Champion Wise Dan, after arrival at Santa Anita on October 29. Watch Video
Two of the leading contenders for the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I)--defending champion Fort Larned and Palace Malice--along with champion Wise Dan were among the last horses to arrive for World Championships.
A week or so after the 2005 Breeders' Cup, I returned to my desk at Thoroughbred Times from a break and played back a voicemail from Merv Griffin requesting I call back.
All trainers want to win big races for their owners, but in Mike Pender's case, it would be especially sweet to win the Geico Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint (gr. IT) for B.J. Wright with Jeranimo or Boat Trip.
Conan O'Brien, Breeders' Cup, Keeneland, Belmont, Woodbine, Laurel, and more. View Slideshow
Breeders' Cup chairman Bill Farish acknowledged the organization's board of directors has some key issues it needs to address, not the least of which is the host-site selection process.
Grade I-winning millionaire Paynter, whose story of perseverance a year ago captivated the racing world, will begin his next career in 2014 as a stallion at Kenny Troutt's WinStar Farm near Versailles, Ky.
A winner of four of her five starts on the 6 1/2-furlong hillside course at Santa Anita Park, Purim's Dancer will try to earn the first graded stakes win of her career in the Senator Ken Maddy Stakes (gr. IIIT).
When Ollie Figgins III sends out Dance to Bristol in the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (gr. I), the Speightstown filly will be the second World Championships starter for the trainer.
There weren't any audible groans when post positions were drawn for the Nov. 2 Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I), but with a field of 13--one short of the maximum permitted--the run to the first turn could prove critical.
- By Steve Haskin
Steve Haskin brings us today's news update on who arrived, what horses were on the track, and comments on Aidan O'Brien's chances of victory in the Breeders' Cup Classic. watch video
Eleven of the 16 European contenders for the Nov. 1-2 Breeders' Cup World Championships cleared quarantine on the morning of Oct. 29, led by Andrew Lloyd Webber's top turf filly The Fugue.
Six high-profile individuals are being honored and added to this year's Breeders' Cup Ambassadors. They join 10 other celebrity racing fans and owners who were named Ambassadors during the program's first year in 2012.
The Juddmonte Farms juggernaut seeks to continue its winning ways in the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf, a race it has already won on three occasions.
As expected, Haskell Invitational (gr. I) winner Verrazano will retire to Ashford Stud, it was announced Oct. 29. His final race will come Nov. 1 in the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (gr. I).
Trainer Todd Pletcher talks about Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr.I) contender Princess of Sylmar on her first day on the track at Santa Anita. Watch Video
Described by consignor Paul Sharp as a horse with presence, Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) entrant Conquest Titan will seek to provide the Ocala-based pinhooker with his first ever Breeders' Cup victory.
Centralinteligence has a mind of his own, but when circumstances come up right, the son of Smarty Jones is dangerous carrying his speed, as foes may find out in Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile.
Horsemen said Oct. 28 they like racing at Santa Anita and appreciate improvements in the clubhouse and grandstand, but conditions in the barn area leave something to be desired.
Breeders' Cup Turf (gr.IT) contender The Fugue exits quarantine and paddock schools at Santa Anita, with an appearance by Marathon contender Ever Rider. watch video
Game On Dude, making his third start in the Classic, is the morning line favorite.
- By Steve Haskin
Bob Baffert, Todd Pletcher, Aidan O'Brien and Kathy Ritvo are on a mission: get rid of that agonizing, heartbreaking second-place finish in the Breeders' Cup Classic that is hanging over their heads and win this thing already read blog
The Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) may only have a field of six, but they have created perhaps the most riveting puzzle in the entire series this year.
Trainer Eric Guillot officially apologized to fellow conditioner D. Wayne Lukas for triggering an investigation into his allegations jockey Luis Saez used an electrical device on Will Take Charge in the Travers Stakes.
Argentinian-bred Ever Rider, looking to follow the path taken by Calidoscopio, heads a field of 10 along with millionaire Pool Play in the $500,000 Breeders' Cup Marathon (gr. II) on Nov. 1 at Santa Anita Park.
