Tags ‘Breeders’ Cup’

Woodbine raises Breeders’ Cup takeout rates

DRF | 8 months ago
Bettors in Canada wagering on the Breeders’ Cup at Keeneland in Kentucky on Friday and Saturday will face significantly higher takeouts – and receive significantly lower payouts – than other North American bettors due to a decision by Woodbine Entertainment Group to raise the takeout rates on most of the betting pools. Read More...

PR Special: Breeders’ Cup Championship Friday

The Paulick Report is pleased to offer a special print publication for Breeders’ Cup Championship Friday, available here and at Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, Ky. In this edition of the PR... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile: Tale of S’avall’s scratch opens spot for Siding Spring

DRF | 8 months ago
Tale of S’avall was officially scratched out of the Breeders' Cup Juvenile, according to Breeders’ Cup officials, allowing also-eligible Siding Spring to get into the race. Read More...

Key contenders for Breeders’ Cup Juvenile

DRF | 8 months ago
Key contenders for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile on Saturday at Keeneland. Read More...

Not all Europeans relish soft turf

DRF | 8 months ago
The Mile and the Filly and Mare Turf both are very much open to European domination, but the question for many horses this week, Golden Horn most of all: How soft will Keeneland’s rain-soaked grass course be? Read More...

Peck: Breeders’ Cup Distaff-Classic double play

DRF | 8 months ago
I really like STOPCHARGINGMARIA (4) in the Breeders’ Cup Distaff on Friday for a couple reasons. One is she figures to go back to rating off the pace and making one run, and that seems to be her preferred style. She was on the lead in the Personal Ensign and gave way late, but with established speeds in the Distaff, it's hard to believe she will engage in a duel when she's perfectly capable of taking off a potentially quick pace and making a late move. Read More...

Beyer: Lack of competing speed puts American Pharoah in driver’s seat

DRF | 8 months ago
When the management of Liam’s Map made the decision to duck the $5 million Classic and run instead in the $1 million Dirt Mile on Friday, and then the scratch Thursday of Beholder, the complexion of the main event changed significantly. The field of nine was left with a solitary front-runner: American Pharoah. This development disappoints me as a fan and as a gambler. Read More...

Hovdey: Elders pose final test for American Pharoah

DRF | 8 months ago
American Pharoah’s farewell on Saturday in the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Keeneland will mark a bittersweet moment. What he does with the moment in the face of tough opposition remains to be seen. No matter what happens, though, the handsome colt with the unflappable air will waltz into the sunset having made an impact on the game that soared higher and farther into the cultural atmosphere than any Thoroughbred since the days of Secretariat. Read More...

American Pharoah connections reflect on Triple Crown winner’s career

DRF | 8 months ago
American Pharoah was bred and is owned by Ahmed Zayat, whose son Justin, manages the family’s stable. His trainer is Bob Baffert, who is assisted by Jim Barnes. His regular jockey is Victor Espinoza. Jockey Martin Garcia, who rode American Pharoah in his first start, has been his regular rider for workouts. Jorge Alvarez is his exercise rider, and Eduardo “Lalo” Luna is his groom. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup: Marquee matchup vanishes with scratch of Beholder

DRF | 8 months ago
Despite the scratch of Beholder from the Breeders’ Cup Classic, there are many compelling aspects to Saturday’s Breeders’ Cup races, foremost among them American Pharoah trying to close out his career with a victory, and Golden Horn trying to add the Turf to his victories in the Arc and the English Derby. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Turf: Course not too soft for Golden Horn

DRF | 8 months ago
While his connections clearly wish no rain had fallen at Keeneland this week, Golden Horn won’t be taken out of Saturday’s $3 million Breeders’ Cup Turf, provided there’s no further significant precipitation before the race, trainer John Gosden said Thursday. Read More...

Jerardi: Honor Code has shot to beat American Pharoah

DRF | 8 months ago
If Triple Crown winner American Pharoah runs like he should, I think he runs the others out of the race and he may be the one posting a 115 Beyer Speed Figure in Saturday’s Breeders’ Cup Classic. If, for some reason, he is over the top, then quick fractions could set up a big figure like they did for Honor Code (113) in the Whitney. Read More...

