Tags ‘Breeders’ Cup’

Avenge continues class rise in Rodeo Drive

DRF | 57 mins ago
Avenge starts in her first Grade 1 in Saturday's $300,000 Rodeo Drive Stakes for fillies and mares at 1 1/4 miles on turf at Santa Anita. Read More...

American Cleopatra tries two turns in Chandelier

DRF | 2 hours ago
Saturday, American Cleopatra faces a new test – her first start around two turns in the $300,000 Chandelier Stakes for 2-year-old fillies at 1 1/16 miles at Santa Anita. Read More...

Weather could be A. P. Indian’s main foe in Vosburgh

DRF | 2 hours ago
The Grade 1 Vosburgh at Belmont Park has come up an intriguing race, with East Coast division leader A. P. Indian set to face X Y Jet, Holy Boss, and Joking. Now, if Mother Nature would only stay out of the way. Read More...

Wavell Avenue tries to turn things around in Gallant Bloom

DRF | 23 hours ago
Last year, Wavell Avenue used a good second-place finish in the Grade 2 Gallant Bloom at Belmont Park as a springboard to a 10-1 upset in the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Sprint. Saturday, she will again try to convince her connections to head to the Breeders' Cup when she again runs in the Gallant Bloom Handicap Read More...

X Y Jet makes comeback in Vosburgh

DRF | 23 hours ago
X Y Jet, who recorded two dynamic graded stakes victories in the winter at Gulfstream and ran a terrific second in the Dubai Golden Shaheen, returns from an eight-month layoff in Saturday's Grade 1, $350,000 Vosburgh. Read More...

Wet track uncharted territory for Forever Unbridled

DRF | 23 hours ago
The prospect of a wet track has trainer Dallas Stewart seemingly wavering on whether to run probable favorite Forever Unbridled in Saturday's Grade 1, $400,000 Beldame Stakes at Belmont Park. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Mile: Mott has two contenders in pursuit of first win

DRF | 23 hours ago
Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott has won nine Breeders' Cup races. Five times he has won the Distaff, twice the Classic, and twice the Turf, but in the BC Mile, Mott has sent out 19 starters and failed to land the big prize – so far. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf: No local leaders in wide-open division

DRF | 23 hours ago
At least some of the Breeders' Cup winners this fall at Santa Anita are expected to have run in prep races at the host track of Santa Anita in the coming weeks. But at this stage, it seems unlikely that the Nov. 5 Filly and Mare Turf is one such race. Read More...

Straight Fire to answer key question in FrontRunner

DRF | 1 day ago
There is no debate that Straight Fire is fast. There is, however, some question over his stamina – a question that figures to be answered in Saturday's Grade 1, $300,000 FrontRunner Stakes at Santa Anita. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Classic: Older horses rule the roost

DRF | 1 day ago
The dominance of older horses such as California Chrome in the Breeders' Cup Classic division is so profound that there won't be a single 3-year-old in the Awesome Again Stakes on Saturday at Santa Anita. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile: Runhappy ends long layoff in Ack Ack

DRF | 1 day ago
Runhappy showed brilliance last year at 3, when he defeated his elders in the Breeders' Cup Sprint. This year, the champion sprinter of 2015 is going down a different path. Runhappy is being pointed to the Grade 1, $1 million Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile and his road to the race starts Saturday at Churchill Downs. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf: Prime players yet to emerge

DRF | 1 day ago
Haven't been paying attention to the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf division yet? No worries – plenty of time. In six of the eight editions of the Juvenile Turf, the winner had last started during the first two weeks of October, and the next two weeks will go a long way toward sorting out prime players in this year's race. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Sprint: Noholdingback Bear no one-surface wonder

DRF | 1 day ago
Noholdingback Bear's victory in the Grade 3 Gallant Bob at Parx and third-place finish in the Grade 1 King's Bishop at Saratoga have convinced trainer Michael De Paulo that the colt deserves a shot in the Breeders' Cup Sprint. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Turf: Top contenders Flintshire, Postponed run this weekend

DRF | 1 day ago
This weekend is expected to result in the greatest shake-up on the list of contenders for the $4 million Breeders' Cup Turf at Santa Anita on Nov. 5. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies: Baffert will keep American Cleopatra, Noted and Quoted apart for prep

DRF | 1 day ago
The final two Win and You're In races for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies are the Alcibiades next Friday on opening day of the Keeneland meet and the Frizette the next day at Belmont Park.Trainer Bob Baffert will split up American Cleopatra and Noted and Quoted, the second- and fourth-place finishers in the seven-furlong Del Mar Debutante, between the Chandelier Sttakes at Santa Anita this weekend and the Alcibiades. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Distaff: History no hurdle for Songbird

DRF | 1 day ago
Even while her win streak grows, the undefeated Songbird has one conspicuous void on her résumé – she has never faced older fillies and mares. That will happen for the first time in the Breeders' Cup Distaff, which might the deepest ever. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint: Carina Mia, Cathryn Sophia likely to shorten up

