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  • Gorella, Many More Contenders Work at Keeneland

    Martin Schwartz's Gorella worked in the company with a stablemate and got five furlongs in :58 over the Polytrack at Keeneland Race Course Sunday in preparation for the Nov. 4 World Thoroughbred Championships at Churchill Downs. She wasn't alone as several horses with Breeders' Cup aspirations got their final works in on the morning.

  • Aidan O'Brien, trains Dylan Thomas.

    Countdown to the Cup: No Doubting Thomas

    The wheels have been turning at Ballydoyle. The decision to send group I Irish Derby and Irish Champion winner Dylan Thomas to Belmont for the Jockey Club Gold Cup (gr. I) is a departure from their normal strategy. But they have done it before, and it is understandable why they would want to try a different approach

  • Better Talk Now Has Final Say in Sky Classic

    When Bushwood Stable's Better Talk Now wins, it's usually close. Under Ramon Dominguez, the late closer gutted out a three-horse photo by a head to win Sunday's $269,156 Sky Classic Stakes (Can-II) on a yielding turf at Woodbine.

  • English Channel won last month's United Nations over runner-up Cacique.

    Many Obstacles in Million for English Channel

    James Scatuorchio's English Channel and Juddmonte Farms Inc.'s Cacique, never more than a half-length apart in three previous meetings, renew their rivalry in Saturday's 24th Arlington Million (gr. IT).

  • Motion Sizes Up Arlington Festival Races

    Trainer H. Graham Motion has a contender in two of the three big races at Arlington Park's International Festival of Racing, so he's in a good spot to assess the relative quality of Saturday's fields.

  • English Channel, with John Velazquez up, wins the United Nations Handicap  Saturday at Monmouth Park.

    English Channel Handles United Nations Foes

    English Channel came off the rail to grab the lead in mid-stretch, then stubbornly refused to give in to the determined Cacique in winning the $750,000 United Nations (gr. IT) on the sparkling new Monmouth Park turf course Saturday.

  • Better Talk Now and Ramon Dominguez (middle) teamed to win the grade II Dixie at Pimlico May 20.

    Motion Seeks Repeat of 2005 United Nations

    While New Jersey legislators and the governor close in on an agreement for the state budget that would allow racing at Monmouth Park this weekend, a field of seven was entered for the $750,000 United Nations (gr. IT) Saturday over 11 furlongs on the grass.

  • Shirocco Wins Battle of Breeders' Cup Champions

    In a matchup between former Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships race winners, 2005 John Deere Turf (gr. IT) winner Shirocco held off a game Ouija Board, winner of the 2004 Filly & Mare Turf (gr. IT) in Friday's Vodafone Coronation Cup (Eng-I) at England's Epsom Racecourse.

  • Pace Assured, Better Talk Now Back in Dixie

    After watching Better Talk Now's grand stretch kick compromised by a slow pace in last year's $250,000 Comp USA/Toshiba Dixie Stakes (gr. IIT), trainer Graham Motion is more surprised than anyone that he will saddle the 2004 Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) champion for Saturday's Pimlico renewal.

  • Artie Schiller, Better Talk Now Among Woodford Reserve Nominees

    Artie Schiller, winner of the 2005 NetJets Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT), and Better Talk Now, winner of the 2004 John Deere Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT), are among 128 nominees to the 20th running of the $400,000-added Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (gr. IT) at Churchill Downs.

  • Japan Cup Field Deep in Quality; Posts Drawn for Cup and JC Dirt

    Though Japanese Triple Crown winner Deep Impact is sitting this one out, Sunday's 25th running of the Japan Cup (Jpn-I) boasts two Breeders' Cup winners, one winner of the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe Lucien Barriere (Fr-I), a two-time Vodafone Coronation Cup (Eng-I) winner, and the two previous winners of the Japan Cup.

  • TVG to Air, Take Wagers on Japan Cup, Japan Cup Dirt

    TVG will become the first American TV network to present live, on-site coverage of horseracing from Japan when it telecasts that country's two most important international racing events – the Japan Cup Dirt (Jpn-I) and the Japan Cup (Jpn-I) on Nov. 25 and 26, respectively.

  • Lava Man won the Californian (gr. II) earlier this year.

    Lava Man Heads American Contingent for Japan Cup Weekend

    Hollywood Gold Cup Handicap (gr. I) winner Lava Man, who will try to give trainer Doug O'Neill his second victory in three years in the Japan Cup Dirt, worked six furlongs in 1:12 1/5 at Hollywood Park Saturday morning and is set to head to Japan on Tuesday.

  • Choctaw Nation among those whose prospects improve with Rocky's defection from Classic.

    Countdown to the Cup: Here Come the Longshots

    If it's the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships, you can bet (literally) that there will be several longshot winners. With so many of the grade I races this year appearing to be wide-open, with full fields, there is no reason to think this year will be any different from past Breeders' Cups.

