Keyword: breeders' cup 2009

  • Zenyatta, John, and Me

    Mac McBride tells his behind-the-scenes story of the 2009 Breeders' Cup Classic and Zenyatta.

  • Zenyatta in the Winner' Circle after her Classic victory.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D8609368%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Sire and Pedigree Notes - Breeders' Cup 2009

    PORTER ON PEDIGREES, by Alan Porter <P>Alan Porter recaps the 2009 Breeders' Cup with pedigree observations about the sire lines, dominant female families, and inbreeding of the 14 winners.

  • Trainer John Shirreffs

    Shirreffs: Classic Winner Zenyatta is HOY

    A day after undefeated Zenyatta became a giant of the racing world with a spine-tingling victory in the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I), trainer John Shirreffs said she should be Horse of the Year over favored Rachel Alexandra.

  • Tapitsfly gets up late in the Breeders&#39; Cup Juvenile Filies Turf.&lt;br&gt;&lt;a target=&quot;blank&quot; href=&quot;http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D8609261%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Tapitsfly Soars in the Juvenile Fillies Turf

    Jockey Robby Albarado pushed the button on Tapitsfly approaching mid-stretch and the gray/roan daughter of Tapit responded willingly to produce a neck victory over the pacesetting Rose Catherine in Oak Tree's $909,000 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf at Santa Anita Nov. 6.

  • Forever Together will try to end her career back in the Breeders&#39; Cup Winner&#39;s Circle.

    Forever Together Defends Title in Final Race

    His excitement as a result of Forever Together's stirring win in last year's Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf (gr. IT) gave trainer Jonathan Sheppard fits of insomnia. But by all indications, the Hall of Fame trainer is taking things in better stride as his fierce gray mare defends her title as the morning line choice in the $2 million event at Santa Anita Nov. 6.

  • Magical Fantasy winning the Yellow Ribbon Stakes (gr. I) at Santa Anita on Oct. 10.

    Seeking More of the Same from Magical Fantasy

    It would be an understatement to say that Magical Fantasy heads the California contingent for the $2 million Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf (gr. IT) at Santa Anita Nov. 6. After four consecutive major stakes wins locally, three in grade I company, she's nearly all that's left.

  • Einstein and trainer Helen Pitts.

    Einstein Sharp in Half-Mile Workout

    In a move faster than trainer/exercise rider Helen Pitts would have liked, Stronach Stables' Einstein tuned up for the Nov. 7 Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) with a half-mile workout in a quick :47 4/5 at Santa Anita Nov. 1.

  • Zenyatta&lt;br&gt;&lt;a target=&quot;blank&quot; href=&quot;http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D8148224%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Zenyatta Sends Right Message in Final BC Work

    Zenyatta gave trainer John Shirreffs and jockey Mike Smith precisely what they asked for Oct. 31 in her final work before the Breeders' Cup. With regular workmate Green Cat providing a target, she worked six furlongs in 1:12 2/5 at Hollywood Park at about 9 a.m.

  • Will Zenyatta run on Breeders&#39; Cup Saturday?&lt;br&gt;&lt;a target=&quot;blank&quot; href=&quot;http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D8279340%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Zenyatta 'Definitely' Leaning Toward Classic

    Trainer John Shirreffs said on a national teleconference Oct. 28 that the first preference for Zenyatta is the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) as long as she works well this Saturday at Hollywood Park and appears to be peaking for the race.

  • Forever Together won the 2008 Breeders&#39; Cup Filly &amp; Mare Turf.&lt;br&gt;&lt;a target=&quot;blank&quot; href=&quot;http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D6446658%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Forever Together Chasing Repeat in F&M Turf

    Looking to join Ouija Board as the only two-time winner of the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf (gr. IT), Forever Together is the likely pick in the $2 million event sponsored by Emirates Airline.

  • Victorious Ramsey 2-Year-Olds Headed for Cup

    "We are going to California," proclaimed Ken Ramsey after his homebred 2-year-olds Lisa's Kitten and Kera's Kitten each captured victories in a pair of $100,000 stakes over the turf course at Retama Park on the night of Oct. 24.

  • Summer Bird worked five furlongs in 1:00.45 under regular rider Kent Desormeaux after Oak Tree&#39;s second race Oct. 25.

