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Sweet Cassiopeia, Speedinthruthecity add class to Dream Supreme

DRF | 19 hours ago
As overnight stakes races go, they don’t come much better than Friday’s $58,000 Dream Supreme at Churchill Downs. Of the nine entrants, three are multiple stakes winners. Read More...

England-based Moore feeling right at home

DRF | 19 hours ago
There really is no close approximation of the Santa Anita turf course among the regular circuit of racecourses in Europe. Two tight turns and grass cut short as a pool tabletop are not conditions to be found overseas, and there have been European jockeys surprised and overwhelmed by the demands of the smaller American ovals, Santa Anita in particular, upon riding Breeders’ Cup races with foreign horses. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Mile wagering strategy

DRF | 19 hours ago
TORONADO spent the summer hanging out with all the cool kids in Europe. He started the year by winning the Group 1 Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot, then finished second to the mighty Kingman in the Group 1 Sussex Stakes at Goodwood, and was second by just a head to the late-season upstart Charm Spirit in the Prix du Moulin de Longhchamp in Paris. Those results have made him a deserving favorite in Saturday’s $2 million Breeders’ Cup Mile at Santa Anita. Read More...

Hovdey: Three Breeders’ Cup shots for Desormeaux et frere

DRF | 19 hours ago
Trainer Keith Desormeaux will take three shots at Breeders' Cup glory with his brother, jockey Kent, in the saddle. Read More...

Pedigree analysis: Coolmore shipper intriguing longshot in Juvenile

DRF | 19 hours ago
Given the choice between starting Coolmore colorbearer The Great War in either the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile or the Juvenile Turf, the partnership selected the former. It’s by far the taller order for the colt, a minor stakes winner in Europe who has raced exclusively on turf and never beyond 6 1/2 furlongs. Still, The Great War has a dirt-leaning pedigree with enough stamina influences to make him an intriguing longshot in a Juvenile field that lost favored American Pharoah to lameness on Tuesday, leaving a wide-open group of colts with some major distance questions Read More...

Summer Wind Fails to Prove Claim Against Coolmore In Broodmare Lawsuit

TDN | 19 hours ago
Posted: Wednesday, October 29, 2014 1:26 PM ET Summer Wind Fails to Prove Claim Against Coolmore in Broodmare Suit Read More...

Pedigree analysis: Juvenile Fillies favorite Angela Renee stands out

DRF | 19 hours ago
The field for Saturday’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies includes three entrants – Angela Renee, Cristina’s Journey, and Puca – who already have won at the race distance of 1 1/16 miles. Angela Renee's score in the Grade 1 Chandelier at Santa Anita on Sept. 27 will likely make her the favorite in the Juvenile Fillies. What’s more, that filly’s bloodlines make her even more formidable in the race that will likely determine year-end divisional championship honors. Read More...

Pedigree analysis: Juddmonte holds strong hand with Commemorative in Juvenile Turf

DRF | 19 hours ago
Khalid Abdullah’s Juddmonte Farm has shone at the Breeders’ Cup, capturing four races with homebreds. The operation has an excellent chance to add another victory with Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf entrant Commemorative. The Zamindar colt is from the family of several high-class turf routers, including two of Juddmonte’s champions. Read More...

New seating area to be built for Derby, Oaks owners

DRF | 19 hours ago
Owners of horses in next year’s Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks will each be provided a complimentary suite at Churchill Downs as part of a $4.2 million project to construct 20 open-air boxes on the grandstand apron, the track announced Wednesday. Read More...

Pedigree analysis: Europeans stand out in Juvenile Fillies Turf

DRF | 20 hours ago
Given European shippers’ past history of dominance in Breeders’ Cup races contested on turf, those handicapping Friday’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies turf must give primary consideration to the quartet of 2-year-old fillies making the trip across the pond to the Santa Anita starting gate. Several members of the group have already won or placed in stakes overseas, and sport pedigrees highly slanted toward turf success. Read More...

Asmussen rises above the storm

DRF | 20 hours ago
After a tumultuous spring, Steve Asmussen arrives at the Breeders' Cup with his filly Untapable the solid favorite for the $2 million Distaff. Read More...

Free as a Bird Refuses to Fly, Out of Cup

Blood-Horse | 20 hours ago
Free as a Bird was scratched from the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint (gr. IT) the morning of Oct. 29 after the 5-year-old mare refused to fly, according to trainer Ian Wilkes. Read More...

Smith shows no signs of slowing with nine Breeders’ Cup mounts

DRF | 20 hours ago
The Breeders’ Cup is never far from Mike Smith’s mind. The Hall of Fame jockey seldom encounters a group of racing fans without someone mentioning his win on the famous mare Zenyatta in the 2009 BC Classic at Santa Anita. Read More...

