Keyword: turf

  • O'Brien Discusses Coolmore BC Contingent

    Once again, trainer Aidan O'Brien has brought a strong contingent of horses from across the pond to compete in the Breeders' Cup World Championships at Churchill Downs Nov. 4. As always, the European invaders are most feared in the turf events, and O'Brien will saddle Aussie Rules and Ad Valorem in the NetJets Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT)and Scorpion in the John Deere Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT).

  • Manhattan winner Cacique tops Turf field.<br><a target="blank" href="">Order This Photo</a>

    Turf Preview: Home Team

    When you consider that European horses have won 12 (including High Chaparral's 2003 dead heat) of 22 runnings of the Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT), this year's contingent seems somewhat sketchy.

  • Belmont Turf Yielding, Track Super Says

    If races were being run on the turf at Belmont Park today, track superintendent John Passero said the courses would be listed as yielding.

  • Record Rain in New York, Track Super Confident for BC Day

    There was quite a thunderstorm on Long Island Saturday night. The site of the Oct. 29 Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships was hit with loud thunder and bolts of lightning accompanied by an inch of rain.

  • Better Talk Now has the final say in this year's Turf.

    Turf Recap: Tough Talk

    They got down and dirty in the John Deere Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT), turning the Sport of Kings into a rip-roaring, Texas-style rodeo. With front-running Star Over the Bay starting to fade, Powerscourt charged to the front on the final turn. Then Better Talk Now attacked from the outside, cutting in front of Magistretti. Meanwhile, the 7-10 favorite, Kitten's Joy, frantically swung his head to the left and right, looking for running room as the field headed to the wire.

  • Champion High Chaparral.

    2003 Eclipse Grass Male of the Year: High Chaparral

    High Chaparral (IRE) is an outstanding example of trainer Aidan O'Brien's ability to put the right horse in the right place. The son of Sadler's Wells made only 13 starts in his three years at the track. He won 10 of those starts, including six group or grade I races, and never finished worse than third. In 2003, High Chaparral raced only four times -- two of those outings resulted in grade or group I victories.

  • Islington won the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf en route to an Eclipse Award.

    2003 Eclipse Grass Female of the Year: Islington

    After dominating the 3-year-old female division in Europe in 2002, and challenging the best that continent had to offer in 2003 -- both male and female -- Islington (IRE) shipped to the United States for a return engagement in the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf (gr. IT) where she registered a neck victory over fellow Irish-bred L'Ancresse. That one win, along with topping the final poll of the Filly & Mare Turf World Thoroughbred Rankings at 120 pounds, was enough to secure the daughter of Sadler's Wells an Eclipse Award as the top turf female of 2003.

  • Dickinson Readying Course for BC Turf Races

    Mowing. Spiking. Watering. Tamping. And don't forget worrying. Leif Dickinson, turf course superintendent at Santa Anita, has been doing all of those things to ready the grass for the Oct. 25 Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships.

  • Empire Maker Favored in BC Future Pool

    Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winner Empire Maker was made the 7-2 favorite for the Breeders' Cup Classic, Powered by Dodge (gr. I) in future book wagering conducted this weekend.

  • Turf Preview (9/25): Still No Changes

    The John Deere Breeders' Cup Turf (gr-IT) World Thoroughbred Rankings remained unchanged for a second week in a row when the results of the Kentucky Cup Turf Handicap (gr-IT) and Belmont Park's Jamaica Handicap (gr-IIT) failed to impress the panel of international handicappers.

  • Turf Preview (9/25): Still No Changes

    The John Deere Breeders' Cup Turf (gr-IT) World Thoroughbred Rankings remained unchanged for a second week in a row when the results of the Kentucky Cup Turf Handicap (gr-IT) and Belmont Park's Jamaica Handicap (gr-IIT) failed to impress the panel of international handicappers.

  • Jerry Bailey wins his second consecutive stakes race, this time aboard Stylish in the Citgo Distaff Turf Mile.

    Stylish Takes Citgo Distaff Turf Mile

    Jerry Bailey won his second consecutive stakes on the Kentucky Derby Day card, winning the Citgo Distaff Turf Mile (gr. IIIT) aboard Stylish. In the previous race, he won the Three Chimneys Juvenile aboard Holiday Runner.

  • Honoring Judgment

    <i>By John W. Russell</i> -- An essential precept for any impartial enforcement of the rules of racing is judgment, and nowhere on the American Turf has this principle been better upheld than under the keen eye and vast experience of Pete Pedersen, senior steward for the California Horse Racing Board.

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    Turf History

    <i>By Ray Paulick</i> -- Older horses have more opportunities to win a grade I race on turf than they do on dirt in the U.S.

  • Fantastic Light scores a confident win in the Breeders&#39; Cup Turf.

    Fantastic Finish to Turf; Winner May Race in Japan Cup

    The Europeans added to their huge day when Fantastic Light set a course record in the Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT). The Euros won three straight races, with Banks Hill (Mile), Johannesburg (Juvenile) and Fantastic Light.

  • Godolphin Racing&#39;s Arc winner Sakhee leads a foreign invasion.

    117 Breeders' Cup Pre-Entries: Big Apple, Big Time

    Goodbye, Breeders' Cup. Hello, World Thoroughbred Championships. America's biggest day of racing is now the world's biggest day of racing. For the first time since its inception, racing's Greatest Show on Earth will not be dominated by American-based horses. The two largest international powerhouses--Godolphin and the Coolmore group--are not only heading to the World Thoroughbred Championships en masse, they are bringing all their heavy artillery. And this year, that means an array of European stars never before seen on one card, especially in the United States.

  • Sakhee could add to the Maktoums&#39; success in the Turf.

    Turf Preview: Back for More

    Horses campaigned by members of the Maktoum family have won the Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) three times. This year, the Maktoums and their runners are back in force. But it's not yet clear which powerful combination of horses the family will send to the post in the $2-million Turf.

  • Breeders' Cup Turf Report--10/9/2001

    Plans may be changing for Sakhee, who wasn't coming to the Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. I), but after a scintillating run in the Arc de Triomphe (Fr-I) he may indeed head to New York.

  • Turf notes for Monday, Oct. 30

    LOUISVILLE, KY - Following is the daily report on the horses running in the Breeders' Cup Turf, the seventh race of the Breeders' Cup Championship to be run Saturday, Nov. 4, at Churchill Downs. Note: The Breeders' Cup Turf and the Breeders' Cup Classic are legs eight and nine, respectively, of the Emirates World Series Racing Championship.

  • Turf Preview: Grab Bag

    But a national division once boasting the potential of Royal Anthem, Dark Moondancer, Chester House, and Bienamado now finds itself pining for a star, and with no local standout or foreign phenomenon to brandish. This year's running of the Turf is totally up for grabs.

  • Set Sail for Some Great Turf Action

    <i>By Tim McCarthy, Thoroughbred Sports Network</i> -- There are many graded turf stakes races carded across the country on Columbus Day weekend, and after the sun sets on Monday, some prime picks for the championship day's grassy events are likely to be discovered.

  • Turf Experiment an Affirmed Success

    Affirmed Success, racing on turf for the first time Tuesday in anticipation of a possible start in the Breeders' Cup Mile, drew off through the stretch run to win the $113,800 Poker Handicap.