DRF | 1 day ago
After both were soundly defeated by Songbird last weekend in the Grade 1 Cotillion at Parx, it appears that both Carina Mia and Cathryn Sophia will now be pointed to the $1 million Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Sprint on Nov. 5 at Santa Anita. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint: Eddie D Stakes should clarify picture

DRF | 1 day ago
A crowded picture for the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint should become significantly clearer in the coming days, as host track Santa Anita opens its fall meet with the major local prep – the Grade 3, $100,000 Eddie D Stakes, providing an important chance to get a prep over an idiosyncratic turf course. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf: Brave Anna emerges as top contender

DRF | 1 day ago
The surprise win by Brave Anna in the Grade 1 Cheveley Park Stakes at Newmarket Racecourse in England last Saturday gives Irish trainer Aidan O'Brien the early favorite for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf at Santa Anita on Nov. 4. Read More...

Tara’s Tango headed to Spinster

DRF | 2 days ago
Instead of facing Beholder and Stellar Wind in the Grade 1, $300,000 Zenyatta Stakes on Saturday at Santa Anita, Tara’s Tango will run in the Grade 1, $500,000 Spinster Stakes at Keeneland one week later. Read More...

Cavorting starts working toward Breeders’ Cup Distaff

DRF | 3 days ago
Cavorting won't have many workouts between now and the Breeders' Cup Distaff, but she had one on Monday, breezing a half-mile in 48 seconds over the Belmont Park main track. It was the first work for Cavorting since her victory in the Grade 1 Personal Ensign at Saratoga on Aug. 27. Read More...

Songbird targets Breeders’ Cup Distaff after Cotillion win

DRF | 3 days ago
Songbird, who remained unbeaten with an authoritative victory in the Grade 1, $1 million Cotillion at Parx on Saturday, was scheduled to be flown back to Southern California on Wednesday to begin preparing for the $2 million Breeders' Cup Distaff at Santa Anita on Nov. 4. Read More...

Brown considering several options for Connect

DRF | 4 days ago
Connect's victory in the Grade 2 Pennsylvania Derby on Saturday not only further confuses the 3-year-old male divisional rankings, it poses trainer Chad Brown with a tricky decision regarding where to run him next. Read More...

Runhappy works swift five furlongs in final prep for Ack Ack

DRF | 4 days ago
Runhappy, who had the Keeneland track to himself shortly after it opened for training Sunday, rolled through five furlongs in 58.60 seconds, his final prep for his comeback start in the Grade 3 Ack Ack Handicap this Saturday at Churchill Downs. Read More...

O’Brien sweeps exacta in Cheveley Park as Lady Aurelia runs third

DRF | 5 days ago
Brave Anna and Roly Poly gave Irish trainer Aidan O’Brien a sweep of the exacta in Saturday’s $234,000 Cheveley Park Stakes for 2-year-old fillies at Newmarket, England, at the expense of the previously unbeaten Lady Aurelia, who finished third. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Mile: Tepin will be hard to dethrone

DRF | 1 week ago
Tepin, Tepin, Tepin. And still more Tepin. You cannot talk about North American turf racing at the moment without the remarkable mare's name coming up. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf: Good Samaritan could be special

DRF | 1 week ago
Trainer Bill Mott never has won the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf, but if Good Samaritan stays the course, he might this year. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile: West Coast is the best coast

DRF | 1 week ago
Of the previous eight Breeders' Cup events held at Santa Anita, six winners of the $2 million Juvenile were based in Southern California. Only head losses by He's Had Enough (2012) and Lookin At Lucky (2009) have kept it from being a clean sweep for West Coast-based runners in the Juvenile. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile: Frosted remains on the fence

DRF | 1 week ago
One of the central questions leading into this year's Breeders' Cup at Santa Anita is whether Frosted will go in the $1 million Dirt Mile on Nov. 4 or the $6 million Classic on Nov. 5. He has earned berths into both races, but a decision on the direction he will take is pending, according to trainer Kiaran McLaughlin. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies: No clear favorite has emerged

DRF | 1 week ago
Unlike a year ago when Songbird was beginning to exert her dominance in the 2-year-old filly division, this season's Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies is wide open with six weeks remaining to the race. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf: Lady Aurelia stands out

DRF | 1 week ago
The leading candidate for the $1 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf at Santa Anita on Nov. 4 is a Kentucky-based filly who has yet to run in the United States. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Sprint: Three key qualifying races next month

DRF | 1 week ago
With 2015 Breeders' Cup Sprint winner Runhappy being pointed toward the Dirt Mile and 2015 Sprint runner-up Private Zone on the shelf for the remainder of the season, this year's BC Sprint figures to be a wide-open affair, with the field not likely to be set until the last of the six BC Challenge races in the division is decided Oct. 8. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Turf: Flintshire, Postponed could scare away a few rivals

DRF | 1 week ago
Flintshire and Postponed have been the dominant runners in major turf stakes at 1 1/2 miles in Dubai, England, and New York this year. One of them may conquer California in the $4 million Breeders' Cup Turf at Santa Anita on Nov. 5. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint: Downhill turf course presents challenge