Horse of the Year Wise Dan will launch a title defense in the Nov. 2 Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) from post 8 in a field of 10 off his only loss of 2013. Among his challengers is the horse who beat him, Silver Max.
Reddam Racing's Bond Holder, trained by Doug O'Neill, has a strong foundation with five previous races, including a victory in the grade I FrontRunner Stakes at Santa Anita Park in his last start Sept. 29.
Steve talks about the horses who have worked today, including Game On Dude, Paynter, and Flashback. We learn news of Graydar being out of the Dirt Mile and when international horses are arriving at the track. watch video
Though its name already had appeared in recent days along with the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint (gr. IT), GEICO and Breeders' Cup Oct. 28 officially announced a marketing partnership for this year's World Championships.
An infographic celebrating the Breeders' Cup 30th Anniversary. view infographic
- By Claire Novak
Hall of Fame trainer talks about Paynter and Game On Dude after their Oct. 28 works at Santa Anita. Claire asks Bob Baffert if Game On Dude is a different horse from last year, listen to his answer. watch video
Caracortado has overcome a lot during his career, including a cut in his face as a foal that required 30 stitches and missing 20 months due to an injury to make it to the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint (gr. IT).
Some of the leading contenders for the Nov. 1-2 Breeders' Cup World Championships, including Game On Dude, Paynter, and Beholder worked at Santa Anita Park the morning of Oct. 28.
Horse Racing Radio Network (HRRN), the Eclipse Award-winning broadcast organization based in Lexington, announced Monday more than 20 hours of on-site Breeders' Cup coverage from Santa Anita Park beginning Tuesday, Oct. 29.
Donn Handicap (gr. I) winner Graydar will be forced to miss the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (gr. I) Nov. 1 at Santa Anita Park after a quarter crack in his left front hoof was discovered Monday morning.
"The horses are for the dreamers, for the romantics," said Alberto Ibanez, sitting at Clocker's Corner on the Sunday morning before the Breeders' Cup World Championships. "With horses, you win races, not money."
- By Frank Angst
Frank Angst talks with trainer Doug O'Neil on his Breeders' Cup Sprint contender Private Zone.
Evan Hammonds looks at the Breeders' Cup Sprint, Filly & Mare Sprint, Classic and more! watch video
- By Steve Haskin
Mucho Macho Man is showing all the signs. You know those signs good horses show when all the stars are aligned perfectly and you know they are sitting on the race of their life. read blog
As the Breeders' Cup World Championships approaches its 30th edition, some things have become standard from an operations perspective, while others continue to change. As questions are answered, new ones are asked.
Jockey Rosie Napravnik was unseated from her mount Be Nice or Leave prior to the seventh race at Churchill Downs Oct. 27. The jockey is reportedly body sore with no broken bones and should be back in the saddle Oct. 30.
- By Steve Haskin
Steve Haskin gives us an update on who worked at Santa Anita, the dense fog that rolled in, and much more! watch video
- By Claire Novak
Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) contender Game On Dude has priorities on his mind on the Sunday before the World Championships. Who can resist a peppermint? watch video
- By Ron Mitchell
Trainer Buff Bradley comments on Groupie Doll's Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint preparations. watch video
Here is the bizarre journey of Rick's Natural Star and owner/trainer Dr. William Livingston...from Artesia, N.M. to the Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) at Woodbine in 1996.
A good number of the Oct. 26 works at Santa Anita were by Breeders' Cup candidates getting in major licks before the Nov. 1-2 World Championships, including Classic contenders Mucho Macho Man and Moreno.
The last Breeders' Cup I attended in person was in 2006. It was a profitable day, as I made enough to take my little group out for dinner afterwards. But by far the most memorable race for me was the Breeders' Cup Juvenile.
The transcript from the October 25 chat is now available. Read Transcript
Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (gr. I) contender Dance to Bristol put in her final work at the Bowie Training Center Oct. 25, going five furlongs in a bullet :58 3/5.
This Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) may be shaping up as one of the most competitive fields of the Nov. 1-2 World Championships at Santa Anita Park. But Eddie Delahoussaye remembers a few other Distaffs just as memorable.
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