Keyword: Breeders' Cup

  • More Stakes Added to BC 'Challenge'

    The Breeders' Cup Challenge, a series of automatic qualifying races for the Breeders' Cup World Championships, will be expanded from 24 races to a minimum of 49 races at 12 of North America's premier racetracks in 2008, Breeders' Cup announced Feb. 14.

  • Oprah Winney, winner of the 2007 Barbara Fritchie, is the co-highweight in this year's edition.

    Oprah Winney Seeks Fritchie Repeat

    The top three finishers from Aqueduct's Jan. 1 Interborough Handicap, led by Oprah Winney, will meet again in the Barbara Fritchie Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II) at Laurel Park Feb. 16.

  • Dan Liebman: Editor-in-Chief

    Commentary: Half Empty

    <i>By Dan Liebman</i> - The Breeders' Cup should be a win-win for the organization and the host track.

  • Market Said to Be Big Factor for BC

    The Los Angeles media market and its attractiveness to sponsors played a key role in the decision by Breeders' Cup to tab Santa Anita Park as a host site for two consecutive years, Breeders' Cup president Greg Avioli said.

  • CDI: Multi-Year Proposal for 'Cup

    Churchill Downs Inc. says it is sincerely interested in hosting the Breeders' Cup World Championships, so much so that it offered what it considered an "innovative" multi-year plan for regularly staging the annual event at its signature namesake track starting in 2009.

  • Sanata Anita

    Santa Anita Tabbed as 2009 BC Host

    The Breeders' Cup World Championships will be held in 2009 at Santa Anita Park, the California racetrack that will serve as this year's host. It marks the first time the event will be held at the same host site two years in a row.

  • Student Council headlines the San Antonio Handicap.

    Student Council Heads San Antonio

    Millennium Farms' Student Council, back-to-back winner of the Pacific Classic (gr. I) and the Hawthorne Gold Cup (gr. II) in 2007, looks to rebound from an eighth-place finish in the Japan Cup Dirt (Jpn-I) when he heads a field of nine in the $250,000 San Antonio Handicap (gr. II) at Santa Anita Feb. 9.

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    Indian Blessing In Silverbulletday

    Eclipse Award winner Indian Blessing will attempt to maintain a perfect record for Hal and Patti Earnhardt when she leads a field of seven in the $200,000 Silverbulletday Stakes (gr. III) at Fair Grounds Feb. 9.

  • Robert LaPenta&#39;s undefeated Eclipse champion War Pass continued to prep for his seasonal debut.&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%3D2632609%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    War Pass, Other Derby Hopefuls Work

    Robert LaPenta's undefeated Eclipse champion War Pass continued to prep for his seasonal debut when he worked a bullet half-mile in :46.80 at Palm Meadows training center Feb. 2. Anak Nakal and Tale of Ekati also worked.

  • Curlin, Pyro Impressive in Workouts

    Horse of the Year Curlin, pointing toward a 4-year-old campaign, and 3-year-old contender Pyro were noses apart at the finish of a six-furlong tandem workout officially timed in 1:13 at Fair Grounds Jan. 30.

  • Quite a Bride rolls to victory in the Sunshine Millions Filly and 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%3D3399271%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Nashoba Bridesmaid to Quite a Bride

    Quite a Bride turned in quite a performance and had 3-5 favorite Nashoba's Key playing the bridesmaid when she rolled to a solid win in the $500,000 San Manuel Indian Bingo and Casino Sunshine Millions Filly and Mare Turf Stakes at Santa Anita Jan. 26.

  • Nashoba&#39;s Key will make her 5-year-old debut in the Sunshine Millions Filly and Mare Turf 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%3D3370637%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Nashoba's Key Ready for Millions

    Unraced since her fourth-place finish in the Emirates Airlines Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf (gr. IT), Eclipse Award finalist Nashoba's Key will make her 5-year-old debut in the $500,000 Sunshine Millions Filly and Mare Turf Stakes at Santa Anita Jan. 26.

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    Indian Blessing: 2-Year-Old Filly

    Indian Blessing was rewarded for an impressive 2007 campaign that included three victories in as many starts by winning the Eclipse Award for 2-Year-Old Filly Jan. 21 at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif.

  • The 2008 Breeders&#39; Cup logo

    Breeders' Cup Unveils 2008 Logo

    Breeders' Cup has unveiled the official event logo for the 25th running of the Breeders' Cup World Championships, which this year will take place Oct. 24-25 at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif.

  • Curlin worked five furlongs in 1:04 on Jan 18.&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%3D3277646%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Curlin, Pyro, Grasshopper Work

    Horse of the Year candidate Curlin continued his path toward an unrevealed destination when trainer Steve Asmussen sent him to an easy five-furlong work over the Fair Grounds surface Jan. 18. The 4-year-old Smart Strike colt went the distance in 1:04 flat on a fast track.

