Keyword: Countdown to the Cup

  • Game On Dude

    Countdown to the Cup: The Game's Afoot

    William Hill is dangling a carrot out there and is just daring American punters to go for it. And if you don't like carrots, just think of Game On Dude's 7-1 odds for the Breeders' Cup Classic as chocolate cake or pizza.

  • Uncle Mo

    Countdown to the Cup: A Classic Pick 3

    It is safe to say that never before have three consecutive graded stakes on a single card - at a mile, 1 1/8 miles for fillies and mares, and 1 1/4 miles - produced the three favorites for the Breeders' Cup Classic.

  • Zenyatta

    Countdown to the Cup: Classic Appeal

    Let's be honest, this year's Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) needs a boost, especially with Zenyattamania and even a double dose of Curlin still fresh in everyone's mind.

  • Zenyatta after winning the Lady's Secret.<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%3D9217805%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Countdown to the Cup: Where to Begin?

    How does one even attempt to discuss in detail last weekend's stakes extravaganza? And what words are left to describe the Zenyatta phenomenon that haven't already been used?

  • Presious Passion won the Clement Hirsch at Santa Anita on October 11.<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%3D8548175%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    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?

  • Parading should be sitting on a huge race coming into the Goodwood.<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%3D8117794%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Countdown to the Cup: Goodwood Parade

    You can't say there isn't enough to choose from when handicapping Saturday's $350,000 Goodwood Stakes (gr. I), with a smorgasbord of stakes horses all trying to earn their place in the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I)

  • Zenyatta won the Clement L. Hirsch Stakes on August 9.<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%3D8394821%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Countdown to the Cup: Zenyatta's Turn

    Now that Rachel Alexandra is through for the year, it is time for Zenyatta, the defending Queen of all Turfdom, to take center stage, and her presence will be a welcome sight in a year where the Breeders' Cup has gone a bit haywire.

  • Last year's Breeders' Cup Mile winner Goldikova will try for her fourth consecutive victory in the Prix de la Foret at Longchamp.

    Countdown to the Cup: Arc Weather Looks Good

    The chances of Sea The Stars being withdrawn from Sunday's Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (Fr-I) due to soft ground appear slim to none, as the weather forecast calls for little or no rain through next Tuesday.

  • Ventura winning the Woodbine Mile (Can-I)

    Countdown to the Cup: More Fantastic Fillies

    With Rachel Alexandra, Zenyatta, and Ventura, familiar standbys like Forever Together and Music Note, and rapidly rising stars Icon Project, Careless Jewel, and Swift Temper, as well as Goldikova in Europe, this is truly a special year for fillies.

  • Rail Trip is a rising 4-year-old star, no matter what surface he's running on.<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%3D8320303%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Countdown to the Cup: Classic Confusion

    This year's Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) is such an odd concoction of grass and synthetic horses and undistinguished older dirt horses it's difficult to make a worthwhile list of potential starters.

  • Rachel Alexandra

    Countdown to the Cup: Three, two, one...Phht

    A story about Rachel Alexandra seems out of place in a column about the Breeders' Cup, but who cares. That's between Jess Jackson and the Breeders' Cup decision makers. Even though there will be no launching of the Rachel rocket on Nov. 7, it's still fun to "count down" to the imaginary blast off.

  • Awesome Gem

    Countdown to the Cup: Hidden Gem

    Are you looking for an early Volponi for this year's Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I)? Well, you just might have seen him on Saturday...on the grass...finishing second. When it comes to the hard-knocking Awesome Gem, who has his good days and his bad days, I can't help hearing Ralph Kramden (yes, I'm a Honeymooners fanatic): "One of these days...one of these days - "Bang! Zoom!"

  • Henrythenavigator

    Haskin's Cup Countdown: A Real Rivalry

    While the "rivalry" between Curlin and Big Brown has manifested itself through the frequent and often frivolous comments from the horses' connections, there is a real rivalry over in Europe that may very well boil over into the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I).

  • Countdown to the Cup: Nothing Now but the Waiting

    The stars will be shining down on Louisville, Ky. on Nov. 4, but many of the brightest ones will not even show up until the middle of Breeders' Cup week. As a result, several New York-based journalists, and one Jerseyite, have changed plans and will inhabit the Big Apple until the big guns complete their serious training.

  • Whitney winner Invasor still national hero in native land of Uruguay.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fgallery_id%3D6823%26process%3Dgallery%26provider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D473189%26sequencenum%3D48%26page%3D">Order This Photo</a>

    Countdown to the Cup: Uruguayans Still Have Love Affair with Invasor

    With all the talk about Bernardini and Lava Man following their final preps for the Breeders' Cup Classic - Powered by Dodge (gr. I), the name Invasor suddenly has become a mere whisper among the shouting. But for the people of Uruguay, it is their hero who is still the rightful king of Thoroughbred racing.

  • Irish Derby Winner Dylan Thomas to Run in JC Gold Cup

    The war between Coolmore and the Maktoums that was evident at the recent Keeneland September yearling sale is expected to move north on Oct. 7 when Susan Magnier's Dylan Thomas squares off against Darley Stable's Bernardini and Shadwell Farm's Invasor in the $1-million Jockey Club Gold Cup (gr. I).

  • Travers winner Bernardini faces next test in JC Gold Cup.<br><a target-="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fgallery_id%3DS210287%26process%3Dgallery%26provider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D504529%26sequencenum%3D%26page%3D">Order This Photo</a>

    Countdown to the Cup: All Eyes on JC Gold Cup

    The main topic of conversation at Belmont Park these days is the much-awaited showdown between Bernardini and Invasor in the Oct. 7 Jockey Club Gold Cup. Both colts are doing extremely well, according to their connections, with Bernardini already on the muscle and itching for a fight. The winner likely will take on the role as favorite for the Breeders' Cup Classic - Powered by Dodge (gr. I).

  • Is Champagne winner First Samurai capable of sweeping next year's Triple Crown?

    Countdown to the Cup: Looking Past the Juvenile

    This may sound like an outrageous question in October, but could it be that we finally are going to see a Triple Crown winner next year? It just very well may be that the stars finally are aligned for it to happen.

  • In the final sixteenth of the Jockey Club Gold Cup, Borrego "looked more like a horse pulling up after the wire," according to Steve Haskin.

    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.

  • Kitten's Joy made a Euro-type late move to win the Joe Hirsch Turf Classic.

    Countdown to the Cup: No Joy For Euros This Year?

    Following this past weekend's stakes extravaganza, the field for the Breeders' Cup Classic – Powered by Dodge (gr. I) is pretty much firmed up...America has a budding superstar who can finally end the Europeans' five-year reign in the John Deere Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT)...and the Nextel Distaff (gr. I) has found another gem.

  • Candy Ride, in "classy and flawless" Pacific Classic victory.

    Countdown to the Cup: The Ride of a Lifetime

    It was a big weekend for the Breeders' Cup Classic-Powered by Dodge, as Ten Most Wanted proved in the Travers that the pre-Kentucky Derby hype was justified. But it's going to be a long time before we see a performance as classy and flawless as the one we saw from Candy Ride in the Pacific Classic.