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Breeders’ Cup wagering up 1.1 percent at $135.5 million

DRF | 1 month ago
Total betting on the 13 Breeders’ Cup races held at Santa Anita on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1 was $135.5 million, the Breeders’ Cup said Wednesday after adding in the money wagered on the races from international locations. Read More...

Stewards’ Rulings: Time for a Change in Racing’s Officiating System?

I think most reasonable people will agree that stewards made the wrong call in last weekend’s Breeders’ Cup Classic by not disqualifying the front-running winner Bayern for the incident at the start... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Hardest Core will wait until next year

DRF | 1 month ago
Hardest Core, winner of the Arlington Million in his start prior to the Breeders’ Cup Turf, has been returned to Runnymede Farm in Chester County, Pa. Plans call for him to be given the rest of the year off and then to begin jogging in January. Read More...

Horse of the Year still up for debate

DRF | 2 months ago
Now what? That’s the question Eclipse Award voters will be asking over the next two months after a Breeders’ Cup Classic on Saturday at Santa Anita that had the promise of emphatically deciding both Horse of the Year and champion 3-year-old male, but ended in controversy. Read More...

Artemis Agrotera will focus on distance races in 4-year-old season

DRF | 2 months ago
Two-time Grade 1 winner Artemis Agrotera will race next year as a 4-year-old, according to trainer Mike Hushion. Read More...

Bobby’s Kitten will aim for BC Mile in 2015

DRF | 2 months ago
The future for Bobby’s Kitten, the winner of Saturday’s $920,000 Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint at Santa Anita, will focus on the 2015 BC Mile at Keeneland in October, with consideration for an international journey to England for the Royal Ascot meeting in June. Read More...

Controversy swirls around Bayern’s BC Classic victory

DRF | 2 months ago
Even with an extra hour to sleep on it on Saturday night, emotions were still raw at Santa Anita on Sunday morning regarding the controversial Breeders’ Cup Classic on Saturday, in which Bayern prevailed and then survived a stewards’ inquiry focusing on his actions at the start. Read More...

Main Sequence’s four Grade 1 wins merit Horse of Year consideration

DRF | 2 months ago
trainer Graham Motion argues that Main Sequence’s consistent campaign in 2014, capped by Saturday's win in the Breeders' Cup Turf, merits respect for Horse of the Year honors. Read More...

Stewards explain why no disqualification in BC Classic

DRF | 2 months ago
Steward Scott Chaney spoke for 20 minutes at a press conference in the Santa Anita press box on Sunday morning, discussing the decision not to alter the order of finish in Saturday’s $4.6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic after race winner Bayern drifted to the inside shortly after the start and collided with race favorite Shared Belief. Read More...

Texas Red, Take Charge Brandi no locks for Eclipse Awards

DRF | 2 months ago
For the second consecutive year, the winners of the two Breeders’ Cup races for juveniles are far from certain to win divisional championships. Read More...

Work All Week earns vacation in Florida

DRF | 2 months ago
Trainer Roger Brueggemann said Sunday that both he and Work All Week were doing well the morning after combining to upset the Breeders’ Cup Sprint at Santa Anita. Read More...

Little Alexis pulled from Keeneland November Sale after spiking fever

DRF | 2 months ago
Little Alexis, who finished a disappointing ninth in the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint, was scratched from Monday’s Keeneland November Sale after spiking a temperature of 104 immediately after the race due to a possible reaction to her Lasix shot, according to owner-trainer Carlo Vaccarezza. Read More...

Judy the Beauty will race in 2015 after winning Filly and Mare Sprint

DRF | 2 months ago
Owner-trainer Wesley Ward said from Florida early Sunday that he intends to bring Judy the Beauty back as a 6-year-old next April at Keeneland in the Grade 1 Madison Stakes, a race the mare won this year en route to what surely will be a divisional championship. Read More...

Bayern survives inquiry, wins BC Classic

DRF | 2 months ago
A Breeders’ Cup Classic that was set up to be a clean-cut title-decider for Horse of the Year and champion 3-year-old male instead had a wholly unsatisfying ending Saturday at Santa Anita, where Bayern led from start to finish after clobbering several rivals at the start but was left the winner by the stewards after a lengthy inquiry. Read More...

Shared Belief finishes fourth in BC Classic after finding trouble throughout

DRF | 2 months ago
To hear Mike Smith tell it, Shared Belief was finished at the start. Read More...

