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Watchmaker: Sharp Azteca wears crown as top miler

DRF | 1 week ago
To afford a full four-week gap between the Breeders’ Cup and the stakes that mark New York’s last truly big racing weekend until the spring, the New York Racing Association chose this year to move Aqueduct’s Cigar Mile, Remsen, and Demoiselle out of their traditional spots on Thanksgiving weekend and run them instead on the first Saturday in December. Read More...

Sparkman: Raising a Cup to Quality Road

DRF | 4 weeks ago
Although established stars Medaglia d’Oro and More Than Ready both sired two of this year’s Breeders’ Cup winners, no stallion benefited more from the event than Quality Road. Read More...

Watchmaker: A few lingering Breeders’ Cup thoughts

DRF | 4 weeks ago
Allow me to echo the widespread praise for the job Del Mar did hosting the Breeders’ Cup. The only bone I have to pick with the whole deal concerned the Del Mar main track, which had a bias all four racing days I was there. Read More...

The Friday Show Presented By Cal Racing Cares: Lessons From Old Del Mar?

Hosting a Breeders' Cup at a new venue always brings some trepidation, but the racing industry has just completed the task twice in the last three years — Keeneland in 2015 and Del Mar this... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website ... Read More...

BC Dirt Mile winner Battle of Midway retired to stud at WinStar

DRF | 1 month ago
Battle of Midway, winner of the 2017 Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile, has been retired from racing, and will stand the 2018 breeding season at WinStar Farm in Versailles, Ky. for an advertised fee of $20,000. Read More...

PR Special Keeneland November: ‘The Fly On The Wall’

The Paulick Report offers a second special print publication for the Keeneland November Sale, available here and on the sales grounds in Lexington, Ky. In this edition of the PR Special, we learn... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website ... Read More...

View From The Eighth Pole: A Classic Case Of Redemption

Steve Asmussen can be wound a little tight now and then, but the good vibrations he was putting out in the days leading up to the Breeders' Cup championships at Del Mar were as laid-back and cool as... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my websi... Read More...

Some Eclipse titles cemented, others up in the air in Breeders’ Cup aftermath

DRF | 1 month ago
The victory by Gun Runner in the Breeders' Cup Classic on Saturday left no doubt as to the Horse of the Year and champion older dirt male for 2017, and while several other Eclipse Award divisions were decided over the 13 Breeders' Cup races on Friday and Saturday at Del Mar, a good number are still as murky as the fog that can roll in off the Pacific Ocean here, leaving voters with some potentially difficult choices. Read More...

Versatility marks sires with 2017 Breeders’ Cup doubles

DRF | 1 month ago
On paper, there aren't many similarities between the young Rushing Fall, who won the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf going a route on the lawn, and Roy H, an older gelding who won the Breeders' Cup Sprint on dirt. Read More...

Broodmares Leslie’s Lady, Win Approval join exclusive club

DRF | 1 month ago
Breeders' Cup winners comprise an exclusive club. Even more exclusive is the club broodmares Leslie's Lady and Win Approval joined during the most recent renewal of the event. Read More...

For trainer John Sadler, time to regroup

DRF | 1 month ago
November will be a rebuilding month for prominent California trainer John Sadler. Read More...

Multi-race exotics key increase in Breeders’ Cup betting

DRF | 1 month ago
Wagering on the 13 races of the Breeders’ Cup this year, held on Friday and Saturday at Del Mar Thoroughbred Club in Del Mar, Calif., rose for the second straight year, with both years showing the strongest gains in the pools for multi-race wagers Read More...

Mares owned by late Evans make impact at Breeders’ Cup

DRF | 1 month ago
Edward P. Evans died in December 2010, and his Spring Hill Farm's roster was dispersed the following year to a record-setting reception at the Keeneland September and November sales, but this year's Breeders' Cup results were still covered with his fingerprints. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup winners justify big price tags

DRF | 1 month ago
History has shown that a Breeders' Cup winner sometimes can be bought cheaply, but this year's event proved that it often pays to pay up. Read More...

All in all, not a bad weekend for Chad Brown

DRF | 1 month ago
Trainer Chad Brown returned to New York on Sunday morning with two more Breeders’ Cup trophies, the promise of a legitimate Kentucky Derby candidate for 2018 and the ability to lay claim to multiple Eclipse Awards. Read More...

“Vive le Gun Runner” tells story of Breeders’ Cup Classic

DRF | 1 month ago
Gun Runner’s conclusive, thoroughly professional victory in the $6 million Classic was a tribute to all the Thoroughbreds out there who go about their business in a manner that is consistently reliable, rather than occasionally spectacular. Read More...

