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Road to the Derby: Breeders’ Cup Juvenile analysis

DRF | 2 days ago
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Road to the Derby: Breeders’ Cup Juvenile analysis

DRF | 3 days ago
Classic Empire followed up his impressive win in the Breeders’ Futurity with a thoroughly satisfying triumph in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, in which he ran fast while beating a worthy opponent, a victory that should bring him a deserved Eclipse Award as champion 2-year-old male. He has the pedigree to suggest he’ll continue to excel at age 3, which makes him an exciting Kentucky Derby prospect. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Sprint purse yet to be paid out

DRF | 1 week ago
The purse for the $1.5 million Breeders' Cup Sprint has yet to be released, though the other 12 Breeders' Cup races have had their purses released, the California Horse Racing Board said on Wednesday. Read More...

ADW Account Usage On-Track Skews Numbers, Division Of Revenue

Something jumped off the spreadsheet when I looked at wagering figures from this year's Breeders' Cup championship races from Santa Anita Park. On-track per capita wagering for the two full cards on... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi... Read More...

The Friday Show Presented By Woodbine Racetrack: Eclipse Musings, Jackpot Picks

As the year winds down, it's time to start thinking about the Eclipse Awards for 2016. Is Horse of the Year a slam dunk for California Chrome? Will Javier Castellano secure yet another Outstanding... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website... Read More...

The Friday Show Presented By Woodbine Racetrack: Breeders’ Cup Takeaways, Pegasus Promise?

Measuring what we saw on the racetrack, this year's Breeders' Cup was an unqualified success, with top stars giving us nail-biting performances and record crowds on hand to take in thrilling races... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website... Read More...

Tamarkuz retired to stand at owner’s farm

DRF | 4 weeks ago
Tamarkuz earned a place at stud at his owner’s farm when he won the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile at Santa Anita on Friday. Three days after the biggest victory of his career, it was announced that he would take up residence at Sheikh Maktoum’s Shadwell Farm in Lexington, Ky., for the 2017 breeding season. The son of Speightstown will stand for a fee of $12,500. Read More...

Hovdey: Battle to Arrogate, but Chrome’s still a war hero

DRF | 4 weeks ago
Heroes die hard and California Chrome went down with a ferocious fight in the Breeders' Cup Classic, stretching Arrogate to be every inch of the colt he was in his breathtaking Travers last August. Read More...

Stud Fees And Sale Prices: Breaking Down The Breeders’ Cup Winners

Breeding or buying a 2016 Breeders' Cup winner wasn't cheap. Seven of the 10 winning Thoroughbreds sold at public auction cost more than $300,000 each, and some of the world's most elite stallions... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website... Read More...

Bernick’s BCBC dream comes up short

DRF | 4 weeks ago
Craig Bernick of Glen Hill Farm made a tremendous run at the Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge. Heading to the Classic he sat third with $56,042.50. He liked California Chrome, and he was willing to risk his whole bankroll. Still, with two players ahead of him, he had a decision to make: Which pool should he attack? Read More...

Breeders’ Cup clarifies picture for most Eclipse Awards

DRF | 4 weeks ago
The victory by Arrogate in the Breeders' Cup Classic on Saturday was one of several results last week at Santa Anita that should have a significant impact on the year-end Eclipse Awards. Read More...

Sparkman: A new golden age for American Thoroughbred racing?

DRF | 4 weeks ago
The 15 years or so from the mid-1960s through the end of the 1970s is rightly regarded as the Golden Age of American Thoroughbred racing. Beginning with the Kentucky Derby and Preakness victories of Northern Dancer in 1964, the following decade and a half produced a steady stream American-bred horses with credentials both on the racetrack and in the breeding shed that rival or surpass the all-time greats of the Thoroughbred breed. Read More...

