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Napravnik says she’s pregnant, will retire

DRF | 2 hours 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 hours 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 hours 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 hours 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 | 3 hours 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 | 4 hours 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 | 6 hours 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 | 7 hours 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 | 7 hours ago
I think four horses can win the $3 million Breeders’ Cup Turf. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile wagering strategy

DRF | 8 hours 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 | 9 hours 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 | 10 hours 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 | 10 hours 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 | 11 hours 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 | 12 hours 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 | 1 day 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 | 1 day 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 | 1 day 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 | 1 day ago
DRF's Jim Dunleavy provides insight on how to wager on the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf wagering strategy

DRF | 1 day 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...

Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile wagering strategy

DRF | 1 day ago
DRF handicapper Dave Litfin gives his insight on how to bet the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile. Read More...

Aktabantay scratched from Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf

DRF | 1 day ago
Aktabantay is out of the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf after suffering a foot injury, trainer Hugo Palmer announced. 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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Europeans figure prominently in Breeders’ Cup turf events

DRF | 1 day ago
This year’s European contingent on Saturday at the Breeders' Cup is long, and it is strong. Let’s take a look, race by race, listed in post position order, at the European invasion. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Classic wagering strategy

DRF | 1 day ago
The undefeated Shared Belief is going to be the clear-cut favorite in the Breeders’ Cup Classic, and even his detractors (Are there any? How could there be?) would probably concede that it is impossible to rule him out of the number, whether you are engaging in horizontal or vertical wagers. Read More...

Trainer Murphy makes most of life-changing betting score

DRF | 1 day ago
Anyone who dreams of a life-changing journey to the races has an idol in Breeders’ Cup trainer Conor Murphy. Murphy, who starts Dimension in Saturday’s $1 million BC Turf Sprint at Santa Anita, is proof anything is possible in the world of race betting. Read More...

Shared Belief leads the way in battle for Breeders’ Cup immortality

DRF | 1 day ago
After Shared Belief won his first start at Golden Gate Fields on Aug. 19, 2013, he was transferred to the Hollywood Park barn of trainer Jerry Hollendorfer, who was informed the horse was for sale. Hollendorfer asked Marty Wygod, who bred and owned Shared Belief, if he could have the first crack at buying the horse. Read More...

Litfin: Santa Anita pick four play for Friday, Oct. 31

DRF | 1 day ago
It sure seems like the 2-year-old grass races with 14-horse fields are the spots to cast a wide net in the Breeders’ Cup Friday pick four, while there is considerably more to go on in the Dirt Mile and Distaff. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf wagering strategy

DRF | 1 day ago
SUNSET GLOW is the deserving 7-2 morning-line favorite, but she has history working against her as the favorite hasn’t won the Juvenile Fillies Turf since it was established in 2008. She also reportedly did not eat up after arriving in California, and trainer Wesley Ward altered her training schedule, missing a planned workout. Daily Racing Form’s Mile Welsch also mentioned she looked listless on the track in one of his clocker reports. Despite her excellent record, she looks vulnerable in what appears to be a wide-open race. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint wagering strategy

DRF | 2 days ago
A deep search for the true speed in this fascinating renewal of the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint finds this conclusion: It should very well be Stonetastic (#3), hurried up the rail by Paco Lopez, followed closely by a trio of mid-drawn runners: Artemis Agrotera (#5), Leigh Court (#6), and Judy the Beauty (#7). Read More...

Breeders’ Cup, NBC extend broadcast deal

DRF | 2 days ago
The Breeders’ Cup will be televised on NBC’s networks through 2025 under a 10-year extension to a current agreement, the companies announced Thursday. Read More...

On the Ground at Breeders’ Cup: Standouts and Longshots?

