Turf.<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/at-the-races-2012/22274956_jFd5jM#!i=2117861732&k=ch24hwD">Order This Photo</a>

    Breeders' Cup Still Thrills McGaughey

    While Point of Entry has rolled to three straight grade I wins in New York turf races this season, the 4-year-old Dynaformer colt will face some of the top European horses in this year's Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT).

  • Breeders' Cup Starts Text to Donate Campaign

    In continuing support of a national program for retired racehorses, the Breeders' Cup announced Oct. 23 that it has created a Text to Donate campaign that will allow fans to contribute to the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance.

  • Golden Ticket, right, in the Travers dead heat with Alpha.

    Golden Ticket to Bypass Breeders' Cup

    Golden Ticket, dead-heat winner of the Travers Stakes (gr. I), was not pre-entered in the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) and will be out for an undetermined period of time, trainer Ken McPeek said Oct. 23.

  • Chantal Sutherland

    Sutherland Announces Surprise Retirement

    Jockey Chantal Sutherland surprisingly announced her retirement in a statement released Oct. 21, saying she is ready "to begin a new chapter in my life."

  • Broken Dreams gets up late to win the Senator Ken Maddy Stakes.

    Broken Dreams Wakes Up Late for Maddy Repeat

    Broken Dreams overtook speed-burning Kindle in the closing strides to win the $100,000 Senator Ken Maddy Stakes (gr. IIIT) on the hillside turf course at Santa Anita Park Oct. 20 for the second year in a row.

  • Handsome Mike<br><a target="blank" href="http://photos.bloodhorse.com/AtTheRaces-1/at-the-races-2012/22274956_jFd5jM#!i=2103731454&k=JhVBsPZ">Order This Photo</a>

    Handsome Mike 'Doing Fantastic' for BC Date

    Handsome Mike, frontrunning winner of the $1 million Pennsylvania Derby (gr. II), is headed for the Breeders' Cup Nov. 3 at Santa Anita Park although a decision on which race is still to be made, trainer Doug O'Neill said.

  • Alpha

    Godolphin Breeders' Cup Trio Breezes

    Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin had Godolphin Racing stars Alpha, Emcee, and Questing prepare for the Breeders' Cup World Championships with workouts at Darley's Greentree Training Center on Oct. 19 in Saratoga Springs.

  • Pro Poker Player in Cup Betting Challenge

    The Breeders' Cup announced Oct. 19 that professional poker player Michael "The Grinder" Mizrachi will play in the $10,000 Breeders' Cup Betting Challenge at Santa Anita Park Nov. 2-3 during the World Championships.

  • Mike Repole

    Owner Repole to Skip Breeders' Cup

    Frustrated with a Breeders' Cup decision to require starters in its five juvenile races at this year's World Championships to race without Salix, owner Mike Repole will not send any horses to this year's event.

  • BC Launches $500K Pay Day

    The Breeders' Cup has launched its $500K Pay Day promotion that will be conducted in partnership with 20 simulcast outlets across the country.

  • Breeders' Cup Launches iPhone, iPad App

    Breeders' Cup has launched its official 2012 iPhone and iPad app in advance of the Nov. 2-3 Breeders' Cup World Championships. The app will allow iPhone and iPad users to watch Breeders' Cup races live and for free.

  • Tyler Baze and Lucky Primo, winners of the Lava Man California Cup Classic Oct. 13 at Santa Anita Park.

    Tyler Baze Back on Top in Cal Cup Classic

    Jockey Tyler Baze, sidelined since August 2011 due to substance abuse problems, earned his first stakes victory since returning to action a week ago, guiding Lucky Primo in the California Cup Classic Oct. 13 at Santa Anita.

  • Spinning Love runs the wrong way after unseating jockey Alonso Quinonez.

    Wrong-Way Horse Voids Santa Anita Maiden Tilt

    Danger was averted during the second race at Santa Anita Park Oct. 12 as a result of a loose horse running the wrong way up the homestretch. The race, a six-furlong sprint for maiden 2-year-olds, was declared a no contest.

  • Trainer David Hofmans

    Trainer Hofmans Secures Career Win 1,000

    Southern California-based trainer David Hofmans, who boasts classic wins and Breeders' Cup victories, notched career win 1,000 on Oct. 8 when Sultry Season rallied from sixth to win the 10th race at Santa Anita Park.

  • Shanghai Bobby

    Shanghai Bobby Confirmed for BC Juvenile

    Undefeated 2-year-old Shanghai Bobby will travel to California to compete in the Grey Goose Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) Nov. 3 at Santa Anita Park, Starlight Racing managing partner Jack Wolf confirmed Oct. 8.

  • In Lingerie

    In Lingerie Heads to BC, But Race Undecided

    In Lingerie is scheduled to take a plane ride from Kentucky to California Oct. 9 and "our thought at the moment" is for her to run in the Breeders' Cup World Championships next month at Santa Anita Park, said Aron Wellman

  • Acclamation

    Acclamation to Miss Breeders' Cup With Injury

    Trainer Don Warren confirmed speculation that Acclamation, the 2011 Eclipse Award winner as outstanding older male, would not make the Breeders' Cup World Championships at Santa Anita Park Nov. 2 and 3.

  • Coil and Martin Garcia take the Santa Anita Sprint Championship.

    Coil Spoils Santa Anita Sprint Championship

    Coil earned his first stakes win since last year's Haskell Invitational and earned a spot in the XpressBet Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) with his upset victory in the Santa Anita Sprint Championship (gr. I) Oct. 6.

  • Obviously zips to the win in the Arroyo Seco Mile.

    Obviously Proves Best in Arroyo Seco Mile

    Favored Obviously led all the way in winning the $150,000 Arroyo Seco Mile (gr. IIT) in a very fast time over the Santa Anita Park turf course Oct. 6 and seems likely for next month's Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT).

  • Julien Leparoux at Keeneland on Oct. 5, 2012.

    Leparoux Plans Tack Shift to California

    Julien Leparoux will be joining the Southern California jockey colony on a regular basis following the conclusion on the Keeneland meet Oct. 27, said agent Joe Ferrer, who will represent the 29-year-old Frenchman.

  • Mandella Ponders Breeders' Cup for Beholder

    Beholder, a 2-year-old Kentucky-bred filly by Henny Hughes, demolished a first-condition allowance field at Santa Anita Park Oct. 4 by 11 lengths and had trainer Richard Mandella pondering a follow-up in the Breeders' Cup.

  • Obviously and Mr. Commons finished a nose apart in the Del Mar Mile Handicap.

    Obviously, Mr. Commons Back for Arroyo Seco

    Irish-bred Obviously, a nose better than Mr. Commons in the Del Mar Mile Handicap, is the likely favorite once again in the Arroyo Seco Mile (gr. IIT) as he goes for his third straight win on the turf Oct. 6 at Santa Anita.