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O'Brien Springs a Breeders' Cup Surprise; No Powerscourt in Turf

Aidan O'Brien has sprung a surprise in announcing his team for the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships, with Powerscourt, the Arlington Million (gr. IT) winner, missing his intended assignment in the John Deere Turf (gr. IT), and 3-year-old Oratorio, winner of two prestigious group I races this season in the Coral Eclipse and Irish Champion Stakes, lining up for the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I).

New York, New York

New York, New York

By Ray Paulick - Emotions have run high the three previous times Belmont Park has hosted the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships. They have run the gamut, too, from the pain and sorrow experienced when three runners died in 1990, to the exhilaration of Cigar's captivating run down the stretch in 1995, to the enduring human spirit shown in 2001, when Americans were still reeling from the terrorist attacks of 9/11.

Co-Owner Says First Samurai Has Charisma

Co-Owner Says First Samurai Has Charisma

One of the most exciting horses scheduled to run in the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships on Oct. 29 is First Samurai. Undefeated in four races, the son of Giant's Causeway is his division's leader heading into the Bessemer Trust Juvenile (gr. I).

Wrona Subs at Oak Tree On Breeders' Cup Weekend

Michael Wrona will fill in for Trevor Denman as the Oak Tree Racing Association's track announcer at Santa Anita Park Oct. 28-29. Denman will be in New York, fulfilling a network television commitment on NBC with the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships.

Riskaverse Gamble Paying Off for Kelly, Schiff

Riskaverse Gamble Paying Off for Kelly, Schiff

With two grade I victories and earnings of more than $1.5, no one would have been surprised had trainer Patrick Kelly and owner Peter Schiff retired Riskaverse after the 2004 Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf (gr. IT). But with the event returning to Belmont Park in 2005, they decided on another season of racing for the 6-year-old mare.

Thoroughbred Thank You Fund to Host Families at Breeders' Cup

The Thoroughbred Thank You Fund, established by 1986 West Point graduate and retired Army officer Terry Finley, plans to bring 200 New York-based military personnel and West Point cadets to the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships at Belmont Park Oct. 29. Included will be New York reservists from the 369th Harlem Hellfighters Battalion and the 69th Infantry, who recently returned from tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan.

BC Talks Continue as Marketing Campaign Launched

BC Talks Continue as Marketing Campaign Launched

As Breeders' Cup officials continued to deal with the fallout from the announcement the New York Racing Association could be nearing insolvency, they indicated Oct. 11 it's all systems go for the Oct. 29 World Thoroughbred Championships at Belmont Park by launching a $2-million marketing push only 18 days before the event.

Breeders' Cup Tackles NTRA Deal, NYRA Situation

Breeders' Cup Tackles NTRA Deal, NYRA Situation

The Breeders' Cup board of directors didn't take formal action during an Oct. 4 retreat but did reach consensus on extension of the organization's management agreement with the National Thoroughbred Racing Association.

Countdown to the Cup: Blowout by Borrego

Countdown to the Cup: Blowout by Borrego

It was a weekend that helped shape the Breeders' Cup Classic – Powered by Dodge (gr. I), Emirates Airline Distaff (gr. I), and John Deere Turf (gr. IT). Of course, no big weekend at Belmont Park this fall would be complete without a controversy surrounding the use of pacesetters.

Keeneland to Host a 'Dream Week' of Prizes

Fans who come to Keeneland during closing week Oct. 26-Oct. 29 will have a chance to win one of six "dream" prizes as part of Keeneland's "Dream Week" giveaway.

Countdown to the Cup: Perfect Drift the Next Volponi?

Countdown to the Cup: Perfect Drift the Next Volponi?

With his disappointing fourth-place finish in Saturday's Hawthorne Gold Cup (gr. II), Perfect Drift has now become a longshot special for the Breeders' Cup Classic – Powered by Dodge (gr. I). And that makes him even more enticing, as he tries to emulate Volponi, another versatile, hard-knocking warrior who saved his best performance for the Classic.

Heiligbrodt Named to NTRA Board of Directors

Bill Heiligbrodt, a Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association trustee, has replaced John Amerman as the TOBA representative on the National Thoroughbred Racing Association board of directors.

