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For Joe Rocco Jr., It’s All About the Horse

Blood-Horse | 19 hours ago
Jockey Joe Rocco Jr. has found that one drawback in being a jockey is that he doesn't spend as much time with the horses as he would like. Read More...

Top Decile Under Radar for Juvenile Fillies

Blood-Horse | 19 hours ago
Top Decile didn't win the Darley Alcibiades Stakes at Keeneland in early October, but she raced well enough to capture second and earn a trip to California for the Nov. 1 14 Hands Winery Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies. Read More...

Smart Strike Filly Closes Fast in Down-the-Hill Maiden

TDN | 19 hours ago
Posted: Thursday, October 30, 2014 6:57 PM ET 6th at SAX (Santa Anita)Msw ($56K)     Winner: Jaded Glory by Smart Strike Jaded Glory (f, 2, Smart Strike) explodes late to win first ou... Read More...

BC 2014: Hardest Core and Jody Petty

Blood-Horse | 20 hours ago
Jody Petty, exercise rider for 2014 Arlington Million winner Hardest Core, talks about the gelding's training regimen and journey to this year's Breeders' Cup. Read More...

Record Gross at Tattersalls Autumn Sale

Blood-Horse | 20 hours ago
The Tattersalls Autumn horses in training sale concluded Oct. 30 with a record gross and strong increases in average and gross prices. Read More...

Asmussen Aims to Make Untapable Feel at Home

Blood-Horse | 20 hours ago
Recalling the strides Untapable made -- and top races she delivered -- during an extended stay at Fair Grounds, trainer Steve Asmussen shipped the top 3-year-old filly early to Santa Anita Park. Read More...

Paulassilverlining Reigns Over Tempted Field

Blood-Horse | 21 hours ago
Two-year-old fillies will attempt to get a mile and valuable black type in the grade III Tempted Stakes, with the field being led by grade II winner Paulassilverlining and stakes winner Harlan's Honor. Read More...

Arvizu, Others Recognized by Chaplaincy

Blood-Horse | 21 hours ago
Jockey Rodolfo Arvizu, who assisted fellow rider Anne Von Rosen after a racing accident earlier this year at Turf Paradise, was presented with the 2014 White Horse Award by the Race Track Chaplaincy of America Oct. 30. Read More...

Leading Edge Heads Princess Elizabeth

Blood-Horse | 21 hours ago
Chiefswood Stable's homebred Leading Edge, a daughter of Tapit out of a grade II winner, heads Woodbine's Princess Elizabeth Stakes Nov. 2. The $250,000 race is Canadian-foaled fillies at 1 1/16 miles. Read More...

Santa Anita Confident in New Dirt Surface

Blood-Horse | 21 hours ago
As Santa Anita Park prepares to host the Breeders' Cup World Championships Oct. 31-Nov. 1, track management is confident its new dirt surface will perform well and safely. Read More...

Sire Tapit Closing in on Record Season

Blood-Horse | 22 hours ago
Leading North American sire Tapit has piled up impressive numbers this season and, as you might expect, his progeny figure prominently in the weekend's Breeders' Cup World Championships Oct. 31-Nov. 1 at Santa Anita Park. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup News Update for Oct 30, 2014

Blood-Horse | 22 hours ago
Claire Novak provides updates on Shared Belief, Rich Tapestry, and Art Sherman's thoughts on the contenders for Horse of the Year. Read More...

The Haiku Handicapper: 2014 Breeders’ Cup

DRF | 22 hours ago
DRF Breeding staff writer Joe Nevills analyzes each race of the 2014 Breeders’ Cup World Championships in the form of Haiku; a Japanese poem of 17 syllables, in three lines of five, seven, and five. Read More...

Indiana Completes Drug Sample Testing Backlog

Blood-Horse | 22 hours ago
The Indiana Horse Racing Commission announced Oct. 30 that the backlog of its drug testing samples is cleared and testing current at its Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse race meet at Indiana Grand. Read More...

King: How I’d play BC Distaff/Classic double

DRF | 22 hours ago
If you’re a fan of the Kentucky Oaks/Derby double offered every year at Churchill Downs, chances are you’ll like the Distaff/Classic double on tap for the Breeders’ Cup this Friday and Saturday at Santa Anita. It offers the chance to play the two biggest races each day and, in addition to the potential for a decent payoff, the lure of connecting on two such prestigious races. Read More...