DRF | 1 week ago
Mongolian Saturday and Lady Shipman were separated by just a neck as the one-two finishers at the end of 5 1/2 furlongs in the 2015 Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint at Keeneland, and if they are to again lead the way this year, a new challenge awaits. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Filly-Mare Sprint: Cotillion critical for Cathryn Sophia, Carina Mia

DRF | 1 week ago
Cathryn Sophia and Carina Mia both have shown themselves highly effective at shorter distances, and depending on what transpires in the 1 1/16-mile Cotillion, their connections might wind up opting for the seven-furlong distance of the $1 million BC Filly and Mare Sprint on Nov. 5 at Santa Anita. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Distaff to be battle of champions

DRF | 1 week ago
Breeders' Cup history will be made before the extraordinarily deep Distaff field even crosses the Santa Anita finish line on Friday, Nov. 4.Three Eclipse Award winners from 2015, each in top form, are aiming to the 2016 Distaff – Songbird, Beholder and Stellar Wind. Read More...

Back To The 80s: Transitions On The Racetrack

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Metaboss to audition for BC Turf in John Henry Turf Championship

DRF | 1 week ago
The partnership that owns Metaboss says if their horse wins the Grade 2 John Henry Turf Championship they will plow race earnings into entry and starting fees for the BC Turf. Read More...

Not This Time punches ticket for BC Juvenile

DRF | 1 week ago
With his Iroquois Stakes victory, Not This Time received a Win and You're In berth to the Breeders' Cup at Santa Anita and most likely will go straight to the Nov. 5 BC Juvenile without another prep, trainer Dale Romans said. Read More...

The Good Samaritan stays perfect in Summer Stakes

DRF | 2 weeks ago
The Bill Mott-trained shipper The Good Samaritan mowed down the favored Conquest Farenheit in the stretch to win the Grade 2, $206,400 Summer Stakes impressively under Joel Rosario at Woodbine on Sunday. Read More...

Tepin topples males again in Woodbine Mile

DRF | 2 weeks ago
he incomparable Tepin beat the boys again in Saturday’s Grade 1, $1 million Woodbine Mile, holding off 23-1 shot Tower of Texas under Julien Leparoux to win the 20th running of the Breeders’ Cup Win and You’re In qualifier. Read More...

Not This Time dominates Iroquois Stakes

DRF | 2 weeks ago
Dale Romans had been even more effusive in his praise for this one than he normally is. And after Not This Time easily defeated seven other 2-year-olds Saturday in the 35th running of the Grade 3, $150,000 Iroquois Stakes at Churchill Downs, the veteran trainer could barely contain his enthusiasm. Read More...

Rainha Da Bateria noses out stablemate in Canadian

DRF | 2 weeks ago
The Chad Brown-trained runners Rainha Da Bateria and even-money favorite Dacita ran one-two while a nose apart in the $303,000 Canadian Stakes on the Woodbine Mile undercard Saturday at Woodbine. Read More...

Paulick Report 9/16 News Minute

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Recruiting Ready tries route in Iroquois

DRF | 2 weeks ago
An unexpected entry gives the Iroquois Stakes a very interesting look: Recruiting Ready, a speedy invader from Maryland by way of New York, will have Gary Stevens aboard when stretching out in the 1 1/16-mile race Saturday at Churchill Downs. Read More...

Favorite Tale may scratch from Hall of Fame Stakes

DRF | 2 weeks ago
If Favorite Tale starts in the five-furlong Hall of Fame Stakes at Parx on Saturday he will be the horse to beat despite not having raced since March.But on Thursday, trainer Lupe Preciado was not sure if he would run Favorite Tale in the $150,000 Hall of Fame or instead go to one of three upcoming Win and You're In preps for the $1.5 million Breeders' Cup Sprint at Santa Anita on Nov. 5. Read More...

Strut the Course now healthy to defend title in Canadian Stakes

DRF | 2 weeks ago
Strut the Course will return from a layoff to defend her title in Saturday's Grade 2, $300,000 Canadian Stakes over about 1 1/8 miles on Woodbine's turf course. The winner of the Canadian will earn a fees-paid berth in the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf at Santa Anita on Nov. 5. Read More...

Union Strike will skip Chandelier to await Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies

DRF | 2 weeks ago
Union Strike, the winner of the Grade 1 Del Mar Debutante on Sept. 3 in her stakes debut, will not start in the $300,000 Chandelier Stakes at Santa Anita on Oct. 1, but remains an intended starter for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies on Nov. 5, owner Mick Ruis said on Wednesday. Read More...

Baltas adds Group 3 winner to stable

DRF | 2 weeks ago
Madam Dancealot, a Group 3 winner at Salisbury Racecourse in England on Sept. 1, was purchased for approximately $291,000 at the Goffs Champion Sale in Ireland last weekend and will join trainer Richard Baltas’s stable in California later this month. Read More...

Melatonin may just train up to Breeders’ Cup Classic

DRF | 2 weeks ago
Melatonin, a winner of two Grade 1 races in the first half of the year, may run out of time to prepare for the $300,000 Awesome Again Stakes at Santa Anita on Oct. 1, trainer David Hofmans said. Read More...