California Chrome redeems himself with near-miss

DRF | 2 months ago
The roller-coaster ride that was California Chrome’s star-studded 2014 campaign came to a bittersweet end in the gloaming at Santa Anita late Saturday afternoon, where the Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner came within a half-length of winning the Breeders’ Cup Classic and clinching not only the 3-year-old championship but perhaps Horse of the Year honors as well. Read More...

Karakontie surges to win Breeders’ Cup Mile

DRF | 2 months ago
Trainer Jonathan Pease does not often send runners to the Breeders’ Cup, but when he does, it is with strong intent. Read More...

Work All Week gets payday in BC Sprint

DRF | 2 months ago
Work All Week remained perfect on dirt and laid claim to the title of fastest horse in the world after holding off defending champion Secret Circle to register a half-length victory in the $1.5 million Breeders’ Cup Sprint on Saturday at Santa Anita. Read More...

Main Sequence caps perfect year with BC Turf win

DRF | 2 months ago
When Main Sequence turned for home in Saturday’s $2,760,000 Breeders’ Cup Turf at Santa Anita, jockey John Velazquez had a clear path, but a formidable group of European-based runners to catch. Read More...

Bobby’s Kitten up in time in BC Turf Sprint

DRF | 2 months ago
For a year, Bobby’s Kitten has been a source of lingering frustration for trainer Chad Brown, the memories of a third-place finish in the 2013 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf at Santa Anita proving difficult to forget. Read More...

Texas Red dominates BC Juvenile

DRF | 2 months ago
The brothers Desormeaux – Hall of Fame jockey Kent and his older trainer brother, Keith – teamed for a stunningly easy victory Saturday, when Texas Red captured the 31st running of the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile at Santa Anita. Read More...

Judy the Beauty scores in BC Filly and Mare Sprint

DRF | 2 months ago
Judy the Beauty held off longshot Better Lucky to continue a huge weekend for trainer Wesley Ward when posting a narrow victory Saturday in the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint at Santa Anita. Read More...

Dayatthespa all the way in BC Filly and Mare Turf

DRF | 2 months ago
At any distance and on almost every surface, speed is dangerous. Dayatthespa proved it again Saturday at Santa Anita in a race that might have been the final start of her career. For sure, the 1 1/4-mile Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf was the longest of her career. And Dayatthespa stole it. Read More...

Take Charge Brandi upsets BC Juvenile Fillies

DRF | 2 months ago
It won’t quite make up for losing last year’s $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic by a nose with Will Take Charge, but those same connections experienced quite a thrill Saturday when Take Charge Brandi upset the $2 million Juvenile Fillies at 61-1 at Santa Anita. Read More...

Ocho Ocho Ocho, Acceptance kick off Breeders’ Cup Day with stakes wins

DRF | 2 months ago
The Saturday opener became the misnomered Juvenile Turf Sprint, with Ocho Ocho Ocho easily prevailing in a field of seven 2-year-olds by finishing 6 1/2 furlongs in a swift 1:14.57 over a main track rated good. Read More...

Hootenanny to race overseas in 2015

DRF | 2 months ago
Hootenanny, the winner of the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf on Friday, probably will be pointed for a race in England – perhaps the English 2000 Guineas – next spring, trainer Wesley Ward said Saturday. Read More...

Lady Eli has earned Florida vacation

DRF | 2 months ago
Lady Eli, dominant winner of Friday’s $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf at Santa Anita, came out of her race in good shape and will get a vacation in south Florida before preparing for her 3-year-old campaign. Read More...

Doug O’Neill’s Brother Claims Foul Over Derek’s Post-Race Comments

Dennis O’Neill, racing manager for brother Doug O’Neill’s stable, is fuming over comments he said were made by actress and California Horse Racing Board commissioner Bo Derek just before she... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Calculator scratched from Breeders’ Cup Juvenile

DRF | 2 months ago
Calculator was scratched on Saturday morning from the Breeders' Cup Juvenile, with trainer Peter Miller reporting he has a sore foot. Read More...

Litfin: How I’d play the Breeders’ Cup pick six on Saturday

DRF | 2 months ago
The strategy for Saturday’s Breeders’ Cup Ultra Pick Six with a $2.5 million-guaranteed pool is pretty simple: Survive and advance through the first four legs, and get to a pair of imposing favorites at the end – Toronado (#5) in the Mile, and Shared Belief (#6) in the Classic. Read More...