Tonalist big in size and talent

DRF | 20 hours ago
The tallest participants in the Breeders’ Cup Classic are Rashard Lewis, the two-time NBA all-star who is a co-owner of Cigar Street, and Tonalist, who is looking to end his season with an emphatic slam dunk on Saturday. Read More...

Strong trio of 3-year-olds squares off in optional claimer

DRF | 20 hours ago
The nine-race card at Aqueduct on Friday includes a second-level optional claimer at a mile that will match three promising 3-year-olds, Mosler, Vinceremos, and Misconnect. Read More...

Effort to market Breeders’ Cup overseas proving worthwhile, expensive

DRF | 21 hours ago
At this point, the paucity of shippers from Europe and elsewhere out of the Breeders' Cup Challenge program isn’t a big concern for Breeders’ Cup, accoding to Josh Christian, Breeders' Cup's director of rracing. Read More...

Little Face tries to stretch win streak to seven in Magnolia

DRF | 21 hours ago
Little Face will be heading into the biggest battle of her career Friday night in an attempt to win her seventh straight race in the $100,000 Magnolia at Delta Downs. Little Face is leaving the starter-allowance ranks behind to take on the established stakes winners Little Ms Protocol, I Dazzle, and Tensas Harbor in the one-mile race that offers a first look at some of the fillies and mares targeting the rich Louisiana Champions Day program at Fair Grounds. Read More...

Crist: Playable pick four spices up Friday BC card

DRF | 21 hours ago
With the elimination of the Juvenile Sprint last year and the Marathon this year, Breeders’ Cup Friday is down to four races, and they are largely devoid of championship implications. They do, however, comprise a very playable pick-4 that concludes with a showdown between two fillies who probably have already clinched Eclipse Awards. Read More...

BC 2014: Aidan O’Brien on Magician

Blood-Horse | 21 hours ago
Trainer Aidan O'Brien discusses Oct. 29 defection of 2013 Breeders' Cup Turf (gr.I) winner, Magician. Read More...

Distaff is highlight of four-race BC lineup on Day 1

DRF | 21 hours ago
Beginning on Halloween Friday and running through Saturday, the Breeders’ Cup will conduct 13 races, all Grade 1 events, worth a total of $26 million. Many will decide Eclipse Awards, all will enrich the winning connections, and all have the potential to result in life-changing scores for bettors, what with large fields throughout. Read More...

Silver Charm returns from Japan to go to Old Friends

DRF | 21 hours ago
Racing Hall of Fame champion and dual classic winner Silver Charm will return to North America after nearly a decade in Japan to live out his life at the Old Friends Thoroughbred retirement facility in Georgetown, Kentucky, it was announced today by Three Chimneys Farm and Old Friends. Read More...

Artemis Agrotera rolls into Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint

DRF | 21 hours ago
In the weeks and months leading into the Breeders’ Cup, there have been a number of impressive efforts turned in by some of the leading candidates. Few, however, have matched the “wow” factor elicited by Artemis Agrotera in her last three starts. Read More...

BC to Employ National Medication Reforms

Blood-Horse | 21 hours ago
The Breeders' Cup World Championships will be held for the first time under reforms included in the National Uniform Medication Program. Read More...

Silver Charm Pensioned, Returning to Kentucky

Blood-Horse | 22 hours ago
Silver Charm, winner of the 1997 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes (both gr. I), is returning to Kentucky to retire at Old Friends near Georgetown after serving stud duty in Japan since 2005. Read More...

European juveniles set to leave mark on 2014 Breeders’ Cup

DRF | 22 hours ago
European 2-year-olds have been a dangerous group in the brief history of the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile. Read More...

Magician withdrawn from Breeders’ Cup Turf

DRF | 22 hours ago
Magician, winner of the 2013 Breeders' Cup Turf, was withdraw from Saturday's BC Turf because of lameness, Breeders' Cup officials said on Wednesday. Read More...

Free: How I’d play Friday’s Breeders’ Cup card

DRF | 22 hours ago
As for wagering strategy Friday at Santa Anita, there is plenty from which to choose. The Friday card is 10 races; the pick six is races 4-9 ending with the Distaff. Pick fours (50-cent minimum) begin races 3, 6, and 7. The least expensive wager (14 percent takeout) remains the pick five on races 1-5. Read More...

Defending Champ Magician Out of Breeders’ Cup

TDN | 22 hours ago
Posted: Wednesday, October 29, 2014 10:31 AM ET Defending GI Breeders' Cup Turf hero Magician (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) is out of the Breeders' Cup. Read More...

Lameness Knocks Magician Out of BC Turf

Blood-Horse | 22 hours ago
Magician, winner of the 2013 Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT), has been withdrawn from this year's race at Santa Anita Park, Breeders' Cup officials confirmed the morning of Oct. 29. Read More...

LIVE VIDEO: 2014 Fasig-Tipton November Sale

DRF | 22 hours ago
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Wild Zambezi stands out in Friday optional-claiming feature

DRF | 23 hours ago
Wild Zambezi jumps off the page in Friday’s featured eighth race at Gulfstream Park West. Read More...