  • Riskaverse, gets no respect despite winning or placing in grade I races in each of the last five years, including this win in the Flower Bowl.

    Countdown to the Cup: The Most, the Best, and Other Lists

    It is still too early to make final selections for the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships. Most of the important works are finished, and the majority of the mounts have been assigned. So, basically there is nothing much to do but wait for the shippers to arrive and concoct lists that may or not prove helpful.

  • Ashado will be attempting to repeat her win in the Breeders' Cup Distaff.

    Four Try to Join List of Breeders' Cup Repeat Winners

    As far as the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships is concerned, repeat customers are more than welcome. But while many Breeders' Cup winners have tried to repeat their glory, only a select few have succeeded.

  • Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf winner Oujia Board is one of four 2004 Cup winners likely to run this year.

    Countdown to the Cup: Half Empty or Half Full?

    There are two ways of looking at this year's Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships, especially the Breeders' Cup Classic – Powered by Dodge (gr. I). It is either a depleted group of horses that doesn't measure up to most Breeders' Cups or there is still plenty left to provide a championship-caliber afternoon of racing.

  • Competitive Field Set for Man o' War

    Saturday's $500,000 Man o' War Stakes (gr. IT) will feature last year's John Deere Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) winner Better Talk Now and Beverly D (gr. IT) winner Angara, whom trainer Patrick Biancone will send out against the boys in the 1 3/8-mile test.

  • United Nations Handicap winner Better Talk Now will have a rabbit to help set the pace in Saturday's Man o'War.

    Better Talk Now to Have Pacesetter in Man o'War

    Trainer Graham Motion said Tuesday he will run Shake the Bank as a pacesetter for last year's John Deere Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) winner Better Talk Now in Saturday's $500,000 Man o'War Stakes (gr. IT) at Belmont Park.

  • Powerscourt wins (again)!

    Sweet Redemption for Powerscourt in Million

    Powerscourt, disqualified after winning last year's Arlington Million (gr. IT), provided sweet redemption for his Ballydoyle connections Saturday with an emphatic victory in the American classic on a yielding Arlington Park turf course.

  • Meteor Storm attempts to recapture his winning form in Saturday's Sword Dancer (gr. IT).

    Sword Dancer Opens Up With Likely Defection

    With Better Talk Now unlikely to defend his $500,000 Sword Dancer Invitational Handicap (gr. IT) title Saturday at Saratoga, the race now gives an opportunity for eight others horses on the East Coast to emerge among the top turf runners in the country.

  • Better Talk Now, winning the Fort Marcy, appears bound for the Arlington Million.

    With Velazquez Named, Better Talk Now Appears Million Bound

    Better Talk Now, who conquered all rivals in last fall's grade I John Deere Breeders' Cup Turf, will be ridden by last year's Eclipse Award-winning jockey John Velazquez should his owners at Bushwood Racing Partners decide to run in Saturday's grade I Arlington Million.

  • Firecracker Breeders' Cup 'Cap winner Kitten's Joy looks to keep winning in Saturday's Arlington Million.

    All-Star Cast Readies for Arlington Million

    The Arlington Million (gr. IT) Saturday at Arlington Park could easily be mistaken for an all-star game, with group and graded stakes-caliber runners filling every post and Kitten's Joy and European shipper Powerscourt highlighting the field.

  • Motion Not Closing Door on Arlington Million for Better Talk Now

    Trainer Graham Motion said Tuesday during a National Thoroughbred Racing Association teleconference he is 90% sure Better Talk Now will start in Saturday's Sword Dancer Invitational Handicap (gr. IT) at Saratoga Race Course. The trainer held out a slight 10% chance that last year's John Deere Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) winner could show up in the Arlington Million (gr. IT) at Arlington Race Course on the same day.

  • Meteor Storm Works Toward Sword Dancer

    Meteor Storm, the 2004 Manhattan Handicap (gr. IT) winner at Belmont Park, worked five furlongs over the Saratoga main track Monday morning in 1:00 2/5, handily, under jockey Javier Castellano.

  • Better Talk Now, right, wins the United Nations Handicap over Silverfoot and Request for Parole.

    No Argument As Better Talk Now Wins U.N.

    Patiently guided by Ramon Dominguez, Bushwood Racing Partners' Better Talk Now stormed home along the inside to win Saturday's $750,000 United Nations (gr. IT) on a soft Monmouth Park turf course.

  • Better Talk Now, winning the Fort Marcy, is favored in the United Nations.

    Better Talk Now Favored in United Nations

    Better Talk Now will have some help in Saturday's $750,000 United Nations Handicap (gr. IT) at Monmouth Park with the prospect of a soft turf course and stablemate Shake the Bank.

  • Artie Schiller, Better Talk Now Head Dixie

    Two of the nation's best turf runners in the form of Artie Schiller and Better Talk Now hook up in Saturday's CompUSA Dixie Stakes (gr. IIT) at Pimlico when they take on four rivals as each attempts to win their second consecutive race in as many starts this year.