Wagering slumps in October due to later Breeders’ Cup

DRF | 4 weeks ago
Wagering on U.S. races in October was down starkly from betting during the same month last year, according to figures released by Equibase on Monday, but the comparison was nearly meaningless due to the later running of the two-day Breeders’ Cup event this year. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Turf winning rider Heffernan has long ties with O’Brien

DRF | 4 weeks ago
Well-known in Europe, Irish jockey Seamus Heffernan introduced himself to American racing fans on Saturday aboard Highland Reel in the $4 million Breeders’ Cup Turf at Santa Anita. Heffernan was impossible to ignore, essentially stealing the race at 1 1/2 miles on the pacesetter Highland Reel, who led by as many as seven lengths and won by 1 3/4 lengths over the New York star Flintshire. Read More...

Arrogate rallies past California Chrome in epic Breeders’ Cup Classic

DRF | 4 weeks ago
On March 26, California Chrome won the Dubai World Cup. Three weeks later, Arrogate made the first start of his career at Los Alamitos and lost. Yet in the 6 1/2 months since that race, Arrogate came far and fast, and on Saturday, in only the sixth start of his career, he knocked off California Chrome in the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita, announcing himself as the horse ready to take the mantle from California Chrome as the best dirt horse in the world in 2017. Read More...

Watchmaker: Breeders’ Cup clarifies most Eclipse Award categories

DRF | 4 weeks ago
As a championship event, the 2016 Breeders’ Cup delivered, and especially in tremendous renewals of the Classic and Distaff. But while there is some important stakes racing left this year, mainly on Thanksgiving weekend, most of this year’s Eclipse Award divisions were decided by the time “official” went up on the tote board following Saturday’s Classic. Read More...

Total Breeders’ Cup handle rises slightly

DRF | 4 weeks ago
Betting on the 13 Breeders’ Cup races held Friday and Saturday at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif., was up 1.7 percent over the same 13 races held last year despite steep drops in betting on the $5.52 million Classic, according to charts. Read More...

For California Chrome, a nearly perfect season

DRF | 4 weeks ago
A year ago, jockey Victor Espinoza basked in the glow of an adoring Keeneland crowd after guiding American Pharoah to victory in the Breeders’ Cup Classic, capping an unforgettable season that included the Triple Crown. On Saturday, Espinoza’s emotions were on the opposite end of the spectrum after Arrogate, under Mike Smith, went past California Chrome in the final 20 yards to win the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic by half a length, ending California Chrome’s bid for a perfect season. Read More...

Applebaum hits exacta in Classic to win Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge

DRF | 4 weeks ago
Joseph Applebaum has won the 2016 Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge. Applebaum, playing from Santa Anita, hit the exacta in the Breeders Cup Classic for $13,000. He walks away with a total of $364,000. His winning play was Arrogate over California Chrome, one way. He also had a $1,000 exacta with Arrogate over Effinex. Read More...

Tourist denies Tepin a repeat win in Breeders’ Cup Mile

DRF | 4 weeks ago
When Tourist ran in the 2014 Breeders’ Cup Mile at Santa Anita, he nearly took a tour of the parking lot on the first turn. Breaking from post 13, he was pushed even farther out around the bend, his race over barely after it had started. Two years later, Tourist and jockey Joel Rosario got the dream vacation package, sailing along inside and in the clear over the lightning-fast Santa Anita grass course and on to victory in the $2 million Mile. Read More...

Highland Reel all the way in Breeders’ Cup Turf

DRF | 4 weeks ago
Midway on the backstretch of Saturday’s $4 million Breeders’ Cup Turf at Santa Anita, Highland Reel had a comfortable lead that rapidly became insurmountable. Highland Reel led by more than two lengths on the first turn, an advantage extended to 6 1/2 lengths on the final turn. Read More...

Finest City holds off Wavell Avenue in Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint

DRF | 4 weeks ago
Ian Kruljac has won four races as a trainer, all with Finest City. The latest and easily the most important victory came Saturday when Finest City ran the race of her life – as Kruljac had promised – when pulling an 8-1 upset in the $1 million Filly and Mare Sprint at Santa Anita. Read More...