    Summer Bird Works Between Races at Oak Tree

    Three-time grade I winner Summer Bird, the leading candidate for an Eclipse Award in the male 3-year-old division, worked five furlongs in 1:00.45 under regular rider Kent Desormeaux after Oak Tree's second race Oct. 25.

  • Einstein

    Einstein Turns In Quick Breeze; Ships Tuesday

    Stronach's Einstein, one of the top American hopes for the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) at Oak Tree at Santa Anita, zipped a fast five furlongs at Churchill Downs on Oct. 25 in the veteran star's final pre-race training move over his home track.

  • Indian Blessing (inside) is coming off a difficult victory in the Gallant Bloom. &lt;br&gt;&lt;a target=&quot;blank&quot; href=&quot;http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D8510917%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Indian Blessing to Skip Filly & Mare Sprint

    Unhappy with her recent workouts over Santa Anita's Pro-Ride track, trainer Bob Baffert said Oct. 25 that he is not planning to pre-enter two-time champion Indian Blessing in the $1 million Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Sprint Nov. 6.

  • Champs Elysees storms home in the Pattison Canadian International.

    Champs Elysees Goes Out On Top at Woodbine

    Favored Champs Elysees, in likely the final race of his career, went out on top with a come-from-behind victory in the $1,927,556 Pattison Canadian International (Can-IT) at Woodbine Oct. 17.

  • Lahaleeb upsets the E.P. Taylor Stakes at Woodbine.

    Lahaleeb Springs 44-1 Surprise in E.P. Taylor

    Lahaleeb produced the biggest upset in the 54-year history of Woodbine's E.P. Taylor Stakes (Can-IT) Oct. 17 when she came from off the pace in the stretch to win the $964,356 test for fillies and mares at odds of 44-1.

  • House of Grace (left) outfinishes Smart Seattle to win the Jessamine at Keeneland.&lt;br&gt;&lt;a target=&quot;blank&quot; href=&quot;http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D8556998%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    House of Grace Captures Tight Jessamine

    House of Grace caught Smart Seattle at the wire to register a nose victory in the $150,000 JPMorgan Chase Jessamine Stakes, which was taken off the turf and transferred to Keeneland's Polytrack Oct. 15 at the rain-slickened Lexington track.

  • Presious Passion won the Clement Hirsch at Santa Anita on October 11.&lt;br&gt;&lt;a target=&quot;blank&quot; href=&quot;http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D8548175%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Countdown to the Cup: Early Angles

    As we all know there is always an angle or two we can latch on to in the Breeders' Cup. The trick is finding them among the morass of stakes horses that line up for the 14 races. There probably are more chances of landing a longshot on a synthetic surface, because, in all honesty, does anyone really know how to handicap these races?

  • Princess Haya

    E.P. Taylor: Rainbow View Heads Euro Presence

    Coming off a group I win in Ireland, Rainbow View can sew up a starting berth in the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf (gr. IT) next month with a victory in Woodbine's $1 million E.P. Taylor Stakes (Can-IT) on the turf Oct. 17.

  • The 6-year-old Presious Passion strolled gate to wire for a victory in Oak Tree&#39;s Clement L. Hirsch at Santa Anita. &lt;br&gt;&lt;a target=&quot;blank&quot; href=&quot;http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D8548175%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Presious Passion Parades in Clement Hirsch

    Trainer Mary Hartmann came west looking for firm turf for her star Presious Passion and found what she was looking for. The 6-year-old son of Royal Anthem hooked a paceless field and strolled gate to wire for a 2 1/2-length victory in Oak Tree's $300,000 Clement L. Hirsch Memorial Turf Championship (gr. IIT) at Santa Anita Oct. 11.

  • Gayego stormed down the center of the track to register a 1 1/4-length win in Oak Tree&#39;s Ancient Title Stakes.&lt;br&gt;&lt;a target=&quot;blank&quot; href=&quot;http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D8548174%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Godolphin's Gayego Gallops in Ancient Title

    Godolphin's good fortune leading up to the Breeders' Cup continued at Santa Anita Oct. 11 when 6-5 choice Gayego stormed down the center of the track to register a one-length win in Oak Tree's $300,000 Ancient Title Stakes (gr. I).

  • Zenyatta cruises to win #13 in the Lady&#39;s Secret.&lt;br&gt;&lt;a target=&quot;blank&quot; href=&quot;http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D8942252%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Perfect Zenyatta Repeats in 'Secret; BC Next

    As professional as ever, undefeated Zenyatta equaled Personal Ensign's 13-race winning streak to begin her career, sweeping past the pacesetters in upper stretch to capture Oak Tree's $300,000 Lady's Secret Stakes (gr. I) at Santa Anita in characteristic fashion Oct. 10.

