Highland Reel went gate-to-wire in the $450,000 Secretariat Stakes (gr. IT) Aug. 15 at Arlington International Racecourse, quickening away brilliantly after setting the pace to win by 5 1/4 lengths.
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 IT), has been withdrawn from this year's race at Santa Anita Park, Breeders' Cup officials confirmed the morning of Oct. 29.
The Coolmore stallion has already posted some astonishing figures but he will have few weekends like the one he enjoyed on the biggest stage in Europe.
Point of Entry built a 3-race win streak in the $600,000 Man o' War Stakes (gr. IT) at Belmont Park July 14, drawing off to a solid 3 1/2-length victory while 4-5 favorite Treasure Beach failed to hit the board.
Four-year-old George Washington put a damper on the Breeders' Cup Classic - Powered by Dodge (gr. I) when he broke down in late stretch and had to be euthanized on the track Oct. 27 at Monmouth Park.
British bookmakers make two of champion Irish trainer Aidan O'Brien's Breeders' Cup entries favorite for their respective races. Dylan Thomas, recent winner of the Prix de L'Arc de Triomphe (Fr-I), varies between 6/4 and 4/5 for the John Deere Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT), while Excellent Art can be backed at 7/2 down to 5/2 for the Netjets Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. I).
A total of 39 horses remain eligible for the group I Racing Post Trophy on Oct. 25, and 20 of them are trained in Ireland by Aiden O'Brien.
Aidan O'Brien, Europe's leading trainer as caretaker of the horses from the Coolmore operation at Ballydoyle, has seven horses entered for the World Thoroughbred Championships. His standout for the day lies in the form of Rock of Gibraltar in the NetJets Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) -- the best "rock" to come out of Ireland since U2.
Longshot Tout Seul rallied from last to take Saturday's Group I Dewhurst Stakes for 2-year-olds at Newmarket, defeating Tomahawk by a length and a quarter.
The announcement earlier this week that NetJet will sponsor the Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) wasn't the biggest news concerning the World Thoroughbred Championship's grass event. Rock of Gibraltar's emphatic victory in the NetJet Prix du Moulin de Longchamp in France on Sept. 8 kept the European superstar right on target for a trip to Arlington Park.
High Chaparrel is one of six horses from the stable of Aidan O'Brien among 11 five-day declarations for Sunday's Budweiser Irish Derby (Ire-I).
Statue of Liberty, a $1.3 million son of leading American sire Storm Cat, scored a three-quarter-length win in the Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot on Tuesday. The Coventry is Britain's first group race for 2-year-olds.
Trainer Aidan O'Brien leads the way in the 2001 Vodafone Oaks (Eng-I) with 10 of the 101 entries -- up five on last year's total of 96 -- it was announced March 14. The £325,000 Vodafone Oaks will be run June 8 at Epsom.
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