  • Commentator Sets Track Record

    For trainer Nick Zito, this week has truly been the best of times and the worst of times, at least where older horses are concerned. One day after 5-year-old Hesanoldsalt had to be euthanized following a freak accident at Palm Meadows, 7-year-old Commentator set a track record at Gulfstream Park - and blew away his competition with a 14-length victory Jan. 17.

  • Santa Anita to Host Old Friends Day

    The Kentucky-based Old Friends Thoroughbred retirement facility and Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif., are joining to present "Old Friends Day" Jan. 20 at the West Coast racetrack.

  • Breeders' Cup, Deere Negotiating

    Breeders' Cup officials are in talks with John Deere, which gained entitlement rights to the Breeders' Cup Turf Division in 2001, to continue its sponsorship.

  • Curlin at the Fair Grounds&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%3D3277646%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Curlin Works at Fair Grounds

    Potential Horse of the Year Curlin turned in a slightly faster work at Fair Grounds Jan. 12, going four furlongs in :51.20 six days after he went the same distance in :53.40.

  • Einstein and Trainer Helen Pitts.

    Einstein Sharp in Gulfstream Return

    Midnight Cry Stable's 6-year-old Einstein made an emphatic comeback from eight months on the sidelines Jan. 11 at Gulfstream Park with a one-length victory going a mile on turf in a classy $59,500 allowance race.

  • Jess Jackson&#39;s 80% of Curlin is unaffected by a foreclosure motion being considered in a Kentucky state court.

    Jackson: Curlin Interest Protected

    An attorney representing Stonestreet Stables, the majority owner of leading Horse of the Year candidate Curlin, emphasized Jan. 8 that a foreclosure motion being considered in a Kentucky state court involves only the minority interest in the star colt.

  • Keyed Entry won the Deputy Minister Handicap (gr. III) last February at Gulfstream Park.

    Mr. Prospector Key for Keyed Entry

    Keyed Entry has not raced since June 9, when he bore out on the turn in the six-furlong True North Handicap (gr. II) at Belmont Park. Making his first start since returning from a five-month layoff, the 5-year-old son of Honour and Glory carries highweight of 118 in the Jan. 5 Mr. Prospector Handicap (gr. III) at Gulfstream Park.

  • Quiet Royal, 5-for-19 over turf, tries dirt for first time  in the Stage Door Betty Handicap.

    'Quiet' May Steal Stage Door Betty

    Making her first attempt over dirt after 19 career starts on the turf, the Todd Pletcher-trained Quiet Royal gets a light impost and looks to steal the Dec. 29 Stage Door Betty Handicap (gr. III) at Calder Race Course.

  • Unbeaten Massive Drama heads a field of 14 in the CashCall Futurity.&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%3D2844014%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    'Drama' Tops CashCall Futurity

    The top three finishers from the Hollywood Prevue Stakes (gr. III), led by the unbeaten Massive Drama, will meet again in the Dec. 22 CashCall Futurity (gr. I) at Hollywood Park.

  • McCalmont Named New EBF Chairman

    Harry McCalmont, owner of Norelands Stud in Ireland, will take over Jan. 1, 2008, from the long-serving Michael Wates as chairman of the coordinating committee of the European Breeders' Fund.

  • Commentary: Big MC

    <i>By - Joe Clancy</i> - I never saw anything in racing like McDynamo winning a fifth consecutive Breeders' Cup Grand National Steeplechase (NSA-I) at Far Hills, N.J., Oct. 20.

  • NYRA Unveils 2008 Stakes Schedule

    The New York Racing Association released its 2008 stakes schedule Dec. 12, following approval by NYRA's board of trustees at its monthly meeting. The New York State Racing and Wagering Board still must give its approval, a standard procedure.

  • Dan Liebman: Editor-in-Chief

    Commentary: Another World

    <i>By - Dan Liebman</i> - On Dec. 9, the Cathay Pacific International Races were held in Hong Kong. The following day, the Breeders' Cup announced it was adding three new races to its World Championships program. The terms "international" and "world" may imply the same thing, but there is little that is similar about the two events.

  • Breeders' Cup Adds 3 Races

    One year after expanding the World Championships to a two-day event, Breeders' Cup will beef up the Friday program with three new races, two of which are $1-million events. The Friday program will offer more than $5 million in purses in 2008.

  • The Makers&#39; Mark Mile, won this year by Kip Deville, will be upgraded to a Grade I for 2008.