In Classic, American Pharoah’s storybook career comes to an end

DRF | 8 months ago
American Pharoah’s racing career began in California, his preps toward the Kentucky Derby began in Arkansas, and he has raced at eight tracks in six states in three time zones, but now, the circle finally is complete. He has returned to Kentucky, the state of his birth, to close out his racing career Saturday in the Breeders’ Cup Classic at Keeneland before starting a new life as a stallion. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile: Tale of S’avall likely to scratch

DRF | 8 months ago
Trainer Barclay Tagg said Thursday that Tale of S’avall most likely would be scratched from Saturday’s Juvenile at Keeneland. Read More...

Crist: Taking a last stand against American Pharoah

DRF | 8 months ago
As if he needed any more help, American Pharoah figures to hold a huge tactical edge in a Classic surprisingly devoid of early speed in the absence of Liam’s Map and now Beholder. American Pharoah is 4 for 4, by a combined 23 lengths, in races where he’s been a length or more clear after half a mile. Nonetheless, I am going to try to beat him. Read More...

Even at 48, Prado can still bring it

DRF | 8 months ago
Every elite athlete should do this poorly on their way down. Folks can say what they want about Edgar Prado in the twilight of his career, but the fact is the 48-year-old jockey can still ride with the best. Read More...

Lane’s End buys interest in Liam’s Map

DRF | 8 months ago
Lane’s End has acquired an interest in Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile morning-line favorite Liam’s Map, who is campaigned by Teresa Viola Racing Stables. Read More...

Free: Breeders’ Cup pick five for Saturday, Oct. 31

DRF | 8 months ago
Free: Breeders' Cup pick five for Saturday, Oct. 31 Read More...

Litfin: Breeders’ Cup Saturday late pick three

DRF | 8 months ago
We’re taking a swing at the $750,000-guaranteed pick three that links the Juvenile, Turf, and Classic as follows. Read More...

Key contenders for Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies

DRF | 8 months ago
Key contenders for Saturday's Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies at Keeneland. Read More...

Key contenders for Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint

DRF | 8 months ago
Key contenders for the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Sprint at Keeneland on Saturday. Read More...

Key contenders for Breeders’ Cup Distaff

DRF | 8 months ago
Key contenders for the Breeders' Cup Distaff on Friday at Keeneland. Read More...

Key contenders for Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf

DRF | 8 months ago
Key contenders for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf on Friday at Keeneland. Read More...

Key contenders for Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf

DRF | 8 months ago
Key contenders for Saturday's Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf at Keeneland. Read More...

King: Breeders’ Cup pick four play for Friday, Oct. 30

DRF | 8 months ago
King: Breeders' Cup pick four play for Friday, Oct. 30 Read More...

Key contenders for Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile

DRF | 8 months ago
Key contenders for the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile on Friday at Keeneland. Read More...

Key contenders in Breeders’ Cup Sprint

DRF | 8 months ago
Key contender profiles for Saturday's Breeders' Cup Sprint at Keeneland. Read More...

Key contenders for Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf

DRF | 8 months ago
Key contenders for Friday's Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf at Keeneland. Read More...

Two top Europeans hurt by posts in Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf

DRF | 8 months ago
two of the highest-regarded Europeans, Hit It a Bomb and Cymric, drew terrible posts, 14 and 13, for Friday's Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf. Read More...

Expert says Keeneland has no problems with track

DRF | 8 months ago
Keeneland Racecourse, which will host the Breeders’ Cup on Friday and Saturday, did not change any of its track-maintenance procedures despite a spate of catastrophic breakdowns early in its meet, according to track officials who cited the advice of a renowned surface expert who reviewed the track’s condition and the maintenance crew’s procedures in the wake of the injuries. Read More...

Key contenders in Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint

DRF | 8 months ago
Key contender profiles for Saturday's Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint at Keeneland. Read More...

American Pharoah, Beholder stay dry

DRF | 8 months ago
American Pharoah got no farther than Barn 62 on Wednesday morning at Keeneland, as the steady rain that has soaked this area for 48 hours left the track sloppy and prompted trainer Bob Baffert to keep American Pharoah inside. Read More...

Key contenders for Breeders’ Cup Mile

DRF | 8 months ago
Key contenders for the Breeders' Cup Mile on Saturday. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup: Doyle family looking to make impact

DRF | 8 months ago
A Breeders’ Cup billed as a homecoming event will have a special shine for British-born jockey Sophie Doyle. Not only will she be riding her first Breeders’ Cup in her adopted home state of Kentucky, but her younger brother James Doyle will have a mount in the Juvenile Turf. Read More...

