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Breeders’ Cup, NBC extend broadcast deal

DRF | 2 months ago
NBC and its sister networks will produce nine broadcasts in the summer and fall next year featuring live coverage of 16 prep races for the Breeders’ Cup under a three-year renewal of a broadcasting contract between the two parties, the groups announced on Monday. Read More...

2016 Breeders’ Cup Could Be Among First Japanese Simulcasts

The 2016 Breeders' Cup Classic is one of 24 international races under consideration for simulcast into Japan, thanks to a new law passed earlier this year by Japanese legislators lifting the ban on... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websit... Read More...

Commentary: Lasix Industry An Out-Of-Control Juggernaut

Now that the dust of American Pharoah’s Classic victory has finally settled, it is time to take a look at the underlying story at this year’s Breeders’ Cup: the Lasix issue. The seemingly endless... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Keeneland, Breeders’ Cup dismissed from Borell lawsuit

DRF | 3 months ago
A Fayette County Circuit Court judge on Friday granted a motion by Keeneland and the Breeders’ Cup to be dismissed from a lawsuit that sought to prevent the organizations from distributing the purse of the Breeders’ Cup Sprint because of a dispute between the owner and trainer of the winning horse, Runhappy, according to the attorney representing the trainer. Read More...

Several Eclipse races still up in air

DRF | 3 months ago
While American Pharoah already had wrapped up 2015 Eclipse Awards as both Horse of the Year and champion 3-year-old male before the gate opened for the Breeders’ Cup Classic on Saturday, his emphatic victory provided just the right exclamation point to his year. But what of the other divisions? Read More...

Bafferts help dream become reality for one American Pharoah fan

DRF | 3 months ago
Joshua Griffin reached up and touched American Pharoah on Sunday morning at Keeneland, and the pure joy on his face, the squeals of delight, brought his parents to tears. American Pharoah may have been favored in the Breeders’ Cup Classic, but the thought of meeting American Pharoah, well, they thought that was a longshot. Read More...

American Pharoah settles in at new home

DRF | 3 months ago
Triple Crown winner American Pharoah took the short van ride to his second career on Monday morning, arriving at Coolmore’s Ashford Stud in Versailles, Ky., where he will begin stallion duty next spring. Read More...

Borell out as Runhappy’s trainer

DRF | 3 months ago
One day after his horse, Runhappy, won the Breeders’ Cup Sprint, owner James McIngvale has apparently dismissed trainer Maria Borell. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Classic gets best overnight rating since 2010

DRF | 3 months ago
A portion of a broadcast late on Saturday afternoon featuring American Pharoah’s victory in the Breeders’ Cup Classic drew a 2.6 overnight rating and six share, the highest rating and share for the race since 2010, according to NBC Sports, which broadcast the Friday and Saturday Breeders’ Cup races on its family of networks. Read More...

American Pharoah calmly greets adoring fans

DRF | 3 months ago
The qualities that set American Pharoah apart from any racehorse Bob Baffert has ever trained were on full display in a little more than 12 hours here at Keeneland, for on Sunday morning, the day after he obliterated his rivals in the Breeders’ Cup Classic, American Pharoah came out to greet at adoring public at Barn 62, taking it in with a calmness that was in stark contrast to the speed and power he had unleashed in the race. Read More...

Espinoza had best seat to watch Pharoah’s historic year

DRF | 3 months ago
Following another dominating performance aboard American Pharoah, this time in Saturday’s $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic, Victor Espinoza got off the Triple Crown winner one last time and waved to an appreciative, raucous crowd at Keeneland. Read More...

For Pharoah’s connections, the dream ride ends in victory

DRF | 3 months ago
From his vantage point in the paddock, surrounded by family and friends, Ahmed Zayat turned his head away from the television screen as American Pharoah cruised through midstretch, his record-setting victory in Saturday’s Breeders’ Cup Classic all but assured at that point, and began to well up with emotion. Read More...