    Graded Stakes Announced for 2008

    There will be three new grade I stakes in the United States in 2008 after a review by the American Graded Stakes Committee, but for the time being, the three Breeders' Cup World Championships races run for the first time in 2007 won't have a grade.

  • Commentary: More is Less

    <i>By - Morton Cathro</i> - With the dust -- pardon, mud -- hardly settled from the first-ever two-day Breeders' Cup, the powers that be already are talking of further expanding racing's annual championship event.

  • Breeders' Cup Expansion on Agenda

    The Breeders' Cup board of directors will discuss international participation in the World Championships, new races, and potential host sites for 2009 during its Dec. 7 meeting.

  • Silent Name hopes to rebound in the Citation after a 12th-place finish in the NetJets Breeders&#39; Cup Mile.

    Citation 'Cap Wide Open

    If trainer Bobby Frankel could write a perfect scenario for the $400,000 Citation Handicap (gr. IT) at Hollywood Park Nov. 23, it would involve a dry forecast and a one-two finish. Frankel sends out a pair of starters in the 1 1/16-mile turf event -- Silent Name, whose 12th-place finish in the NetJets Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) was a result of the soft turf, says the trainer, and Proudinsky, whose back-to-back wins in his last two starts have earned him the jump to grade I company for the second time in his career.

  • Cal Cup Moved Before Breeders' Cup

    Due to the fact the 2008 Breeders' Cup World Championships will be held at Santa Anita Park, the California Thoroughbred Breeders Association (CTBA) confirmed that the 29th California Cup has been moved up nearly a month, to be held Oct. 5, 2008.

  • Commentary: King Edward

    <i>By - Sean Feld</i> - I did not know Ed Nahem personally, but when I read that he had died Oct. 31 of liver failure it brought back many memories of one of my favorite horses.

  • Garrett Gomez

    Gomez Wins 70th Stakes, Ties Bailey

    Garrett Gomez won his 70th stakes of the year aboard Hucking Hot in the $68,650 Audrey Skirball-Kenis Stakes at Hollywood Park Nov. 11, tying Jerry Bailey for most stakes wins by a jockey in a single season. Bailey set the mark in 2003.

  • Dan Liebman
Editor-in-Chief

    Commentary: Cloud Cover

    <i>By - Dan Liebman</i> - "Trainer of record" is important, but in many ways, it is a meaningless term.

  • California-based Awesome Gem is now being prepped for the Dubai World Cup (gr.I) next March.

    Dubai World Cup a Target for Awesome Gem

    West Point Thoroughbreds has decided to point grade II winner Awesome Gem, who finished third in this year's Breeders' Cup Classic - Powered by Dodge (gr. I), toward next year's $6-million Dubai World Cup (UAE- I).

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    Midnight Cry's Interest in Curlin Intact, Attorney Claims

    An attorney representing a limited liability company that includes embattled attorneys William Gallion and Shirley Cunningham Jr. claims his client's ownership interests in likely Horse of the Year Curlin is still intact, and is not in the hands of 400-plus plaintiffs in a class-action lawsuit settlement.

  • 2007 Breeders&#39; Cup Classic Winner Curlin

    Judge Rules Interest In Curlin Turned Over to Plaintiffs

    The ongoing saga of Curlin continued in a courtroom in Kentucky Nov. 1 when a judge ruled the 20% interest in the colt owned by the two original owners would be turned over to the more than 400 persons involved in a lawsuit over the diet drug fen-phen.

  • Edgar Prado

    Prado Back on Mounts Nov. 3

    Jockey Edgar Prado, who missed the Breeders' Cup races Oct. 26-27 while recovering from a broken right ankle, is named to ride one mount Nov. 3 at Aqueduct for the first time since his Sept. 1 spill.

  • Curlin tied the Monmouth Park track record of 2:00 2/5 in Breeders&#39; Cup Classic (gr.1).&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%3D2627349%26ref%3Dstory&quot;&gt;Order This Photo&lt;/a&gt;

    Haskin's Classic Recap: Curl Jam

    Prior to this year's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), Larry Jones, trainer of eventual runner-up Hard Spun, said of the meteoric rise of the then undefeated Curlin, "Six months from now, we could be looking at Curlin as a super horse." Well, it is now six months later, and Jones' words, unfortunately for him, have become prophetic.

  • High Heels looks to rebound after a ninth place finish in the Spinster (gr.I) at Keeneland.

    Spinster Finishers Match Up Again in Chilukki

    After finishing seventh and ninth respectively in the Spinster Stakes (gr. I) over the Polytrack at Keeneland Oct. 7, Rolling Sea and High Heels will drop down in company, shorten up to the one-mile distance, and tackle each other again in the Nov. 3 Chilukki Stakes (gr. II) on the dirt at Churchill Downs.