Northern Cal Trainers On Cup’s Center Stage

Blood-Horse | 22 hours ago
As unlikely as it seems, a couple of grizzled bantamweights from Northern California are playing the heavyweights as their respective 3-year-olds approach the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) Nov. 1. Read More...

Frat Brothers Team Up on Lawn Ranger

Blood-Horse | 22 hours ago
The good old college days continue for Ken McPeek and Rusty Jones, whose Lawn Ranger goes in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf, and adds to their success with graded stakes winners such as My Baby Baby, War Dancer, and Pure Fun Read More...

Litfin’s preview: Scarly Charly takes on youngsters

DRF | 22 hours ago
Since relocating to New York from Southern California, Scarly Charly has run four times, all for Mike Hushion, and he has posted Beyer Figures of 96 or 97 on three occasions. Read More...

Clocker: Impressions of Saturday BC contenders

DRF | 22 hours ago
The first local appearance by Shared Belief was the highlight of Thursday morning’s training activity at Santa Anita, a session that also included a sharp blowout by Sprint contender Rich Tapestry and the opening of the unique downhill turf course for the only time this week. Read More...

Beyer: Shared Belief gets nod despite short price

DRF | 22 hours ago
Like most of the 13 Breeders’ Cup events Friday and Saturday, the Classic is a competitive race, a challenging puzzle for handicappers. Read More...

Tapit Colt Romps on Stretch Out

TDN | 22 hours ago
Posted: Thursday, October 30, 2014 3:47 PM ET 1st at AQU (Aqueduct)Msw ($60K)     Winner: Frosted by Tapit Sheikh Mohammed homebred Frosted (c, 2, Tapit) graduates third out in salty ... Read More...

Closing day highlighted by four statebred stakes

DRF | 23 hours ago
Indiana Grand celebrates closing day of the 2014 season with four stakes for Indiana-bred horses. Read More...

Haskin Friday Longshot Plays

Blood-Horse | 23 hours ago
Let's start by saying that this year's Breeders' Cup is one of the toughest to handicap in many years, with deep, wide-open fields, none of which, except perhaps one, have a clear-cut favorite that stands far above the others Read More...

Baffert Hopes Luck Turns with One Lucky Dane

Blood-Horse | 23 hours ago
Dual champion Lookin At Lucky has two colts from his first crop in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile, and trainer Bob Baffert, who lost favorite American Pharoah from the race, hopes One Lucky Dane can fill the void. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies wagering strategy

DRF | 23 hours ago
DRF's Jim Dunleavy provides insight on how to wager on the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup to Honor Top Jockey

Blood-Horse | 23 hours ago
The Breeders' Cup will again present the most outstanding jockey of the Breeders' Cup World Championships with the Bill Shoemaker Award based on competition in the 13 races Oct. 31-Nov. 1 at Santa Anita Park. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf wagering strategy

DRF | 24 hours ago
The full field for the Grade 1, $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf is such a well-matched group that it’s difficult to narrow the options down to just a handful of runners. There are 10 stakes winners entered, and of them, seven have accounted for group or graded races. In addition, eight entrants last raced in Europe. It makes for a tough handicapping assignment, but the tradeoff is price. Below is one breakdown on the chief players for the one-mile turf race. Read More...

“Paddock Cafe”

Michael Compton | 24 hours ago
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Atktabantay Out of BC Juvenile Turf

Blood-Horse | 24 hours ago
Aktabantay has been scratched out of the Oct. 31 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf (gr. IT) due to a stress fracture of right rear caused by kicking stall, according to Breeders' Cup officials. Read More...

Aktabantay Out of BC Juvenile Turf

Blood-Horse | 24 hours ago
Aktabantay has been scratched out of the Oct. 31 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf (gr. IT) due to a stress fracture of right rear caused by kicking stall, according to Breeders' Cup officials. Read More...

Aktabantay Knocked Out of BC Juvenile Turf

Blood-Horse | 24 hours ago
Aktabantay has been scratched out of the Oct. 31 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf (gr. IT) due to a stress fracture of his right rear leg caused by kicking his stall, according to Breeders' Cup officials. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile wagering strategy

DRF | 24 hours ago
DRF handicapper Dave Litfin gives his insight on how to bet the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile. Read More...

Sprint Wins Come From Every Post Position

Blood-Horse | 24 hours ago
At only six furlongs, the Xpressbet Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) raises more questions regarding post positions than do many of the longer races. Yet historically Sprint wins have been scattered throughout the starting gate. Read More...