Watchmaker: Thanks for allowing American Pharoah to give us a Classic ending

DRF | 3 months ago
We, all of us in this great game, owe trainer Bob Baffert and the Zayat family a tremendous debt of gratitude for giving American Pharoah the opportunity to thrill us one last time in the Breeders' Cup Classic. Read More...

Handle down slightly on Breeders’ Cup races

DRF | 3 months ago
Total handle on the 13 Breeders’ Cup races held Friday and Saturday at Keeneland in Lexington was down marginally compared with handle on the same races last year at Santa Anita, according to charts of the races, despite the appearance of superstar American Pharoah in the final race of his career. Read More...

American Pharoah goes out a winner in Breeders’ Cup Classic

DRF | 3 months ago
They had won the Triple Crown and now had just seen American Pharoah go out a winner in his career finale in the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic. Trainer Bob Baffert, who had been an emotional wreck much of the week, stepped onto the sandy loam of Keeneland as Victor Espinoza, American Pharoah’s jockey, brought the bay colt to a halt just outside the winner’s circle. Read More...

Found beats Golden Horn in Breeders’ Cup Turf

DRF | 3 months ago
The $3 million Breeders’ Cup Turf ended for the most recent winner of the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, Golden Horn, just as it had for the first Arc winner to come to the Turf, Dancing Brave in 1986, and the other five Arc winners between the two – in defeat – as the 3-year-old filly Found, beaten both times she’d met Golden Horn, turned the tables and handed him a half-length defeat Saturday at Keeneland. Read More...

Nyquist silences doubters in Breeders’ Cup Juvenile

DRF | 3 months ago
Despite his unbeaten record, which included two Grade 1 victories, there were doubts surrounding Nyquist entering Saturday’s Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile at Keeneland. Read More...

Tepin cruises to victory in Breeders’ Cup Mile

DRF | 3 months ago
The 4-year-old filly Tepin, who entered this season without even a stakes win, got good in the spring and even better in late summer and fall, and where most horses improve and decline as they grow and change, tire and freshen, Tepin just has kept blooming. Three weeks after winning her second Grade 1, and while facing males for the first time, she dominated a world-class field of milers and won the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Mile by 2 1/4 lengths under Julien Leparoux. Read More...

Runhappy sets stakes record in Breeders’ Cup Sprint

DRF | 3 months ago
For all the accolades Runhappy received immediately after his record-setting, three-quarter-length victory over four-time Grade 1 winner Private Zone in Saturday’s $1.5 million Breeders’ Cup Sprint at Keeneland, nobody paid him a bigger compliment than his own jockey, Hall of Famer Edgar Prado. Read More...

Stephanie’s Kitten proves best in Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf

DRF | 3 months ago
Stephanie’s Kitten has proven to be a top-class horse all over the country in her distinguished career. But in her home state of Kentucky for the Breeders’ Cup, she has proven downright unbeatable. Read More...

Wavell Avenue comes charging to win Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint

DRF | 3 months ago
When they met five weeks beforehand in New York, La Verdad was able to hold off an oncoming Wavell Avenue. But not this time – and not on a far bigger stage. Read More...

Mongolian Saturday by a neck in Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint

DRF | 3 months ago
In a result that exemplified the true international spirit of the Breeders’ Cup, Mongolian Saturday outlasted a game Lady Shipman by a neck to win the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint on a chilly Saturday at Keeneland. Bobby’s Kitten, the defending Turf Sprint champion, finished fourth. Read More...

Songbird dominates Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies

DRF | 3 months ago
Songbird turned a confrontation into a coronation, romping by 5 3/4 lengths over Rachel's Valentina in the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies on Saturday at Keeneland to certainly clinch – with emphasis – the Eclipse Award divisional championship. Read More...

PR Special: Breeders’ Cup Championship Saturday

The Paulick Report is pleased to offer a special print publication for Breeders’ Cup Championship Saturday, available here and at Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, Ky. In this edition of the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Catch a Glimpse to get winter break

DRF | 3 months ago
Catch a Glimpse, the winner of Friday’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf, was doing well Saturday morning, trainer Mark Casse said, along with stablemates Airoforce and Conquest Daddyo, who ran second and fourth in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf. Read More...