  • Gitano Hernando hold off Colonel John to upset the Goodwood Stakes.

    Gitano Hernando Gets Giant Goodwood Upset

    Europeans got an early start on the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) this year when British import Gitano Hernando, ridden by Kieren Fallon, upset favored Colonel John in Oak Tree's $350,000 Goodwood Stakes (gr. I) at Santa Anita Oct. 10.

  • Magical Fantasy springs to victory in the Yellow Ribbon.

    Magical Fantasy Wraps Up Yellow Ribbon

    Ridden patiently by Alex Solis, heavily favored Magical Fantasy captured her third consecutive grade I event when she overtook Visit mid-stretch and held off the late charge of Black Mamba to win Oak Tree's $300,000 Yellow Ribbon Stakes (gr. IT) at Santa Anita Oct. 10.

  • Cost of Freedom, who won the 2008 Ancient Title, is back again in 2009.&lt;br&gt;&lt;a target=&quot;blank&quot; href=&quot;http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D6136258%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Hunch Plays Abound in Ancient Title Stakes

    Cost of Freedom is back to defend his title in Oak Tree's $300,000 Ancient Title Stakes (gr. I) Oct. 11, but he's just one of several hunch play possibilities in a 10-horse field at Santa Anita.

  • Zenyatta won the 2008 Lady&#39;s Secret by 3 1/2 lengths.&lt;br&gt;&lt;a target=&quot;blank&quot; href=&quot;http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D6136193%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Zenyatta After 13th Straight in Lady's Secret

    Undefeated Zenyatta attempts to equal Personal Ensign's streak of 13 consecutive wins when she goes to the post in Oak Tree's $300,000 Lady's Secret Stakes (gr. I) as the heavy favorite Oct. 10 at Santa Anita.

  • Undefeated Lookin At Lucky handled his first try at two turns successfully in the Norfolk Stakes at Santa Anita.&lt;br&gt;&lt;a target=&quot;blank&quot; href=&quot;http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D8532384%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo.&lt;/a&gt;

    Lookin at Lucky Notches Norfolk; BC in Sight

    Undefeated Lookin At Lucky handled his first try at two turns successfully in the $300,000 Norfolk Stakes (gr. I) Oct. 4, allowing Bob Baffert to look forward to the Nov. 7 Grey Goose Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) at Santa Anita Park.

  • Blind Luck blasted down the stretch to win the Oak Leaf Stakes at Santa Anita Park. &lt;br&gt;&lt;a target=&quot;blank&quot; href=&quot;http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D8532320%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo.&lt;/a&gt;

    Blind Luck Smiles on Hollendorfer in Oak Leaf

    Blind Luck, an $11,000 yearling, blasted down the stretch to win the $300,000 Oak Leaf Stakes (gr. I) at Santa Anita Park Oct. 4. The victory ensured a start in the $1 million Grey Goose Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies.

  • Zenyatta

    Zenyatta Set for Lady's Secret After Workout

    Trainer John Shirreffs said his undefeated champion Zenyatta came out of her six-furlong workout on Hollywood Park's Cushion Track Oct. 3 in good order and is on course to defend her title in the $300,000 Lady's Secret Stakes (gr. I) on Oct. 10 at 1 1/16 miles.

  • Awesome Gem flies home in the Hawthorne Gold Cup.

    Hawthorne Gold Cup: Awesome Gem Finds Luster

    Southern California shipper Awesome Gem came from off the pace to run down Nite Light in deep stretch for a 1 1/4-length win in the $500,000 Hawthorne Gold Cup Handicap (gr. II) at muddy Hawthorne Park Oct. 3.

  • Del Mar Futurity winner Lookin At Lucky tries for win #4 in the Norfolk.&lt;br&gt;&lt;a target=&quot;blank&quot; href=&quot;http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D8462032%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Norfolk: Lookin At Lucky Seeks 4th Straight

    Unbeaten Lookin At Lucky seeks his fourth consecutive win for trainer Bob Baffert and a spot in the starting gate for next month's Grey Goose Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) when he faces 11 juvenile rivals in the $300,000 Norfolk Stakes (gr. I) at Oak Tree's Santa Anita meet Oct. 4.