Hersh: Breeders’ Cup Saturday pick four

DRF | 2 months ago
You can look at the Turf Sprint two ways: a chance to reap profits sown by chaos, or a serious drag on a pick four ticket with a reasonable budget. I’ve got eight Turf Sprint horses on this ticket – 3 As, 3 Bs, 2 Cs – and still that doesn’t feel like enough. Read More...

Napravnik says she’s pregnant, will retire

DRF | 2 months ago
Jockey Rosie Napravnik stunned the racing world Friday by announcing her retirement after she rides at Santa Anita on Saturday. Read More...

Handle declines on Breeders’ Cup races

DRF | 2 months ago
Overall handle on the four Breeders’ Cup races held Friday at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif., was $28.2 million, compared with handle of $34.9 million on five Friday Breeders’ Cup races held at the same track last year, according to charts of the races. Read More...

Untapable caps big year with Distaff win

DRF | 2 months ago
Meet the new queen of the distaff division, and say goodbye to a star female jockey. Untapable overcame a wide trip and a stubborn pacesetter to win the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Distaff on Friday at Santa Anita, stamping herself as a legitimate star in her first try against older fillies and mares. Read More...

Lady Eli dominates BC Juvenile Fillies Turf

DRF | 2 months ago
From the first day he breezed her on turf, trainer Chad Brown thought Lady Eli was something special. Read More...

Goldencents repeats in BC Dirt Mile

DRF | 2 months ago
Come hell or high water, Goldencents was going to the early lead in the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile. In a brazen and brave display, the colt ultimately held off his lone stretch challenger after setting torrid fractions to become the first two-time winner of the $1 million BC Dirt Mile on Friday at Santa Anita. Read More...

Hootenanny gives Ward first BC win

DRF | 2 months ago
If Wesley Ward can regularly train winners at Royal Ascot, it was only a matter of time before he trained a Breeders’ Cup winner. After a second, five thirds, and three fourths in Breeders’ Cup races, Ward’s wait ended Friday, when Hootenanny swept past another Ward-trained 2-year-old, Luck of the Kitten, to win the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf. Read More...

Chitu wins Damascus in return

DRF | 2 months ago
Chitu, making his first start since finishing ninth in the May 3 Kentucky Derby, returned in sharp form to lead every step of the $100,000 Damascus Stakes, the final race leading into the four-race Breeders’ Cup program Friday at Santa Anita. Read More...

Cary Street romps in Las Vegas Marathon

DRF | 2 months ago
A dream trip gave Cary Street an easy win in Friday’s $200,750 Las Vegas Marathon at Santa Anita, the first stakes of the two days of Breeders’ Cup races. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Turf wagering strategy

DRF | 2 months ago
I think four horses can win the $3 million Breeders’ Cup Turf. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile wagering strategy

DRF | 2 months ago
With American Pharoah out of the Juvenile, the focus of the race shifts toward the East Coast and specifically to the barn of trainer Todd Pletcher, who sends out two top contenders in Daredevil and Carpe Diem. Read More...

Watchmaker: Pick four play for Breeders’ Cup Saturday

DRF | 2 months ago
What a terrific sequence Saturday’s late pick four on the Breeders’ Cup card at Santa Anita is. There is a lot to sink your teeth into and a very real possibility, if you are right, to make a lot with a relatively modest investment. Let’s get into it. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint wagering strategy

DRF | 2 months ago
Experience is important when competing over the unique downhill turf course at Santa Anita. Those in the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint who have ventured down the hill include Reneesgotzip (5-1), who deadheated for second behind Mizdirection in last year’s edition of the race. She also was third in the 2012 renewal at Santa Anita. Read More...

Litfin: How I’d play Breeders’ Cup Saturday at Santa Anita

DRF | 2 months ago
Right off the bat, it seems like there’s an opportunity to play against a vulnerable morning-line favorite in the Juvenile Fillies. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Sprint wagering strategy

DRF | 2 months ago
DRF handicapper Brad Free provides his insight on how to wager on the Breeders' Cup Sprint. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf wagering strategy

DRF | 2 months ago
Just The Judge may be dismissed by some horseplayers due to her 13-day turnaround from winning the E.P. Taylor at Woodbine into the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf, but the opinion here is that she is still going to run another one of her “A” races. Read More...

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

DRF | 2 months 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...

Clocker: Impressions of Saturday BC contenders

DRF | 2 months 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 | 2 months 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...

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies wagering strategy

DRF | 2 months ago
DRF's Jim Dunleavy provides insight on how to wager on the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies. Read More...