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Hall of Fame Jockey Gary Stevens to Ride in Breeders’ Cup

Michael Compton | 18 hours ago
Hall of Fame jockey and 10-time Breeders’ Cup winner Gary Stevens will be riding the Breeders’ Cup World Championships exactly 14 weeks to the day after undergoing total knee replacement surgery on July 25. Stevens will be aboard Sivoliere in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf on Friday, Oct. 31. He will be reuniting with […](Read more...) Read More...

King: Preliminary thoughts on Breeders’ Cup races

DRF | 20 hours ago
Although post positions, defections from races, and other factors could still alter my thinking between now and next weekend, here are some early observations and leanings about the Breeders' Cup. Read More...

Tough Customer will skip Breeders’ Cup Juvenile

DRF | 21 hours ago
Tough Customer, who was first on the also-eligible/preference list to get into the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, will pass the race even if he gets in, trainer Wayne Catalano confirmed Thursday morning. Read More...

Better Lucky rerouted to Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint

DRF | 21 hours ago
The connections of Better Lucky were hoping to run their Grade 1-winning filly against males the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Mile. But when relegated to seven-deep in the Mile, a race that drew 29 pre-entrants, Better Lucky will be re-routed to the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint, for which she was also pre-entered. Read More...

Imperative solid in Breeders’ Cup Classic workout

DRF | 22 hours ago
It was another perfect morning Thursday for training at Santa Anita, but the action was limited when it came to Breeders’ Cup workers. Only Classic contender Imperative and stablemate Mr. Sexy (on the outside looking in for the Sprint and Turf Sprint) breezed over a racetrack that seems to have been on the dull side over the last several days. Both are trained by George Papaprodromou, and they worked together. Read More...

Stevens accepts Breeders’ Cup mount on Sivoliere

DRF | 22 hours ago
Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens will make his comeback from a summertime knee operation in time for the Breeders’ Cup at Santa Anita next weekend. Stevens has been booked to ride Sivoliere in the $1 million BC Juvenile Fillies Turf over a mile on Oct. 31 for owner Martin Schwartz and trainer Chad Brown. Read More...

Blue Dancer should make Breeders’ Cup Juvenile field

DRF | 22 hours ago
Blue Dancer, who won the $75,000 Ascot Graduation by a nose over Lord Rosberg on Oct. 13 at Hastings, will be taking an extreme jump up in class when he makes his next start in the Grade 1, $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile at Santa Anita on Nov. 1. Read More...

Crist: Inside-the-numbers look at pre-entries

DRF | 23 hours ago
It’s time to meet the 201 pre-entrants for the 13 Breeders’ Cup races next Friday and Saturday at Santa Anita. It is, as always, a dazzling group in the aggregate, though skewing a little poorer at the top end than in most years. Read More...

Garcia not clowning around as career takes off

DRF | 23 hours ago
There are pictures of clowns decorating Martin Garcia’s new home in the foothills not far from Santa Anita – Emmett Kelly hobo-style clowns sharing wall space with equine portraits and handsome silver hammerings of traditional Mexican art. Garcia was asked, as politely as possible, “Hey, jock, what’s with the clowns?” Read More...

Brown uncertain whether Big Blue Kitten will run

DRF | 24 hours ago
Big Blue Kitten may not start in the $3 million Breeders’ Cup Turf at Santa Anita on Nov. 1. Read More...

Free as a Bird gets in, thanks to Kaigun’s defection

DRF | 24 hours ago
There is expected to be a berth in the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint at Santa Anita on Nov. 1 for Free as a Bird, the winner of five consecutive sprint stakes for fillies and mares in Kentucky and New York this year. Read More...

Hovdey: Euros don’t want to get their hooves dirty

DRF | 24 hours ago
They weren’t bluffing, those Euros. When they threatened several years ago that Santa Anita’s switch back to a dirt main track would stick a fork in half the Breeders’ Cup program, at least in terms of European participation, they definitely meant what they said. Read More...

Clocker: Private Prospect has solid drill for Juvenile

DRF | 2 days ago
Wednesday proved to be another slow day on the Breeders’ Cup workout front, with the monotony of the long morning finally broken when Private Prospect came out after the second renovation break to work six furlongs for the Juvenile. Read More...

Jerardi: Searching for a replacement single

DRF | 2 days ago
Without a horse or horses to frame multi-race wagers around or use as a free space on top of a vertical bet, the very difficult task of converting Breeders’ Cup opinions into cash becomes monumentally difficult. Read More...

Three females among 16 pre-entered in Breeders’ Cup Turf

DRF | 2 days ago
There may be a feminine presence to the $3 million Breeders’ Cup Turf at Santa Anita on Nov. 1. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint: Top Kisser out, Thank You Marylou in

DRF | 2 days ago
Just a couple of minor surprises were in store when pre-entries for the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint were announced Wednesday at Santa Anita: Top Kisser is not in the lineup, and Thank You Marylou is. Read More...

Dank among 17 F&M Turf pre-entries

DRF | 2 days ago
Eight top-class Europeans, led by defending champion Dank, were among the 17 pre-entries announced Wednesday for the $2 Million Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf at Santa Anita on Nov. 1 – setting up an intriguing international matchup. Read More...