Breeders' Cup Gala to Benefit Bush-Clinton Katrina Fund

Officials of Breeders' Cup Limited and the National Thoroughbred Racing Association announced that the 2005 Breeders' Cup Charity Celebration, to be held Oct. 28 at historic Roseland Ballroom in New York, with proceeds benefiting the Bush-Clinton Katrina Fund aiding hurricane victims, the Fund for Public Health in New York and the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation.

Countdown to the Cup: Half Empty or Half Full?

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.

NTRA Approaches Critical Point on Memberships

With 2006 a little more than three months away, the National Thoroughbred Racing Association continues to push for membership renewals and seek new members in advance of its annual meeting, scheduled for Oct. 10-12 in Lexington.

Racing to the Rescue Day Planned for Oct. 8

Racing to the Rescue Day Planned for Oct. 8

Organizations in the horse industry are forming a major fundraising effort Oct. 8 for victims of Hurricane Katrina to be called "Racing to the Rescue Day." The Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships also plans to raise funds for the cause.

Afleet Alex Progressing; BC Classic Questionable

Trainer Tim Ritchey said Tuesday that Preakness and Belmont (both gr. I) winner Afleet Alex's fracture is healing nicely, but with an extra week of walking prescribed, there is a question whether the colt can make the Oct. 29 Breeders' Cup Classic-Powered by Dodge (gr. I).

ESPN Executive to Leave; Still Speaking at Round Table

Mark Shapiro, the ESPN executive who was instrumental in moving the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships to his network in 2006, is leaving ESPN effective Oct. 1 to become chief executive officer of Red Zone, a private entertainment investment company founded by Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder.

Breeders' Cup Race Order to be Announced When Pre-Entries Released

Breeders' Cup Race Order to be Announced When Pre-Entries Released

In an effort to provide its fans with the most attractive wagering program, officials of Breeders' Cup Limited and the National Thoroughbred Racing Association announced Thursday that, for the first time, the complete race order for the 22nd Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships, will be announced on Wednesday, Oct. 19, when the Pre-Entered fields for all eight races are released.

Foal and Stallion Nominators Elect 13 to BC Board

Officials of Breeders' Cup Ltd. announced Thursday the election of 13 members to its board of directors through the proportional shareholder voting system by Breeders' Cup foal and stallion nominators. The election results were confirmed at last week's board meeting in Lexington.

Shapiro is Keynote Speaker at Round Table Conference

Mark Shapiro, executive vice president who oversees programming and production for ESPN networks and ABC Sports, will deliver the keynote address at The Jockey Club's 53rd annual Round Table Conference in Saratoga Springs Aug. 21.

Breeders' Cup Party Set for Backstretch Workers

United Tote and The Race Track Chaplaincy of America will host the "United Tote Backstretch Bonanza," a special event for backstretch workers, at Belmont Park Oct. 25 during the week of the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships.

'Road to The World Thoroughbred Championships Powered By Dodge' Returns on ESPN Networks

"Road to the World Thoroughbred Championships Powered by Dodge," a four-month, 15-program series, will return on ESPN networks this weekend. Featuring 33 races in seven of the eight Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships divisions, the series concludes with a World Thoroughbred Championships special Oct. 28, the day before this year's Breeders' Cup at Belmont Park.

NTRA Projects $81 Million in Revenue by 2010

NTRA Projects $81 Million in Revenue by 2010

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association is projecting total operating revenue of $81.5 million by 2010, the last year of its five-year strategic plan. The largest revenue-producer would be Breeders' Cup, which has a joint operating agreement with the NTRA.

NTRA Strategic Plan Reflects Priority Shift

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association's strategic plan for the next five years clearly reflects a shift in priorities for the organization, though many of the core focus areas remain intact from its first business plan issued in 1997.

Equine Industry Vision Award Honors Gaines

Breeders' Cup founder John R. Gaines was posthumously honored as this year's Equine Industry Vision Award recipient by Pfizer Animal Health and American Horse Publications at a June 10 ceremonial breakfast held during the AHP Horse By Northwest Seminar in Seattle.

Alberto-Culver to Sponsor BC Juvenile Fillies

Albert-Culver Co., which first sponsored a Breeders' Cup race in 1989, has signed on as title sponsor of the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) and the Juvenile Fillies Division, effective this year. Breeders' Cup, for the first time, now has title sponsors for all eight World Thoroughbred Championships races.

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