Aktabantay scratched from Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf

DRF | 24 hours ago
Aktabantay is out of the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf after suffering a foot injury, trainer Hugo Palmer announced. Read More...

McKinzie, Unick Had a Shared Belief in Creating $1 Million Bonus

There’s a lot on the line for morning-line favorite Shared Belief in Saturday’s Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita Park. For starters, there is the Candy Ride’s gelding’s perfect record of seven... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Distaff wagering strategy

DRF | 1 day ago
Clearly, any discussion of the 2014 running of Friday's Breeders' Cup Distaff has to revolve around impressions of Untapable, who will go into the gate as the favorite. Read More...

That Handicapping Show: Breeders’ Cup Friday

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
Claire Novak and Tom LaMarra handicap several Breeders' Cup Friday races. They look at the Breeders' Cup Distaff, Mile, Juvenile Fillies, and Juvenile Fillies Turf. Return Saturday for the Breeders' Cup Classic! Read More...

Sherman, Others Honored by Turf Writers

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
Art Sherman, who trains Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner California Chrome, and others were honored by the National Turf Writers and Broadcasters Association the evening of Oct. 29. Read More...

California Chrome runs for the gold

DRF | 1 day ago
To suggest that Kentucky Derby winner California Chrome is the top draw on Breeders’ Cup weekend is only a slight exaggeration. Read More...

Speedsters take the stage for pair of Saturday sprint stakes

DRF | 1 day ago
It’s all about speed Saturday at Gulfstream Park West. Read More...

Pleasantly Perfect sold to stand in Turkey

DRF | 1 day ago
Pleasantly Perfect, a multiple Grade/Group 1 winner, has been purchased by Turkish-based owner and breeder Levent Sarikaya, and will stand at the Turkish National Stud in 2015. Read More...

No Nay Never to retire to Coolmore after Turf Sprint

DRF | 1 day ago
No Nay Never, a graded or group stakes winner in three countries, will be retired after his scheduled start in the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint on Nov. 1 at Santa Anita to stand at Coolmore Stud in Ireland. Read More...

Competitive Edge on way back

DRF | 1 day ago
While trainer Todd Pletcher will run two undefeated Grade 1 winners in Saturday’s $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile at Santa Anita, his other undefeated Grade 1-winning juvenile colt is close to returning to his barn. Read More...

Enchanting Lisa tries first dirt stakes in Chilukki

DRF | 1 day ago
On the same day trainer Charlie LoPresti had hoped to run two-time Horse of the Year Wise Dan in the Breeders’ Cup Mile, before a cannon bone injury sent the horse to the sidelines, he will be leading over Wise Dan’s little half-sister, Enchanting Lisa, to run in the Grade 2, $200,000 Chilukki Stakes Saturday at Churchill Downs. Read More...

Trainers hope to get off Breeders’ Cup duck

DRF | 1 day ago
Trainers Mark Casse, Christophe Clement, Ken McPeek, John Sadler, and Wesley Ward have won a lot of races in their careers. Oddly enough, none of the quintet has won a Breeders’ Cup race. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Friday Selections

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Breeders' Cup Friday races. Read More...

Eye protection for Sweet Reason

DRF | 1 day ago
Sweet Reason will be equipped with a transparent green bubble over her right eye Saturday in the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint because of an injury she incurred in her last race, the Sept. 20 Cotillion at Parx. Read More...

Three Alarm Fire, Bay of Plenty on a roll ahead of stakes debut

DRF | 1 day ago
Seven 3-year-olds will meet in the $200,000 Discovery Handicap at Aqueduct on Saturday, but the focus will be on Bay of Plenty and Three Alarm Fire, two lightly raced but obviously talented runners. Read More...

Velazquez hopes to cap comeback year with Breeders’ Cup success

DRF | 1 day ago
“So, what are you planning to do? You going back?” The questions, posed to him by his wife, Leona, caught John Velazquez by surprise. They came last November, a few weeks after Velazquez was seriously injured in a spill at Santa Anita early on Breeders’ Cup Saturday. Among other issues, Velazquez had to undergo surgery to remove his spleen. Read More...

Identifying Profitable Yearlings In-Utero

Blood-Horse | 1 day ago
More than 1,900 broodmares will be offered in-foal at this year's Keeneland November breeding stock sale. Read More...