Untapable among 12 pre-entered in Distaff

DRF | 2 days ago
Untapable is training so well it is scary. Good timing for Halloween, when she tries to win the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Distaff at Santa Anita. Read More...

Chandelier, Frizette produce eight entrants

DRF | 2 days ago
The Grade 1, $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies has attracted 15 pre-entries. The 1 1/16-mile race will be run at Santa Anita on Saturday, Nov. 1. Read More...

BC Turf Sprint nets 29 pre-entries; past winner Regally Ready on also-eligible list

DRF | 2 days ago
Eight of the nine Saturday Breeders’ Cup races were oversubscribed, but none more so than the $1 million Turf Sprint, which drew a staggering 29 pre-entrants. That means there are actually more horses on the order of preference also-eligible list than the 14 who will be allowed to start in this unique event run on Santa Anita’s about-6 1/2-furlong downhill turf course. Read More...

Sprint draws 21 pre-entries, with some surprises

DRF | 2 days ago
The presence of defending champion Secret Circle, multiple Grade 1 sprint winner Palace, and Hong Kong invader Rich Tapestry, who captured the Grade 1 Santa Anita Sprint Championship in his sparkling U.S. debut, did little to scare away the opposition, as 21 horses were pre-entered Monday for the $1.5 million Breeders’ Cup Sprint. Read More...

Her Emmynency out of Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf

DRF | 3 days ago
Trainer Michael Stidham said Her Emmynency is out of the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf. According to Stidham, Her Emmynency came down with colitis Sunday evening and is responding well to treatment at Chino Valley Equine Hospital in Chino Hills, Calif. Read More...

Clocker Report: One Lucky Dane bests workmate

DRF | 3 days ago
One Lucky Dane, who is expected to join his Bob Baffert-trained stablemate American Pharoah in the Juvenile, was the only potential Breeders’ Cup starter to work at Santa Anita, going six furlongs in company with jockey Rafael Bejarano aboard. Read More...

Jockeys plan tribute to Saez during BC

DRF | 3 days ago
Jockeys at the upcoming Breeders’ Cup at Santa Anita will be riding with “JS” patches on their pants and boots to honor fallen rider Juan Saez, the 17-year-old apprentice killed in a spill at Indiana Grand on Oct. 14. Read More...

V. E. Day works seven furlongs at Belmont Park

DRF | 3 days ago
V. E. Day, the Travers winner, worked seven furlongs in 1:27.23 Tuesday morning over the Belmont Park training track, his last serious move before the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic on Nov. 1 at Santa Anita. Read More...

Daddy D T going for the green

DRF | 4 days ago
Daddy D T earned his best Beyer Speed Figure on dirt in the FrontRunner but won his maiden on the grass in the Oak Tree Juvenile Turf, giving him the option of running in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile or the Juvenile Turf. Read More...

Mile: QE II form boosts Toronado’s chances

DRF | 4 days ago
The complexion of the Breeders’ Cup Mile changed only around the margins during the last week, a quiet spell since the shock announcement Oct. 13 that two-time Mile winner Wise Dan was out of the race with a fractured foreleg. Read More...

Ballis, Lewis hope to continue stakes momentum

DRF | 4 days ago
What a month it was for Jake Ballis and his longtime friend, NBA star Rashard Lewis. Partners in a small stable, they won three stakes in that relatively short time frame, capped by White Rose grinding out another victory Sunday in the $125,000 Dowager Stakes at Keeneland. Read More...

American Pharoah works like a favorite

DRF | 4 days ago
On the morning that pre-entries were due for the Breeders’ Cup, American Pharoah gave every indication that he remains the horse to beat in the $2 million Juvenile with a five-furlong work Monday timed by Santa Anita clockers in 58.60 seconds. Read More...

Iotapa gets unexpected company in BC Distaff work

DRF | 4 days ago
The workout for Iotapa on Monday at Santa Anita was planned as a simple six-furlong drill to prepare for the Breeders’ Cup Distaff. It turned out to be more demanding than intended. Read More...

Maragh will miss Breeders’ Cup

DRF | 4 days ago
Rajiv Maragh, who suffered a broken arm in a spill during the running of the Jockey Club Gold Cup at Belmont on Sept. 27, confirmed Monday that he would not make it back in time to ride the Breeders’ Cup. Read More...

Classic: V. E. Day joins the field

DRF | 4 days ago
The addition to the Breeders’ Cup Classic of V. E. Day, withdrawals of Noble Moon and Tapiture, and penultimate works from Bayern, Footbridge, Majestic Harbor, Cigar Street, and Tonalist capped a flurry of activity in the 24 hours leading up to the pre-entry deadline on Monday for the Nov. 1 Classic. Read More...

Filly-Mare Sprint: La Verdad among several defections

DRF | 4 days ago
As of Monday morning, as all Breeders’ Cup pre-entries were being taken, at least 10 horses were known candidates for the $1 million Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Sprint on Nov. 1. Read More...