  • Blind Luck finished 2nd in the Debutante in her last start.

    Baker's Dozen to Line Up for Oak Leaf Stakes

    A condylar fracture of a cannon bone knocked Darley Debutante (gr. I) winner Mi Sueno out of the $300,000 Oak Leaf Stakes (gr. I) this week and 13 juvenile fillies are hoping to take advantage at Oak Tree's Santa Anita meet Oct. 4.

  • California Flag powers to a repeat win in the Morvich Stakes on opening day of the Oak Tree meet at Santa Anita.&lt;br&gt;&lt;a target=&quot;blank&quot; href=&quot;http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D8523823%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Morvich Win Puts California Flag Back in 'Cup

    Favored California Flag led nearly all the way to win the $100,000 Morvich Handicap (gr. IIIT) on opening day of the Oak Tree Racing Association meet at Santa Anita Park Sept. 30, earning a repeat victory in the hillside turf course event over runner-up Get Funky and a berth in the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint.

  • Bridgetown leaves the rest behind in the Summer Stakes at Woodbine.

    Brilliant Bridgetown Scores in Summer Stakes

    Bridgetown surged past favored Stormy Lord in the stretch and held sway to win the $286,891 Summer Stakes (Can-IIIT) on the Woodbine lawn Sept. 19, locking up a berth in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf with the victory.

  • Bay to Bay holds off Jungle Tale to take the Natalma at Woodbine.

    Bay to Bay Sails to Natalma Stakes Victory

    Bay to Bay could have a date in the $1 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf after an impressive victory in the $147,266 Natalma Stakes (Can-IIIT) in her first try against winners on the Woodbine lawn Sept. 19.

  • Flashing, who won the Test in her most recent start, faces older horses for the first time in the Presque Isle Downs Masters.&lt;br&gt;&lt;a target=&quot;blank&quot; href=&quot;http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D8393558%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Grade I-Winning Quartet Heads Masters' Field

    Four grade I winners -- Diamondrella, Flashing, Game Face, and Informed Decision -- are part of an overflow field entered for the $400,000 Presque Isle Downs Masters (gr. III) on tap Sept. 12 in Erie, Pa.

  • Richard&#39;s Kid, sent off at odds of 24-1, charged from far back with jockey Mike Smith aboard to win the Pacific Classic at Del Mar.&lt;br&gt;&lt;a target=&quot;blank&quot; href=&quot;http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D8461201%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Richard's Kid Roars in Pacific Classic Upset

    Richard's Kid, sent off at odds of 24-1, charged from far back with jockey Mike Smith aboard to win the $1 million Pacific Classic (gr. I) at Del Mar Sept. 6, nipping Einstein in an exhilarating finish.

  • Zensational cruised to his third consecutive grade I victory in the Pat O&#39;Brien Breeders&#39; Cup Stakes at Del Mar.&lt;br&gt;&lt;a target=&quot;blank&quot; href=&quot;http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D8461205%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Zensational Bolts to O'Brien Win; 'Cup Next

    It keeps getting easier for the flashy sprinter Zensational, who cruised to his third consecutive grade I victory under Victor Espinoza in the $300,000 Pat O'Brien Breeders' Cup Stakes at Del Mar Sept. 6.

  • Gran Estreno fights for victory in the Washington Park Handicap.

    Super Claim Gran Estreno Wins Washington Park

    Gran Estreno, claimed twice for $20,000 this year, earned a starting berth in the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) when he led all the way to win the $200,000 Washington Park Handicap (gr. III) at Aqueduct Sept.5.

  • Carlsbad and Jockey Tyler Baze cruise in the Rancho Bernardo. &lt;br&gt;&lt;a target=&quot;blank&quot; href=&quot;http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D8458416%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Carlsbad Makes Things Easy for Hurting Baze

    Jockey Tyler Baze, in his first race since breaking the little finger on his left hand two weeks ago, guided heavily favored Carlsbad to a track-record victory in the Rancho Bernardo Handicap (gr. III) at Del Mar Sept. 4.

  • Zensational goes for his third consecutive grade I win in the $300,000 Pat O&#39;Brien.
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    Zensational Zeroes In On Third Grade I Win

    Zensational, who has vaulted to the top of the national rankings for sprinters, goes for his third consecutive grade I win as the heavy favorite in the $300,000 Pat O'Brien Breeders' Cup Stakes at Del Mar Sept. 6.