Pletcher barn losing several stars to breeding shed

DRF | 3 months ago
Todd Pletcher certainly was going to enjoy the victories recorded Friday by Liam’s Map in the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile and Race Day in the Grade 2 Fayette at Keeneland. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Friday handle up 2.9 percent

DRF | 3 months ago
Betting on the four Breeders’ Cup races held Friday at Keeneland in Lexington, Ky., was up 2.9 percent over betting on the same four races held at Santa Anita Park on the Friday Breeders’ Cup card last year, according to charts of the races. Read More...

Stopchargingmaria wins stretch duel in Distaff

DRF | 3 months ago
Stopchargingmaria won a stretch duel with Stellar Wind before surviving a stewards’ inquiry Friday in a dramatic 32nd running of the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Distaff before a crowd of 44,947 at Keeneland. Read More...

Catch a Glimpse gives Casse first Breeders’ Cup win in Juvenile Fillies Turf

DRF | 3 months ago
Catch a Glimpse filled one of the few holes in the distinguished resume of multiple Sovereign Award-winning trainer Mark Casse on Friday, providing him with his first Breeders’ Cup victory in winning the Grade 1, $1 million Juvenile Fillies Turf at Keeneland. Read More...

Liam’s Map has to come from behind to take Dirt Mile

DRF | 3 months ago
It was no surprise that Liam’s Map won Friday’s $1 million Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile at Keeneland. It was quite surprising the manner in which he won it. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf: Hit It a Bomb explodes late to win

DRF | 3 months ago
Last midway down the backstretch of the one-mile Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf, Hit It a Bomb rallied to win by a neck over Kentucky-based Airoforce. Read More...

Hersh: Breeders’ Cup pick four play for Saturday, Oct. 31

DRF | 3 months ago
Hersh: Breeders' Cup pick four play for Saturday, Oct. 31 Read More...

Beholder to get rest, then prepare for 2016 campaign

DRF | 3 months ago
Beholder, who on Thursday was scratched from Saturday’s Breeders’ Cup Classic, was scheduled to fly back to California on Sunday and will race next year, trainer Richard Mandella said at Keeneland on Friday morning. Read More...

Woodbine raises Breeders’ Cup takeout rates

DRF | 3 months ago
Bettors in Canada wagering on the Breeders’ Cup at Keeneland in Kentucky on Friday and Saturday will face significantly higher takeouts – and receive significantly lower payouts – than other North American bettors due to a decision by Woodbine Entertainment Group to raise the takeout rates on most of the betting pools. Read More...

PR Special: Breeders’ Cup Championship Friday

The Paulick Report is pleased to offer a special print publication for Breeders’ Cup Championship Friday, available here and at Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, Ky. In this edition of the PR... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile: Tale of S’avall’s scratch opens spot for Siding Spring

DRF | 3 months ago
Tale of S’avall was officially scratched out of the Breeders' Cup Juvenile, according to Breeders’ Cup officials, allowing also-eligible Siding Spring to get into the race. Read More...

Key contenders for Breeders’ Cup Juvenile

DRF | 3 months ago
Key contenders for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile on Saturday at Keeneland. Read More...

Not all Europeans relish soft turf

DRF | 3 months ago
The Mile and the Filly and Mare Turf both are very much open to European domination, but the question for many horses this week, Golden Horn most of all: How soft will Keeneland’s rain-soaked grass course be? Read More...

Peck: Breeders’ Cup Distaff-Classic double play

DRF | 3 months ago
I really like STOPCHARGINGMARIA (4) in the Breeders’ Cup Distaff on Friday for a couple reasons. One is she figures to go back to rating off the pace and making one run, and that seems to be her preferred style. She was on the lead in the Personal Ensign and gave way late, but with established speeds in the Distaff, it's hard to believe she will engage in a duel when she's perfectly capable of taking off a potentially quick pace and making a late move. Read More...