Classic Empire by a neck over Not This Time in Breeders’ Cup Juvenile

DRF | 4 weeks ago
As he watched the horses run away from the gate in Saturday’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, trainer Mark Casse said he couldn’t find his horse. “Did he come out?” wondered Casse, who was not looking toward the front of the 11-horse field. Read More...

Drefong gives Baffert fifth Breeders’ Cup Sprint win

DRF | 4 weeks ago
Trainer Bob Baffert appeared to be holding a pretty strong hand when entries were drawn Monday for the $1.5 million Breeders’ Cup Sprint, with two of the top contenders in the field, including potential favorite Lord Nelson. But Baffert’s chances of winning his fifth Sprint title suffered a major blow several days later when he was compelled to scratch Lord Nelson due to an infection. Read More...

Queen’s Trust narrowly beats Lady Eli in Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf

DRF | 4 weeks ago
Queen’s Trust had only one victory in seven starts and on paper seemed a bit out of place in the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf. Read More...

Champagne Room pulls off 33-1 surprise in Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies

DRF | 4 weeks ago
Prominent from the start with Mario Gutierrez riding, Champagne Room shot to the lead turning for home and went on to a 33-1 stunner in the 33rd running of the $2 million BC Juvenile Fillies, the first of nine Saturday Breeders’ Cup events at Santa Anita. Read More...

Beholder by a nose over Songbird in thrilling Breeders’ Cup Distaff

DRF | 4 weeks ago
A champion mare produced a storybook ending to an amazing five-year career Friday at Santa Anita. Beholder, the 6-year-old making her 26th and final start in the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Distaff, wore down the previously undefeated Songbird in a stretch-long street fight to win by a nose in a race for the ages. Read More...

Traynor leads after Day 1 in bid for second Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge title

DRF | 4 weeks ago
Bob Traynor, a 55-year-old packaging sales rep from Oceanside, Calif., is in the lead at the end of Day 1 of the Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge. Traynor, who won the event in 2014 when it was held at Santa Anita, sits in first with $47,300. His big win came in the final Breeders’ Cup race on Friday, the Distaff, won in thrilling fashion by Beholder in a nose photo over Songbird. Read More...

Handle on Breeders’ Cup Friday races up 5.2 percent

DRF | 4 weeks ago
Total handle on the four Breeders’ Cup races held Friday at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif., was up 5.2 percent despite a significant drop in the number of runners in the races, according to charts. Read More...

For Smith, another heartbreaking loss with a previously undefeated superstar

DRF | 4 weeks ago
Mike Smith has been here before. While Smith is the all-time leader in wins in Breeders’ Cup history, he may also be the leader in heartbreaking defeats. Six years after Smith lost a heartbreaker in the Breeders’ Cup Classic when the previously undefeated Zenyatta fell a head short to Blame, Smith was on the short end of another photo finish in Friday’s $2 million Distaff at Santa Anita, where the previously undefeated Songbird lost by a nose to Beholder. Read More...

New Money Honey gets paid in Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf

DRF | 4 weeks ago
New Money Honey is rapidly developing a diverse portfolio. A 2-year-old filly, New Money Honey won her stakes debut and recorded her first victory in the Grade 3 Miss Grillo Stakes on a yielding turf course at Belmont Park on Oct. 2, her second career start. On Friday at Santa Anita, New Money Honey won her Grade 1 debut in the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf on a firm course at Santa Anita. Read More...

Tamarkuz gets his Grade 1 win in Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile

DRF | 4 weeks ago
Tamarkuz was fed a steady diet of one-turn races throughout his career, but in his 20th and perhaps final career start, he successfully stretched out around two turns to win the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile on Friday at Santa Anita, scoring an 11-1 upset over the likes of Dortmund, Gun Runner, and Runhappy. Read More...

Oscar Performance takes a bow in Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf

DRF | 4 weeks ago
Oscar Performance acted like a good horse from the time he was broken to saddle, and on Friday at Santa Anita, he was the leading man in the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf, tracking the pacesetting Wellabled, bursting to the front, and going on to a 1 1/4-length win over Lancaster Bomber and a tough-luck Good Samaritan. Read More...