Peace and War to miss BC with injury

DRF | 4 days ago
The weekend defection of Alcibiades winner Peace and War from the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies brings the probable field to nine as pre-entries were being taken Monday. Read More...

Just The Judge uses E.P. Taylor win as springboard to BC Filly and Mare Turf

DRF | 4 days ago
Although Sunday’s Grade 1 E.P. Taylor Stakes at Woodbine wasn’t a Win and You’re In race for the Nov. 1 Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf, it essentially served as one for Just The Judge. Read More...

Motion: Main Sequence retaining his form

DRF | 4 days ago
Main Sequence may be a sharper horse in the $3 million Breeders’ Cup Turf at Santa Anita than he was winning the Grade 1 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic at Belmont Park on Sept. 27. Read More...

Just The Judge overcomes bad start to take E.P. Taylor

DRF | 5 days ago
The favored English filly Just The Judge came on strongly in the lane and held off Odeliz late to take Sunday’s Grade 1 E.P. Taylor Stakes, the supporting feature on Canadian International Day at Woodbine. Read More...

Workout report: Dayatthespa best of Brown’s bunch

DRF | 5 days ago
There might have been a chill in the air, but the action was hot and heavy out on the racetrack Sunday at Belmont Park, with more than 30 potential Breeders’ Cup starters working over the main track, training track, and turf. Read More...

Tonalist works ‘absolutely perfect’ five furlongs for BC Classic

DRF | 5 days ago
Tonalist, the Belmont Stakes and Jockey Club Gold Cup winner, worked five furlongs in 1:00.56 over the Belmont main track Sunday morning in preparation for the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic. Read More...

Close Hatches breezes four furlongs in preparation for BC Distaff

DRF | 5 days ago
Trainer Bill Mott admits the poor performance by Close Hatches in the Grade 1 Spinster two weeks ago still has him puzzled. But after watching his filly train Sunday at Belmont Park, he remains steadfast about giving her another chance in the Breeders’ Cup Distaff, a race in which she finished second last year. Read More...

Beholder will miss Breeders’ Cup Distaff

DRF | 5 days ago
Beholder is out of the Breeders’ Cup Distaff. The two-time champion filly spiked a temperature on Sunday, was treated with medication, and will not pre-enter the Distaff scheduled for Oct. 31 at Santa Anita. Read More...

Stephanie’s Kitten gets loose, but avoids injury

DRF | 5 days ago
Stephanie’s Kitten gave her connections a scare Sunday when she got loose following a workout at Belmont Park, but she was uninjured and remains on target for the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf on Nov. 1 at Santa Anita, trainer Chad Brown said Sunday. Read More...

Distaff: Untapable works swift five furlongs

DRF | 5 days ago
The visually impressive workout by Untapable on Sunday morning at Santa Anita was so fast trainer Steve Asmussen declined to reveal the time on his stopwatch. Read More...

Tapiture more likely for Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile than Classic

DRF | 5 days ago
Tapiture had been under consideration for both the Breeders’ Cup Classic and the Dirt Mile, but after he worked five furlongs in 59.60 seconds on Sunday morning here at Santa Anita, owner Ron Winchell said it was most likely that Tapiture would go in the Dirt Mile, and wouldn’t even be cross-entered in the Classic at the pre-entry stage on Monday. Read More...

Sweet Reason good to go in Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint

DRF | 5 days ago
Sweet Reason, who came out of her second-place finish in the Grade 1 Cotillion at Parx on Sept. 20 with an eye injury, returned to the work tab Sunday morning, drilling three furlongs in a quick 34.63 seconds over Belmont Park’s main track, a move that convinced her connections to move on to the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint on Nov. 1 at Santa Anita. Read More...

Sherman pleased with California Chrome’s work

DRF | 6 days ago
Trainer Art Sherman stood in the stands at Los Alamitos on Saturday morning, a few minutes before California Chrome was to come on the track and work in preparation for the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic on Nov. 1 at Santa Anita. This was to be the longest and most important of the four works he will have prior to the race, and Sherman was anxious that it would go as planned. Read More...

Beholder drills for Breeders’ Cup Distaff

DRF | 6 days ago
Beholder will have one more work before the Breeders’ Cup Distaff, but her workout Saturday at Santa Anita was the final major drill, and trainer Richard Mandella turned it into a mini-race. Read More...

Welsch: Belmont BC clocker’s report for Saturday, Oct. 18

DRF | 6 days ago
There are upward of 40 potential Breeders’ Cup starters currently stabled at Belmont or Aqueduct, the overwhelming majority of whom will get in all major preparation for their races prior to shipping to Santa Anita over the next 10 days. Read More...

Palace, Zivo work for Breeders’ Cup

DRF | 6 days ago
Empire Showcase Day didn’t just pertain to Saturday afternoon at Belmont Park. On Saturday morning, two of the possible 10 New York-breds who could be pre-entered Monday for the Breeders’ Cup, to be held in two weeks at Santa Anita, put in workouts for their respective races. Read More...

Bahamian Squall gets green light for Breeders’ Cup Sprint

DRF | 7 days ago
Trainer David Fawkes said Friday that Bahamian Squall will return to Santa Anita to compete in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint for a second straight year. Read More...