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Ireland: Minding easily captures Pretty Polly Stakes

DRF | 4 days ago
Minding won her third Group 1 race in the last two months with an easy victory in Sunday’s $279,375 Pretty Polly Stakes for fillies and mares at The Curragh in Ireland. Read More...

Melatonin punches ticket to Breeders’ Cup Classic by winning Gold Cup

DRF | 5 days ago
Melatonin was 16-1 when he won the $1 million Santa Anita Handicap in March in his first stakes win. Melatonin won his second stakes in Saturday’s $500,000 Gold Cup at Santa Anita as the 9-5 favorite. Read More...

Birdatthewire returns to surface she loves for Princess Rooney

DRF | 6 days ago
While Gulfstream Park-based fillies such as Best Behavior, Kiss to Remember, Cali Star and My Miss Venezuela can claim home field advantage going into next Saturday's Princess Rooney Stakes, none can boast a better local record than Birdatthewire, who is expected to ship down from Kentucky for the Grade 2 event. Read More...

Obviously may run just once before Breeders’ Cup Mile

DRF | 2 weeks ago
Obviously ended a two-year losing streak with a sharp win in the $300,000 Poker Stakes at Belmont Park on Saturday, a victory that left trainer Phil D’Amato in no hurry to plan another race. D’Amato said Obviously may start one more time before an intended run in the Breeders’ Cup Mile here at Santa Anita on Nov. 5. Read More...

Bradester proves uncatchable in Stephen Foster Handicap

DRF | 2 weeks ago
Bradester seized early command and never looked back in posting a 9-1 upset Saturday night in the 35th running of the Grade 1, $500,000 Stephen Foster Handicap at Churchill Downs. Read More...

Paid Up Subscriber outperforms favorites in Fleur de Lis

DRF | 2 weeks ago
Paid Up Subscriber became a player in the filly-and-mare division and earned an expenses-paid trip to the Breeders’ Cup with an emphatic victory Saturday night in the 41st running of the Grade 2, $200,000 Fleur de Lis Handicap at Churchill Downs. Read More...

Melatonin, Hard Aces among eight probable for Gold Cup

DRF | 2 weeks ago
Melatonin and Hard Aces, the first two finishers of the $1 million Santa Anita Handicap, are among eight projected starters for the $500,000 Gold Cup at Santa Anita next Saturday. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup raises entry fees for all 13 races

DRF | 2 weeks ago
Breeders’ Cup has raised the entry fees for the 13 races it holds over its two-day event, with most of the fees increasing by 50 percent. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Classic, Turf get purse boosts of $1 million apiece

DRF | 3 weeks ago
The purses for the Breeders’ Cup Classic and the Breeders’ Cup Turf have each been raised by $1 million, Breeders’ Cup Ltd. announced Saturday through its broadcast partner, NBC. Read More...

Untapable tops Fleur de Lis probables

DRF | 3 weeks ago
Untapable will be back on the scene of one of her proudest moments when the 5-year-old mare runs as the favorite in a Win and You’re In race on next Saturday's Downs After Dark card, the Grade 2 Fleur de Lis Handicap, at Churchill Downs. Read More...

Midnight Storm will have just one prep before Breeders’ Cup Mile

DRF | 4 weeks ago
Midnight Storm will have a light campaign in advance of the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Mile at Santa Anita on Nov. 5. Read More...

Midnight Storm gains elusive Grade 1 win in Shoemaker Mile

DRF | 4 weeks ago
Midnight Storm took command of the Grade 1 Shoemaker Mile at Santa Anita shortly after the start and held off a stubborn rival in the Kentucky shipper Tourist to win the most prestigious race of his career. Read More...

$12-Million Pegasus World Cup: My Horse Against Yours

Some people thought the late John Gaines was crazy in the early 1980s when he proposed Thoroughbred breeders fund a $10-million day of seven championship races. That idea, the Breeders' Cup – which... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Piece Of The Pie: Bottom Line Reunites Breeders’ Cup And Churchill Downs

Whenever someone says it isn't about the money you can be sure of one thing: It's about the money. Money is the reason that, when the Breeders' Cup returns to Churchill Downs for a record ninth time... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi... Read More...

Churchill Downs to host 2018 Breeders’ Cup

DRF | 2 months ago
Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., has been selected to host the 2018 Breeders’ Cup, officials for both companies announced Monday, a decision that will return the two-day event to the site that has generated the Breeders’ Cup’s highest attendance and handle figures. Read More...

Kirchner not retained by Breeders’ Cup

DRF | 4 months ago
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Honoring Our Presidents: Executive Salaries At Horse Industry Non-Profit Organizations

When George Washington became the first president of the United States in 1789, he reluctantly accepted an annual salary of $25,000 – a very substantial figure for that time. He didn't like the idea... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Breeders’ Cup, NBC extend broadcast deal

DRF | 7 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 | 8 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 | 8 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 | 8 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 | 8 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 | 8 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 | 8 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 | 8 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 | 8 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 | 8 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 | 8 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 | 8 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 | 8 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 | 8 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 | 8 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 | 8 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 | 8 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 | 8 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 | 8 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 | 8 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 | 8 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 | 8 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 | 8 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 | 8 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 | 8 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 | 8 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 | 8 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 | 8 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 | 8 months ago
Hersh: Breeders' Cup pick four play for Saturday, Oct. 31 Read More...

Beholder to get rest, then prepare for 2016 campaign

DRF | 8 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...