Corona del Inca wins Gran Premio Criadores (Arg-I) at Palermo Race Course the evening of May 1, earning an automatic berth into the $2 million Longines Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) through the Breeders' Cup Challenge "Win and You're In" series.
Jockey Julien Leparoux was pleased with the Oct. 22 workout of Longines Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) contender Salama, the Peru-based filly who earned an automatic berth to the race. Yahilwa and Warren's Veneda also worked.
NBC Sports Group's viewership for the "Breeders' Cup Challenge Series: Win and You're In Presented by Lane's End Farm" jumped 136% year over year.
Harmonize showed a new dimension Oct. 7 at Keeneland, coming from far off the pace with a strong stretch run to win the Jessamine (gr. IIIT) and an automatic berth in the Oct. 30 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (gr. IT).
Got Lucky was just that Oct. 4 at Keeneland, finding running room from far back and closing past champion Untapable and longshot Yahilwa in the final furlong to win the the $500,000 Juddmonte Spinster (gr. I).
Robert S. Evans' Tonalist rated early and exploded late to win the $1 million Jockey Club Gold Cup Stakes (gr. I) Oct. 3 at Belmont Park. The 4-year-old Tapit colt won the Gold Cup last year as well.
St. Elias Stable, MeB Racing Stables, and Brooklyn Boyz Stables' Greenpointcrusader went from last-out maiden winner to grade I winner in the $500,000 Champagne Stakes for 2-year-olds Oct. 3 at Belmont Park.
A winner of grade I turf races on both coasts this season, Hard Not to Like will try for a third straight top-level stakes win when she starts Saturday, Sept. 26 in the Rodeo Drive Stakes (gr. IT) at Santa Anita Park.
Beholder will target the Oct. 31 Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) and a potential showdown with Triple Crown winner American Pharoah, Ned Toffey confirmed. Her connections have also decided not to offer her at auction this year.
Adirondack Stakes (gr. II) victress Just Wicked heads a field of eight for the $200,000 Pocahontas (gr. II) Sept. 12 at Churchill Downs, an event that officially launches the 2015-16 Road to the Kentucky Oaks.
Juddmonte Farms' homebred world traveler Flintshire put his class on display Aug. 29 when dominating the Sword Dancer Stakes (gr. IT) at Saratoga, earning another chance at the Breeders' Cup Longines Turf (gr. IT).
The $1.6 million Travers Stakes (gr. I), headed by Triple Crown winner American Pharoah, will be televised by NBC network during a two-hour program Aug. 29.
One final effort by Pleascach in the Darley Yorkshire Oaks (Eng-I) Aug. 20 at York proved fruitful, as the Irish classic winner surged to the lead inside the final furlong to claim her second group I win of the season.
The jockey and trainer of Secret Gesture (GB), who was disqualified from first to third in the Beverly D. Stakes (gr. IT) Aug. 15 at Arlington International Racecourse, both expect the stewards' decision to be appealed.
Esoterique shook clear of favored stablemate Territories with a scintillating rally to win the Prix du Haras de Fresnay-le-Buffard-Jacques Le Marois (Fr-I) Aug. 16 at Deauville.
Alex and JoAnn Lieblong's grade I winner The Big Beast turned in his first work since his second-place finish in the Aug. 1 Alfred G. Vanderbilt (gr. I) at Saratoga Race Course, going five furlongs in 1:00 3/5 Aug. 14.
Alain and Gerard Wertheimer's Solow takes his seven-race winning streak to the Glorious Goodwood meet, where he is set to meet seven opponents in the Qatar Sussex Stakes (Eng-I) July 29.
Undefeated Golden Horn will face a maximum of 10 opponents in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes (Eng-I) July 25 at Ascot when he bids to become the 14th Epsom Derby (Eng-I) winner to complete the double.
Champion Main Sequence takes on talented grade I-winning rivals such as Slumber, Twilight Eclipse, 2013 United Nations victor Big Blue Kitten, and Imagining when seeking to defend his title in the United Nations (gr. IT).
Lovely Day repelled the strong late charge of Denim and Ruby and landed his first group I win June 28 in the Takarazuka Kinen at Hanshin while overwhelming favorite Gold Ship missed the break and finished next to last.
A pair of group races in South America June 21 offer automatic berths to the Longines Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) and Longines Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) this fall at Keeneland.
Horse Racing Radio Network will launch its "2015 Road to the Breeders' Cup" broadcast series with live coverage of the Stephen Foster Handicap (gr. I) and Fleur de Lis Handicap (gr. II) from Churchill Downs June 13.
Stud Misterio's Ordak Dan earned a "Win and You're In" berth into the Longines Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) when he won the Gran Premio 25 de Mayo (Arg-I) for the second time at San Isidro racecourse near Buenos Aires.
Group I winner Alma de Acero is among the 15-horse field set for the Gran Premio 25 de Mayo (Arg-I) May 25 at San Isidro, with the winner getting an automatic berth into the Longines Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) at Keeneland.