Beyer: Lack of competing speed puts American Pharoah in driver’s seat

DRF | 3 months ago
When the management of Liam’s Map made the decision to duck the $5 million Classic and run instead in the $1 million Dirt Mile on Friday, and then the scratch Thursday of Beholder, the complexion of the main event changed significantly. The field of nine was left with a solitary front-runner: American Pharoah. This development disappoints me as a fan and as a gambler. Read More...

Hovdey: Elders pose final test for American Pharoah

DRF | 3 months ago
American Pharoah’s farewell on Saturday in the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Keeneland will mark a bittersweet moment. What he does with the moment in the face of tough opposition remains to be seen. No matter what happens, though, the handsome colt with the unflappable air will waltz into the sunset having made an impact on the game that soared higher and farther into the cultural atmosphere than any Thoroughbred since the days of Secretariat. Read More...

American Pharoah connections reflect on Triple Crown winner’s career

DRF | 3 months ago
American Pharoah was bred and is owned by Ahmed Zayat, whose son Justin, manages the family’s stable. His trainer is Bob Baffert, who is assisted by Jim Barnes. His regular jockey is Victor Espinoza. Jockey Martin Garcia, who rode American Pharoah in his first start, has been his regular rider for workouts. Jorge Alvarez is his exercise rider, and Eduardo “Lalo” Luna is his groom. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup: Marquee matchup vanishes with scratch of Beholder

DRF | 3 months ago
Despite the scratch of Beholder from the Breeders’ Cup Classic, there are many compelling aspects to Saturday’s Breeders’ Cup races, foremost among them American Pharoah trying to close out his career with a victory, and Golden Horn trying to add the Turf to his victories in the Arc and the English Derby. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Turf: Course not too soft for Golden Horn

DRF | 3 months ago
While his connections clearly wish no rain had fallen at Keeneland this week, Golden Horn won’t be taken out of Saturday’s $3 million Breeders’ Cup Turf, provided there’s no further significant precipitation before the race, trainer John Gosden said Thursday. Read More...

Jerardi: Honor Code has shot to beat American Pharoah

DRF | 3 months ago
If Triple Crown winner American Pharoah runs like he should, I think he runs the others out of the race and he may be the one posting a 115 Beyer Speed Figure in Saturday’s Breeders’ Cup Classic. If, for some reason, he is over the top, then quick fractions could set up a big figure like they did for Honor Code (113) in the Whitney. Read More...

In Classic, American Pharoah’s storybook career comes to an end

DRF | 3 months ago
American Pharoah’s racing career began in California, his preps toward the Kentucky Derby began in Arkansas, and he has raced at eight tracks in six states in three time zones, but now, the circle finally is complete. He has returned to Kentucky, the state of his birth, to close out his racing career Saturday in the Breeders’ Cup Classic at Keeneland before starting a new life as a stallion. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile: Tale of S’avall likely to scratch

DRF | 3 months ago
Trainer Barclay Tagg said Thursday that Tale of S’avall most likely would be scratched from Saturday’s Juvenile at Keeneland. Read More...

Crist: Taking a last stand against American Pharoah

DRF | 3 months ago
As if he needed any more help, American Pharoah figures to hold a huge tactical edge in a Classic surprisingly devoid of early speed in the absence of Liam’s Map and now Beholder. American Pharoah is 4 for 4, by a combined 23 lengths, in races where he’s been a length or more clear after half a mile. Nonetheless, I am going to try to beat him. Read More...

Even at 48, Prado can still bring it

DRF | 3 months ago
Every elite athlete should do this poorly on their way down. Folks can say what they want about Edgar Prado in the twilight of his career, but the fact is the 48-year-old jockey can still ride with the best. Read More...

Lane’s End buys interest in Liam’s Map

DRF | 3 months ago
Lane’s End has acquired an interest in Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile morning-line favorite Liam’s Map, who is campaigned by Teresa Viola Racing Stables. Read More...