Lakerville to Harris Farms in California

DRF | 23 hours ago
Grade 3-placed stakes winner Lakerville has been retired from racing and will stand at Harris Farms in Coalinga, Calif., for a private fee. Read More...

Harness: Sears gets win 9,000 at Yonkers

DRF | 23 hours ago
Brian Sears won the 9,000th race of his illustrious career Tuesday night, the milestone coming with The Way I Am ($9.80) in the fifth race of Yonkers Raceway’s 12-race program. Read More...

King’s preview: Strong allowances mark mid-week card

DRF | 23 hours ago
Although most tracks save their better races for days with higher attendance and exposure, Fridays through Sundays most often, some of the races Wednesday at Churchill are a break from that norm. Read More...

Hoosier: Father Patrick heads Takter charge on Friday

DRF | 23 hours ago
Harness racing’s richest horse this year, Father Patrick, will look to add to his bankroll when he visits Indiana’s Hoosier Park for Friday’s $230,000 Carl Erskine Trot for 3-year-olds. He is one of seven horses sent out by trainer Jimmy Takter on the stakes-filled program. Read More...

Free as a Bird out of BC Turf Sprint

DRF | 23 hours ago
Free as a Bird, a winner of five consecutive sprint stakes this year, was withdrawn from Saturday’s $1 million Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint at Santa Anita after she became upset on an airplane in Kentucky early Wednesday, trainer Ian Wilkes said. Read More...

Las Vegas Marathon lures long-winded locals

DRF | 24 hours ago
Santa Anita will run the $200,000 Las Vegas Marathon at 1 3/4 miles on Friday, but it is largely a local event. Of the nine runners, eight are based in Southern California. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Buzz 2014

Blood-Horse | 24 hours ago
Can't get enough Breeders' Cup? Catch up on what's made headlines at Santa Anita Park over the past few days. Photos, commentary, candid behind the scenes access, and more! Read More...

Talco poised for breakout in Twilight Derby

DRF | 24 hours ago
When the French import Talco finished third in the Grade 2 Del Mar Derby, trainer John Sadler saw enough to expect grand things from him this fall. Read More...

Ward finds a way to balance his priorities this Breeders’ Cup

DRF | 1 day ago
Horse trainers are people, too, which explains why Wesley Ward will not be here at Santa Anita this weekend for the Breeders’ Cup. Read More...

Midnight Hawk, Chitu bring impressive credentials to Damascus Stakes

DRF | 1 day ago
Bob Baffert and Steve Asmussen will have a lot on their minds this weekend, but before the Breeders’ Cup gets under way, both trainers will get warmed up with some interesting stakes action Friday. Read More...

Really Sharp tries to notch elusive first turf win in Friday feature

DRF | 1 day ago
Really Sharp is one of several stakes winners in Friday’s Woodbine headliner, a second-level optional claimer, scheduled for seven furlongs on the grass. Read More...

Women in Racing: ‘I Love Being Number One’

When Stonestreet Stables’ Jess Jackson succumbed to melanoma in April 2011, widow Barbara Banke had two choices: disperse the stock and sell his vineyards or soldier forward. Banke said for her, the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Love Me Only Trial Ends With Jury Unable to Reach Decision

After more than eight hours of deliberation on Tuesday, jurors hearing the lawsuit filed by Summer Wind Farm owners Frank and Jane Lyon against Coolmore Stud partners, Ashford Stud and Eaton Sales... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website... Read More...

American Pharoah, Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Favorite, Is Sidelined

American Pharoah’s trainer, Bob Baffert, said he did not believe the horse’s injury, a bruise on his left front foot, was career-threatening. Read More...

In Today’s TDN:

TDN | 1 day ago
Posted: Tuesday, October 28, 2014 9:57 PM ET We're on top of all the action from Santa Anita ahead of the upcoming championship weekend; Steve Sherack... Read More...

Handsome Mike Out of Dirt Mile With Injury

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
Multiple graded stakes winner Handsome Mike on Oct. 28 was declared from the upcoming Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (gr. I) because of a leg injury. Read More...

Churchill and Saratoga Harness Formalize Deal

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
Churchill Downs Inc. announced Oct. 28 it had signed a purchase agreement to acquire 25% interest in Saratoga Casino Holdings for approximately $30.6 million in cash. Read More...

WinStar Launches Annual Breeders’ Cup Contest

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
The contest is open to participants in the farm's Stablemates program. Top prize is two tickets to the 2015 Breeders' Cup World Championships at Keeneland. Read More...

Santa Anita Return for Belle Gallantey

Blood-Horse | 2 days ago
When speedy Longines Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) hopeful Belle Gallantey arrived at Santa Anita Park Sunday it actually marked a return to California for the veteran of 43 races. Read More...