Crist: Even as first course, Friday’s card still appetizing

DRF | 8 months ago
Despite being the lesser of the two Breeders’ Cup programs, Friday’s 10 races at Keeneland still comprise an excellent card of highly competitive racing. The four Cup races are bookended by a pair of strong Grade 2 races, the Fayette and the Marathon, and there are three guaranteed multirace pools: a $500,000 Pick 5 on races 1-5, a $750,000-guaranteed pick 6 on races 5-10, and a $1.5 million pick 4 on the quartet of Cup races. Read More...

Key contenders for Breeders’ Cup Turf

DRF | 8 months ago
Key contenders for Saturday's $3 million Breeders' Cup Turf at Keeneland. Read More...

For Lexington locals, a Breeders’ Cup win would be special

DRF | 8 months ago
Winning a Breeders’ Cup race is a remarkable accomplishment for any trainer, but for a select few with close ties to Lexington, winning one at the first Breeders’ Cup at Keeneland would be all that more special. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup returns to its roots

DRF | 8 months ago
The concept of the Breeders’ Cup was first hatched here in the cradle of American racing, the Bluegrass country of Lexington, back in 1982. But not until Friday will the Breeders’ Cup be run at Keeneland. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup: Loaded with contenders, Bravo looks to cap turnaround

DRF | 8 months ago
Joe Bravo began 2015 going 7 for 157 – an uncharacteristic slump for the 44-year-old rider. But on Kentucky Derby Day he won five races, including three graded stakes, to turn around his year. In this weekend’s Breeders’ Cup, Bravo will try to cap his season with mounts on several contenders. Read More...

Casse hoping to end up-and-down year with a bang

DRF | 8 months ago
After a year encompassing satisfying highs and devastating lows, trainer Mark Casse brings his strongest hand yet to the Breeders’ Cup. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Distaff: I’m a Chatterbox proves a keeper

DRF | 8 months ago
Fletcher and Carolyn Gray have tasted Breeders’ Cup success from afar, as the breeders of 2008 Juvenile Fillies winner and champion Stardom Bound. This year, however, they could be in the thick of things with I'm a Chatterbox in the Distaff. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup: Roths new players on Breeders’ Cup and sale scene

DRF | 8 months ago
Few owners at this Breeders’ Cup have risen farther or faster than the LNJ Foxwoods operation of Larry and Nanci Roth and their daughter Jaime. Read More...

American Pharoah arrives at Keeneland

DRF | 8 months ago
American Pharoah took his last flight out of California on Tuesday morning and has arrived back at his old Kentucky home, essentially for good. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint: History is against Cavorting

DRF | 8 months ago
Kiaran McLaughlin wasn’t trying to be funny after finding out that a 3-year-old has never won the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint despite 24 attempts, including four losing favorites. “Well, this is a case where 1 for 25 is going to look pretty good,” he said. Read More...

Watchmaker: Breeders’ Cup Saturday late pick four

DRF | 8 months ago
The Breeders’ Cup late pick four sequence Saturday that ends with the Classic might be the marquee 50-cent multirace exotics offering of the weekend. But in reality, this sequence is potentially one of the least-interesting pick-whatever sequences on Friday and Saturday at Keeneland. And that is because two of the four heaviest favorites in the 13 Breeders’ Cup events – Golden Horn and American Pharoah – are in Saturday’s late pick four sequence. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Turf: Blue blood vs. blue collar

DRF | 8 months ago
If there’s a horse to keep Golden Horn from winning the $3 million Breeders’ Cup Turf, it might be The Pizza Man. The 6-year-old gelding was a pie that took time baking, but he is now a finished product, having won the Arlington Million and rallied for second in the Shadwell Turf Mile in his last two starts. Read More...

King: Handicapping tips for Keeneland configuration

DRF | 8 months ago
With the Breeders’ Cup just days away, here’s a primer of what to expect from the host track, Keeneland Race Course. Read More...

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile: Exaggerator can make it a Desormeaux double

DRF | 8 months ago
A year after his Texas Red pulled a 13-1 upset in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile at Santa Anita, trainer Keith Desormeaux has brought two runners to Keeneland for this year’s $2 million Juvenile, and at least one, Exaggerator, has a realistic chance of winning. Read More...

Remembering John Gaines And His ‘Powerful Dream’

More than 10 years have passed since the death of John R. Gaines, whose extraordinary contributions to the horse world and the Central Kentucky community were remembered on Monday morning during a... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website... Read More...

Additional Breeders’ Cup seats available

DRF | 8 months ago
A limited number of tickets for the Breeders’ Cup this weekend in two premium areas of the Keeneland grandstand were made available for purchase on Tuesday. Read More...