Kermadec burst through down the center of the track late to win the $3 million The Star Doncaster Mile (Aus-I) April 6, Day 1 of The Championships at Royal Randwick.
Australia's Championships Day 1, which carded two Breeders' Cup Challenge races among four group I stakes, was canceled April 4 at Royal Randwick due to adverse weather and rescheduled for Monday, April 6.
The Niarchos Family, racing under the Flaxman Holdings name, has won the fourth annual John Deere Award as outstanding breeders of the 2014 Breeders' Cup Challenge Series and the Breeders' Cup World Championships.
The winner of last year's edition of the $1 million Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (gr. I) leads a group of 11 entered for the 2014 edition as he aims to become the first two-time victor in the race's seven-year history Oct. 31.
Now in its eighth year, the Breeders' Cup Challenge provides automatic bids to horses that win top stakes in the U.S. and throughout the world that correspond with one of the 13 Breeders' Cup World Championships races.
Rainha Da Bateria displayed a dazzling turn of foot through the homestretch to win the $150,000 JPMorgan Chase Jessamine Stakes (gr. IIIT) handily over the Keeneland turf Oct. 8, earning a Breeders' Cup slot.
Jay Em Ess Stable's By the Moon upset the $500,000 Frizette Stakes (gr. I) at odds of 24-1 Oct. 4 at Belmont Park, well-rested after a runner-up finish in the Aug. 31 Spinaway Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga Race Course.
Rich Tapestry, who is looking to become the first horse from Hong Kong to compete in a California stakes, went for an easy gallop at Santa Anita Sept. 30.
Undefeated Shared Belief looms a heavy favorite as he heads a field of eight in the $300,000 Awesome Again Stakes (gr. I) at 1 1/8 miles Sept. 27 at Santa Anita Park.
Conquest Harlanate, tracking Isabella Sings into the stretch, eventually wore the persistent favorite down to win the $229,816 Natalma Stakes (Can-IIT) for 2-year-old fillies on the Woodbine turf Sept. 13.
The Jockey Club Tour on FOX will showcase its last races of the year, the Ricoh Woodbine Mile and the Northern Dancer Turf (both gr. IT), Sept. 14 from Toronto's Woodbine.
A dozen 2-year-old fillies have a chance to stamp their ticket for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (gr. IT) when they square off in the $200,000 Natalma Stakes (Can-IIT) on the Woodbine lawn Sept. 13.
Grade III-placed Take Charge Brandi will aim for her breakthrough stakes win Saturday, Sept. 6, when she faces an expected nine other 2-year-old fillies in the $200,000 Pocahontas Stakes (gr. III) at Churchill Downs.
Bourbon Lane Stable's Hashtag Bourbon will try to add a second straight stakes win and more luster to the strong start by his freshman sire Super Saver in the Iroquois Stakes (gr. III) Sept. 6 at Churchill Downs.
Game On Dude has been dominating the ranks of older horses in Southern California for so long it's tempting to believe he's lost a step every time he throws in a bad one.
After exchanging tight decisions in two recent starts this spring, Fire With Fire and Quick Casablanca clash for a third time in the $200,000 Del Mar Handicap (gr. IIT) Aug. 23 on the Del Mar turf.
Sole Power will try to land the Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes (Eng-I) for a second time Aug. 22 at York, but trainer Eddie Lynam says his runner might not be at the top of his game.
Better Lucky, a dual grade I winner on turf who won her first start on dirt in more than two years last month at Saratoga Race Course, returns to the upstate New York oval for the $500,000 Ballerina Stakes (gr. I) Aug. 23.
Frank Angst's Keeping Pace blog debuts with a look at the Breeders' Cup Challenge series to date and automatic qualifiers Bayern, Taghrooda, and Big Macher. read blog
The second September meet in the 140-year history of Churchill Downs will offer eight stakes races with total purses of $925,000 during a 12-day run.
Minorette posted a mild upset in the $1 million Belmont Oaks (gr. IT) July 5 at Belmont Park, landing her first North American victory at odds of 6-1.
Bronzo won the Copa de Oro Vinas de Chile (Chi-II) June 27 at Hipico Chile in Santiago and qualified for the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (gr. IT) later this year at Santa Anita Park.
Defending winner Gold Ship and Japanese star mare Gentildonna are among an outstanding lineup for the Takarazuka Kinen (Jpn-I) June 29 at Hanshin racecourse.
The June 22 Clasico Cesar Del Rio (Peru-III) at Hipodromo de Moterrico will be the first-ever Breeders' Cup "Win and You're In" Challenge event held in Peru.
Keeneland will feature 17 stakes during its 2014 fall meet in Lexington.
The Breeders' Cup Challenge series this year will consist of 73 automatic qualifying races into the Oct. 31-Nov. 1 Breeders' Cup World Championships, with 46 challenge races to be held in the U.S. and Canada.
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