Good Magic is Eclipse Award-worthy, Brown says

DRF | 1 month ago
Good Magic, who at Del Mar on Saturday became the first maiden to win the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, shipped to south Florida on Sunday for a brief vacation before gearing up for a run toward the Kentucky Derby next May. Read More...

Del Mar likely to seek to host Breeders’ Cup again soon

DRF | 1 month ago
Del Mar successfully hosted the Breeders’ Cup races for the first time on Friday and Saturday, and it may not be long before the famous San Diego-area racetrack seeks the event again. Read More...

Gun Runner points to Pegasus World Cup, but then what?

DRF | 1 month ago
Gun Runner, who emerged as the slam-dunk favorite to be named Horse of the Year with his victory in the Breeders’ Cup Classic on Saturday at Del Mar, will remain in training for the immediate future, though his plans for all of 2018 have yet to be ironed out. Read More...

Trainer Miller savors Breeders’ Cup double

DRF | 1 month ago
Trainer Peter Miller said he received a phone call Saturday night from owner Gary Hartunian of Rockingham Ranch, who asked, “Did that really happen today?” Hartunian was referring to the pair’s Breeders’ Cup wins with Stormy Liberal in the Turf Sprint and Roy H in the Sprint. Read More...

World Approval heads home for some rest

DRF | 1 month ago
For more reasons than one, the people who work around World Approval would like to see him win the Breeders’ Cup Mile on a regular basis. Read More...

Castellano prevails in race for Shoemaker Award

DRF | 1 month ago
Javier Castellano, who won Friday’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf and was second or third in four other Breeders’ Cup races, won the Shoemaker Award as the outstanding jockey for the two days of Breeders’ Cup races at Del Mar on Friday and Saturday. Read More...

Bar of Gold ends career on a high note

DRF | 1 month ago
Bar of Gold left an incredible legacy on her way out. The 5-year-old New York-bred mare ran her final race when becoming the second-longest-priced winner in Breeders’ Cup history in nailing Ami’s Mesa on the wire Saturday in the Filly and Mare Sprint. Read More...

Rushing Fall to get winter break

DRF | 1 month ago
The undefeated Rushing Fall has earned a wintertime vacation after her win in Friday’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf at Del Mar. Read More...

Talismanic likely to race in 2018

DRF | 1 month ago
Talismanic, the upset winner of the Breeders’ Cup Turf at Del Mar on Saturday, is likely to stay in training in 2018. Read More...

Gabbay rallies late to win Breeders’ Cup Betting Challenge

DRF | 1 month ago
Nisan Gabbay, Kevin McFarland, and Christian Hellmers achieved their first brush with fame years ago when TVG profiled them and gave them their long-standing nickname. On a live broadcast, they played the pick six and hit 5 of 6 on a day no one swept the wager. They won more than $14,000. Read More...

Caledonia Road to plot course to Kentucky Oaks

DRF | 1 month ago
Caledonia Road emerged in good shape from her upset victory Saturday in the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies and likely will have about 45 days of light training before trainer Ralph Nicks starts plotting out a course for the Kentucky Oaks in May. Read More...

Gun Runner saves best for last in Breeders’ Cup Classic

DRF | 1 month ago
Gun Runner, tested the whole way while setting a swift pace in Saturday's $6 million Breeders' Cup Classic at Del Mar, still turned in the fastest race of his career as he won by a widening 2 1/4 lengths. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup handle highest since 2013

DRF | 1 month ago
Betting on the 13 Breeders’ Cup races held at Del Mar Thoroughbred Club in Del Mar, Calif., on Friday and Saturday was up 5.7 percent compared with last year and was the highest total since the 2013 event, according to charts of the races. Read More...

Arrogate of old did not reappear in BC Classic

DRF | 1 month ago
The Arrogate who thrilled the world with his last-to-first victory in the $10 million Dubai World Cup in March was not the Arrogate the world has seen since. He ended his career in Saturday’s $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic dead-heating for fifth-place with Gunnevera, 6 1/4 lengths behind the winner Gun Runner, the horse he beat in Dubai seven months ago. Read More...

2017 Breeders’ Cup results clarify some Eclipse divisions, muddy others

DRF | 1 month ago
Now that the 2017 Breeders’ Cup is in the books (with a couple of asterisks in my personal ledger), let’s take a look at where each equine Eclipse Award division now stands. Read More...