The anticipation is building at Santa Anita Park for Friday and Saturday’s Breeders’ Cup World Championships. The track’s famous Clockers’ Corner is buzzing each morning with... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

History says Toronado is vulnerable favorite in BC Mile

DRF | 2 days ago
If it is like father, like son, the favorite for the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Mile, Toronado, is in trouble.
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Speed rules the BC Sprint, but there is no clear standout

DRF | 2 days ago
The 2014 Breeders’ Cup at Santa Anita is packed with full and wide-open fields, none more so than the $1.5 million Sprint on Saturday. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies analysis

DRF | 2 days ago
Trainer Al Stall has started seven horses over four Breeders’ Cup events. Only once has he run a horse when the event was held outside of his home base at Churchill Downs. Read More...

Crist: Take pair of 3-year-olds with best odds in Classic

DRF | 2 days ago
I prefer Tonalist and Bayern to the two favorites, Shared Belief and California Chrome, among the 3-year-olds in the Breeders' Cup Classic. Read More...

Juvenile Fillies: Stall thinks Top Decile deserves higher rating

DRF | 2 days ago
Trainer Al Stall is making a return trip to Southern California, where he will start Top Decile in the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies at Santa Anita. She is listed at 10-1 on the morning line, but her two races suggest she should be a shorter price than that. Read More...

Main Sequence tries to topple Euros in BC Turf

DRF | 2 days ago
Main Sequence is America’s leading hope for Saturday’s $3 million Breeders’ Cup Turf at Santa Anita. Read More...

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Breeders’ CUp Turf analysis

DRF | 2 days ago
DRF handicappers Mike Watchmaker, Byron Ki ng and Brad Free give their analysis of the Breeders' Cup Turf. Read More...

Multiple contenders difficult to separate in BC F-M Sprint

DRF | 2 days ago
Judy the Beauty, unraced since winning her last start in August, is a lukewarm morning-line choice in a field for the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Sprint that also includes Artemis Agrotera, Sweet Reason, and Leigh Court as likely favorites. Read More...

Strength of Breeders’ Cup Classic is in 3-year-olds

DRF | 2 days ago
he kids are all right. Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner California Chrome and Belmont Stakes winner Tonalist both look like viable candidates to win the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic on Saturday at Santa Anita. Yet the favorite is another member of this year’s 3-year-old crop, Shared Belief, and so is the expected pacesetter, Bayern. Read More...

England-based Moore feeling right at home

DRF | 2 days ago
There really is no close approximation of the Santa Anita turf course among the regular circuit of racecourses in Europe. Two tight turns and grass cut short as a pool tabletop are not conditions to be found overseas, and there have been European jockeys surprised and overwhelmed by the demands of the smaller American ovals, Santa Anita in particular, upon riding Breeders’ Cup races with foreign horses. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Mile wagering strategy

DRF | 2 days ago
TORONADO spent the summer hanging out with all the cool kids in Europe. He started the year by winning the Group 1 Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot, then finished second to the mighty Kingman in the Group 1 Sussex Stakes at Goodwood, and was second by just a head to the late-season upstart Charm Spirit in the Prix du Moulin de Longhchamp in Paris. Those results have made him a deserving favorite in Saturday’s $2 million Breeders’ Cup Mile at Santa Anita. Read More...

Hovdey: Three Breeders’ Cup shots for Desormeaux et frere

DRF | 2 days ago
Trainer Keith Desormeaux will take three shots at Breeders' Cup glory with his brother, jockey Kent, in the saddle. Read More...

Pedigree analysis: Coolmore shipper intriguing longshot in Juvenile

DRF | 2 days ago
Given the choice between starting Coolmore colorbearer The Great War in either the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile or the Juvenile Turf, the partnership selected the former. It’s by far the taller order for the colt, a minor stakes winner in Europe who has raced exclusively on turf and never beyond 6 1/2 furlongs. Still, The Great War has a dirt-leaning pedigree with enough stamina influences to make him an intriguing longshot in a Juvenile field that lost favored American Pharoah to lameness on Tuesday, leaving a wide-open group of colts with some major distance questions Read More...