King: How I’ll play Santa Anita for Saturday, Nov. 5

DRF | 4 weeks ago
DRF handicapper Byron King outlines his strategy for playing the early pick five on Saturday's card at Santa Anita. Read More...

Paulick Report 11/4 News Minute

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Bernier: How I’ll play Santa Anita for Saturday, Nov. 5

DRF | 4 weeks ago
DRF handicapper Matt Bernier outlines his strategy for playing the late pick four on Saturday's card at Santa Anita. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup contenders pledge winnings to New Vocations’ aftercare efforts

DRF | 4 weeks ago
A number of owners and trainers will be supporting New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program by pledging a percentage of their 2016 Breeders’ Cup World Championship purse earnings to New Vocations, which rehabilitates, retrain, and rehomes retired racehorses. This will be the seventh year owners and trainers have donated a percentage of their Breeders’ Cup purse earnings, and so far from such efforts more than $380,000 has been raised, with 100 percent of funds raised supporting the program’s aftercare efforts. Read More...

Minor injury forces Victory to Victory out of Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf

DRF | 4 weeks ago
Victory to Victory was scratched from Friday’s $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf at Santa Anita because of a splint bone injury, trainer Mark Casse said. Read More...

The Haiku Handicapper: 2016 Breeders’ Cup selections

DRF | 4 weeks ago
DRF sales editor Joe Nevills analyzes each race of the 2016 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...

Breeders’ Cup Roughies: Longshots That Might Just Make Your Day

Since I've just returned from Australia, the word “roughies” is stuck in my head. That's what they call longshots Down Under. But no matter what term you use, the Breeders' Cup is one of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Hersh: Santa Anita Breeders’ Cup pick four play for Friday

DRF | 4 weeks ago
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Paulick Report 11/3 News Minute

The Paulick Report (www.paulickreport.com) sends out its headlines newsletter every weekday morning at 9 a.m ET (10 a.m. weekends), but the news doesn't stop after you've had your morning coffee.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website ... Read More...

Peck: Santa Anita pick five for Breeders’ Cup Friday

DRF | 4 weeks ago
The lone pick five of the day on Breeders' Cup Friday starts in race 1, perhaps the most wide-open race of the sequence. The enclosed TicketMaker play is for $74, but I will play the "A" ticket twice for a total bet of $86. Read More...

Beer: DRF Bets ‘Hit It or Split It’ Breeders’ Cup analysis

DRF | 4 weeks ago
From a gambling perspective, the two-day Breeders’ Cup extravaganza, which offers 13 races for top horses in all divisions, is always among the best times of the year to look for prices and to try to make scores. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint: Key contenders

DRF | 4 weeks ago
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Illman: ‘Hit It or Split It’ Breeders’ Cup analysis

DRF | 4 weeks ago
Dan Illman's analysis for the DRF Bets "Hit It or Split It" promotion on Breeders' Cup Saturday. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Sprint: Key contenders

DRF | 4 weeks ago
Key contenders for the Breeders' Cup Sprint. Read More...

Clocker: O’Brien horses stretch their legs

DRF | 1 month ago
The first local appearance of trainer Aidan O'Brien's large and imposing Breeders' Cup contingent, led by Turf favorites Found and Highland Reel, highlighted Thursday morning's training session at Santa Anita. Read More...

Chrome-plated Classic caps title-deciding Breeders’ Cup card

DRF | 1 month ago
California Chrome heads a $6 million Classic that closes the two days of racing at Santa Anita for the 33rd Breeders' Cup. A victory by him would make him 7 for 7 this year, and likely a unanimous choice as Horse of the Year. The entire card, though, has championship implications. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile a stallion-making race

DRF | 1 month ago
Managers of major stud farms know the Breeders' Cup Juvenile is a fertile hunting ground for stallion prospects, so they will closely watch Saturday's race at Santa Anita. Read More...