Talismanic powers to Breeders’ Cup Turf triumph

DRF | 1 month ago
Talismanic ranged alongside Highland Reel and went straight by that rival as well as Beach Patrol, who led in the stretch of the $4 million Breeders' Cup Turf. After that, there was no one else to contend with. Talismanic had won the richest turf race in the United States by a half-length. Read More...

World Approval makes his own luck in Breeders’ Cup Mile

DRF | 1 month ago
World Approval needed no excuse in Saturday's Breeders' Cup Mile. He broke sharply, put jockey John Velazquez in a good pace-tracking spot, stayed on the bridle and at the ready, awaiting his cue, then burst home to win the Mile by 1 ¼ lengths. Read More...

Good Magic wins maiden with emphatic score in BC Juvenile

DRF | 1 month ago
Despite the fact Good Magic was still a maiden, trainer Chad Brown had the confidence in the colt’s ability to send him cross-country and run him in the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile against one of the heaviest favorites on the card. Read More...

Roy H gives trainer unforgettable day with BC Sprint win

DRF | 1 month ago
Trainer Peter Miller put an exclamation point on an unforgettable day after Roy H wore down a game Imperial Hint to all but sew up division honors with a one-length victory in Saturday’s $2 million Breeders’ Cup Sprint at Del Mar. Read More...

BC Filly and Mare Turf goes to Wuheida, Lady Eli a troubled seventh

DRF | 1 month ago
Lady Eli was unable to write a storybook ending to her brilliant career as significant trouble early in the race resulted in her finishing seventh behind Wuheida in Saturday’s $2 million Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf at Del Mar. Read More...

Bar of Gold ($135.40) surprises all in BC Filly and Mare Sprint

DRF | 1 month ago
Bar of Gold won the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Sprint, nailing Ami’s Mesa on the wire, in the second-biggest upset in Breeders’ Cup history at Del Mar on Saturday. Read More...

Stormy Liberal tops Miller exacta in BC Turf Sprint

DRF | 1 month ago
Trainer Peter Miller posted his first Breeders’ Cup victory and did so in memorable fashion Saturday at Del Mar, sending out both the winner, Stormy Liberal, and runner-up, Richard’s Boy, in the $1 million Turf Sprint. Read More...

Caledonia Road closes stoutly to win Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies

DRF | 1 month ago
Ralph Nicks enjoyed some great moments as an assistant to Bill Mott, most notably the glory years with Cigar. But when Caledonia Road rolled to a 3 1/4-length victory Saturday, it was Nicks, finally, who could claim a Breeders’ Cup win all his own. Read More...

Ulysses withdrawn from Breeders’ Cup Turf

DRF | 1 month ago
Ulysses, the 7-2 favorite for Saturday’s Breeders’ Cup Turf, was withdrawn on Friday evening because of soundness issues. Read More...

Forever Unbridled concludes perfect season with Breeders’ Cup Distaff win

DRF | 1 month ago
Is there anything Forever Unbridled cannot do? It is a fair question following her Breeders’ Cup Distaff victory Friday at Del Mar. Read More...

O’Brien-Moore notch fourth Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf triumph with Mendelssohn

DRF | 1 month ago
Trainer Aidan O’Brien and jockey Ryan Moore won the Grade 1, $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf on Friday at Del Mar with a colt named Mendelssohn. Read More...

Strong wagering on juvenile turf races boosts handle on Friday’s Breeders’ Cup card

DRF | 1 month ago
Handle on the four Breeders’ Cup races held on Friday at Del Mar Thoroughbred Club in Del Mar, Calif., was $31.5 million, according to the charts of the races, up 3.2 percent compared to the same four races last year. Read More...

Battle of Midway outduels Sharp Azteca in BC Dirt Mile

DRF | 1 month ago
Battle of Midway has found his niche as a world-class miler after surviving a stretch-long duel with a game Sharp Azteca to register a half-length triumph in Friday’s $1 million Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile at Del Mar. Read More...

Rushing Fall remains unbeaten with BC Juvenile Fillies Turf win

DRF | 1 month ago
Owner Bob Edwards, trainer Chad Brown, and jockey Javier Castellano won the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf at a California track for the second consecutive year Friday when Rushing Fall won by three-quarters of a length. Read More...

The Friday Show Presented By Cal Racing Cares: The Del Mar Breeders’ Cup Edition

The wait is no more. Today's the start of the 34th running of the Breeders' Cup World Championships, taking place for the first time Where the Turf Meets the Surf at old Del Mar. In this special... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website f... Read More...