  • Better Talk Now, with Ramon Dominguez up, captures the Fort Marcy Handicap at Aqueduct.

    Better Talk Now Sharp in Fort Marcy Return

    Returning to action for the first time in 2005, Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) hero Better Talk Now registered a confident win for jockey Ramon Dominguez by a neck over Remind in the $107,400 Fort Marcy Handicap (gr. IIIT) on the Aqueduct turf Saturday.

  • Better Talk Now Faces Short Fort Marcy Field

    Better Talk Now, winner of the John Deere Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) last year, faces a compact field when he returns to competition in Saturday's Fort Marcy Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Aqueduct.

  • Breeders to be Honored at Breeders' Cup/Thoroughbred Club Dinner

    The National Thoroughbred Racing Association and Breeders' Cup Ltd., in conjunction with the Thoroughbred Club of America, will honor the breeders of the 2004 Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships race winners Jan. 8 at its 11th annual dinner at Keeneland Race Course in Lexington .

  • Pellegrino holds off the fast-closing Megahertz and License To Run to win the Hollywood Turf Cup, Saturday at Holywood Park.

    Pellegrino Sparkles in Hollywood Turf Cup

    Traffic was tight in the stretch run of the $250,000 Hollywood Turf Cup (gr. IT) but Gary Tanaka's Brazilian-bred Pellegrino found plenty of room along the inside with Gary Stevens aboard to spring a 10-1 surprise Saturday.

  • Trainer Graham Motion, with Breeders' Cup Turf winner Better Talk Now, is aiming for an Eclipse Award.

    Motion 'Talks' Eclipse in Hollywood Turf Cup

    The connections for Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) upsetter Better Talk Now are gambling that a victory in Hollywood Park's $250,000 Hollywood Turf Cup (gr. IT) Saturday will be enough to secure an Eclipse Award as the year's North American male turf champion.

  • Better Talk Now Going in Hollywood Turf Cup

    Better Talk Now, staging a late bid for an Eclipse Award, will be flown to California on Tuesday for the $250,000 Hollywood Turf Cup (gr. IT) Saturday, trainer H. Graham Motion said Sunday from his base at Fair Hill, Md.

  • Better Talk Now, winning the Breeders' Cup Turf.

    Better Talk Now to Contest Hollywood Turf Cup

    John Deere Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) winner Better Talk Now will make his next start in the $250,000 Hollywood Turf Cup (gr. IT) on Dec. 4, trainer H. Graham Motion said Wednesday from Fair Hill, Md.

  • Better Talk Now has the final say in this year's Turf.

    Turf Recap: Tough Talk

    They got down and dirty in the John Deere Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT), turning the Sport of Kings into a rip-roaring, Texas-style rodeo. With front-running Star Over the Bay starting to fade, Powerscourt charged to the front on the final turn. Then Better Talk Now attacked from the outside, cutting in front of Magistretti. Meanwhile, the 7-10 favorite, Kitten's Joy, frantically swung his head to the left and right, looking for running room as the field headed to the wire.

  • Breeders' Cup By the Numbers

    Although jockey Jerry Bailey did not add to his record 14 Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships winners, he had three seconds and two thirds from six mounts for earnings of $1,436,800.

  • Magistretti (4) and Edgar Prado win the Grade I Man o'War, Saturday at Belmont.

    Magistretti, Prado Take Well-Timed Man o' War

    Epalo appeared to be home free in the late stages of the $500,000 Man o'War, but Michael Tabor's Magistretti, last at the top of the stretch, flew down the middle of the track to win going away on yielding turf at Belmont Park Saturday.

  • Ramon Dominguez and Better Talk Now will try to follow last month's win in the Sword Dancer with a victory in the Man o'War Stakes, Saturday at Belmont.

    Better Talk Now Best on Turf in Man o'War?

    Saturday's $500,000 Man o'War Stakes (gr. IT) at Belmont Park drew a field of eight runners who may have to contend with soft going after steady rain in New York earlier this week.

  • Ramon Dominguez gives Better Talk Now a pat on the back after winning the Sword Dancer Stakes, Saturday at Saratoga.

    Better Talk Now Speaks Up in Sword Dancer

    Bushwood Stable's Better Talk Now picked a fine spot to earn his first victory of the 2004 season, taking the $500,000 Sword Dancer Handicap (gr. IT) in his first grade I attempt on the grass at Saratoga Race Course Saturday.

  • Balto Star defeats The Tin Man and Lunar Sovereign in United Nations upset win.

    Balto Star Pace Danger in Sword Dancer

    Anstu Stables' Balto Star is the one catch in the $500,000 Sword Dancer Handicap (gr. IT) at 1 1/2 miles on turf Saturday at Saratoga. If he gets the kind of pace he enjoys, they may not be able to do it.